Volunteer

To register for any of our current volunteer opportunities, please use the provided sign-up buttons or links below. If you don’t see an opportunity that works for you, sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Facebook to receive updates about new opportunities. Any additional questions can be emailed to our volunteer coordinators at volunteer@oxbow.org

We offer several volunteer opportunities for anyone interested in habitat restoration, conservation, agriculture, and environmental education. Click to view our volunteer openings and learn how to sign up.


Ways to Volunteer

Summer Camp Volunteers

Ages 15 & up | Pre-registration required | 8 hours daily during camp sessions

Oxbow will host 5 week-long camp sessions in 2021 for campers ages 7 through 14 and we need volunteer helpers! See camp dates, descriptions,  and policies here. Volunteers arrive an hour before, and stay for an hour after, each camp day for prep & debriefing (8am-4pm Mon-Fri). On-farm summer camp volunteer training held in mid-June 2021 (depending on volunteer availability). Must be 15 or older by June 2021 and pass background check. Parents/guardians of campers are encouraged to volunteer!

COVID-19 Considerations- Volunteers must be ready to set an example of mask-wearing, social distancing, and proper hand-washing and help campers do the same!

Apply here!

NEW! Conservation Volunteers

Ages 16 & up | Pre-registration required | Weekly or monthly | 2-6 hours 

We’re excited to announce a new volunteer opportunity to get to know Oxbow at a deeper level! Conservation Volunteers work with Oxbow’s Conservation and Restoration team on a regular, ongoing basis. All work is done outdoors, rain or shine. It’s satisfying, physical work, that includes planting trees and removing a variety of invasive weeds, depending on the season. Conservation Volunteers will deepen their understanding of the entire restoration process and may be invited to work independently on restoration tasks or participate in ongoing research projects as they increase their familiarity with Oxbow.

Apply here!

Restoration Volunteering

Ages 14 & up | Pre-registration required | Groups of 15 or fewer from 2 households or less | 2 hours    

Help Oxbow to grow and care for our natural spaces! Join Oxbow’s Conservation Team to learn about and improve critical habitat for plants and wildlife and help combat climate change. The work is satisfying and physical. It happens outdoors, rain or shine, and includes tasks like planting trees and digging up blackberries. With your help, we can help bring back salmon (and orcas!) and rebuild a resilient landscape that supports people’s livelihoods, produces food, and remains beautiful and ecologically diverse! Work parties are limited to groups of 15 or fewer people from no more than 2 households. See available dates and times or make your own appointment.

See available dates and apply here!

Kids’ Farm Naturalist

Come help students of all ages learn about seeds, soil, compost, worms, seasonal changes, and other basics of organic farming! In an average year, Oxbow hosts thousands of kids on educational farm field trips. With Covid-19 restrictions, we are currently offering visits for individual households or “pods”, to come explore the bounty of the Kids’ Farm and surrounding forest on 2 hour hands-on tours facilitated by Oxbow educators and volunteer instructors. When no tours are scheduled, volunteers assist the education team in a variety of farming tasks around the Kids’ Farm. 

Apply here!

Kids’ Farm Volunteers

While this opportunity is limited during COVID-19, Oxbow Education is often seeking volunteers to help with the management and upkeep of our 2-acre Kids’ Farm and Living Playground. Oxbow’s education team appreciates season-long or ongoing commitment from volunteers (one day per week is great), but can accommodate one-time work parties or individual project requests on a case by case basis.

Apply here!

COMING SOON: Gleaning

Pre-registration required | Total group size limited to 10 people | 2 hours    

gleaning

Oxbow is thrilled to partner with Hopelink, FareStart, and Jewish Family Service of Seattle in their hunger relief efforts. Each week, volunteers gather at Oxbow to collect produce from our fields for donation to area food banks. A typical glean will collect 75-100 pounds of produce to nourish food bank clients.

Gleaning is real, productive, feel-good work that gets you out of the office and into nature! Whether you’re able to volunteer once or for the entire season, we’re grateful for all who donate their time to save food and feed the King County community! Oxbow offers a variety of gleaning opportunities for individuals and groups in collaboration with our hunger relief partners. Visit our Hunger Relief page for more information and to sign up via one of our partners. Gleaning opportunities typically begin in July.

An important note about COVID-19

COVID-19 has changed volunteering at Oxbow. Some of our volunteer opportunities are on hold while others are limited in size. Please see the information under each volunteer type to find out more.

If you are volunteering at Oxbow, here are the steps that every volunteer needs to follow before leaving their house:

  1. Read our COVID Safe Events Plan
  2. Come wearing a mask and bring your own hand sanitizer, a full water bottle, and gardening gloves if you have them
  3. Under age 18? Please also bring a completed Minor Waiver form