Environmental Education Volunteers

Seattle Urban Nature Guides

Seattle Urban Nature Guide with a tour

Spring Enrollment is closed. Fall training starts in August. Applications will be available in the Summer

Seattle Urban Nature Guides enhance, promote and foster appreciation of nature by connecting families and students with their Seattle parklands, and providing educational opportunities for all.
As a Seattle Urban Nature Guide, you will:

  • Learn valuable job skills including communication, public speaking, teamwork, and teaching techniques.
  • Receive training on Pacific Northwest flora and fauna, habitats and environmental education techniques for diverse audiences.
  • Lead hands on learning experiences in a variety of settings from playgrounds to beaches.

Training Schedule

Fall training is on Thursdays AND/OR Saturdays August 17 – September 16.

Locations: Various places in Seattle, including Discovery Park and Camp Long

Service Days & Hours: Choose to volunteer Tuesday - Friday, and/or weekends. Programs and events are an average of 2 hours.


Penny Rose
Seattle Urban Nature Guides
Phone: (206) 386-4250
Email: Penny.Rose@seattle.gov

Ambassador Program

Bird specimens and learning materials

Recruiting for visitor center ambassadors now. Apply for this position online.

Ambassadors receive one day of training in public speaking skills and then staff information tables on the weekends. In the winter, folks we’ll be trained to staff tables in the Discovery Park Visitor Center and give out general information about Discovery Park. For the spring, ambassadors will be trained to give out information concerning Puget Sound beaches and wildlife at tables located at Discovery Park beaches. Finally, in the fall, ambassadors will be trained on forest inhabitants and staff tables at various trailheads in Discovery Park.  

As an ambassador you will:

  • Learn and practice public speaking and public engagement skills.
  • Have the opportunity to nurture and develop life-long relationships between the public and parks.
  • Learn some basic natural history and have access to resources to advance your knowledge, if desired.

Training Schedule

  • Forest ambassador orientation and training: August, 12, 2017 9am-5pm

Location: Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center, 3801 Discovery Park Blvd. Seattle, WA. 98199

Service Days and Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, Noon – 4p.m.


Anne Bentley
(206) 386-9110

Junior Naturalist Program

Recruitment for 2017 is complete.

A summer volunteer program for ages 13-16. Created in 1998 to meet the need for quality programming for teens at Discovery Park. Junior Naturalists assist with the Summer Nature Day Camp program, volunteering for an entire week at a time.  

Junior Naturalists:

  • have a desire to work and interact with young children
  • are motivated to become a role model
  • learn leadership skills
  • have an interest in the natural environment

Typical responsibilities:

  • assisting with group management
  • leading songs, games, and activities
  • gathering materials and supplies
  • helping clean-up
  • learning new things about nature
  • helping out with the end of the week festivities 


Several hours of mandatory training prior to volunteering.


Junior Naturalists are asked to be able to commit to a minimum of volunteering at least two full weeks during the summer.

Office Assistant

Apply for this position online

Provide support for various environmental education projects. Training provided. An office assistant will work on:

  • Prop development
  • Library management tasks
  • File management tasks
  • Other projects as assigned

Location: Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center, 3801 Discovery Park Blvd., Seattle, WA. 98199

Service Days and Hours: Flexible


Anne Bentley
(206) 386-9110

Camp Long Library Assistant

Apply for this position online

Camp Long is an environmental education center and has a library of resources for use by volunteers and staff. The library is in need of a current inventory, re-organization and recycling of books that are irrelevant or outdated. A library assistant:

  • Reviews the inventory list and update.
  • Creates system for organizing and labeling shelves.
  • Labels shelves, organizes books by label.
  • Weeds out old or irrelevant books.  Recycles old books.
  • Find donors for books.

Training provided

Location: Camp Long, 5200 – 35th Ave SW, Seattle, WA  98106

Service Days & Hours: Flexible and about 40 hours per year.


Sheila Brown
Camp Long Supervisor

Database Entry

Apply for this position online

Provide data entry for bird sightings records. Experience with databases a plus, training provided in AviSys and eBird. 

Location: Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center, 3801 Discovery Park Blvd., Seattle, WA. 98199

Service Days and Hours: Flexible


Penny Rose
(206) 386-4250