Environmental Education Volunteers

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

We are no longer accepting applications for the Fall Term. Please check back in January to learn when we will be accepting applications for the Spring Term. 

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.

Jennifer Romo
Volunteer Programs Coordinator
(206) 233-3955

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 2018 summer. Please check back in January 2019 for more information about the 2019 summer season; or send your name, age, and contact e-mail to trixie.magsarili@seattle.gov if you would like to be e-mailed when the 2019 application process begins.

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

Closed to applicants until September 2018

Learn about the Chum salmon run in Carkeek park! Volunteers are trained on the life cycle and natural history of the fall Chum Salmon run in Carkeek park and then use this knowledge to educate the public as they come to explore.  Gain skills in interpretation, public speaking, biology and natural history of the Pacific Northwest salmon.  As a volunteer in this program you attend one day of training to then are asked to volunteer on five Saturdays or Sundays between early November and mid-December while the salmon are returning to the park.

Office Assistant

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  

Jennifer Romo
(206) 233-3955