Maine Audubon is looking for volunteers ages 14 and up to help with a variety of tasks at the Scarborough Marsh Nature Center. All experience levels are welcome and this is a perfect opportunity for students looking to beef up their college application, earn community service hours, or add experiences with nature and science to their resumes.
Depending on their interest and abilities, volunteers could help with:
- Citizen Science Projects – Participate in bird monitoring in July and August. This can be done by foot, canoe, or kayak. A Biodiversity Day in July will inventory all insects and plants in the marsh. These monitoring projects provide a picture of the health of the marsh by documenting what species live there and noting any changes over time. All experience levels welcome.
- The Nature Store – Greet visitors, organize store merchandise, answer phone calls, and assist with canoe rentals.
- Canoe Rentals – Process paperwork, explain directions and safety, hand out lifejackets and paddles, move boats on and off storage rack, and assist visitors in and out of boats.
- The Nature Center – Lead groups of all ages on explorations through the marsh. Lead walks, discuss animal mounts, maintain interactive exhibits, greet visitors and answer questions.
- Buildings/Grounds Maintenance – Carry out carpentry and landscaping projects, maintain walking trails and boardwalks, paint, etc.
In addition, the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center requires volunteers for special events, such as Snowy Egret Day and special projects, such as picking up returnables to raise money for the center.
If you are interested in helping out at the marsh, there is likely a project that fits your expertise!
No experience is necessary and the time commitment can be tailored to the volunteer’s schedule. Training will be provided.