VOLUNTEERS

There are numerous opportunities to volunteer with the Park District. Volunteers help maintain over forty miles of island trails, remove noxious weeds and plant native species, help at various special events, provide sports coaching and summer camp assistants, and contribute in many other ways. Please contact our office at 206-842-5661 #118 to discuss opportunities, or email us at info@biparks.org.

Thank You, Volunteers!

 

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

Volunteer Forms
On the Trails

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 allow 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, staff can focus their efforts on prioritizing the many needed maintenance and repair issues on Park District trails.

To learn more, contact Trails Program Manager Sean Smith Sell at seans@biparks.org.

Trail Steward Agreement Form
Trail Steward Description 

Monthly Trail Work Parties
Grand Forest East | January 21, February 18, and March 18 | 10:00am-12:00pm

Work with our trails staff to maintain more than 40 miles of trails across the island. Work may include pruning vegetation, maintaining trail surfaces, and managing invasive species.

Help maintain Grand Forest East trails by restoring trails, pruning vegetation, raking trail surfaces, and more. Well suited for children ages eight and up who are comfortable using small hand tools and walking around a mile throughout the two-hour work party.

To learn more or sign up, contact Trails Program Manager Sean Smith Sell at seans@biparks.org.

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In the Parks
Conservation Work Parties
Blakely Harbor Park | January 14, February 11, and March 11 | 10:00am-12:00pm

Join the Park District, Weed Warriors, and IslandWood while we manage and learn about invasive weeds at parks across the island.

Help care for our woods, meadows, beaches, and open space. We’ll remove invasive species, plant natives when the weather’s right, and mulch, mulch, mulch!

Volunteers will help remove invasive species, spread mulch to discourage regrowth,
and plant native species. Well suited for children ages 6 and up who are comfortable using small hand tools and walking off trail on uneven surfaces.

Red Pine Park Work Party
Red Pine Park | January 19, February 14, and March 14 | 10:00am-12:00pm

Work alongside our horticulture staff to preserve garden beds, a historic fruit
orchard, edible perennials, and other landmark plantings in this former homestead in the heart of downtown.

 

Moritani Preserve Work Party
Moritani Preserve | January 10, February 16, and March 16 | 10:00am-12:00pm

Join the Natural Resources team in caring for the woods and meadows of Moritani
Preserve by managing invasive species, maintaining garden beds, and planting natives when the weather is right.

 

For more information, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Morgan Houk at morganhouk@biparks.org.

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Fay Bainbridge Park Camp Host

Fay Bainbridge Park is a 17-acre marine camping park with 1,420 feet of saltwater shoreline on the northeast corner of Bainbridge Island. The park contains 26 RV Sites, 14 tent sites, and currently 3 (soon to be 5) rustic cabins. It offers sweeping views of Puget Sound, the Cascade Mountains, and sandy beaches. On clear days, Mount Rainier and Mount Baker are visible from a sandy beach.

Our Camp Hosts are guests’ first point of contact when they arrive at our campground. The Camp Host will greet the public, assist them with questions, help guests find a site, or provide guidance about the local area.

The Camp Host is responsible for checking trash and recycling bins daily and for essential maintenance of the grounds, sites, restrooms, amenities, and additional facilities. The Camp Host will prepare campsites, maintain a reservation list, and inform guests of the campground rules. Managers assign other duties and projects.

Camp Host will be provided an appropriate RV space with full hookups and have access to free Wi-Fi, electricity, and a Park District cell phone.

Approximate start date: May 1

For more information, please contact Tom Banman at Tomb@biparks.org.

Volunteer Application

Special Events

Do you love working with the community in a creative and engaging way? Volunteer with our Special Events team! We’re always looking for volunteers for our treasured annual events, such as:

  • Sounds of Summer concert series
  • Movies in the Park
  • Haunted Hayride
  • Earth Day
  • and more!

For more information, please get in touch with Community Outreach Manager Stephanie Bugas at stephaniebugas@biparks.org.

Trails Committee

The Trails Committee was created to advise Park District staff on the planning, acquisition, development, and maintenance of the Park District’s trail system. For more information on Trails Committee, click here.

Youth & Teen Camp Volunteers

WHO ARE Y&T CAMP VOLUNTEERS?

Camp volunteers are young people or adults interested in assisting with a specific camp theme, age group, or site/facility. Camp volunteers work with camp directors and counselors to plan, prepare, and lead particular 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 participating in many camp activities alongside participants. By utilizing volunteers, staff can better focus their efforts on the many logistical camp tasks and day-to-issues as they arise. Camp volunteers are used primarily during the summer camp season but may also have opportunities during school breaks and holiday camps throughout the year.

WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF CAMP VOLUNTEERS?

There are two 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, fire-building, or interest in working with a particular age group or at a specific place. Theme-based volunteers have knowledge or interest in certain themes such as pirates, fairies, the beach, dinosaurs, or book-related cams and may be called upon to have a costume or be a character/role during the camp week.

Contact Shannon Buxton at shannon@biparks.org for more information.

Volunteer Application
Parent Authorization for Projects, Events & Activities

And Even More Opportunities!

Sports Coaches and Assistants: julie@biparks.org
Teen Center/Opportunities for Teens: bryan@biparks.org
Community Service Hours or Sports Fields: seans@biparks.org