Volunteer Naturalist

Ongoing Applications

  • Volunteer TypeGreat Outdoors

Volunteer Naturalists assist Park Naturalists with presenting educational programs such as campfire talks, full moon walks, school groups, and others.

Nature Ambassadors assist children fishing.

Position Description

Community Resources
Volunteer Naturalist

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? 


The Volunteer Naturalist ’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. 


Volunteer Naturalist s 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. Volunteer Naturalist s are responsible to complete a minimum 20 hours per year and LEAD at least two educational programs a year.


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.


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.


A basic 1 hour long park orientation will be required, along with specific Volunteer Naturalist  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.  


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 

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