Nature Guide 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.


The Nature Guide’s primary purpose is to assist Bear Creek Lake Park Naturalists and Nature Ambassadors in a variety of quality educational programs for the public and scheduled groups. 
A nature guide helps families make smores at a campfire program.

Position Description

Department
Community Resources
Division
Parks
Committee
Nature Guide

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 Guide’s primary purpose is to assist the Park Naturalists and Nature Ambassadors in a variety of quality educational programs for the public and scheduled groups. 

Responsibilities

Nature Guides are responsible for assisting in educational programs such as campfire talks, full moon walks, and large events at Bear Creek Lake Park and other areas as assigned.

Nature Guides will assist with crowd control, set up and tear down, and other educational program tasks. Guides will not be leading educational programs. Nature Guides are responsible to complete a minimum 20 hours per year and assist with 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.
  • Work with the Park Naturalist and Nature Ambassadors in a team.
  • Work in variable weather.
  • Work weekends and evenings.
  • Wear provided uniform.
  • Be physically capable to assist with programs.
  • Enter all volunteer hours in the City’s Volgistics and reporting systems.  

Age Requirement

There is no minimum age for this committee. Volunteers under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult while performing volunteer service. 

Training

An approximately 1 hour basic park orientation will be required, along with specific Nature Guide training which will last approximately 2 hours. Additional educational enrichment and job shadowing (required) will be offered throughout the year. 

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