Seattle Urban Nature Guide

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, August 4, 2017, 8:00pm



Seattle, WA
United States

Job Category:

Volunteer Opportunity

Job Type:


Job Description:

Become a SUN 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 SUN Guide, 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. 


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


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.  


Full 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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.  


Applications due August 4!

Questions?  Contact Penny Rose at or (206) 386 – 4250.

How to Apply:

To Apply:

Review the attached SUN Guide Job Description, then

Visit our website to submit your application today or

Contact Name:

Penny Rose

Contact Phone:

(206) 386 – 4250

Contact Email: