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. Download the background check form, fill it out, and return it to Penny Rose at the Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center.

We are currently seeking volunteers for the following programs:

Seattle Urban Nature Guides

Seattle Urban Nature Guide

Fall recruitment is now complete. Please check back in the winter for Spring recruitment.

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.

Download the full position description

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

Recruitment for ambassadors is currently closed. Please check back soon for future recruitment information.

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.

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

Salmon Stewards

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.

Junior Naturalist Program

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.

To Apply

Please download and read through the Important 2018 Information and Application Form.  Applications are due March 7, 2018.  If you have additional questions or if you would like a paper application mailed to you, please e-mail trixie.magsarili@seattle.gov.

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

Database Entry

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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