Volunteer With Rosaryville State Park

Message from the Manager of the Southern Maryland Recreational Complex (SMRC) Ranger Pat Bright, Jr.

Thank you for your interest in Volunteering with the Maryland Park Service! The Southern Maryland Recreational Complex (SMRC) is comprised of nearly 20,000 acres, spanning three counties. It includes a State Forest, a Wildlife Sanctuary, six State Parks, two State Wildlands, and numerous Natural Resource Management Areas. We boast some of the Free State’s very finest jewels, and an invaluable corps of volunteers strings our these gems together.

Our facilities simply could not run without the selfless contributions provided by our volunteers and “Friends” groups. Wherever you wish to volunteer in the SMRC, we welcome you, as do our vital affiliates: the Friends of Cedarville State Forest, the Friends of Calvert Cliffs State Park, the Friends of Smallwood State Park, and the Friends of Chapman State Park. Together with our small staff, these groups perform park operations, patrols, historic interpretation, special events management, park maintenance, trail work, beach cleanups, environmental education programs, fishing derbies, and much, much more.

Volunteer Opportunities

To search for volunteer opportunities at this state park and all of the state parks in Maryland, please "click" here to link to the Volunteer with Maryland State Parks webpage and then "click" on Opportunity Search in the Volunteer Menu on the left side of the page.

VMP volunteers

Trail Work Days

Do you like to get your hands dirty? If so, join Rosaryville State Park’s Trail Crew as we continue to improve and upgrade the park's trail system. These trails do not just appear for our enjoyment -- it takes many hours of planning, labor and negotiating to develop and maintain them. Trail Work Days are held from 9 a.m. to noon on select Saturdays from March to November. To participate you must sign up in advance for a particular date. The minimum age to volunteer is 16. The actual location of each trail project will depend on the priorities of the trail crew and the number of volunteers who sign up. Everyone who signs up will be notified by e-mail a day or two before each date and will be advised as to who, where and when to meet and what to bring. For an application and additional information, contact Ranger Amelia Matos at 301-888-1410 or e-mail at amatos@dnr.state.md.us.

Join the Volunteer Mounted Patrol (VMP)

Ride into the sunset and help park guests. These volunteer rangers patrol the park on horseback assisting park guests, reporting trail maintenance issues, and reporting other problems and violations. All VMP's must provide their own horse and be 18 years of age. Interested persons should start volunteering through different opportunities at the forest. After accruing 40 hours of volunteer service with the forest, the volunteer attends training for Volunteer Ranger certification and is provided with a uniform. After receiving certification, the volunteer commits to 100 hours of service per year. If you are interested but do not have your own horse, you can also become a Volunteer Ranger and patrol on foot or in a vehicle. For an application and additional information, contact Ranger Amelia Matos 301-888-1410 or e-mail at amatos@dnr.state.md.us.

Join the Volunteer Bike Patrol (VBP)

Do you like to ride your bike in the park? Did you know you could patrol the park on your bike as a member of our Volunteer Bike Patrol? These volunteer rangers provide assistance to park guests, especially mountain bikers and hikers, by offering information and directions. In addition, they report downed trees on trails, washouts and other hazards. All VBP's must provide their own bike and be 18 years of age. Interested persons should start volunteering through different opportunities at the park. After accruing 40 hours of volunteer service within the park, the volunteer attends training for Volunteer Ranger certification and is provided with a uniform. After receiving certification, the volunteer commits to 100 hours of service per year. If you are interested but do not have your own bike, you can also become a Volunteer Ranger and patrol on foot or in a vehicle. For an application and additional information, contact Ranger Amelia Matos 301-888-1410 or e-mail at amatos@dnr.state.md.us.

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