We invite you to become involved with Whitesbog year round. Many activities, programs, and events are held throughout the year, especially during the cranberry harvest and blueberry season. Your contribution of time and talent will support the Trust’s mission–and you’ll have a great time too!
The volunteer program of the Whitesbog Preservation Trust plays a vital role in fulfilling the Trust’s mission to restore, protect and enhance the land, historic sites and buildings at Whitesbog and to provide educational materials and interpretive programs about the history, culture and natural environment.
As a volunteer staffed nonprofit, The Trust strives to re-create and preserve the past for visitors, while protecting the Pinelands and the sustainable agricultural resources in use today.
Over 200 Village volunteers collectively contribute thousands of service hours annually. Our volunteers fill many roles, from greeters, guides and museum docents to office assistants, from trail blazers, blueberry field hands and garden assistants to naturalists and native plant guides, and many, many more.
Assignments and work schedules can be arranged to accommodate an individual’s work schedule or availability.
If you’d like to become a volunteer, please take a moment to view our job descriptions here.
Volunteer Application, or call 609-893-4646 for more information.
Visitor Center volunteers work closely with the public by answering questions and providing direction, both in person and by telephone. The Center is located in Workers’ Cottage #12 next to the General Store. Volunteers acquire information and expertise through training, hands-on instruction, and the study of available procedures and publications. This job requires professionalism, communication, and computer skills. Volunteers are expected to work side-by-side with staff and other volunteers as a team to fulfill the mission of the Trust.
General Store Shopkeepers work on weekends from 10 AM – 1 PM and 1 PM – 4 PM, or all day. Shopkeepers greet visitors, provide information, sell our specialty items, restock the shelves, monitor inventory, keep the store clean, and communicate with visitors. Current staff and General Store Committee members provide training for volunteers. Candidates must be skilled in handling money, keeping accurate receipts, and communication.
Administrative Coordinators assist in the direct hands-on management of various administrative tasks at Whitesbog. Assignments may include mailings; filing; typing; arranging binders; logging documents; and preparing events such as training sessions, program set-ups, answering phones, preparing outgoing mail, and assisting other disciplines – graphic design, writing, merchandising, etc. Assignments can be scheduled Monday through Friday and weekends to accommodate individual schedules.
Marketing Assistants learn the tricks of the trade by creating event announcements, press releases, creative signage, and brochures and articles for publication. Candidates can serve on the Newsletter Committee, assist with interpretive signage, help to merchandise the General Store, and assist with grant research and writing. Candidates who are self-starting, independent, motivated, creative, organized, and neat with artistic ability and computer skills are good fits for this position. Candidates for this position should have an excellent grasp of grammar, punctuation, and writing skills.
Garden guides work closely with the Landscape Committee to identify rare and native plants, help to maintain signage, update plant lists, and conduct garden tours. Candidates for this position should have a working knowledge of Pine Barrens plants and their identification, botanical nomenclature, and the care associated with maintaining a historic collection. Photography skills and mapping abilities are a plus.
Garden Volunteers assist Landscape Committee members in maintaining the gardens and grounds of Elizabeth White’s home, Suningive. Volunteers should have a good working knowledge of plants and gardening procedures and will be required to use a variety of hand tools. After training in safety, garden volunteers will be able to use the pruning and power tools associated with gardening work, which are available on site.
Trail Blazers enjoy the outdoors and learn all about the Pine Barrens’ flora and fauna while helping to maintain and improve the trails at Whitesbog. The village has two interpreted trails and serves as the entrance to a three-and-a-half-mile driving trail and more than 18 miles of hiking, biking, birding, and horseback riding trails that traverse the cranberry bogs, blueberry fields, and forested park areas.
Trail Project Crews can join the Adopt-A-Trail Program as an ongoing service project or serve on a special project team to build bridges and repair boardwalks, blaze a new trail through the forest, install signage, clear brush and limbs along the trails, help restore a historic blueberry field, or simply pick up trash and report dumping, damage, and hazards to the office. Whitesbog offers countless opportunities for Eagle Scouts, scout troops and school students with community service hours to fulfill.
Village Docents work closely with the public. They share the many stories of Joseph and Elizabeth White, their family, cranberry and blueberry farming, and Village history. Training is provided, and volunteers can acquire additional information through instructional materials, mentorships, and associated publications. This job requires professionalism, as well as interpretive and communication skills.
Museum Docents assist curatorial staff at Suningive, the Cranberry Research Substation, the Interpretive Cottage, and the Agricultural Museum. Functions might entail museum housekeeping, inventorying, photographing artifacts, cataloging objects, and creating permanent and temporary exhibits. Projects may be designed for short-term or long-term assistance.
Living History volunteers take a walk back in time to help the Village come alive by portraying the village residents, farm workers, and Whitesbog personalities from the 1920s at festivals and at Living History events. Costumes, training, and props are provided. Great fun for all would-be actors, actresses, and enthusiastic historians.
Archives Assistants work closely with the Archives Manager to describe, photograph, and scan and catalogue acquisitions. Duties may also include typing, recording gifts, and various curatorial activities depending on ability and expertise.
Festival volunteers are always needed for the Blueberry Festival in late spring, the Pinelands Discovery Day in the fall, and for special events throughout the year. Assignments may include organizing specific activities or venues; photographing events; staffing a table (for tours, baked goods, plant sales, ice cream stand, pie eating contest, blueberry sales, etc.); assisting as a tour guide, museum aid or interpreter; or helping with traffic control and parking, wagon ride safety, festival sign preparation, publicity, and distribution of promotional materials.