Volunteer Opportunities in King County Parks
In 2012, volunteers provided more than 53,000 hours of service in our parks and on our trails. From building and repairing backcountry trails to removing invasive blackberries to promoting recycling and composting at summer concerts, our volunteers play an important role in stewarding our 26,000 acres of open space.
Our volunteers include individuals, families, youth groups, schools, community organizations and companies. We have events year-round, rain or shine - check out our events calendar for an upcoming event near you!
Contact us directly about scheduling an event specifically for your employees or group.
Learn about all of King County's volunteer opportunities at The Dirt: Calendar of Hands-on Volunteer Opportunities.
Park & Trail Ambassadors
Being a Park & Trail Ambassador means you take your volunteering to a whole new level, commiting to serving 100 hours per year at a specific site. Tasks can vary based upon your interest, and include everything from educating and assisting visitors to reporting on trail conditions to monitoring restoration efforts to clearing litter on park properties. Each Ambassador can play a different role, which can be worked out with the Volunteer Program Manager.
As a Park and Trail Ambassador, we ask you to:
- Commit 100 hours per year of your time
- Record your hours and report on any issues you observe
- Work with King County Parks staff to meet our goals and uphold Parks' policies and procedures
As a Park and Trail Ambassador, you will gain:
- Knowledge and experience as a steward of public land
- That warm and fuzzy feeling form helping to protect, restore and improve our region's finest parks, trails, and natural areas
- A fun way to pursue your own recreational interests
Adopt-a-Park or Trail
Our Adopt-a-Park or Trail program is a great way for neighbors, community groups and businesses to join together to contribute to their local community. Informal groups are welcome to participate, and frequently we see "Friends of" groups evolve out of the initial adopt-a-park or trail experience.
We ask for a minimum commitment of three or four volunteer work party events per year. Examples of work party activities include brush clean-up, litter pick-up, tree planting, flower-bed weeding and/or planting, invasive weed removal, trail maintenance, monitoring restoration efforts, and many other potential projects.
To sign up, please contact the Volunteer Program Manager and identify the park or trail your group would like to adopt. Once the “adoption” is approved, you're ready to go! Our Volunteer Manager will assist you with scheduling, supplies, and other support that will make sure your volunteer efforts are a success!
Marymoor Concert Recycling/Composting Crew
How do you catch a show at the Marymoor Park Concerts without paying a dime? Join the Marymoor Concert Recycling/Composting Volunteer Crew and get in for free!
Every year, this volunteer-driven effort has helped King County Parks keep more than half of the waste generated at the shows OUT of the landfill!
In an effort to reduce the impact of large events in the park, Marymoor Park recycles and composts biodegradable cups, plates and food scraps during the concert series. Volunteers, who get free entry and parking to the shows at which they volunteer, teach concert-goers about recycling and composting and help keep the venue free of litter.
Recycling Crew Application (PDF)
Expectations & Volunteer Agreement (PDF)
The Fine Print
- Must be 18 years of age or older.
- On-site training provided.
- Shift times vary depending upon show schedule.