Interested in a volunteer program that requires greater investment and provides great educational opportunities? To learn more about the programs listed below, contact Melissa Marcum at 503-619-3941 or submit an application online. You are also welcome to subscribe to our volunteer newsletter for monthly updates.
Youth Nature Leadership (LITE) Program
Our Nature Leader in Training Experience (LITE) volunteer program is a junior camp counselor program for youth ages 13-17 years. This is a great career development opportunity for youth, as applicants go through interviews, train with members of the education staff and work hands-on with children enrolled in nature summer camps or the Nature Mobile outreach program. A number of previous participants have gone on to become interns and camp staff.
Nature LITE volunteers are expected to commit to a minimum of 80 hours of service between June 20 - August 31, 2020. These hours can be acquired over the course of two full weeks (Monday - Friday) of summer camp and/or volunteering at any of the many nature education events scheduled throughout the summer. Please note that scheduled camp weeks do not need to be consecutive. A program fee of $28 is due at the workshop session. Fee waivers for the program are available upon request.
The 2020 application process will open in February 2020. Questions? Contact Melissa Marcum, firstname.lastname@example.org, 503/619-3941
Amphibian Egg Mass Surveys
The northern red-legged frog is listed as a sensitive and vulnerable species by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife. Participants in our Amphibian Egg Mass Survey Program are trained and assigned to survey ponds within the District where they search for, identify and count egg masses of this and other native amphibian species. The survey season normally begins in February and runs through March of each year, but it is weather dependent.
The next round of amphibian survey trainings will be scheduled for late January. Sign up to attend a training here!
Park Steward Program
This program is great for regular park walkers. After volunteers go through a brief training, they become the eyes and ears of our parks by reporting problems directly to our Park Patrol, as well as providing information to park visitors. Volunteers can be identified with their bright green vests and volunteer ID badges.
We have Park Steward groups in the following parks:
This program is designed to train local citizens on how to lead service projects with the general public and local school groups. The program offers a brief training, after which volunteers shadow Nature & Trails Department staff at a volunteer project. Stewardship leaders are asked to commit to leading/co-leading a minimum of five service projects each year for THPRD (minimum of 20 hours/year).
Volunteers involved in our Turtle Survey Programs are trained to identify a range of native and non-native turtles while surveying ponds and wetlands at specified district parks. In order to successfully complete turtle surveys, you must be able to sit still and quietly for long periods of time. We have two Turtle Survey Programs, which are listed below.
Snapping Turtle Survey Program - As snapping turtles are an invasive species and predators of native turtles and waterfowl, our goal is to capture and remove individuals as they move to land and begin nesting. Volunteers help us by performing surveys and notifying staff when turtles are located. The surveys take approximately 2 hours/day and must be completed at least 5 days/week. This program runs from May 15 to June 30 each year at Koll Center Wetlands, located in the Greenway neighborhood of Beaverton.
Turtle Survey Program - This program focuses on surveying all species of turtles that inhabit the area. Surveys are performed from May 1 through August 1 each year at specified sites throughout the district.