Do you have a passion for nature and park history?

Share your skills as a volunteer at the new Frick Environmental Center 

The new Frick Environmental Center is a welcome facility, education hub, and gateway to Frick Park. Free and open to all, this cutting-edge building enhances visitor experience and is home base for Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy education programs.

Volunteer Naturalists and Docents are stationed at the new Frick Environmental Center. Trained by Parks Conservancy staff, they communicate their knowledge and passion for nature and park history to provide a high quality experience for park visitors. Many times, they're the first face that visitors see when they enter the park!

If you're a people person with a passion for nature, we welcome you to join us as a Volunteer Naturalist or Docent!

Frick Environmental Center Building Docents

Volunteer Building Docents greet park visitors at the Welcome Desk of the Frick Environmental Center. They are trained to be knowledgeable of the park and the building. Docents enhance visitor experience by sharing their passion and helping to create positive park experiences for all.

To become a Volunteer Building Docent:

  • Attend one Building Docent training. This training covers Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy mission and philosophy; the building design and mechanics; and how to volunteer at the front desk.
  • Sign up for one four-hour shift per month.

Frick Environmental Center Volunteer Naturalists

Volunteer Naturalists take on the same responsibilities as Building Docents, with added opportunities to volunteer beyond the front desk. These additional opportunities are tailored to each individual's interests and can include helping with Parks Conservancy school programs (1st, 4th, 8th, and high school); leading public hikes; leading site tours; and giving talks and presentations.

If you have a passion for nature, a desire to help others, and love teaching, this opportunity is for you!

Volunteer Naturalist program requirements and expectations:

  • Attend the Volunteer Naturalist training series. Trainings cover nature, history, and giving presentations. Periodic get-togethers and volunteer enrichment events are offered. 
  • Sign up for one three-hour shift per month for one year
  • Lead three public tours of the new Center
  • Attend monthly check-in and education sessions
  • Have a working email address
  • Pay a one-time $100 registration fee
  • Obtain Act 33/34 criminal and child abuse clearances

Volunteer Naturalist program benefits:

  • Gain expertise in Pittsburgh’s natural history
  • Receive First Aid/CPR training
  • Participate in ongoing education and learning
  • Receive Volunteer Naturalist gear: hat, shirt, and water bottle
  • Training with experiences Parks Conservancy staff members
  • Connect with others who love Pittsburgh's amazing parks!

Interested in becoming a Volunteer Naturalist?

Fill out an application

Questions? Please contact Mike Cornell at