Louisville Parks and Recreation’s volunteer programs support our local communities and park system through continued dedication to clean, green, safe and inclusive spaces. The volunteer program serves as a point of access for community members to park lands, civic engagement, education, and empowerment.
How to Get Started
- Make sure you fit our Requirements to Serve (see below)
- Complete an Online Volunteer Application
- General Volunteer Application - For those interested in serving in the Parks, Iroquois Amphitheater, or Riverside the Farnsley-Moremen Landing Historic Home, or for anyone unsure how they would like to volunteer.
- