Environmental Education Volunteers

Be a Seattle Urban Nature Guide, Junior Naturalist, or Salmon Steward

Become an Environmental Learning Unit volunteer and help teach Seattleites about the plants, the animals and the parks in our communities.

As a park volunteer, you develop your skills in customer service, public speaking, working with and teaching youth, guiding tours or park hikes for families, and much more. In addition, we are looking for volunteers to help us behind the scenes with prop development and other related office tasks. Please scroll down to the volunteer positions that speak to you.

Please note that all park volunteers must agree to a Washington State Patrol background check. 

Seattle Urban Nature Guides

Seattle Urban Nature Guide

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.

Note: We are not accepting applications for environmental education volunteers Seattle Urban Nature Guides at this time.  The applications will be posted here in late fall of 2019 for Spring Training 2020.  

Penny Rose
Public Education Program Specialist
(206) 386-4250

Database Entry

Provide data entry for bird sightings records using eBird.  

Location: Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center, 3801 Discovery Park Blvd., Seattle, WA. 98199Service Days and Hours: Flexible

Penny Rose
(206) 386-4250

Junior Naturalist Program

A summer volunteer program for ages 13-16, Junior Naturalists was 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 week-long camps.  

We have completed our Junior Naturalist selection process for the 2019 summer season.  Please check back in January 2020 for information about the 2020 summer season, or e-mail trixie.magsarili@seattle.gov with the potential junior naturalist's name and age if you would like to be notified when information becomes available.

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.

Salmon Stewards

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Salmon Steward. The Salmon Steward program is full for 2019. Please check back in September, 2020.

Be sure to come and see the salmon at Carkeek Park in the fall!

To apply click here

Office Assistant

Environmental Learning Programs are not accepting applications for new Office Assistants at this time. 

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

  • Prop development
  • Database data entry
  • 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  

Penny Rose
(206) 386-4250