How old do I have to be to become a volunteer?
You must be between the ages of 14–17 at the time of application.
What if I’m older than that but I’m still in school?
High school and college students ages 18 and over should apply as Adult Volunteers.
Do I have to know exactly where I want to volunteer before I apply?
Nope. At the initial three-hour orientation, we’ll review volunteer opportunities and speak with applicants one-on-one to make sure you find your best fit.
How much time is expected of me as a volunteer?
After completing and submitting the application, you’ll need to attend a three-hour group interview and orientation. Once you are a volunteer, you’ll be expected to log 30 hours of service per year to still be considered an “active” Great Parks volunteer.
I can’t commit to that much time – is there anything else I can do?
Yes! We always need help for our 3-4 hour weekend projects throughout the spring, summer and fall. You can view a list and sign up for one here
What do I wear?
All Great Parks’ volunteers and are required to wear a Great Parks shirt and name tag (supplied by Great Parks) with khaki pants or shorts. We also have an optional Great Parks’ ball cap you can wear.
Do I need to track my time?
Yes! Volunteers must track AND log their hours online in the Volunteer Information Center. Having these hours helps the park to secure grants and other community funding, and can also help you to earn extra benefits!
Can I volunteer with my friend?
Sure. As long as both of you complete the three steps needed to become a volunteer (online application, register an orientation online and then attend orientation) you can request to volunteer at the same location. Schedules depend on the needs of the location in which you volunteer, so although there may be many times that you are able to volunteer together, it is not always guaranteed.
If I volunteer at the Riding Center, will I be able to ride the horses?
Although it has been described as rewarding and relaxing, volunteering at the riding center is hard work and does not involve riding the horses. Opportunities include caring for the horses, taking care of the stables where they live, assisting with horse shows and helping with the Special Riders Program. If you are interested in learning to ride horses we welcome you to sign up for upcoming lessons at the riding center.