Nature Ambassador Volunteer

Ongoing Applications

  • Volunteer TypeGreat Outdoors

Parks volunteer positions are filled each spring. An application will be available in Spring 2020 — please check back then.


Nature ambassadors will assist park naturalists with presenting educational programs such as campfire talks, full moon walks, school groups, and others. The volunteer will also assist in the daily operations of the visitor center.

Wildlife monitors will assist with the wildlife camera program, upkeep of nesting boxes and other wildlife-related projects. 

A campfire program takes place at dusk.

Position Description

Department
Community Resources
Division
Parks
Committee
Nature Ambassador

If you are passionate about natural resources and making a difference, consider investing your time with City of Lakewood Parks.

Our mission: We are committed to providing high quality park, recreation, family and cultural service and facilities that inspire enjoyment, learning and wellness in the lives of those who live, work and play in Lakewood.

We value INTEGRITY, COMMUNICATION AND CONNECTION, LEADERSHIP, ADAPTABILITY, and DIVERSITY. Under these guiding principles we have created an open and diverse organization that thrives on new ideas and people passionate about creating a better outdoor recreation and natural world for the next generation. So what are you waiting for? 

Purpose

The Nature Ambassador’s primary purpose is to lead (present) a variety of quality educational programs and assist the park naturalists in their programs for the public and scheduled groups. 

Responsibilities

Nature Ambassadors are responsible for presenting educational programs such as campfire talks, full moon walks, and large event programs at Bear Creek Lake Park and other areas as assigned. Nature Ambassadors are responsible to complete a minimum 20 hours per year and LEAD at least two educational programs a year.

Schedule

Shifts will mainly be evenings and weekends and vary depending on program schedules. Shifts will also be created to provide roving or stationary educational opportunities within the parks. This is a year-round position.

Qualifications

The volunteer must be able to prove the following ability to:

  • Complete all training including basic first aid and CPR.
  • Work with minimal to no supervision.
  • Work in variable weather.
  • Work weekends and evenings.
  • Wear provided uniform.
  • Be physically capable to lead programs.
  • Enter all volunteer hours in the City’s Volgistics and reporting systems. 

Age Requirement

The minimum age requirement for this committee is 18 years of age.

Training

A basic 1 hour long park orientation will be required, along with specific Nature Ambassador training which will last approximately half a day. Additional educational enrichment and job shadowing (required) will be offered throughout the year. CPR and first aid certification will also be required and will last approximately 6-7 hours. 

Work Environment

Indoor/Outdoor – this position participates year-round. The changing Colorado weather is a strong factor. This is an active position that requires standing/hiking for long periods of time and occasional lifting.  

Benefits

As a volunteer for City of Lakewood Parks there is a potential for many benefits including, but not limited to:

  • A Bear Creek Lake Park Annual Pass
  • Education and trainings
  • Obtaining skills for future employment
  • Networking