Current Volunteer Opportunities

If you find yourself with some extra time on your hands, why not consider committing a few hours to improving our region and putting in a little sweat equity? Who knows, you may even learn an entirely new set of skills to polish up your resume or meet new friends! Contact our volunteer services associate, Kaylee, at 412-586-2356 or khorvat@paconserve.org, and she’ll be happy to answer questions and help put your time and talent to good use. Thank you!




Volunteer to Plant a Garden

Volunteer to Plant a Garden

May 11, 2019 to June 15, 2019

Volunteer Opportunity

We invite you to be part of the more than 11,000 Western Pennsylvanians who help beautify our region by planting and tending to flower beds throughout from spring into the fall throughout the region.

Our garden volunteers come from all walks of life and are of all ages. They may come as individuals, families, community groups or corporate volunteers. Some have never flowers before, while others are skilled gardeners who have been planting with us for years. We welcome all who would like to participate with our projects. Volunteering with us improves the local natural landscape and enhances local communities.

Sign up to volunteer to plant a community garden  below.

May 12 - May 18

May 14, 2019

Mercer, Mercer County - Rt. 19 & E. Butler St. - 2 p.m. - SIGN UP
Mercer, Mercer County - Rt. 19 & W. North St. - 2 p.m. - SIGN UP

May 15, 2019

Hollidaysburg, Blair County - Rt. 22 & Allegheny St. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Hollidaysburg, Blair County - Rt. 22 & Juniata St. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Highland Park - Allegheny River Blvd. & Washington Blvd. - 11 a.m. - SIGN UP
Greentree - Parkway West - Greentree Interchange - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Squirrel Hill - Forward Ave. & I-376 Inbound On-ramp - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Highland Park - Highland Park Bridge at Butler St. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Dormont - Dormont Ave. & Banksville Rd. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP

May 16, 2019

South Side - 18th Street - Riverfront Park Circle, South Side Flats - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Connellsville, Fayette County - Rt. 119 & Pittsburgh St. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Lawrenceville - 40th St. Bridge at Foster St. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Lawrenceville - 48th St. & Butler St. - 10 a.m. - SIGN UP
Lawrenceville - Butler St. near Sawyer St. - 11:30 a.m. - SIGN UP
North Side - General Robinson St. & Anderson St., North Shore - 1 p.m. - SIGN UP

May 17, 2019

McKeesport - O'Neil Blvd. & Hartman St. - 8 a.m. - SIGN UP
Downtown Pittsburgh - Gateway Center - Faith's Garden - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Beltzhoover/Mt. Washington/Bon Air - Liberty Tunnel & Rt. 51 - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Oakland- Blvd. of the Allies at Parkview Ave. - 9:30 a.m. - SIGN UP
Edgewood - South Braddock Ave. at Parkway East - 1 p.m. - SIGN UP

May 18, 2019

Meadville, Crawford County - Rt. 322 Triangle - Mary B. DeArment Memorial Park - 8 a.m. - SIGN UP
Conneaut Lakeshore, Crawford County - Reed Ave. and Comstock St. -  9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Johnstown, Cambria County - Bedford St. & Johnstown Expressway (Rt. 56) - On Ramp - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
West End - Wabash St. & Neptune St. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Oil City, Venango County - Main St. & Halyday Run Rd. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Oakwood - Noblestown Rd. & Durbin St. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Pitcairn - Wall Ave. at Wood St. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Etna- Rt. 8 & Kittanning St. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Brownsville, Fayette County-Rt. 40 & Broadway St. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Clairton - Rt. 837 & Maple Ave. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP

May 19 - May 25

May 20, 2019

Mount Oliver - Brownsville Rd. & Margaret St. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP

May 22, 2019

Bloomfield - Penn Ave. & Friendship Ave. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Greenville, Mercer County - Main St. & S. Front St. - Veteran's Park - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Greenville, Mercer County - Main St. & College Ave. - Wentling Memorial Park - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
North Side, Perry South - Perrysville Ave. & Federal St. Ext., Perry South - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP 
Troy Hill -One Heinz St., Sarah Heinz House - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
North Side, Spring Garden - Spring Garden Ave. & Vinial St. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Greensburg, Westmoreland County -Rt. 30 at Greengate Rd.- 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Squirrel Hill - Forbes Ave. & S. Dallas Ave. - 10 a.m. - SIGN UP
North Side, Marshall-Shadeland -Marshall Ave. & California Ave. - 11 a.m. - SIGN UP

May 23, 2019

Benson, Somerset County - Rt. 403 & River St. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
East Pittsburgh - Triboro Expressway & Electric Ave. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP

