Volunteers at EarthCorps
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 mask, snacks, water bottle, 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 rainwater, 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
COVID-19 PREVENTION GUIDELINES:
- Pre-register online. No walk-up volunteering at this time. We need to know what to be prepared for, thank you for understanding. If you are registering for an event in Tacoma, please visit our Tacoma volunteer page for further guidelines and protocols.
- Digital QR Code sign-in. Once you arrive scan the event QR code with your phone to sign yourself in. Waivers should be completed after you register online. For youth volunteers, there is an additional step of verifying your parent/ guardian.
- Face masks are required. If needed, North Puget Sound events will have disposable masks on hand.
- Smaller events. Each of our events will host a max of 5 volunteers at a time.
- Clothing that can (and will) get dirty and closed-toed shoes. (work boots, hiking boots, rubber boots, or tennis shoes). Rain gear and warm layers (check the weather!)
- Bring your own water and snacks.
- Maintain social distancing. During the event please be sure to maintain a 6-10 feet physical distance from fellow volunteers and our event leads.
- Bring your work gloves. If you need work gloves, all North Puget Sound events will have extra on hand.
At any point our public agency or public health guidelines change, processes will be updated to reflect current restrictions and practices.
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. If you are under 18 years old, make sure your parent/guardian completes your waiver which is required in order for you to participate. Waivers should be completed after you register online. For youth volunteers, there is an additional step of verifying your parent/ guardian.
Does there have to be an adult with every kid?
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 complete a signed waiver.
Is it okay if my child and I leave the event early?
Yes. Exposing kids of all ages to caring for the environment is important, but two hours can seem like 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.
How do I get my Service Learning hours approved/verified?
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.
Do you accept volunteers for court-ordered community service?
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.
Does volunteering with EarthCorps count for the Washington State Workfare program (DSHS EBT)?
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
Where in the park will the event take place?
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.
Will the volunteer event still happen if it's raining?
Rain or shine, we will be out there! Unless there is lightning, high winds, or extreme weather, the volunteer event will still happen. Make sure that you bring your raincoat and warm layers.
What happens if the weather is really bad?
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.
Can I bring my dog to the volunteer event?
No, please leave your furry friends at home.