Your time and skills can help the park!

We are nothing without volunteers - literally. From our dedicated leadership to those in our community that wish to contribute just an hour or two each year, the success of the Conservancy depends on the generosity of people that voluntarily give their time for the betterment of the park. We welcome new volunteers throughout the year for all sorts of tasks as listed below. 

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Weekly volunteer opportunities in the park

  • Tuesday Mornings - Master Gardener Jean Greeley leads a team of 4-8 volunteers that help weed, mulch and maintain Brookdale Park’s Pollinator Garden. Once an area of overgrown invasive weeds and shrubs, the garden is now registered as an official Monarch Waystation and flourishes with native plants and active wildlife. Garden volunteers meet at 9 am every Tuesday, weather permitting. This project was created as part of the Essex County Environmental Stewardship Program. For more info, please reach out directly to jgreeley743@gmail.com.

  • Wednesday Mornings - Former Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County President, Patricia Hewitt leads a team of 4-8 volunteers that help maintain the health and appearance of Brookdale Park’s landscape through rejuvenation pruning. New adult volunteers are always welcome. No experience is necessary and training is provided. For more info, please reach out directly to hewitt36@verizon.net. Note: for the month of July, interested volunteers should contact interim crew leader Thomas Biglin at tombiglin@msn.com.

  • Thursday Mornings - Rose Garden Director and Master Gardener, Susan Jankolovits leads a team of 5-10 volunteers that help prune, mulch and generally maintain the historic Essex County Rose Garden at Brookdale Park. New adult volunteers are always welcome. No experience is necessary and training is provided. This group meets at the Rose Garden at 10am, March through October. For more info, please reach out directly to sjankolovits@hotmail.com.

Brookdale Park’s weekly volunteer groups are led by graduate and participant volunteer leaders from Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County. The Brookdale Park Conservancy is proud to support and partner with the long-standing and valuable organization. For more information on their program, please visit https://mgessex.org/.

Administrative & Leadership volunteer opportunities

  • Marketing Coordinator. Role potentially includes both email campaigns and social outreach. Working knowledge and experience with MailChimp and/or Facebook/Instragram is a plus. Ideally, candidate will have digital marketing experience and be able to develop and execute a simple calendar of monthly campaigns/posts that engage and inform the park-going community.

  • Accounting Consultant. Seeking an experienced accountant to work with our Treasurer in a consulting role. Working knowledge of QuickBooks and Salesforce is a plus as well as non-profit bookkeeping experience.

  • Featured Speaker Events Coordinator. Looking for a volunteer to lead the development and management of 4-6 events per year. Events will ideally take place once per month and partner with other local membership organizations to increase our shared community's awareness of park related topics.  

  • Volunteer Group Co-coordinator. Ideal candidate is a self-starter - well organized and a good communicator - looking to team up and take on a co-leadership role for at least one year. Tasks include volunteer outreach prior to and after events as well as on-site management during activities. Past Conservancy volunteer group events have engaged groups ranging in size from 10-50 people and have taken place during weekday work hours (corporate groups), after school on weekdays (youth groups) and weekends (college/church groups and open-call community workdays).