Volunteers are vital to the mission of Columbia Springs supporting our natural area, elementary field trips, and more. Whether you are looking for a single event to volunteer at or for a dedicated position, Columbia Springs has flexible and rewarding roles for you. To learn more, please browse our volunteer opportunities below!
Public Volunteer Events ON HIATUS
We are working to bring volunteers back to our site but are unable to host groups at this time. Contact Apryl by email, as we are not in the office to answer phones, with any questions about volunteering.
Our public service events are perfect for people who want to spend a couple of hours working outside at the Columbia Springs 100-acre natural area. These drop-in events greatly increase our ability to maintain our site and continue to host field trips, festivals, and the general public. Each event will be slightly different, as the needs of our site change throughout the year. Projects typically include planting native plants, removing invasive species, trail maintenance, and improving the accessibility and safety of the site. Columbia Springs will provide snacks, tools, gloves, training, and trained volunteer group leaders. Signing up ahead of time to participate in a stewardship event is required. Groups are welcome, please let us know how many will be in your group.
Volunteer Requirements: Children must be at least 7 years old to participate. Children ages 7-15 are welcome to volunteer with their parent or guardian. Teens ages 16 and 17 can volunteer independently with their parent or guardian’s signed permission, please fill out this liability waiver. Volunteers are asked to bring a water bottle, wear closed-toe shoes, and dress in outdoor/work-appropriate clothing.
Volunteer Roles at Columbia Springs
If you are interested in volunteering at Columbia Springs in the future, please let us know! We are not currently able to on-board new volunteers in person as our site is closed but we are happy to work with you to see where you fit in once we are able to resume programming.
We count on dedicated volunteers to provide support and leadership throughout the year. These volunteer positions are excellent ways to gain skills and experience. Each position has different roles and expectations, please read through to see if it is a good fit for you. If you're ready to volunteer or want more information please complete our Volunteer Inquiry Form.
Stewardship Events: Join us at a stewardship event. See upcoming events above.
Crew Leader: Facilitate event set up, project coordination, and lead groups of volunteers at our public and private service events. Read the position description.
Park Steward: Maintain our 100-acre natural area by working on trails, construction projects, removing invasive species, and more. Read the position description.
Education Assistant: Support field trips at our 100-acre park for elementary classes. Read the position description.
SITC Assistant: Support the Salmon in the Classroom program. Read the position description.
Guided Walks: Lead tours and guided walks for park visitors. Read the position description.
Visitor Center Host: Welcome visitors, answer questions, and oversee the center. Read the position description.
Outreach Events: Share our mission and programs with the community at outreach events. All volunteers have the opportunity to join us as ambassadors at community events.
Special Events: Support our large festivals and events in a volunteer role, such as checking in participants, leading an activity, or planning logistics.
Youth Volunteer Ideas: Are you wondering how to volunteer with your child? Check out this document for ideas or contact us with any questions.
Youth Service Projects: Coordinate your own service project to fulfill your school, college, or Eagle Scout requirements. Learn more about Eagle Scout Projects.
Internships: Join our team as an intern! We have one current opening:
We are recruiting a Communication Intern! Read the position description here. Interested? Fill our volunteer inquiry form to begin the application process and learn more.
Interested in volunteering with us? Please fill out the volunteer inquiry form below. We will contact you shortly to schedule a phone call to discuss your interests. All dedicated volunteers are required to meet with their staff supervisor and fill out a Background Check Authorization Form, Liability and Media Release, and Code of Conduct. As a volunteer, you will receive a handbook, brief orientation, shadow current volunteers, and will be invited to attend ongoing training.
Learn more about what our Volunteer Program accomplished in 2019 here!
Current Columbia Springs Volunteers
Columbia Springs is lucky to have you! Please sign in to the volunteer portal for updates!