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We love our volunteers.

Fresh air, forest, fun – there’s 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 SlugFest, Hoot ‘n’ Howl and more by directing visitors, leading craft and activity stations, set up and take down and more.

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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!

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Eagle Scout Projects

Become a steward of the environment by completing your Eagle Scout project at Northwest Trek. Projects can contribute to animal care, wildlife conservation, visitor experience, education, habitat restoration or many other fields.

How to Volunteer
in 7 easy steps

1. Explore the programs above and decide which is your passion.
2. Complete and submit a volunteer application (below). You’ll receive an email confirmation.
3.. Complete an interview. We’ll contact you to arrange a convenient time and date.
4. Attend a Volunteer Orientation Day.
5. Attend the next Volunteer Training Day. This is required for all education volunteers and suggested for all other volunteers. You will need to pre-register.
6. Total cost is $35, which includes uniform, volunteer ID and nametag, background check and materials.
7. Make a commitment to make a difference. (Check each program to find out what’s involved.)


Volunteer orientation days: Feb. 2 (10am-2pm), June 8, Aug. 21

Volunteer training days: Feb. 9 (9am-1pm), June 15, Aug. 28


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