Volunteer Opportunities

  • Docent lead group tours, assist with school field trips and educational programs. Interpret the cultural and natural resources of the American River Parkway. Must be 18 y/o + to apply.
  • Animal Care Assistant – provide basic care for resident animal ambassadors. Must be at least 14 y/o to volunteer.
  • Fund-raising Assistant – help implement various fundraising activities including mailings and events.
  • Habitat Restoration Assistant Assist with the planning and implementation of restoration projects in the Nature Study Area (NSA) and replica Maidu village. This includes weeding, watering, planting, pruning, and more.
  • Trail Steward serve as a representative of the Effie Yeaw Nature Center as you walk the trails, remove litter, educate visitors about park policies and interpret the resources of the Nature Study Area, a designated watchable wildlife area. Must be 18 y/o + to apply.
  • Receptionist Support our daily operations. Greet visitors, answer phones, sell parking passes, programs, and process Discovery Shop transactions. Ongoing support and training provided. Shifts occur every day, except Mondays, from 9am-1pm and 1-5pm.
  • Special Event Assistant – assist nature center staff in event tasks. Special events occur year round – both educational and fundraiser events.
    • Nature Fest! Sunday, October 9, 2022. 10am-3pm.

The qualifications, skills, minimum ages, and training vary with each position. If you have a question or a skill that you think will benefit the Effie Yeaw Nature Center please do not hesitate to contact us. We are so grateful to the community of volunteers that support our mission to provide nature education and interpretation for the Sacramento region and beyond.

Minors 13-17 y/o, please follow this link to the online Volunteer Application form for Minors
Minor Release and Waiver of Liability 2022– youth under the age of 18 must have parent and/or guardian approval to volunteer.

Link to Online Adult Volunteer Application form

An onsite library is available for volunteer use. Books and posters related to the natural and cultural resources of the American River Parkway.
To schedule an interview, contact the Manager of Volunteer Programs, Jacqueline Ramirez, by email at

Volunteers are encouraged to meet with the Manager of Volunteer Programs or their supervisors whenever necessary to discuss various scenarios that may occur. Periodic evaluations will be used to help improve the volunteer’s performance and to determine if the needs of the Nature Center are being met.

Please reach out to us with any Questions

You can always call our Volunteer Programs Manager, Jacqueline, at (916) 875-3912.

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