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Volunteer - Seattle Urban Nature Guide

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Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center
3801 Discovery Park Blvd
Seattle, WA 98199
United States

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 SUNGuide, you will:

● Learn Job Skills such as public speaking, education techniques, team work and organization.
● Enjoy a community of fellow volunteers and city staff.
● Receive training on Pacific Northwest flora and fauna, habitats and environmental education techniques for diverse audiences and cultural competency
● Lead hands on learning experiences in a variety of settings from playgrounds to beaches.

Commitment:
-Lead a minimum of 8 education events each year.
-Complete 4 days of training in Fall 2017 (choose either Thursday or Saturday trainings).

Locations:
-Various places and parks in Seattle, including Discovery Park and Camp Long Environmental Learning Centers.

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

To Apply

● Please review the attached job description.
● Submit your application by August 4, 2017
● Applications found online at http://bit.ly/2reb0LC

Seattle Urban Nature Guide Job Description

Duties for Seattle Urban Nature Guide:
• Complete training
• Lead and support interpretive and educational programs with school groups and or community and public groups.
• Communicate frequently with city staff regarding scheduling, upcoming events, and other details.
• Provide park information and corrective education to the public when appropriate.
• Commit to continuing self-education about environmental education for diverse audiences.
• Commit to achieving cultural competence.

Benefits:
• Discover the natural and cultural history of Seattle Parks and Recreation various habitats.
• Develop and hone communication, education and group management skills.
• Share fun, fellowship and community with others who enjoy nature and appreciation of parklands throughout Seattle.

Requirements:
• Attend all training and commit to lead 8 programs or events by the spring of 2018.
• Enjoy working with diverse members of the public.
• Follow policies and procedures of the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation
• Ability and stamina to lead group walks over rough terrain.
• Willingness to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
• Ability to transport yourself to event locations in parks throughout Seattle in a reliable manner, and to take a Defensive Driving course.

Training:
Spring Guide Training:
• 30 hours of formal training. 1 Thursday evening, 3 Thursdays OR 3 Saturdays and one Saturday morning.
• Program observations of veteran SUNGuides or city education staff is required.
• Spring training focus is pond and beach habitat, teaching techniques, interpretive methods, group dynamics, and cultural competence.
Fall Guide Training
• 30 hours of formal training. 4 Thursdays OR 4 Saturdays
• Program observations of veteran SUNGuides or city education staff is required.
• Fall training focus is forest habitat, teaching techniques, interpretive techniques, cultural competence and specialized programs

Continuing Education Sessions:
• Skill-building, natural history classes and evaluations are offered throughout the year.

To Apply

● Please review the attached job description.
● Submit your application by August 4, 2017
● Applications found online at http://bit.ly/2reb0LC

Questions? Contact Penny Rose at [email protected] or (206) 386 – 4250.

Location

Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center
3801 Discovery Park Blvd
Seattle, WA 98199
United States