Waukesha County

 

 

Featured Volunteer Opportunity

Arbor Day Volunteer Event in Muskego Park

This Arbor Day, start a new tradition. Grow a legacy while also volunteering with Waukesha County Parks to plant seedlings, which help enhance and preserve our natural areas. Native tree seedlings from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Nursery are about 12 inches tall, bare root, and very easy to plant. Complimentary trees will be available for those participating to take home and plant. One tree per family, please.

Free Park Entrance for those participating! Enter park and follow signs. Event will be held rain or shine. Dress for weather conditions and bring work gloves if you have them.

Location:
Muskego Park, S83W20370 Janesville Rd., Muskego, WI (map)
Dates:
Saturday, April 27, 2019, 9 a.m. to Noon
Pre-registration is required by April 19th to ensure your spot
How to Apply:

Pre-registration is required by April 19th to ensure your spot


Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Mentor

Individuals are needed to assist with the AODA Speaker Program. AODA Volunteers are recovering people who regularly visit area facilities and reach out to those who are considering abstinence or are new in recovery. As a volunteer, you will partner with a veteran volunteer to visit these facilities to share your experience, strength and hope with men and women who suffer from alcoholism and other drug addictions. For more information please check out the informational brochure.

Location:

Varied

Dates:

Ongoing

How to Apply:

If you want to get involved and become a volunteer please contact us! An interview, application, and background screening are required for this position.
Kara Moore at kamoore@waukeshacounty.gov or (262)-548-7284

 

Childcare Assistance for Foster Children

Do you enjoy children? Do you have a few hours to assist weekday evenings? Consider assisting us with our onsite childcare needs? We offer monthly trainings, support groups, and orientations for foster and kinship parents. Childcare is provided during that time to make it easier for folks to attend. We are seeking dedicated volunteers to play games and entertain kids; eat dinner; and assist with homework completion. Children are birth-17 years, and staff and parents are always on site to assist. Usually 2-3 shifts are offered per month, and we are seeking a commitment of minimally one shift per month. This is a great way to spend time with kids, or help support our foster care program!

Location:

Waukesha County Health and Human Services

Dates:

Ongoing, monthly

How to Apply:

If you want to get involved and become a volunteer please contact us! An interview, application, and background screening are required for this position.
Kara Moore at kamoore@waukeshacounty.gov or (262)-548-7284

 

Emergency Reception Center Volunteer

An Emergency Reception Center, also called a Volunteer Reception Center (VRC), screens and organizes volunteers during a disaster. They are a critical component to managing volunteer workforce in emergency response and recovery.
Waukesha County is building a team of volunteers to help manage and run our VRC in times of emergency. Volunteers will assist with screening, interviewing, basic safety training, and more. The VRC is activated as needed when a disaster arises. Waukesha County will contact our VRC Volunteer team and ask for your assistance in opening the VRC. Shift lengths will vary depending on the disaster or emergency.
Location:
Waukesha County, specific location dependent on emergency
Dates:
Ongoing, scheduled as needed
How to Apply
Contact Kara Moore, Volunteer Services Coordinator, at kamoore@waukeshacounty.gov or 262-548-7284 for more information and to sign up for an initial orientation/training.

Meals on Wheels Driver

Meals on Wheels is a national network of local community organizations that serve seniors facing the threats of hunger and social isolation. Volunteers deliver between the hours of 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM Monday – Fridays, excluding holidays. With 10 Meals on Wheels centers throughout Waukesha County, you can select the community in which you would like to serve. 
Location:
Several locations throughout Waukesha County
Dates:
Ongoing
How to Apply
Contact Karen Straw, Volunteer Services Coordinator, at kstraw@waukeshacounty.gov or 262-548-7829. An application along with a copy of your driver's license and proof of current car insurance are required.

Park System Citizen Science – Bat Conservation

Volunteers will assist Waukesha County Park’s staff in conducting acoustic bat surveys during June-September. Volunteers are encouraged to attend a bat monitoring program hosted at Retzer Nature Center prior to assisting with surveys. All equipment will be provided.  Dress for weather conditions.

Location:

Various natural areas in the County

Dates:

Bat surveys will be conducted after dusk on warm, calm evenings June-September

How to Apply:

Contact Julia Robson, Conservation Biologist, at parks@waukeshacounty.gov and register for trainings here.

Park System Citizen Science – Bird Monitoring

Volunteers will assist Waukesha County Park’s staff in conducting breeding and migratory bird surveys from April – November. Beginner birders or those interested in learning basic bird identification techniques are encouraged to participate. Experienced birders are also encouraged to attend Waukesha County Park’s staff led surveys but may also contribute data via submitting their bird observations to eBird.org. All equipment will be provided. Volunteers are required to dress for the weather during surveys and encouraged to bring their own binoculars if they have them.

Location:

Various natural areas in the County.

Dates:

Bird surveys will be conducted in the morning between 7am – 11am depending on daily temperatures, April through November.

How to Apply:

Contact Julia Robson, Conservation Biologist, at parks@waukeshacounty.gov and register for trainings here.