May 24, 2019

Point Breeze - N. Linden Ave. & McPherson Blvd. - 9:30 a.m. - SIGN UP
Point Breeze - N. Linden Ave. & Thomas Blvd. - 9:30 a.m. - SIGN UP
Downtown Pittsburgh - Grant St. at First Ave. - 10 a.m. - SIGN UP
Washington, Washington County - Rt. 18 & Tyler Ave. - 10 a.m. - SIGN UP
Point Breeze - Beechwood Blvd. & Reynolds St. - 11 a.m. - SIGN UP
New Kensington - Rt. 366 near Tarentum Bridge - 12 p.m. - SIGN UP

May 25, 2019

Butler - Rt. 68 & Hansen Ave. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Slippery Rock - Rt. 173 & E. Cooper St. - Slippery Rock Memorial Park - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Squirrel Hill - Morrowfield Ave., Tilbury St. & Beechwood Blvd. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP 
Harrisburg - 7th St. & Forster St. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Downtown Pittsburgh - Liberty Ave. & Commonwealth Pl. - The Point - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
South Park - Brownsville Rd. & Maple Spring Dr. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Marienville, Forest County - 106 Pine St. - Marienville Library - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Butler - Rt. 8 & Rt. 422 - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP 

May 26 - June 1

May 29, 2019

Indiana, Pa. - Rt. 286 & Indian Springs Rd. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP

May 30, 2019

Erie, Erie County - East Ave. & 6th St. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Moon Township - Rt. 51 & Thorn Run Rd. - 12 p.m. - SIGN UP
North Side, California-Kirkbride - Brighton Rd. & N. Charles St. - 1 p.m. - SIGN UP
North Side, Allegheny West -Brighton Rd. & North Ave. - 2:30 p.m. - SIGN UP

May 31, 2019

Squirrel Hill - Dallas Ave. & Wilkins Ave. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Farrell, Mercer County - Rt. 518 & Idaho St. - 1 p.m. -  SIGN UP

June 1, 2019

Monroeville - Rt. 48 & Haymaker Rd. - 7:30 a.m. - SIGN UP
Altoona, Blair County - Chestnut Ave. & 8th St. - 8:30 a.m. - SIGN UP
Conneaut Lake, Crawford County - Route 6 & Route 285 - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Hill District -Centre Ave. & Herron Ave. Bioswale - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Shadyside - S. Aiken Ave. & Centre Ave. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Homewood - Frankstown Ave. & Bennett St. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Franklin, Venango County - 13 St. & Otter St. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Squirrel Hill - Hazelwood Ave., Beechwood Blvd. & Saline St. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Scott Township - Rt. 50 & Hope Hollow Rd. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP

June 2 - June 8

June 4, 2019

Shippenville, Clarion County - Rt. 66 & Rt. 322 - 9:30 a.m. - SIGN UP

June 8, 2019

Homestead - Homestead Grays Bridge & 8th Ave. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
Hermitage, Mercer County - Rt. 62 & E. State St. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
South Side Flats - 12th St. & Carson St. - 9 a.m. - SIGN UP
South Side Slopes - Greeley Ave. & Josephine Ave. - 10:30 a.m. - SIGN UP

Become a WPC Ambassador

Become a WPC Ambassador

May 15, 2019 to October 31, 2019

Volunteer Opportunity
Do you like talking with people and helping them feel welcome?  Then become a WPC Ambassador!  After a brief training, you’ll work with WPC staff at events greeting people, handing out materials, water, and talking about WPC’s work. Choose from many locations and dates throughout the year. Ready to get started?  We’re forming a new group of Ambassadors now, to train for garden and tree planting events beginning in April. Please contact Kaylee Horvat at 412-586-2356 or khorvat@paconserve.org to get started today!
Volunteer for Land Stewardship

Volunteer for Land Stewardship

May 18, 2019 to November 9, 2019

Volunteer Opportunity

2019 Volunteer Land Steward Workdays

Thank you for your interest in Land Stewardship workdays. Management of WPC properties would not be possible without the help of our dedicated volunteers. Below is a drop-down list of current workdays for the 2019 season. To sign up for a specific workday, please click on the registration button below.

Workdays are typically held rain or shine. Unless otherwise indicated, we meet at the property at 9 am and work until around 2 or 3 pm, with a short break for lunch. Of course, volunteers are welcome to come and go as needed. Volunteers should bring water and a lunch, and be prepared to work in rugged, muddy, and/or thorny conditions. Long pants, sturdy shoes, work gloves, and sunblock are necessary. We’ll have extra gloves and all the tools needed for the project. Typical tools include loppers, pick mattocks, hazel hoes, and shovels. If a workday is cancelled for some reason, a message will immediately be sent to the volunteer land steward email list, as the website may not be updated for a day or so.

