Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Volunteer Opportunities with National Wildlife Federation

Habitat Steward:
Teach others in your community how to create habitat for wildlife by giving presentations, volunteering to create a Schoolyard Habitats™ site, writing articles for local media or restoring habitat in a public site. Habitat Stewards make a commitment to volunteer for at least 30 hours within the year following their training. Since you have taken the Backyard Habitat classes with Woodland Park Zoo, all you need to do is meet with NWF staff.

Habitat Steward Host:
If you like to train and inspire others, this is the volunteer job for you! You organize and host a Habitat Stewards training and then mentor your Stewards during their first year. You don’t need to be a habitat expert, but must be able to facilitate the training and pull together guest speakers and other resources. Training is done by a correspondence course run by NWF, and it lasts about three months.

Habitat Ambassador:
Help others learn how to garden for wildlife by hosting a table at a community event, giving a short presentation or distributing National Wildlife Federation literature. The training is done online with an NWF-provided CD.

Community Wildlife Habitat™ Team:
Once you have registered your own yard as a Certified Wildlife Habitat™, you can take your commitment to the next level by forming a Community Wildlife Habitat team and getting your community certified. Or you can become a member of one of the over 30 teams already working in Washington. More info on

Benefits of Volunteering:
• Contribute to community and national change
• 30% discount through NWF Catalog
• Invitation to exclusive events and openings
• "Insider" communication and news about national issues
• Special discounts and invitations from NWF corporate partners
• Volunteering 30 hours annually equals a free children’s magazine subscription

If interested, please contact Courtney Sullivan, Education Manager, Pacific Regional Center or (206) 577-7175

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