Park System Citizen Science – Frog and Toad Call Survey

Volunteers will conduct frog and toad call surveys once per week from late March until July at assigned wetland sites throughout the county. Each survey point will require 5-10 minutes of active listening. Volunteers will visit their assigned survey points and record any frogs and/or toads seen or heard. All equipment necessary to conduct surveys including head lamps and data sheets.

***Volunteers must attend both a wetland monitoring orientation and field training prior to receiving monitoring equipment and starting their surveys independently.

Volunteers should also practice identifying frog and toad calls using USGS training website https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/Frogquiz/index.cfm

Location:

Various natural areas in the County

Dates:

Surveys must be conducted after dusk on calm, warm evenings from March to July.

Location:

Various natural areas in the County

How to Apply:

Contact Julia Robson, Conservation Biologist, at parks@waukeshacounty.gov and register for trainings here.

Park System Citizen Science – Invertebrate Monitoring

Volunteers will assist Waukesha County Park’s staff in conducting surveys for dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Surveys will be conducted from June – August. Volunteers are encouraged to attend an odonate and pollinator monitoring program hosted at Retzer Nature Center prior to assisting with surveys. All equipment will be provided.  Volunteers should dress for weather conditions.

Location:

Various natural areas in the County.

Dates:

Surveys will be conducted in the morning and afternoons depending on daily temperatures.

How to Apply:

Contact Julia Robson, Conservation Biologist, at parks@waukeshacounty.gov and register for trainings here.

Park System Citizen Science – Wildlife Nest Box Monitoring

Volunteers will either build and/or monitor artificial nesting structures for wildlife including eastern bluebird houses, barn swallow shelters, American kestrel boxes, osprey platforms, and wood duck houses. Volunteers will be required to visit their assigned survey site at least once per week from March – August. Volunteers will collect data on species occupancy of nesting structures and successfully reproduction and rearing of young. All equipment will be provided by the County, volunteers are encouraged to dress for weather conditions.

Location:

Various natural areas in the County.

Dates:

Surveys should take place during daylight hours under dry, calm conditions – March through August.

How to Apply

Contact Julia Robson, Conservation Biologist, at parks@waukeshacounty.gov and register for trainings here.

Park System Citizen Science – Reptile Monitoring

Volunteers will assist Waukesha County Park’s staff in conducting snake cover board and turtle trapping surveys from May - September. All equipment will be provided by the County, volunteers are encouraged to dress for weather conditions. Volunteers are encouraged to attend a reptile monitoring program hosted at Retzer Nature Center prior to assisting with surveys.

Location:

Various natural areas in the County.

Dates:

Dates:

Snake surveys will take place in the late afternoon or early evening depending on temperatures, typically starting around 4:30pm-5:30pm. Turtle trapping will take place in the morning and afternoon depending on temperatures. May through September.

How to Apply

Contact Julia Robson, Conservation Biologist, at parks@waukeshacounty.gov and register for trainings here.

Park System Citizen Science – Small Mammal Monitoring

Volunteers will assist Waukesha County Park’s staff in conducting live trapping for small mammal surveys. Volunteers are not permitted to conduct small mammal trapping without the supervision of trained Waukesha County Park’s staff. All equipment will be provided by the County, volunteers should dress for weather conditions. Volunteers are encouraged to attend small mammal monitoring program hosted at Retzer Nature center prior to assisting on a survey.

Location:

Various natural areas in the County.
Dates:
Surveys will take place in the morning between 8am-11am during June – September.
How to Apply:
Contact Julia Robson, Conservation Biologist, at parks@waukeshacounty.gov and register for trainings here.

Park System Citizen Science – Wetland Monitoring

Volunteers conducting aquatic funnel trapping for salamanders and crayfish will visit their assigned wetlands a minimum of 15 times between late March and early May. They will conduct 3 trapping sessions consisting of 4-5 trap nights each. Volunteers will set traps within their assigned wetland and are required to check them daily. Volunteers will remove species captured within the traps and record their identification and quantity on data sheets provided by Waukesha County Parks. Volunteers are also allowed to join Waukesha County Park staff on wetland monitoring surveys if monitoring wetlands independently is not feasible.
**Volunteers must attend both a wetland monitoring orientation and field training prior to receiving monitoring equipment and starting their surveys independently. Volunteers not monitoring wetlands independently are allowed to join County Parks staff on surveys and are not required to attend trainings. All equipment necessary to conduct aquatic funnel trapping including traps, hip waders, thermometer, decontamination equipment, data sheets, and equipment tote.

Location:

Various natural areas in the County.
Dates:
Training held in January and February. Trap checks will be done March through early May.Trap checks can be conducted at any time of day (morning, afternoon, evening) except for after dark.
How to Apply:
Contact Julia Robson, Conservation Biologist, at parks@waukeshacounty.gov and register for trainings here.

Park System Citizen Science – Wildlife Camera Trapping

Volunteers will deploy and monitor trail cameras for wildlife in assigned locations throughout Waukesha County. Volunteers will be required to check trail cameras every 2 weeks to assess for any potential damage or tampering, reposition the camera, and swap out SD cards. Volunteers will also download and submit photos from their assigned camera for active review. Volunteers are encouraged to attend a mammal monitoring program hosted at Retzer Nature Center prior to conducting camera surveys. Volunteers are also required to apply for a trail camera permit through Waukesha County Parks and Land Use (the permit is free).  All equipment necessary to conduct surveys including trail cameras and SD cards.

