Volunteer

Are you interested in becoming a part of the Oxbow community? We encourage you to volunteer with us! We have a number of opportunities available for people who want to learn more about farming, outdoor education programming, and conservation. Get involved and learn about the work done here at Oxbow!

Sign up for our mailing list to receive Oxbow news and notification about future volunteer opportunities. Questions? Send us a message at volunteer@oxbow.org


NEW! Family Dinner Volunteers

Do you have food service experience, love working with kids, or just want to offer some helping hands for an evening of food, fun, and celebration? Oxbow is hosting its first fundraising dinner on September 16, 2017, and we need your volunteer support! We’re looking for help in the following areas:

  • Set up and break down
  • Food service
  • Children’s programming
  • And more!

Volunteers will be needed from 2-9PM. After we clean up, we’ll end the evening in true Oxbow style with a celebratory dinner for our chefs, staff, and volunteers. To sign up send us an email and be sure to tell us your skill sets or desired areas of work!

Your help is a wonderful way to donate to Oxbow’s mission to inspire people to eat healthy, sustainably grown food and to steward our natural resources for future generations. Learn more about the event at www.oxbow.org/dinner/


Kids’ Farm Volunteer Naturalist

Oxbow hosts thousands of kids on educational field trips throughout the year. Primarily pre-school and elementary-aged students visit the farm for 75-minute hands-on farm tours facilitated by farmer and volunteer instructors. Kids learn about seeds, soil, compost, worms, and other basics of organic farming.

Volunteer naturalists lead educational tours with 8-12 kids around our 2-acre Kids’ Farm in spring, summer, and fall. When no tours are scheduled, volunteers assist the education team in a variety of farming tasks around the Kids’ Farm. Only an interest in food and farms is necessary. Volunteer commitment can range from one season to a full year depending on availability.

Volunteering as a Kids’ Farm Naturalist is an opportunity to grow your skills as an educator and to learn about organic agriculture. We provide volunteers with extensive training in our unique educational philosophy.

Additional Opportunity for Volunteer Naturalists:

Participate in professional development opportunities, community partnership building, and monthly EE program delivery for our EPA grant-funded Partnering for the Future Project during the 2017-2018 school year (indicate your interest in the application).

We recruit for these positions on a rolling basis. 

To apply, read the full position description here and download our Kids’ Farm Volunteer Naturalist Application here


Summer Camp Volunteers

We have 3-5 volunteer positions available for each week of our summer camps. Volunteers act as instructors’ right-hand farmers to ensure that each camper has a unique, inspiring educational experience during camp. This is a rewarding opportunity to work with kids in a beautiful (if non-traditional) education setting and to learn from our talented education staff.

To apply, read the full position description here and download our Summer Camp Volunteer Application here.


Kids’ Farm Volunteer

Oxbow is seeking volunteers to help with the management and upkeep of our 1-acre Kids’ Farm and Living Playground. Oxbow’s education team appreciates season-long or ongoing commitment from volunteers (one day per week is great), but can accommodate one-time work parties or individual project requests on a case by case basis.

To apply, read the full position description here and download the Kids’ Farm Volunteer Application here.


Gleaning

Oxbow is lucky to be a part of Hopelink Harvest during the growing season. Each week, volunteers gather at Oxbow to collect produce from our fields for donation to area food banks.

A typical glean will collect 75-100 pounds of produce for donation to local Hopelink food banks. This is real, productive, feel-good work! We hope you can join us once or for the season.

Gleans start in July and take place every Tuesday from 1:00-3:00pm. Visit our Gleaning page for more information.


Restoration Work Parties

Oxbow hosts regular restoration work parties to help maintain our land and improve important habitat for wildlife. The parties are held outdoors, rain or shine: it’s satisfying, physical work! You can read about some of the great efforts our volunteers have made on our Native Hedgerow Project.

Learn more about the events and sign up on our Restoration page. We currently have work parties scheduled through December 2017. 


Groups

Oxbow welcomes corporate and other volunteer groups for work parties! We are flexible and can work with your schedule to the best of our ability. Contact us for more information about bringing your volunteer group to Oxbow.