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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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.

Parks Seeks Nominations for Volunteer Service Awards

Seattle Parks and Recreation is seeking nominations for the Denny Awards, which honor volunteer service to the city’s parks system. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 1, 2010. 

The awards will be presented at the seventh annual recognition ceremony, which will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010 at the Lake Union Armory, 860 Terry Ave. N. 

The Denny Awards acknowledge and honor the crucial role volunteers play in neighborhood parks, community centers, and recreation programs throughout the city.  Volunteers help Parks and Recreation staff and management in the work of the department and give valuable advice on important decisions about our Parks and Recreation facilities and operations. Volunteers pull ivy and plant native trees in our parks, coach kids’ sports, work as docents at selected parks, and serve on various advisory councils and boards. 

The name of the awards reflects the early commitment by the Denny family to the preservation of parkland and open space for public use and enjoyment. David Denny donated land that became the first Seattle park, Denny Park, in 1864. 

Denny Awards nominees should meet the following minimum qualifications. The nominee must have:

  • Demonstrated exceptional stewardship to parks and/or recreation;
  • Provided stellar leadership related to enhancing and preserving parks and/or recreation programs;
  • Demonstrated a significant personal commitment of time and effort to assist the Seattle Parks and Recreation department, and
  • Gained respect of community peers for efforts to help Seattle Parks and Recreation.

The nomination form for the award, specific criteria and related information (included with this news release) are available by contacting Adrienne Caver-Hall, Seattle Parks and Recreation, 206-684-7710, or Adrienne.caver-hall@seattle.gov 

For more information, please call Adrienne Caver-Hall at 206-684-7710. 

The nomination form may also be downloaded here:

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