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There are many ways that you can join the effort to preserve and protect our watershed. Call or write us to find out how you can volunteer your time or donate equipment.  We always appreciate your financial support and are grateful for your tax-deductible donations!


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We may seek additional paid staff at a later date, but for now, we are looking for eager volunteers.


April 5, 2017 -

Bergen SWAN is seeking a part-time office assistant, starting immediately.   The person must care about the local environment and be:

  • A quick study; patient, with a good work ethic
  • Knowledeable of MS Office and other popular software
  • Physically strong and not mind getting dirty
  • A safe driver with own transportation (preferably a vehicle with decent cargo capacity)
  • Available to work evenings and some weekends
  • Able to commit to the job for at least three months
  • Live within 20 minutes' drive of Hillsdale, NJ
The responsibilities will involve helping with office re-organization, event coordination, volunteer recruitment, gardening, ongoing projects, and public outreach.  We will provide an hourly wage for a maximum of ten hours per week.  Preference will be given to candidates who will be able to volunteer some of their time.

Please send your resume or list of work experience to, subject "Office Assistant."  

Thank you. 


May 2017

Dear SWAN Friends,

Our long-time work to protect, preserve and steward the lands surrounding our drinking water reservoirs is only possible by the good and tireless energies of our volunteers and regular staff.  Those of us running the organization dedicate hundreds of unpaid hours per year to keeping the organization viable and business compliant.  

With the loss of our Co-Director three+ years ago, and with many of our supporters leaving the area, getting older and less active, or departing this world for another, we urgently need new volunteers to help us keep pace with the much-needed work there is to do around here...both in our office and out in the environment.

If you are a good organizer, communicator, worker-bee, and nature lover, we need your help in the public arena and behind  the scenes. 

Some of the tasks that need special attention are: 

  • Getting the word out about programs and projects
  • Interacting with key contacts and participants before, during, and after events
  • Caring for our pollinator and other gardens
  • Organizing the office to be more efficient

To volunteer or for further information, please contact us immediately at 201-666-1877 or         

Thank you!

Best wishes,

Lori Charkey


March 2014

Dear Friends,

First, thank you kindly for your unprecedented support during the past few weeks following the loss of our beloved Co-Director, Mark Becker.   This has been the most difficult and challenging time in the history of our organization, and your faith in our past and future work has been affirming and encouraging.

Bergen SWAN will be busy in 2014 with several conservation projects – we are trying to help safeguard open space in Hillsdale, New Milford, and Montvale; conducting a grant-funded inventory in the Pascack Valley of green infrastructure and open space opportunities that will benefit stormwater management; and continuing to monitor the plantings in the stream restoration project installed in Emerson Woods last year.

Now more than ever, we need volunteer assistance to make our programs and projects more manageable.  Please contact us via email or phone if you have time and skills to share.

We look forward to seeing you soon, and thank you again for being at our side.


Lori Charkey
Barton Knight