Park inspection volunteers needed for new program

Be a parks inspector and help keep our open spaces maintained and welcoming!

A new program invites community members to assist Seattle Parks and Recreation in regularly surveying our parks in a systematic and transparent way. Parks Inspection Program Volunteers will receive training and work with Parks staff to carry out “check ups” of our city’s many parks.

The goal is to regularly evaluate our parks to identify problems and keep these precious city resources safe and inviting. Regular inspections will enable Parks staff to repair assets when needed and attend to any deficiencies exposed by the inspections.

The program begins in November 2017 and is recruiting volunteers now. Potential volunteers will be required to attend a training and commit to 1-2 inspections per month. We will work with volunteers’ schedules and will do our best to place them in their home neighborhoods.

We are excited about engaging Seattle’s community in the world of park maintenance, and are hopeful that you will apply. Information and details can be found on the Parks Inspection Volunteer Program web page; please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.

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Environmental Education Volunteer Open House

Become an Environmental Learning Unit volunteer and help teach Seattleites about the plants, the animals and the parks in our communities. We’re currently recruiting for Seattle Urban Nature Guides in addition to other great positions. Seattle Urban Nature Guides enhance, promote and foster appreciation of nature by connecting families and students with their Seattle park lands, and providing educational opportunities for all. Fall applications are available now and we are accepting them through August 4.

Want to learn more? Meet current volunteers and staff and learn more about volunteering with us at our volunteer open houses at Camp Long and Discovery Park.

Date: August 3
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Camp Long Environmental Learning Center, 5200 35th Ave SW, 98126
Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center, 3801 Discovery Park Blvd, 98199

Our complete list of Environmental Learning volunteer openings, including detailed job descriptions, are found on our website,

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Basketball coaches needed for winter youth recreational league

Basketball season is just around the corner, and at Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) that means hundreds of Seattle youth will be coming in to the community centers to sign up for teams.

It also means that we will need volunteer coaches for those teams. If you’re 18 or older, have a love of basketball, and want to be a positive influence in youths’ lives – consider becoming a coach! Visit our website at and register as a volunteer. We require that all coaches also pass our background check before working with youth.

You can coach at a center near your home or work with any of the 26 centers across the city. Not all centers get enough kids of the same age group for a team, in which case more than one center may put together enough kids to form a team. If your child and/or neighborhood kids are interested in playing, and you are interested in coaching, the staff at any community center can help form a team.

To register online please go to:

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Denny Award Nominations Open

The mayor speaks at the 2015 Denny Awards ceremony

Looking for a way to honor an awesome volunteer in your midst? Do you know a volunteer who has excelled at creating Healthy People, Healthy Environment or Strong Communities? A volunteer who has advanced the work of Race and Social Equity in Seattle?

It is time to nominate a volunteer or group who deserves recognition for their contributions to the people of Seattle through Seattle Parks and Recreation!

Mark your calendars! Nominees and winners will be honored Tuesday, December 6th at the Seattle Art Museum from 6 to 8:30 pm.

Please complete the 2016 Denny Award Nomination Form  through Survey Monkey. Also connect with us on our Seattle Parks and Recreation Volunteer Facebook page.

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Seeking Volunteers for North Seattle College Standing Advisory Committee

North Seattle College Health Sciences and Student Resources Building

Do you live in North Seattle and have an interest in serving on a committee that advises on the development plans of the North Seattle College?

Our Major Institutions and Schools Program, which provides a way for neighbors of Seattle’s hospitals, universities, and colleges to be directly involved in the development plans for those institutions, is currently seeking interested community members to participate on the North Seattle College Standing Advisory Committee.

This committee provides feedback on projects planned and under development by the college to ensure it complies with its Master Plan. The Master Plan describes zoning rules, long range planning of the property, and transportation planning.

If you live in North Seattle and have experience in neighborhood organizing and issues, land use and zoning, architecture or landscape architecture, economic development, building development, educational services, or just an interest in your neighborhood’s future, we highly encourage you to apply.

The committee meets at North Seattle College one to four times a year. Committee members serve a two-year renewable term. If you are interested in serving on this committee, send a letter of interest via e-mail or regular mail by Tuesday, May 31 to Maureen Sheehan at:


Mailing Address:
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
P.O. Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

For more information contact Maureen Sheehan, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, at 206-684-0302.


The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in its boards and committees; women, young adults, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, persons of color, and immigrants are highly encouraged to apply.