Youth Stewardship Opportunities

Youth Stewardship

Everyone has their part to play in restoring our natural spaces, but now it’s clearer than ever that youth have a special role to play in the future of restoration. With climate change and other critical environmental issues reaching a boiling point, this generation’s youth have a unique opportunity to gain valuable restoration experience early, and put that knowledge to use during a critical period for the Earth. The Green Seattle Partnership is excited to have plenty of opportunities for you to get involved and gain experience!

Connect with Us

Volunteer with us!

The quickest and easiest way to get involved as a youth is to volunteer like anyone else! We have events across the city almost every day of the year. At our volunteer events you will:

  • Learn about habitat restoration, best management practices for managing invasive species, proper planting technique, community action, and more!
  • Get hands-on experience with guidance from forest stewards or GSP staff. After attending just a few events you’ll be a seasoned veteran! Service learning credits always available.
  • Make a difference by helping our forested parklands thrive. The work our volunteers do contributes to the health of Seattle’s green spaces, and ensures that we’ll have access to thriving natural areas well into the future.

 

Group Volunteer Events

 

We accept groups of all sizes, and encourage students to bring their friends and school groups out. Our staff and stewards have experience working with scouts, class groups, environmental clubs, and more!  

If you have questions about getting a group out, or want to plan an event for your group only, contact us at info@greenseattle.org

Lastly, you’ll need to bring a youth waiver if you’re under 18 and a parent/guardian isn’t present. You can find our youth waivers here.

Become a Forest Steward

Have you volunteered with the Green Seattle Partnership and want to become a Forest Steward? Forest Stewards are volunteers that agree to dedicate a portion of their time to steward a park. As a Forest Steward, you would remove non-native noxious weeds, plant native plants, help plan for the restoration of the park, and host volunteer events. GSP Forest Stewards play an important role in restoring and caring for Seattle’s Urban Forest. If you are interested in becoming a forest steward, email info@greenseattle.org to find out how to get started!

Get Service Hours

 

Volunteers can get community service hours at any of our events! We also support longer term service projects for interested groups. Contact us at info@greenseattle.org for more information!

 

Work on a Crew!

Several of our partners hire youth to work in Seattle’s parks! Working on a crew is a wonderful way to get job experience, learn about a variety of topics, and contribute to the stewardship of Seattle’s urban forest.

 

Here at GSP we’re grateful to have so many partners. The wide variety of groups we partner are all working towards the common goal of caring for Seattle’s natural areas. Throughout the network, there are many opportunities to get involved! The opportunities range widely, including volunteering, internships, and education opportunities. To learn more, check out this guide we’ve put together!

 

Across the Northwest, Student Conservation Association (SCA) is building a new generation of conservation leaders and over the past 30 years, has strengthened the region’s youth, communities and environment.

SCA offers young people the opportunity to get outside and make a difference through service programs, lasting anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months. SCA offers the chance to be apart of something bigger, and a great introduction to conservation work. Whether you want to serve in your local community or explore public lands across the country, SCA has an opportunity for you!

The Tilth Alliance is always open to applications for volunteers or interns on the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetland. Working with Tilth as a volunteer or intern is an excellent way to learn about urban foods systems, environmental education, and the community!

The Tilth Alliance works with Washington farmers, gardeners, and community members to build an equitable, healthy and sustainable futures. Their work includes the running of and outreach from the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetland, the Good Shepherd Center, McAuliffe Park, and the Rainier Beach Learning Gardens.

Na’ah Illahee Fund is a non-profit dedicated to indigenous-led action for regenerative economies, cultural health and self-determination indigenous communities of the Pacific Northwest. Their focus is currently in Seattle, and they have a youth work crew that helps to care for our urban forest in parks.  

EarthCorps brings together passionate and hardworking young adults from the US and countries around the world, for a yearlong leadership training program in Seattle, Washington. Corps members learn leadership skills by working collaboratively, leading community volunteers, and executing technical restoration projects along shorelines, trails and in forests. 

Youth Ambassadors

The Youth Ambassadors program is a unique opportunity for youth (aged 13-18) to plan and lead a series of workshops for other youth throughout the year. Through the program the ambassadors develop employment skills, learn about local environmental issues, including environmental justice, and work with like-minded individuals to make an impact in their communities. In 2019, our youth ambassadors led workshops on plant identification, urban habitat restoration, environmental justice, and environmental careers. A total of 56 youth attended these workshops, boosting the environmental knowledge of our community.

Youth Ambassadors will meet every other week for an online meeting to plan workshops, get trained on skills such as event planning, communications, and education.

Please contact info@greenseattle.org with any questions. 

We will begin accepting applications for 2022 Youth Ambassadors in early 2022.

 

Other Ways To Get Involved

Dirt Corps is a collaborative team of professionals and community partners working together to increase access to green jobs and to foster healthy communities. Our work provides skilled landscape consultation, including design/build, with an equally important goal of sharing our trade with others in our region interested in restoration and green infrastructure.

 

Before getting started with an Eagle Scout Project, please read the following information.

  • Read the Seattle Parks Eagle Scout Candidate Information Sheet.
  • Email info@greenseattle.org expressing interest and for further guidance on getting started.
  • Submit a two-sentence summary of the proposed project to your Plant Ecologist in advance of starting with the Scout.
  • If there is interest, schedule the project well in advance (recommended at least 3 months) and schedule regular face-to-face/email/phone check-ins with the Scout and GSP staff.
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