Spring 2019 Workdays

May 18, 2019

TOMS RUN NATURE RESERVE - TRAIL CONSTRUCTION CONTINUED
This year, we’re excited to finally begin trail construction at Toms Run. One leg of the trail will pass close to an old dump containing mostly appliance and automobile parts. Over the course of several workdays, we’ll haul this material out.

Meeting time: 9 am
Meeting place: Park off Toms Run Road, Kilbuck Township, Allegheny Co.  |  VIEW ON MAP
Work involves: Hiking up to 2.5 miles, steep slopes, muddy conditions, handling metal debris, clearing/digging a new trail


Summer 2019 Workdays

June 15, 2019

TOMS RUN NATURE RESERVE - TRAIL CONSTRUCTION CONTINUED
This year, we’re excited to finally begin trail construction at Toms Run. One leg of the trail will pass close to an old dump containing mostly appliance and automobile parts. Over the course of several workdays, we’ll haul this material out.

Meeting time: 9 am
Meeting place: Park off Toms Run Road, Kilbuck Township, Allegheny Co.  |  VIEW ON MAP
Work involves: Hiking up to 2.5 miles, steep slopes, muddy conditions, handling metal debris, clearing/digging a new trail


July 27, 2019

WOLF CREEK NARROWS NATURAL AREA
INVASIVE PLANT REMOVAL & TRAIL MAINTENANCE

Meeting time: 9 am
Meeting place: Park off Miller Road, Slippery Rock Township, Butler Co.  |  VIEW ON MAP
Work involves: Hiking up to 1.5 miles, moderate slopes, minor trail maintenance, cutting/digging invasive shrubs


August 24, 2019

WEST BRANCH FRENCH CREEK CONSERVATION AREA - TRAIL MAINTENANCE 

Meeting time: 9 am
Meeting place: Parking area off Rt. 8, Venango Township, Erie County  |  VIEW ON MAP
Work involves: Hiking up to 1.1 miles along a level trail, muddy conditions, carrying wooden planks


Fall 2019 Workdays

September 7, 2019

WEST BRANCH FRENCH CREEK CONSERVATION AREA
TREE PLANTING & DEBRIS REMOVAL
This is part of the annual French Creek clean up. Please let us know at least a couple weeks prior if you plan to attend this workday, since we will register as the WPC Land Stewardship Team.

Meeting time: 9 am
Meeting place: 10820 Wildman Road, Wattsburg, Erie Co. |  VIEW ON MAP
Work involves: Straightening/replacing tree tubes, hauling misc. debris, lunch provided, live music


October 12, 2019

SIDLING HILL CREEK CONSERVATION AREA - DEBRIS REMOVAL

Meeting time: 9 am
Meeting place: Silver Mills Road, Mann Township, Fulton Co. |  VIEW ON MAP
Work involves: Negotiating a steep slope, cutting up an old wooden stairway, removing misc. debris


November 9, 2019

SEASON WRAP UP & POTLUCK - LOCATION TBD

Meeting time: 10 am
Meeting place: TBD
Work involves: A brisk hike, light work, sharing food, swapping stories, enjoying each other’s company


To sign up for the email list or for further information, please contact:

Andrew Zadnik
Director of Land Stewardship
azadnik@paconserve.org
412-586-2318

Become Community Garden Steward

Become Community Garden Steward

June 1, 2019 to October 1, 2019

Volunteer Opportunity

Have you ever seen a WPC garden and wondered how it stays looking colorful, strong and healthy? A loyal crew of volunteers known as Garden Stewards cares for the Conservancy’s many gardens.  After spring planting, Garden Stewards help water, weed and clean up the areas. Stewards work from spring to fall.

Are you looking for a way to get outside and tend a garden?  We can help! Can we count on you to help a garden bloom all summer long? Contact Lynn McGuire-Olzak at 412-586-2324 or lolzak@paconserve.org to learn how to get started. The gardens below need stewards to care for them in the 2019 season:

Redbuds & Brews

Redbuds & Brews

June 27, 2019

Volunteer Opportunity

Join us on the North Shore to help care for redbuds and other native trees planted in Pittsburgh’s North Shore Riverfront Park as part of The Pittsburgh Redbud Project. Afterwards, we’ll head to a local establishment for appetizers and drinks. Meet us at Pittsburgh's Northshore Riverfront Park at 5:00 p.m. to join the fun!