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We love our volunteers.

Fresh air, forest, fun – there are a lot of reasons to volunteer at Northwest Trek. If you love working outside, learning about wildlife and helping others enjoy it too, then we’ve got a spot for you!

Find your passion – then join us.

We’re now accepting 2023 volunteers – our next orientation is Thursday, February 2nd from 10am-12:30pm
Education volunteer with cart
Education Volunteers

Help our education staff interpret the park and its animals to the public! As an Education Volunteer, you’ll staff discovery carts at animal habitats, help visitors explore the Cheney Discovery Center and Baker Cabin, greet visitors entering the park and help with special events.


Volunteer and child at SlugFest
Special Events Volunteers

Help out at one of the many fun events at Northwest Trek! As a Special Events Volunteer, you’ll assist at special events like Slug Fest, Hoot ‘n’ Howl and more by directing visitors, leading craft and activity stations, set up and take down and more.

Child and staff member doing trail work.
Horticulture Volunteers

Love gardening and working in nature? As a Horticulture Volunteer, you’ll help out our horticulture staff with projects large and small: clearing paths, removing invasive species, landscaping and restoration. It’s a great way to learn more about Northwest plants!

Frog in hand of conservation volunteer
Conservation Volunteers

Our volunteers are crucial in helping us conserve species. As a Conservation Volunteer, you’ll conduct amphibian egg mass surveys, bat counts and more, both in and around Northwest Trek.

Applications now closed. Please check back.

Maintenance Volunteers

Want to help maintain and enhance Northwest Trek so that the grounds can continue to be enjoyed by all? As a maintenance volunteer, you will help us with various activities such as painting signs, repairing and building Hoot’ n’ Howl decorations, planting, bench assembly, picking up orders and materials for projects and more! Also, there is a possibility that you’ll get to work in and around animal habitats!

How to apply
In 5 easy steps.
  1. Explore the programs above and decide which is your passion.
  2. Click that one to apply. You’ll receive an email confirmation.
  3. Attend volunteer orientation and training. This is required for all formal volunteers.
  4. Pay the $35 administrative fee.
  5. Make a commitment to make a difference. (Check each program to find out what’s involved.)

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