Volunteer Open House at Discovery Park

capturevolunteerResolve to begin the New Year on a positive note – become a volunteer! Our Environmental Education and Outdoor Learning Unit will be hosting a Volunteer Open House at Discovery Park Visitor Center from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12. Drop by anytime during the evening to learn about the variety of volunteer opportunities available. Current volunteers and City staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide additional information.

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Volunteer opportunities include the following:

NEW! Visitor Center Ambassadors – provide information for the public on weekends at the Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center.

One-day training provided on Saturday, February 11.

Training includes Discovery Park tour and history, public speaking and public engagement.

NEW! Beach Ambassadors – provide information for the public on weekends at Discovery Park beaches and potentially other Seattle salt water beaches in the near future.

One-day training provided on Saturday, March 11.

Training includes public speaking, intertidal natural history, and public engagement.

Seattle Urban Nature Guide – provide environmental education and hands-on learning experiences for school groups, the general public and at special events throughout the city.

Spring training is on Thursdays and/or Saturdays, March 23 – April 15.  Applications are due February 15, 2017.  Orientation for the spring training is Saturday February 18.

Training includes public speaking, natural history of flora and fauna, teaching techniques, team work, cultural diversity.

Junior Naturalist – provide assistance to naturalists during Summer Nature Day Camp.

Youth 13-16 years old, learn about nature and develop leadership skills while promoting stewardship at Discovery Park and in the community.

Office Assistant – provide support for environmental education projects.

Training provided for individual projects.

Database Entry – provide data entry for bird sightings records.

Experience with databases a plus, training provided for AviSys and eBird.

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Volunteer with Seattle Parks and Recreation

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Join Seattle Parks and Recreation at a Volunteer Information Fair to learn about our volunteer opportunities. Our volunteers coach youth sports, help us plant native trees in our parks, serve on various advisory councils and boards, and provide countless other services that allow us to have the first-rate park and recreation system that Seattle loves and depends on.

We will be hosting a Volunteer Information Fair on January 25 from 12 to 3 p.m. at Rainier Community Center (4600 38th Ave. S), and on February 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Northgate Community Center (10510 5th Ave. NE). You can find out what opportunities are available, learn more about the jobs that volunteers do, ask questions and get registered as a volunteer on site. Plus, we will be serving a free lunch!

Representatives from several of our units will also be on hand to describe their volunteer needs, including the Green Seattle Partnership, our Environmental Learning Centers, Community Advisory Councils, Adopt a Park and more.

If you have questions or would like to sign up for this event, please call Cheryl Brown at 206-615-0619.

Volunteer with Seattle Parks and Recreation

In 2015, 38,386 people volunteered for Seattle Parks and Recreation, providing more than 270,000 hours of service! Volunteers are one of our most important resources in helping us reach our goals of supporting healthy people, a healthy environment and strong communities. Our volunteers coach youth sports, help us plant native trees in our parks, serve on various advisory councils and boards, and provide countless other services that allow us to have the first-rate park and recreation system that Seattle loves and depends on.

Join us on January 25 from 12 to 3 p.m. at Rainier Community Center, or on February 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Northgate Community Center to learn about our many volunteer opportunities. Representatives from several of our units will be on hand to describe their volunteer needs, including the Green Seattle Partnership, our Environmental Learning Centers, Community Advisory Councils, Adopt a Park and more.

For questions or to register in advance, please call 206-615-0619.
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Basketball coaches needed for winter youth recreational league

Basketball season is just around the corner, and at Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) that means hundreds of Seattle youth will be coming in to the community centers to sign up for teams.

It also means that we will need volunteer coaches for those teams. If you’re 18 or older, have a love of basketball, and want to be a positive influence in youths’ lives – consider becoming a coach! Visit our website at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/volunteer and register as a volunteer. We require that all coaches also pass our background check before working with youth.

You can coach at a center near your home or work with any of the 26 centers across the city. Not all centers get enough kids of the same age group for a team, in which case more than one center may put together enough kids to form a team. If your child and/or neighborhood kids are interested in playing, and you are interested in coaching, the staff at any community center can help form a team.

To register online please go to: https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?AP=1483382340.

Seattle Parks and Recreation seeks nominations for annual volunteer awards

dennytSeattle Parks and Recreation is seeking nominations for the Denny Awards, which honor extraordinary volunteer service to the city’s parks and recreation system. The deadline for nominations is Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. The electronic nomination form is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NSCGVXZ

The awards will be presented at a recognition ceremony to be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec.6, 2016 in the Brotman Forum at the Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave.

The Denny Awards acknowledge and honor the crucial role volunteers play in supporting neighborhood parks, community centers and recreation programs throughout Seattle. The awards reflect the early commitment by the Denny family to the preservation of parkland and open space for public use and enjoyment. David T. and Louisa Denny donated land that became the first Seattle park, Denny Park, in 1884.

