Master Naturalist Training Program

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  • Training schedule: Tentatively scheduled for January to April 2021.  Includes up to four Saturday field trips. 
  • Training site:   Tentatively scheduled for the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center.
  • Length of commitment: Following training - Approximately five hours per month, up to 100 hours of service after training is completed. 100 hours not to exceed two-year period.
  • Reports to: Bellevue Park Rangers
  • Work environment: Outdoors and indoors
  • Background check required: Yearly
  • Age: Must be 18 or older

Primary Responsibilities:

Bellevue Master Naturalists learn about our 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 Eco Friday and Stewardship Saturday volunteer projects
  • Maintain restoration sites and monitor species survival at former restoration sites
  • Assist with special events such as Arbor Day-Earth Day

Training Details:

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. This 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 email Parks_Stewardship@Bellevuewa.gov.

Desired Qualifications:

  • City of Bellevue resident. Residents of other cities will be considered if space allows.
  • 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.

To Apply:

Please fill out the following forms (include a resume if you wish) and mail them to the address listed below, postmarked by Nov. 30, 2020 to be considered for the class of 2021. Please call 425-452-4195 with any questions or clarifications. Volunteer Selection Process 

Mail application materials to:

Attention: Master Naturalist Training Program
Lewis Creek Visitor Center - Bellevue Parks & Community Services
PO Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009 

The City of Bellevue provides volunteer opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, marital status, sexual preference and/or disability.