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

Outdoor Adventure Camp (OAC) Youth Assistants (Spring Break and June-August)
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes seeks Outdoor Adventure Camp (OAC) Youth Assistants to assist with the supervision and education of OAC participants 3-12 years old. The Nature Center’s mission is to conserve a natural area, connect people with nature and inspire environmental stewardship. A successful candidate will be able to participate in hikes, nature related activities, games and crafts while making camp an enjoyable and positive experience for campers. The assistants are expected to perform at a high level of excellence. OAC Youth Assistants should possess strong problem solving skills and the ability to put the camper first. The candidate will be enthusiastic, motivated and reliable. Candidate should expect to work in all weather conditions. Training sessions and guidance in camp games, activities and camper supervision will be provided.

2021 Youth Assistant Position Description

Youth Stewardship Assistants (June-August)
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes seeks Youth Stewardship Assistants to assist our land management staff with natural-area projects during the summer. These volunteer assistants are a very important part of our stewardship program.
Responsibilities include pulling invasive plants, trail maintenance, trash collection, and learning about plants and ecology. Youth Stewardship volunteers are expected to participate actively in all land management tasks. Training and guidance in native plants, management techniques and trail maintenance will be provided. Candidate should expect to work in all weather conditions and lift 20 pounds.

2021 Youth Stewardship Assistant Position Description

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.