MK Nature Center - Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the MK Nature Center. We have many opportunities for you to donate your time and talents. The Nature Center would not be what it is today without the help of countless volunteers!

Please download and fill out the form below so we can match your skills with appropriate projects. All volunteer work is scheduled by appointment only.

General Volunteer Positions

  • Gardener
    Duties include planting, weeding, weed pulling, pruning, working in the butterfly and hummingbird garden and other landscaping duties.

    Schedule is by appointment only.
     — for upcoming opportunities, please contact Susan Ziebarth at 867-6188 or  susan.ziebarth@idfg.idaho.gov
  • Building Host
    Our building hosts provide customer service at our front desk and gift shop. Hosts greet our visitors, provide information and maps, and operate the gift shop.

    A 6 month commitment is requested for this position.
     — for more information, and position openings, please contact Sue Dudley at 287-2900 or sue.dudley@idfg.idaho.gov
  • Administrative Assistant
    We are always in need of additional administrative assistance. Duties include data base entry, direct mailings, and general office duties, include prepping education materials as needed.

    Schedule is by appointment only.
     — please contact Victoria Runnoe at 287-2902 or victoria.runnoe@idfg.idaho.gov
  • Eagle Scout Projects
    The nature center is able to work with Eagle Scout candidates aged 16 and older. We accept up to two projects each calendar year. In keeping with the purpose of the Eagle Scout program, scouts are expected to “. . . plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project. . .” Interested Eagle Scout candidates should contact the nature center to determine project availability, requirements and timelines.

    Interview and project review is by appointment only.
     — please contact Victoria Runnoe at 287-2902 or victoria.runnoe@idfg.idaho.gov
  • Businesses and Civic Groups
    We gladly accept groups up to 20 individuals for outdoor work projects. We require a minimum of 3 weeks’ notice of a requested date, and project days may be weather dependant.

    Schedule is by appointment only.
     — please contact Susan Ziebarth at 867-6188 or susan.ziebarth@idfg.idaho.gov
  • Youth Volunteers
    Volunteer opportunities are available for students aged 16 years and older. Interested youth should contact the nature center for more information.

    Group volunteer projects for scouts, schools or other youth organizations are occasionally available for youth 12 years and older. Such projects require the participation of adult leaders. Please contact the nature center for project availability.

    Schedule by appointment only.
     — please contact Victoria Runnoe at 287-2902 or victoria.runnoe@idfg.idaho.gov
  • Teacher - Interpreter
    Duties may include conducting wildlife programs and providing tours of the Nature Center for a variety of customers. Programs are conducted Tuesday through Friday at 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Guides are needed year-round. We provide all of the information and training.

    A three month commitment is requested after training.
     — please contact Sara Focht at 287-2906 or sara.focht@idfg.idaho.gov
  • Event Support Staff
    The Nature Center needs volunteers with a variety of talents to provide educational events for the public. Some of our events are labor-intensive and require varying degrees of assistance with set up and break-down, customer service, educational activities and photographic documentation.
     — please contact Sue Dudley at 287-2900 or sue.dudley@idfg.idaho.gov
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600 South Walnut, Boise, Idaho 83712
Phone: (208) 334-2225
 
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