Volunteers at EarthCorps
The health, safety, and well-being of our volunteers, as well as (y)our extended community is of utmost importance. Given concerns regarding COVID-19, and our social and ethical responsibility to minimize our contribution to the spread of this virus to you and those you are connected to, we have made the very difficult decision to postpone all volunteer events until further notice as well as all Green Seattle Partnership events are to be determined. We will keep you posted of any additional changes and updates.
Please reach out to us if you have any other questions. EarthCorps will continue to track and follow the advice of local, State, and Federal Government Agencies, Seattle Public Schools, and more as the weeks progress. We will make a determination about events past March on a weekly basis.
Thank you for your service and continued support during this time!
EarthCorps enables community members of all ages to give back to their community by helping keep city parks and forests healthy. You bring a positive attitude, your lunch, and clothes that can get dirty, and EarthCorps will provide the rest!
ABSOLUTELY NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED!
EarthCorps staff and volunteer leaders will teach you everything you need to know about the work including tool safety, forest health, and the importance of the specific tasks you will be doing.
WHAT WILL WE BE DOING?
While the exact tasks at hand vary, our projects focus on improving the forests and parks in our local cities. Healthy forests are vital to our community because they filter rain water, purify the air, provide living spaces for wildlife, and give people a place to connect with the outdoors.
- Removing aggressive weeds like English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry
- Planting native trees and shrubs
- Spreading mulch
FOR YOUR SAFETY AND COMFORT, PLEASE BRING:
- Sturdy, closed-toed shoes (work boots, hiking boots, rubber boots, or tennis shoes).
- Clothing that can (and will) get dirty
- Long pants and long sleeves to help protect against prickly plants
- Rain gear and warm layers (check the weather!)
- Sack lunch and snacks
- Full water bottle
- Travel mug for tea/coffee
- Youth Waiver for unaccompanied minors (ages 14-17)
Bring your friends, coworkers, service club, religious group, or family to volunteer with EarthCorps! EarthCorps can accommodate volunteers of all ages and groups of 3-100. To sign up your group see below.
If you want to sign up a group of volunteers, follow these steps:
- Look at our Volunteer Calendar to see what events are coming up.
- Click on an event to get more information about the specific event and sign up.
- On the Sign Up Form, select “Leader of a Group” and write your group name and the number of spots you would like to reserve for your group.
- Contact the Volunteer Team if you have any questions, or if you are having trouble finding an event that fits your group.
- Let the Volunteer Team know if your group will be larger or smaller than your initial estimated headcount.
Tell the Volunteer Team if your group is going to be larger or smaller as soon as you know of the change. We plan the work for the day based on the number of volunteers we expect to participate. It’s hard on the volunteer leaders when there aren’t enough people to complete the work.
No! In order to avoid duplicate counts, please do NOT ask members of your group to sign up on our website.
Yes! Kids, scout troops, sports teams, or other groups of youth are welcomed to volunteer. Depending on age, we will need one adult to every 4-10 youth. The group leaders should contact the Volunteer Team directly to sign up and complete a group waiver.
YOUTH AND KIDS:
Volunteers of all ages are welcome! The work is typically geared towards adults and kids 10 and up, but younger kids are welcome to participate. Parents of younger kids should expect to supervise their children. Youth under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or responsible adult. All volunteers between the ages of 14 and 17 who are not with a parent or guardian must bring a completed and signed Youth Waiver the day of the event.
All youth under 14 years old must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult. Youth between the ages of 14 and 17 who are not with a parent or guardian must bring a completed and signed Youth Waiver the day of the event.
Yes. Youth must bring a new completed and signed youth waiver to each event. The waiver contains emergency contact information that need to be present at each event.
Yes. Exposing kids of all ages to caring for the environment is important, but four hours is a long time for little ones. You are welcome to leave early, but make sure you show up at the beginning of the event so you do not miss important safety information.
Service Hours and Credit for Volunteering
In many cases, volunteering with EarthCorps counts for service hours! Check with your school, class, or program to verify that volunteering with EarthCorps (a 501c3 nonprofit) will count. When you sign up for an event on our volunteer calendar, please indicate if you are volunteering for credit. This helps us know that our volunteer team needs to sign your forms and approve your hours.
Make sure that you indicate that you are a service learning student when you sign up for the volunteer event. You are responsible for asking EarthCorps staff members to sign/approve your service learning hours. Ask the EarthCorps staff member to sign your papers at the event, or email the Volunteer Team.
Don’t wait until the last minute! Allow 5 business days for the Volunteer team to get back to you.
The Volunteer Team works Tuesday–Saturday. They are not in the office on Sunday and Monday. Expect to hear back from them later in the week.
Yes, EarthCorps can verify court-ordered volunteer service hours. The only exception is that we cannot sign off on any hours completed within the City of Kirkland; all other locations are fine. Please contact the Volunteer Team at least a week ahead of time if you need verification submitted.
Yes, EarthCorps is a registered Workfare organization. Forms can be sent to the Volunteer Team for verification. Please let us know at least a week ahead of time if you need verification submitted.
General Volunteer Event Questions
Each park has a different meeting location. Check the event on our Volunteer Calendar, or your confirmation email, for specifics about where to meet. In most cases, Google, Bing or other online maps will lead you to the wrong location, so please follow our directions. Typically there will be a big EarthCorps canopy and tables at the registration spot.
Look for orange EarthCorps signs to direct you to the exact location where we are meeting.
Rain or shine, we will be out there! Unless there is lightning, high winds, or extreme weather, the volunteer event will still happen. We will have hot coffee and tea waiting for you, but make sure that you bring your raincoat and warm layers.
Safety is our priority. If there is lightning, high winds, or extreme weather, EarthCorps will cancel the volunteer event. We will send a cancellation email to everyone who has signed up for the volunteer event. (If you are a group leader, make sure you spread the word to the rest of your team who may not be on our email list.)
No, please leave your furry friends at home.