Volunteer With Gunpowder Falls State Park

Volunteer Opportunities

Gunpowder State Park volunteer clean-up crew, 2013With over 18,000 acres and 100 miles of trails, Gunpowder can certainly use your volunteer assistance. If you see anything in the following list, either call the contact number listed, Gunpowder Falls State Park Headquarters, 410-592-2897, or email our Volunteer Coordinator, Richard Bauer, at richard.bauer@maryland.gov

Individuals and groups (schools, clubs, etc.) are encouraged to participate.


Dundee Creek Marina is part of Gunpowder Falls State Park in the Hammerman area. We welcome volunteers who are interested in working with the USCG Auxiliary, to provide Vessel Safety Checks and offer boating safety tips to our boaters. Contact Ranger Gardner for details.


Help make a visible difference in the Park! We always have cleanup opportunities. We will provide you with the gloves and bags, and away you go. We also have park sponsored cleanup days if you would prefer to work as part of an organized group. Contact Ranger Gardner for more information.


Gunpowder Falls State Park has several volunteers groups whose primary interest is maintaining the gardens throughout the Park. If this is something you would like to do, contact Jen Cashell at 410-329-6809.

Graham Equestrian Center

Interested in horses and volunteering? The GEC is a non profit group who promotes equine educational opportunities. Email info@grahameq.org or call 410-663-4445 for details. You may also check out their website: www.grahameq.org.

Living History

The Friends of Jerusalem Mill (FOJM), is an organized group of volunteers dedicated to restoring, preserving, and interpreting the 18th and 19th century Jerusalem Mill Village. FOJM always welcomes new members and volunteers. If you are interested in Living History programs or renovating historic structures, this may be a group for you. For more information contact the Friends at 410-877-3560.


Do you like to work outside and get your hands dirty? If you are a handyman or woman, volunteer maintenance may be the right fit for you. Contact Park Headquarters if you would like more information 410-592-2897.

Naturalist and Special Programs

We are always looking for qualified people who may be interested in assisting with special programs such as campfires, nature hikes, or even a hayride. We offer a variety of programs for all seasons. For the safety of our young visitors, all volunteer naturalist candidates are carefully screened and require background checks.

Trail Work

With over 100 miles of trails, trail work is a year round endeavor. We offer training and guidance for all of our trail volunteers in the principles of sustainable trail design. Due to the sensitive nature of trail work, it is important to work closely with park staff. Please contact Jen Cashell at 410-329-6809 if trail work interests you.

Volunteer Ranger

Become a Volunteer Ranger and help protect Maryland’s natural resources! The Volunteer Ranger Program is for people ages 18 and older who want to assist the Department’s regular work force in state parks with operations, programs, and public service. Volunteers are trained and provided with uniforms for their jobs once they have completed 40 hours of volunteer service at a state park. A one-day orientation training helps rangers become acclimated to the state forest and park service. Additional training opportunities, that may include CPR, first aid, search and rescue, and trail stewardship, are offered on a regional basis. As ambassadors of the state parks, Volunteer Rangers serve a vital role to the public. Thousands of visitors to Maryland’s state parks look to Volunteer Rangers for guidance and help.

All Volunteers Must:

  • Have interest and enthusiasm for the outdoors and for maintaining the park for the public
  • Display a pleasant attitude and interact well with others
  • Be able to follow instruction and use safety precautions.

Once again, if you are interested, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Richard Bauer at richard.bauer@maryland.gov, Gunpowder Falls Headquarters at 410-592-2897, or the contact information listed above.​​​