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Trail Maintenance Leader

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ORGANIZATION: Closter Nature Center Association


The Closter Nature Center needs to substantially expand its team of volunteers for trail maintenance and invasive species removal. We are looking for physically able volunteers at different levels of skill and time commitment to join in this important work for the sustainability of our 136-acre forest and 3 miles of hiking trails.

YOU could be a highly valued member of this very important tea

Requirements: Adult 18 years or older, previous training/ supervisory experience is strongly preferred.

Description: This position will lead a small group of volunteers of (teens and/or adults) to complete specific tasks along the Center’s three-plus miles of trails. Projects include removal of invasive species, trash removal when the stream overflows its bank after heavy rains, shifting brush and branches that may have obstructed trails, and reporting to the trail maintenance supervisor any other emergent issues that may need to be addressed.

The Trail Maintenance Leader is responsible for the following:

  • Ensuring that necessary safety equipment is distributed and correctly used by volunteers
  • Training volunteers and the oversight of the work to be completed
  • Directing volunteers in the identification of the invasive plant to be removed
  • Arranging for the removal of any bagged garbage
  • Returning tools to storage
  • Completing a brief electronic report that includes a summary of the project and all pertinent details

This position is ideal for an adult looking to become actively involved in trail maintenance projects at the Closter Nature Center.

Projects will typically be scheduled on the weekends for two-hour periods, but time requirements will vary based on the needs of the project.

Training for the position will be provided.

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About Closter Nature Center Association


154 Ruckman Road, Closter, NJ 07624, US

Mission Statement

The Closter Nature Center Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of 136-acres in Closter, N.J. It includes 3-miles of trails, ponds, brooks, meadows, and forests maintained in a natural condition. It is an organization that promotes hiking, fishing, picnicking, nature photography, bird watching, and exploring. At the heart of Closter Nature Center is the mission to conserve natural resources, educate individuals of all ages, and to elevate recreational experiences to build a greater appreciation for the natural world. For 60 years, Closter Nature Center has provided opportunities for people to become active and at ease outdoors, to develop a greater understanding of the connection between humans and nature, and to appreciate the natural world as a source of learning and adventure. People visit Closter Nature Center for community events, group walks in the woods, family programs, and year-round classes for individuals of all ages.


In 1961, the Mayor and Council established a committee to study the prospects of a nature center. The Closter Nature Center Association (CNC) was founded in 1962. The dedicated volunteers and Trustees of today continue this very important work of maintaining open space and educational programming for the next generation.

Conservation- To preserve a significant tract of land in its natural state, with all its diversity of plants and animals.
Education- To foster appreciation for the wonders of nature and understanding of how people and these natural systems are interrelated
Recreation- To provide trails and facilities so that the land may be freely available for those who would use it to exercise, explore or relax.

The Closter Nature Center manages 136 acres of forested wetlands, including 3 miles of trails, provides a sanctuary for flora and fauna in the heart of a suburban landscape, conducts lecture series on relevant topics, employs an award-winning Naturalist, is recognized in "Best of Bergen" Magazine in "Places To Go And Things To Do" category, provides a haven for outdoor activity, engages 3,000 children annually in classrooms and at the Nature Center

Volunteerism: We are looking for volunteers who meet our current needs for diversity of backgrounds and skill sets such as: Committee & Board Membership, Trail Maintenance, Community Outreach, Program Assistant, Social Media/Marketing, Fundraising




We'll work with your schedule.


154 Ruckman RoadCloster, NJ 07624



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  • Landscaping
  • Management




  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Projects will typically be scheduled on the weekends for two-hour periods, but time requirements will vary based on the needs of the project.
  • Previous training/ supervisory experience is strongly preferred. What to Wear: Work boots, work gloves, long pants, long sleeves

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