“Volunteers are one of our most important resources in helping us reach our goals of supporting healthy people, a healthy environment, and strong communities,” said Superintendent Jesús Aguirre. “Our volunteers coach youth sports, help us plant native trees in our parks, serve on various advisory councils and boards, and provide countless other services that allow us to have the first-rate park and recreation system that Seattle loves and depends on.”

Denny Awards nominees should:

  • demonstrate exceptional stewardship of parks and/or recreation;
  • have given a significant commitment of time;
  • provide stellar leadership by supporting SPR’s goals to extend Race and Social Justice, and support Healthy People, a Healthy Environment, and Strong Communities.

In 2015, 38,386 people volunteered for Seattle Parks and Recreation, providing 270,360 hours of service, which is a donation valued by Independent Sector at $23.07 per hour or $6.2 million dollars in 2015.

For additional information, please contact Aretha Alexander, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-684-8028, or aretha.alexander@seattle.gov. A list of past award winners is available here.

Denny Award Nominations Open

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The mayor speaks at the 2015 Denny Awards ceremony


Looking for a way to honor an awesome volunteer in your midst? Do you know a volunteer who has excelled at creating Healthy People, Healthy Environment or Strong Communities? A volunteer who has advanced the work of Race and Social Equity in Seattle?

It is time to nominate a volunteer or group who deserves recognition for their contributions to the people of Seattle through Seattle Parks and Recreation!

Mark your calendars! Nominees and winners will be honored Tuesday, December 6th at the Seattle Art Museum from 6 to 8:30 pm.

Please complete the 2016 Denny Award Nomination Form  through Survey Monkey. Also connect with us on our Seattle Parks and Recreation Volunteer Facebook page.

Download the past Denny Award winners list

Get Involved with Seattle Parks and Recreation’s 9th Annual Big Day of Play!

Big Day of Play VolunteersCome make new friends or bond with your family while volunteering! You’ll also receive service hours, food, and a zoo ticket for your time and support. Don’t forget to check out the fun activities that we offer like obstacle course inflatables, rock climbing wall, cultural music and dance presentations, and sport exhibitions for all ages!

Volunteers are needed for:

  • Event set up and take down
  • Greeting guests
  • Booth and vendor support (help monitor activities)
  • Assistance with survey and data collection
  • Recycling and waste management
  • Stage hands

Available shifts:

  • 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • 1:30-5:30 p.m.
  • 2:30-6:30 p.m.

*Plus additional training prior to event

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s 9th Annual Big Day of Play will be held on Saturday, August 13th from noon-6 p.m. at the Rainier Community Center Playfields.

For more information and to sign up, please contact Cindy Sandino-Chang at cindy.sandino-chang@seattle.gov or 206-386-1919.

High Point Community Center is looking for volunteer track and field coaches

High Point Community Center is currently looking for volunteer track and field coaches for their Youth Track and Field program. Practices begin next week and meets begin April 26. The meets are held once a week through May 26.

Please contact Shari Watts, High Point Community Center Recreation Coordinator, at 206-684-7422 or shari.watts@seattle.gov for more information.

 

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University volunteers help clean up Seattle parks during spring break

groupFor some, spring break is a time to head to the beach and relax after a long semester of studying. But for 10 undergraduates with the University of Virginia (UVA), spring break is a time to head to Seattle to pick up trash, weed, repair trails and work on other service projects.

Participating in the UVA’s Alternative Spring Break program, a diverse group of undergrads, whose majors include Foreign Affairs, Philosophy, Biomedical Engineering, and Drama, spent last week volunteering with Seattle Parks and Recreation. The volunteers worked to remove ivy and plant native plants at Mount Baker Park, clear invasive plants at Leschi Park, maintain the orchard in front of the Amy Yee Tennis Center, cleanup trash at Alki Beach Park, and do restoration work at Dr. Jose Rizal Park.

Alyssa Dizon, a senior studying Foreign Affairs, described the impact of her volunteer experience: “Our time working with Seattle Parks and Recreation helped make our spring break an incredibly meaningful experience. Beyond getting to travel to a new place and meet new people, our organization’s goal is to foster service learning. Each day we learned a lot from our site lead agroup 2nd from our volunteer work, which changed our perspectives on our role within the greater movement for environmental conservation and the role that public parks can play in modern-day cities. We admired the abundance of natural green space in Seattle, and felt that the extensive park system created a more livable city and brought different communities within Seattle together. Many of us are interested in spending more time with the public park system in our college town, Charlottesville, after seeing the great impact parks can have on a community. None of us had been to the Pacific Northwest before, and most of us had little experience in gardening so getting to try of all these new activities for the purpose of service was a very humbling and eye-opening experience.”

Thank you to all of the volunteers!

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Denny Awards 2015

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, we hosted the 2015 Denny Awards at the Seattle Museum of Flight to honor this year’s outstanding volunteers. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this wonderful event, and thank you to all of the individuals who donate time to Seattle Parks and Recreation. We could not do our work without you!