Environmental Education Volunteering

Make a Difference by Volunteering

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.

Update 12/23/21: At this time, we are closing the application process for the Seattle Urban Nature Guide volunteer program. Please check back in the late winter or spring for changes and updates! 

For additional information regarding this volunteer opportunity, please read this Job Description.

Penny Rose
Public Education Program Specialist
(206) 507-9675

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 
  • Create social media content
  • Other projects as assigned

Location: Discovery Park Viistor Center, 3801 Discovery Park Blvd., Seattle, WA. 98199Service Days and Hours: Flexible  
Contact: Becca.Reilly@seattle.gov

Salmon Stewards

For the health and safety of our volunteers and general public due to the Covid-19 public health emergency, the fall 2020 Salmon Stewards program has been cancelled. Thank you for your understanding. You can follow the Carkeek Park Salmon Stewards Facebook page for periodic updates. You can also explore King County's interactive 2020 Salmon Seeson map here.

Visitor Center Volunteers

On busy days, Discovery Park Visitor Center can receive hundreds of visitors. We are looking for volunteers to greet, welcome and orient new park visitors. As a Visitor Center Volunteer, you can expect to give hiking trail recommendations and directions to points of interest throughout the park; sign out beach parking passes; post program posters; and assist the front desk staff with other Visitor Center projects.

Location: Discovery Park Visitor Center, 3801 Discovery Park Blvd., Seattle, WA. 98199
Service Days and Hours: Flexible. Greatest need are Friday, Saturday and Sundays.
Contact: Becca.Reilly@seattle.gov