Education Program Volunteer
*** We are currently Seeking Volunteers for the
Spring 2015 teaching Season (March. 9 - June 19) ***
The Mountains to Sound Greenway connects natural areas, working farms and forests and communities, from Seattle across the Cascade Mountains to Central Washington. The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust leads and inspires action to conserve and enhance this landscape, ensuring a long-term balance between people and nature. Founded in 1991, the Greenway Trust works to promote public land acquisitions, connect a continuous regional trail system, teach people of all ages about the importance of conserving forests and wildlife, improve recreation access, create new parks and trails and mobilize thousands of volunteers.
The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust's Education Program has been providing science-based environmental education to King County schools for over 15 years, and in the process introduced tens of thousands of 4th - 12th grade students to the natural world. Participating classes receive up to 8-hours of instruction from our Education Team that includes an in-class lesson, followed by a field study trip to a site within the Greenway. During a field study trip, students conduct a scientific investigation related to the program topic at hand while exploring a Pacific Northwest ecosystem. Afterwards, many classes also participate in a stewardship event that entails aspects of ecological restoration such as invasive plant removal, native tree planting, or trail maintenance. Our goal is to inspire students to develop a life-long relationship with the natural world while bringing to life the science concepts they learn in school and providing them with the skills necessary to take action towards creating a more sustainable future.
As an Education Program Volunteer, you will become a vital part of the Greenway’s Education Team by assisting in the delivery of our environmental education programs. Last school year, we engaged over 5,000 students in schools across King County, but there are many more students in need of such experiences. With your help we can get more kids outside. Education Program Volunteers work with existing Education Team members during school visits to help deliver in-class lessons, during field study trips to help lead field groups, and during stewardship events to take part in ecological restoration projects.
Spring Season: March - June
Fall Season: September - November
Program Times*: Monday - Friday; 10:00am - 2:00pm
*Program times are dependent on registrations, but generally take place during the school day, most often between 10:00am - 2:00pm
- Minimum commitment of 15 hours per month
- Attend Greenway Education Program training
- Minimum age of 18
- Clear a criminal history background check
- At least 2 personal references
- Personal transportation (carpooling is available)
- Current CPR/First Aid certification (or willingness to obtain)
- Desire to work with children
- Ability to work outside in all types of weather for extended periods while smiling
- Represent the Greenway in a professional manner
- Willingness to receive and give feedback
- Interest and curiosity about the natural world
- Gain teaching experience in classrooms and in an outdoor setting
- Learn about ecological restoration best practices
- Free membership to the Mountains to Sound Greenway
- Become part of a dynamic and passionate community of life-long learners
- A sweet Greenway t-shirt
- A warm & fuzzy feeling when sharing your love of nature with the next generation
- A worthy excuse to get outside and enjoy what makes the PNW so great
More Info and to Apply
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Patrick Mulligan, Education Program Manager, at (206) 678-3084. A cover letter and resume are optional but appreciated; at least two references who can speak to whether or not you'd make a good fit are required.