Volunteer

The Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust has only three part-time employees, yet so much is accomplished to improve the Lowell community.  This could not happen without our amazing volunteers, community leaders who donate their time and efforts.  Click here to fill out our Volunteer Application!

During the fiscal year 2012, 200 volunteers completed 1,451 hours of volunteer community service to help LP&CT achieve our mission "to improve the quality of life for the people of Lowell through the creation, conservation, and preservation of parks, open spaces, and special places.  We congratulate and sincerely thank all of our volunteers who offer so much.  We are glad to know we can support you and your shared desire to make Lowell a better place.

Click here for our volunteer application!http://www.lowelllandtrust.org/content/volunteer-application

Volunteer Opportunities:

Land Steward
General Description Help look after a Trust property; monitor and steward conservation land (LP&CT properties, parks).
Volunteers Needed 1+ volunteer per visit (alone or with a friend), up to 2 people are assigned to each property.
Time Commitment 1/2 hour per month
When Offered Monthly
Special Training Required Short training. Monitoring report form available online
Work Conditions Outside, some rough terrain
Level of Responsibility Medium/High
Special Skills No special skills required, just a love for Lowell's open, green spaces.
Physical Demands Walking
Perks A heart-healthy way to get outside and giveback to the community.
Found what you would like to do? Give the office a call at 978-934-0030 extension 3 OR fill out our volunteer application.

 

Office Help
General Description Help with various Trust mailings – letters, invitations, etc.
Volunteers Needed 4 to 8 people
Time Commitment ~2 hours per mailing
When Offered Every other month
Special Training Required None
Work Conditions Office & conference room.
Level of Responsibility Medium
Special Skills None
Physical Demands Minimal
Perks Social
Found what you would like to do? Give the office a call at 978-934-0030 extension 3 OR fill out our volunteer application.

 

Lock Tending
General Description

Operate canal locks on weekends (in April & May, trainings occur in March & possibly April), aid in pasage of whitewater rafts as part of Trust's Concord River whitewater rafting program. Close locks, open wickets to raise water level and send rafts through to next chamber. 

This year's Lock Tending training will be April 5th 2014 at UMass Lowell's Inn & Conference Center. Directions  Please, use street parking or park at the Lower Locks Parking Garage adjacent to the ICC.

Volunteers Needed 20 to 30 people
Special Training Required Must attend lock tender training.



Please call 978-934-0030 or fill out our volunteer application to sign up for the training and your April/May lock tending availability.
Work Conditions Outdoors, at height, near water
Level of Responsibility Medium
Special Skills Ability to lift 50+ pounds, ability to climb.
Physical Demands Heavy lifting and pushing; working at heights; climbing over fence, up large granite steps, across narrow footbridges;near water.
Perks This is an exciting physical opportunity to be a part of the living history of the Pawtucket Canal! You get to operate the historic Lower Locks and raise boats up through the chambers.
Found what you would like to do? Give the office a call at 978-934-0030 extension 3 OR fill out our volunteer application.

Lock Tender Resources:

 

Landscaping
General Description Help maintain landscaping at various Trust parks & properties: Spalding House, Jollene Dubner Park, Coburn Park, Donahue Park, and others
Volunteers Needed 3 to 4 people
Special Training Required None
Work Conditions Outdoors!!! You set your own hours
Level of Responsibility Medium
Special Skills General gardening/yard care skills
Physical Demands Mowing, weed whacking, trimming, litter clean-up, planting
Perks You get to play in the dirt!
Found what you would like to do? Give the office a call at 978-934-0030 extension 3 OR fill out our volunteer application.

 

Alewife Monitor
General Description *This program is currently on hiatus due to a moratorium on fish transfers and low fish counts, however, we would still like to know if you are interested. 



Help find & count river herring adults going upstream (spring) and juveniles going downstream (summer/fall), take air & water temperatures, and make written observational comments.
Volunteers Needed 20 to 30 people
Time Commitment 1/2 hour per monitoring session - as often as you want over a 6 to 8 week period.
When Offered Spring and Summer
Special Training Required Minimal - training session held in spring, summer, and as needed
Work Conditions Outdoors - rain or shine
Level of Responsibility Medium
Special Skills Good observational skills
Physical Demands Some walking, some lifting (clearing of debris in the fish ladder)
Perks Help evaluate the recovery of the river herring to the Concord River . Appreciate riverside wildlife. Discover the "emerald jewel" we have in the Concord River. Enjoy nature & quiet reflective time.
Found what you would like to do? Give the office a call at 978-934-0030 extension 3 OR fill out our volunteer application.

 

Concord River Greenway
General Description Give input about general design and public art plan. Help review and update ecological inventory.  Promote the CRG as an outdoor classroom.  Monitor CRG as a land steward (See Land Steward) and for overall esthetics.
Volunteers Needed 5 to 7 people
Time Commitment Meetings as needed
When Offered As needed
Special Training Required None
Work Conditions Office & conference room.
Level of Responsibility Medium
Special Skills None
Physical Demands Minimal
Perks You help the Greenway project.
Found what you would like to do? Give the office a call at 978-934-0030 extension 3 OR fill out our volunteer application.

Here's what some of our volunteers have said:

Alewife Monitoring- "I really enjoyed reading others' observations. It was like we were writing a communal nature journal!!! This delightful perk took the edge off of not seeing fish!"” -Sheila, volunteer from Lowell and Board member.



Alewife Monitoring- "Thanks to your coordination and to everyone's efforts, the herring restoration project is proceeding very well.” -Mike, volunteer from Sudbury.



Office Help- “Enjoy the change and conversation during mailings. Call me anytime. I'll be glad to come down to help.” Maria, volunteer from Lowell.



Landscaping/Gardening- "I enjoyed working at the park (Jollene Dubner Park)… I was so inspired. I got some flowers for my front porch and puttered around my "yard" all afternoon!"” -Nancy, volunteer from Lowell.