YOUTH VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteering opportunities in Cleveland

Are you a teen (Age 13+) looking for an opportunity to explore your interests and gain real world experience?

The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes is the place for you! Share your talents in these programs and build your professional skills and resume! Students are asked to have a teacher or other adult complete a reference form for each volunteer applicant.

One Day Volunteer Opportunities (Year-round)

We offer one-day volunteer opportunities for the following events and programs:

  • Plant Sale
  • Stewardship Saturdays
  • Family Fishing Day
  • Take to the Lake
  • Hike, Run, and Explore
  • and more!

Senior Projects (May-June, school dependent)
The Nature Center offers opportunities to seniors from local schools. Seniors will gain hands-on, real-world experiences before they start their college careers. The Nature Center works with each student to provide a professional experience with a 30 hour work week to meet school requirements. Download the Application Packet here.


Outdoor Adventure Camp (OAC) Youth Assistants (June-August)
These volunteers assist with the guidance and education of OAC participants 3-12 years old. Successful candidates are able to participate in hikes, nature related activities, games and crafts while providing an enjoyable experience for campers. The candidate will be enthusiastic, motivated and reliable. Candidate should expect to work in all weather conditions and lift 20 pounds. Training sessions and guidance in camp games, activities and camper supervision will be provided. Download the Position Description and Expectations document here.


Youth Stewardship Assistants (June-August)
Assist Nature Center land management staff with natural areas projects during the summer. Successful candidates are able to participate actively in land management activities including pulling invasive plants, trail maintenance, trash collection, and learning about plants and ecology. Training and guidance in native plants, management techniques and trail maintenance will be provided. The candidate will be enthusiastic, motivated and reliable. Candidate should expect to work in all weather conditions and lift 20 pounds. Download the Position Description and Expectations document here.


Ready to Apply?

The links below can be used by all applicants. Please submit a volunteer application indicating your area of interest. The reference form should be completed by two non-family references and mailed directly to the Nature Center Volunteer Program, 2600 South Park Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44120. The Volunteer Coordinator will contact you upon the receipt of a complete application.

Click here for the Application Page.
Click here to access the Reference Form.