[job/internship]: Summer beach naturalist, Cama Beach State Park (Camano Beach, WA)

Looking to build some direct experience with environmental education this summer? This is unpaid, but you get free lodging and a per diem for meals. Deadline for application is March 14.

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The summer interpretive naturalist volunteer will serve with the education staff and volunteers at Cama Beach and Camano Island State Parks on the shore of Saratoga Passage. The volunteer will lead outdoor discovery experiences and experiential education in a busy, fast-paced environment. The volunteer will also have the opportunity to develop a capstone project. The majority of programs will be targeted at children ages 4-12 but teens, adults, and seniors are also often in the audience. The summer interpretive naturalist volunteer will assist staff in developing and maintaining education materials, and presenting evening programs. The volunteer’s role will be to create a sense of stewardship and to provide youth and adults with opportunities to enjoy the rich legacy of Washington State Parks.

Reports to
State Parks’ Interpretive Specialist 2.


  • Lead or assist with seven or more programs per week including interpretive tours, nature and science programs, Junior Ranger programs, craft, and historic skills programs.
  • Lead naturalist hikes over uneven terrain in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Educate and inspire people of all ages and walks of life about temperate rainforest habitats and marine ecosystems.
  • Ensure that all activities on the Cama Beach Foundation “Calendar of Events” are accurate for the week ahead.
  • Performs routine maintenance of interpretive facilities and displays, including light cleaning.
  • Conducts extensive materials preparation.
  • Submit a volunteer timesheet and provide written feedback about the programs and volunteer experience at the end of each month.


  • Energetic, creative individual with high level of self-motivation. Good organizational skills. Excellent communication skills. Creativity and new ideas are encouraged.
  • 2 years of college or equivalent practical experience.
  • Helpful background and experience include: experience as an educator (formal or informal), experience interacting with the public, experience as a nature interpreter or guide.
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs. Ability to hike over uneven terrain in all weather conditions.
  • The normal schedule is Thursday through Monday and 39.75 hours per week. The volunteer may be asked to serve some evenings and during the Independence Day weekend.
  • Must be able to begin volunteering by Thursday, June 21. Must serve through Monday, August 27. (The first day can be as early as Thursday, June 14; the last day can be as late as Monday, September 10).
  • Knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Puget Sound region desired.
  • Ability to serve cohesively as a member of the Cama Beach State Park team.
  • Ability to maintain composure if exposed to negative comments from the public.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.

Per Diem for meals and incidentals

  • Parks asks that this volunteer provide at least 400 hours of services during a 13-week period.
  • Cama Beach Foundation will provide per diem of $30 for meals and incidentals for each day of service.
  • Lodging at Cama Beach State Park will be provided by State Parks.

Please send a one-page cover letter indicating interest in this position and a one-page resume including three references.
Closing Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018.