Master Naturalist Training Program
Hours: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Training: Begins January 2016
Job site: Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center
Length of commitment: Volunteer at least five hours per month, up to 100 hours of service after training is completed. 100 hours not to exceed two-year period.
Reports to: Park Ranger
Work environment: Outdoors/indoors
Background check required: Yearly
Age: Must be 18 or older
Master Naturalists will learn about the area’s ecology, geology, wildlife, plant life, cultural history, wetlands, forests, and streams from professors, local professionals, scientists, research assistants, and Park Rangers. Master Naturalists will focus on restoration and conservation efforts, and will help share this passion by working with and educating their community.
Drawing on individual strengths and interests, Master Naturalists may perform the following duties:
• Lead environmental education programs, hikes and canoe tours
• Help lead Stewardship Saturday volunteer projects
• Maintain restoration sites and monitor species survival at former restoration sites
• Assist with Natural Resource special events, Arbor Day Earth Day and Natural Resource Week
Over the course of this training program volunteers, volunteers will meet with experts in lecture, workshop and field-trip settings to cover various ecological topics. Program is free with a volunteer commitment of 100 hours of service to Bellevue’s Parks Department. For more information, please call 425-452-4195 or e-mail Parks_Stewardship@Bellevuewa.gov.
• City of Bellevue resident
• Understanding or interest in botany, horticulture, native plants, resource management, noxious weeds, restoration ecology or wildlife habitats.
• Desire to work outdoors in varied weather and site conditions.
• Experience in landscaping or grounds maintenance.
• Experience in interpretation and environmental education.
• Experience in volunteering and working as a team.
We are now accepting applications for the 2015 Master Naturalist Training Program. Fill out the following forms (include a resume if you wish) and mail them to the address listed below. You can also drop them off in-person at the Lewis Creek Visitor Center (5808 Lakemont Blvd. SE) during business hours. Space is limited, so apply today! Please call 425-452-4195 if you have questions.
Application materials can also be mailed to:
Attention: Master Naturalist Training Program
Parks & Community Services
Natural Resource Division
16023 N.E. 8th Street
Bellevue, WA 98008
The City of Bellevue provides volunteer opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, marital status, sexual preference and/or disability.