Volunteers are the backbone of the Stony Kill Foundation, and we would not be able to accomplish all that we do without them. Many opportunities exist, even if you have only a little time to commit. Join our team of hardworking volunteers by completing an application below. Our Volunteer & Outreach Manager will be in touch promptly. Scroll down for upcoming volunteer opportunities and examples of activities.
Examples of Volunteer Activities
Barn Guides: The Barn at Stony Kill is open every Saturday and Sunday, from 11 am to 1pm, from February to November. Barn Guides help run our Open Barn program, welcoming visitors to the Barn and introducing them to the farm animals. Role requirements: Standing, bending, walking, greeting/ushering visitors, working as part of a team, potentially handling cash in our gift shop, supervising visitors when near animals. Training is provided and required. Note: this role does NOT provide direct care for livestock and prior experience is not required.
Counselors in Training: (Summer Camp) Our popular Summer Explorers Camp runs from the end of June to the beginning of August. Volunteer Counselors-in-Training (CITs) assist with different weeks during the camp season, helping Head Counselors with all aspects of camp. CITs must be at least 14.
Events: We host a variety of events and festivals at the farm each year, such as our Spring Plant Sale and Get Outdoors Day in the Spring, our Butterflies & Blooms Festival in the summer, and our Harvest Fest and Stony Kill Spooktacular in the fall. Volunteers assist with all aspects of these events including planning, preparation and setup, greeting visitors, running activities and crafts, providing entertainment, taking photographs, and much more.
Greenhouse: Volunteers assist with raising plants in the Stony Kill greenhouse for sale and education programs. Role requirements: standing, walking, occasional lifting, greeting visitors, working independently and as part of a team, handling cash during plant sales, attendance on a semi-regular schedule to ensure plants receive proper care. Some plant knowledge is preferred.
Trail Work: Volunteers assist with variety of tasks from periodically walking the trails to report any issues to assisting with trail maintenance, litter pickup, etc. Role requirements: Walking, moving and lifting, working independently or as part of a team, navigating uneven terrain.
Carpentry/General Maintenance: Volunteers periodically assist with maintenance tasks, carpentry, etc. around the farm. Role requirements: previous carpentry or maintenance experience. Please list your experience in the “skills” section of your volunteer application.
Gardening: Lots of seasonal work is required to maintain flower gardens and the education garden on the farm. If gardening is your thing, we certainly could use your assistance and expertise. Role requirements: Standing, walking, bending and lifting, working independently and as part of a team, working in various weather conditions, some prior knowledge of gardening preferred.
Fundraising, Communications, and More: It takes a wide range of skills to keep our programs and work at Stony Kill going. If you have expertise in a specific field (e.g. fundraising, writing, graphic design, accounting, farming, teaching, etc.) let us know!
Board of Directors: Stony Kill Foundation is governed by a small Board of Directors, who help govern the organization and assist with strategy and oversight. A current list of qualities sought in new Board members is available here. For more information about Board service, please email our Nominating Committee Chair.