Location:

Various natural areas in the County.
Dates:
Wildlife cameras can be deployed and checked year-round during normal park operation hours (sunrise – 10:00pm). 
How to Apply:
Contact Julia Robson, Conservation Biologist, at parks@waukeshacounty.gov.

Park System Maintenance Projects

Help our park staff keep the parks looking great for our users!  Enjoy some time in the outdoors while giving back to the community.  Common projects are spreading woodchips on nature trails, trash clean up along roadways/campgrounds/trails, painting picnic tables and sign posts, pick up sticks in picnic areas/campgrounds, weeding, etc.  A park staff member will provide instructions and all tools/supplies for designated projects are provided by the Park System.  Common tools/supplies used are shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows, loppers, and hand saws. Volunteers are asked to wear sturdy closed-toed shoes and dress for weather conditions.  Ability to walk on rough terrain and hike to remote areas is necessary.  Projects are available for both adults and children, projects will be determined based on needs and abilities of the individual or group.

Location:

County Park System’s 8 parks, Retzer Nature Center, County Exposition Center, and 3 golf courses.
Dates:
Available March through November at a time that is convenient for individual or group
How to Apply
Complete volunteer interest form or contact Holly Glainyk, hglainyk@waukeshacounty.gov

Park System Natural Land Management Projects

Help our park staff restore and manage our natural parklands by assisting in removal of invasive species (including buckthorn, honeysuckle, garlic mustard, etc).  A park staff member will provide instructions and assist in leading larger groups.  Small hand tools, gloves, and other supplies are provided by the Park System for all projects. Common tools/supplies used are shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows, loppers, and hand saws. Volunteers are asked to wear sturdy closed-toed shoes and dress for weather conditions. Ability to walk on rough terrain and hike to remote areas is necessary.  Projects are available for both adults and children, projects will be determined based on needs and abilities of the individual or group.

Location:

Park System’s 8 parks, Retzer Nature Center, and several other natural areas in the County
Dates:
Available March through November at a time that is convenient for individual or group, limited projects are available in the Winter months, pending weather conditions.
How to Apply
Complete volunteer interest form or contact Holly Glainyk, hglainyk@waukeshacounty.gov.

Park System Retzer Nature Center Teaching Naturalist

Assist Retzer Nature Center Education Naturalist staff with environmental education programs for school groups, scouts and general public. Teacher Naturalist volunteers will teach specific field lessons from the Retzer Environmental Education Handbook to groups of 10-15 children. Programs typically last 1 to 2 ½ hours.  Children in programs range from Pre-School to High School age.  Both indoor and outdoor program opportunities are available.  A genuine love of nature is a must, as well as a desire to share your knowledge and enthusiasm with children and adults.  Specific knowledge of nature’s wonders is not required – training will be provided by Nature Center staff.  Physical ability to hike on and off set trails is necessary for outdoor programming.  

Location:

Retzer Nature Center and occasionally at other County Park locations.
Dates:
Primarily weekdays for school groups, some evenings and weekends as needed.  We will accommodate availability of volunteer.
How to Apply
Complete volunteer interest form or contact Holly Glainyk, hglainyk@waukeshacounty.gov

Park System Special Event Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for various special events throughout the year.  Assistance mainly need in facilitating various activities for children and families. 
  • January- Waukesha JanBoree
  • February-Wild Winter Night
  • April- Earth Week Activities and Arbor Day Tree Plantings
  • September – Apple Harvest Festival
  • October – Howl-o-Ween
  • November – Science Fest

Location:

Retzer Nature Center and select County Park locations
Dates:
Vary throughout the year.
How to Apply
Complete volunteer interest form or contact Holly Glainyk, hglainyk@waukeshacounty.gov

Social Media Volunteer

The Social Media volunteer will assist with Social Media projects including updating websites, adding pictures and information about program areas, updating Facebook, Twitter, and other Web accounts, etc. Volunteer must be 18 years old or older and have a personable and friendly demeanor. 

Location:

Waukesha County Administration Center 
Dates:
Varies
How to Apply:
Contact Lisa Lake, Project and Program Manager, at llake@waukeshacounty.gov.

  

Volunteer Driver

If you seek a flexible opportunity to strengthen families, ensure a greater quality of life for someone in need, and be part of an incredible team, then you are invited to join our Waukesha County Volunteer Driver Team.  Volunteer drivers transport people of all ages to and from their appointments in the area. Mileage reimbursement, flexible scheduling, ongoing training and support, and gratitude from clients included. You choose your own schedule.We are especially in need of volunteers who feel comfortable working with children in the day or evenings. This is the perfect opportunity to truly make a difference in another person’s life and have fun doing it!

Location:

Waukesha County and neighboring communities

Dates:

Ongoing 

How to apply:

Please contact us for more information! An interview, application, and background screening are required for this position.

Kara Moore at kamoore@waukeshacounty.gov or (262) 548-7284