Rosaryville State Park

Message from the Manager of the Southern Maryland Recreational Complex (SMRC) Ranger Jacob Wells


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, two state wildlands, six state parks, and numerous natural resource management areas. We boast some of the Free State’s very finest jewels, and an invaluable corps of volunteers strings 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 Calvert Cliffs State Park, the Friends of Cedarville State Forest, the Friends of Chapman State Park, and the Friends of Smallwood 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, please visit the Volunteer with Maryland State Parks Webpage. From there, you can search for various volunteer opportunities by park, activity, frequency, and more. Below are descriptions of a few of the volunteer opportunities that Cedarville State Forest has to offer.

Scout Projects

This opportunity is designed for scouts who would like to complete a project at Cedarville State Forest. For more information and to discuss a potential project, please contact Cierra Maszkiewicz at 301-888-1410 or e-mail at cierra.maszkiewicz@maryland.gov.

Trail Work Days

Do you like to get your hands dirty? This opportunity is designed for groups or individuals that would like to help maintain the trails at Cedarville State Forest. Trails do not just appear for our enjoyment. It takes dedicated people and hours of hard work to maintain the trails for the benefit of all trail users. Join us!

For additional information, contact Cierra Maszkiewicz at 301-888-1410 or e-mail at cierra.maszkiewicz@maryland.gov.

Volunteer Ranger

Volunteer Rangers help protect Maryland's natural resources. The Volunteer Ranger program is for people ages 18 and above 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 Volunteer Rangers become acclimated to the Maryland Park Service.

Additional training opportunities may include: CPR, first aid, search and rescue, and trail stewardship. After attending Volunteer Ranger Training, the Volunteer Ranger commits to 100 hours of service per year. As ambassadors of the Maryland State Parks, Volunteer Rangers serve a vital role to the public.

For additional information, contact Cierra Maszkiewicz at 301-888-1410 or e-mail at cierra.maszkiewicz@maryland.gov.

Volunteer Bike Patrol (VBP)

Do you like to ride your bike in the forest? Did you know you can patrol the forest 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 forest. After accruing 40 hours of volunteer service within 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.

For additional information, contact Cierra Maszkiewicz at 301-888-1410 or e-mail at cierra.maszkiewicz@maryland.gov.

Volunteer Mounted Patrol (VMP)

Ride into the sunset and help park guests! These Volunteer Rangers patrol the forest 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.

For additional information, contact Cierra Maszkiewicz at 301-888-1410 or e-mail at cierra.maszkiewicz@maryland.gov.

Looking for other volunteer opportunities? Contact the Rosaryville State Park Volunteer Coordinator:

Cierra Maszkiewicz
​301-888-1410
E-mail: cierra.maszkiewicz@maryland.gov​​​​

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