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There are two active teams of volunteers working in Pima County’s Tucson Mountain and Feliz Paseos Parks, and at Agua Caliente Park. Natural Resource Park Volunteers serve in a variety of ways to enhance Pima County’s Environmental Education and Interpretive programs. Volunteer Naturalists lead nature walks and staff informal interpretive stations. Youth Programs Volunteers assist with the delivery of hands-on activities for students visiting the park from area schools. At Agua Caliente Park, Ranch House Tour Guides lead visitors through the renovated Ranch House and interpret the history of the property. In addition to park programs, volunteers may assist in tabling at community events or deliver outreach talks to community groups.
Natural Resource Parks Volunteers are required to attend a Volunteer Training Course but can apply to begin their volunteer service at any time.
Expectations and Benefits for Volunteers
Volunteers are expected to:
- Complete a six-week Volunteer Training Course.
- Choose an area(s) of service and commit to approximately 8 hours per month for at least one year. (Extended time off in summer is OK) Complete the training required for their area of service.
- Wear a volunteer badge, dress appropriately, and represent the county in a positive and professional manner.
- Record their hours on each day they worked or attended a training session.
- Attend the monthly volunteer meetings and field trips to continue learning about the natural and cultural history of the region.
Volunteers will experience and receive:
- An in-depth learning experience about the natural and cultural history of the Sonoran Desert region.
- Opportunities to meet and socialize with other like-minded individuals through their participation in the Volunteer Program.
- Opportunities to meet and interact with visitors from all walks of life and many parts of the world.
- Opportunities to continue learning about the natural and cultural history of the Sonoran Desert region through ongoing classes and field trips.
- Opportunities to contribute to their community and enrich the lives of others through their volunteer service.
- The monthly Volunteer Newsletter containing news and items of interest to volunteers.
- Annual volunteer recognition events hosted by the Environmental Education staff to honor the service of volunteers.