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VOLUNTEERS

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Thank you Volunteers!

Big thanks to all of you who work with us so tirelessly to help make our parks enjoyablefor everyone – we couldn’t do it without you!

There are numerous opportunities to volunteer with the Park District. Volunteers help maintain over thirty miles of island trails, remove noxious weeds and plant native species, help out the Spring Egg Scrambles, sports coaching and summer camp assistants, and contribute in many other ways. Contact our office at 206-842-2306 ext 118.

Volunteer Application
Parent Authorization Form (needed for minors to participate in work parties and other projects or events)
Background Check Authorization Form

Youth & Teen Camp Volunteers

WHO ARE Y&T CAMP VOLUNTEERS?

Camp volunteers are young people or adults with a special interest in assisting with a specific camp theme, age group, or site/facility.  Camp volunteers work with camp Directors and Counselors in planning, preparation, and leadership of specific activities or projects within a camp program.

 

 WHY ARE CAMP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED?

Camp volunteers are needed to assist and enhance the efforts of camp staff with the “finishing touches” and details of a camp theme, sometimes even including costuming. Camp volunteers can mentor desired camper behavior by setting a positive example, and taking part in many camp activities alongside participants. By utilizing volunteers in this way staff can better focus their efforts on the many logistical camp tasks and day-to-issues as they arise. Camp volunteers are utilized primarily during the summer camp season but may also have opportunities during school break and holiday camps throughout the year.

 

WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF CAMP VOLUNTEERS?

There are basically 2 types of camp volunteers: Skill-based and Theme-based. Skill-based volunteers have specific skills to share with a camp such as first-aid, stars, beading, music, cooking, knots, or fire-building, or interest in working with a certain age group or at a specific place.  Theme-based volunteers have knowledge or interest in specific themes such as pirates, fairies, the beach, dinosaurs, or book-related camps, and may be called upon to have a costume or be a character/role during the camp week.

Student Opportunities

Are you a student looking for some community volunteer service hours?
Attend one of our Monthly Garden Volunteer Work Parties (see below)
Do you have a group of people that would like to make a difference in one of our parks?
Do you have a group of scouts looking for a Life Service project or an Eagle Scout project?
Is your school interested in a service project?

For more information about how you can help, please contact: Bre Ganné, Horticulture Manager, at bganne@biparks.org or 206.310.3797

Student Conservation Corps

2016 Fall volunteer work-party dates:

Sunday, October 30 at Blakely Harbor Park 10:00am-12:00pm (meet near the bathroom)
Sunday, November 13 at Blakely Harbor Park 10:00am-12:00pm (meet near the bathroom)
Saturday, November 19 at TBD BILT location

Please email Emily Helgeson emilyh@biparks.org for more information.

Trail Stewards

WHO ARE TRAIL STEWARDS?

Trail Stewards are volunteers who report the conditions of trails to staff on a routine basis, at least twice per month.  Generally trail stewards are individuals who frequent a trail, or trails, managed by the Park District and are willing to agree to contact the Park District about issues that need attention on the trails.

 

WHY ARE TRAIL STEWARDS NEEDED?

Trail Stewards are needed to assist Park District staff with inspections of trails to decrease the time necessary to adequately inspect the over 30 miles of trails currently managed by the Park District.  Trail Stewards create the ability for staff to be informed of trail issues immediately and schedule needed maintenance, repairs, or correction of safety hazards in a timely, efficient manner.  By utilizing volunteers in this way staff can focus their efforts on prioritizing the many needed maintenance and repair issues on Park District trails.

To learn more or sign up contact Erik Sherwin.

Trail Steward Description
Trail Steward Agreement Form

Trail Work Parties
Join the Trails Advisory Committee once a month “On the Trail” repairing or building trails all over the Island. Groups, organizations, sports teams, churches and others are encouraged to adopt a monthly work party so if you want to help host a work party at your favorite trail during an upcoming month just contact the Park District. To find out where and when the next work party is contact Dan Hamlin at dan@biparks.org or 206-245-7385. Typically the work parties are held on the 4th Saturday of the month from 10am to 2pm.
Monthly Garden Volunteer Work Parties

Hannah’s Garden in Owen’s Playground 9am-11am
Every Wednesday
Help maintain the beautiful, volunteer-planted garden in Owen’s Playground at Rotary Park

Waypoint Park 9am-12pm
3rd Friday of each month
Work alongside Ann Lovejoy and the Friday Tidies to maintain the garden beds in Waypoint Park. Please bring hand tools and a weed bucket.

Red Pine Park 9am-12pm
3rd Tuesday of each month
Garden at one of our newest parks located on Parfitt Way. Tools will be provided or bring your own if you prefer.

For more information about how you can help, please contact:
Volunteer Coordinator, Emily Helgeson at emilyh@biparks.org

COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS

 

Weed Warriors

The Weed Warriors are a loose volunteer coalition of amateur and professional gardeners and environmental activists serving various organizations.

Weed Warriors works to eradicate noxious non-natives which threaten our island habitat and can be removed before they cause permanent damage. We can win this battle with your help. 

Weed Warriors welcome helpers of all ages and abilities.

  • Saturday, October 22 – Waypoint Park 1:00-3:00pm
  • Saturday, November 12 – Fort Ward Park 10:00am-1:00pm

For more information contact Emily Helgeson, Volunteer Coordinator, emilyh@biparks.org or 206.488.8592.

And Even More Opportunities!

Sports coaches and assistants: julie@biparks.org
Haunted Hayride: lorim@biparks.org
Teen Center/opportunities for teens: shannon@biparks.org
Waterfront Park Community Center: sbarrington@biparks.org
Spring Egg Scrambles: lorim@biparks.org
Special Events: lorim@biparks.org
Community Service hours or Sports Fields: bganne@biparks.org