Currently there are no volunteer positions available at Westwood Hills Nature Center.

VOLUNTEER

The Westwood Hills Nature Center is only as successful as its many wonderful volunteers. Volunteer opportunities include helping with educational programming, special events, planting trees, habitat restoration, animal care and general maintenance to name a few categories.

For more information on  the Jr. Naturalist Program contact Becky McConnell 952-924-2620 or email bmcconnell@stlouispark.org. For any of the other volunteer opportunities,  contact the volunteer office by emailing lsmith@stlouispark.org or calling 952-928-2847.

    • Junior Naturalist
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Do you enjoy hanging around animals or kids or helping with projects? If so, click on the link below to apply to join our dedicated energetic crew of Junior Naturalists.

Thanks for your interest in Westwood Hills Nature Center’s Junior Naturalist Program. Our junior naturalist positions for the summer of 2017 are filled. Applications for Westwood Hills Nature Center’s Junior Naturalist Program for the summer of 2018 will be available starting March 1, 2018.

 

  • Administrative Support

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Represent Westwood Hills and the City of St. Louis Park by greeting visitors, answering phone calls at the front desk and assisting with administrative tasks as needed. Time commitment is weekly on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Education Program Assistant
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    Share the discovery of nature with students during education programs. Assist the naturalists and help guide activities. Time commitment is about 2.5 hours per program; all necessary training provided.
  • Animal Care
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    Assist with the daily care routine for Westwood’s captive animal collection, including reptiles, amphibians and arthropods. Tasks include regular handling of each animal in our exhibit, feeding, occasional cleaning and keeping detailed records. Time commitment is about two hours one day each week.
  • Water Garden Caretaker
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    Gardeners help plant, weed and maintain water gardens at the nature center, including the pond and waterfall feature, as well as the rain gardens near the picnic shelter. No specific time commitment required; training and direction provided.
  • Raptor Care
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    Become trained in raptor husbandry to help care for Westwood’s captive red-tailed hawk. Responsibilities include handling the hawk, implementing a training plan, preparing food, cleaning the mew and keeping detailed records. Time commitment includes multiple training sessions to learn proper procedures, then 1-2 hours one day each week for a minimum of one year.
  • Maintenance Assistant
    For those skilled at building and repairs, share your talents by contributing to one of many projects happening at Westwood. Time commitment is open-ended; all tools and materials supplied if needed, plus training and instruction.
  • General Nature Center Volunteer
    Want to volunteer but don’t see anything that fits your skills or interests? The Westwood Hills Nature Center has many opportunities for individuals who want to donate their time and get outdoors. To find out about designing your own volunteer opportunity, contact Laura at lsmith@stlouispark.org.
  • Natural Resource Steward
    Natural resource stewards work independently outdoors to help maintain hiking trails, remove invasive species to support biological diversity, plant and water new plantings and generally help preserve the ecological integrity of the park reserve. Time commitment is open-ended; all tools and materials supplied if needed, plus training and instruction.

For more information on any of these opportunities, or to volunteer, contact the volunteer office by emailing lsmith@stlouispark.org or calling 952-928-2847.

  • Westwind Volunteer Newsletter
    For the latest issue of our volunteer newsletter click this link: Westwind Spring 2016