Volunteer

Are you interested in becoming a part of the Oxbow community? We encourage you to volunteer with us! We have a number of opportunities available for people who want to learn more about farming, outdoor education programming, and conservation. Get involved and learn about the work done here at Oxbow!

Sign up for our mailing list to receive Oxbow news and notification about future volunteer opportunities. Questions? Send us a message at volunteer@oxbow.org


Kids’ Farm Volunteer Naturalist

Oxbow hosts thousands of kids on educational field trips throughout the year. Primarily pre-school and elementary-aged students visit the farm for 75 to 90-minute hands-on farm tours facilitated by farmer and volunteer instructors. Kids learn about seeds, soil, compost, worms, and other basics of organic farming.

Volunteer naturalists lead educational tours with 8-12 kids around our 2-acre Kids’ Farm in spring, summer, and fall. When no tours are scheduled, volunteers assist the education team in a variety of farming tasks around the Kids’ Farm. Only an interest in food and farms is necessary. Volunteer commitment can range from one season to a full year depending on availability.

Volunteering as a Kids’ Farm Naturalist is an opportunity to grow your skills as an educator and to learn about organic agriculture. We provide volunteers with extensive training in our unique educational philosophy.

We recruit for these positions on a rolling basis. 

To apply, read the full position description here and download our Kids’ Farm Volunteer Naturalist Application here


Kids’ Farm Volunteers

Oxbow is 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.

To apply, read the full position description here and download the Kids’ Farm Volunteer Application here.


Summer Camp Volunteers

We have volunteer positions available for each week of our summer camps. Volunteers act as instructors’ right-hand farmers to ensure that each camper has a unique, inspiring educational experience during camp. This is a rewarding opportunity to work with kids in a beautiful (if non-traditional) education setting and to learn from our talented education staff.

To apply, read the full position description here and download our Summer Camp Volunteer Application here.


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 weekday and weekend gleaning opportunities for individuals and groups in collaboration with our hunger relief partners. Visit our Hunger Relief page for more information.


Restoration Work Parties

Oxbow hosts regular restoration work parties to help maintain our land and improve important habitat for wildlife. The parties are held outdoors, rain or shine: it’s satisfying, physical work, that ranges from planting trees to extracting blackberries, depending on the season.

Learn more about the events and sign up on our Restoration page. 


Groups

Oxbow welcomes corporate and other volunteer groups for work parties! We are flexible and can work with your schedule to the best of our ability. Contact us for more information about bringing your volunteer group to Oxbow.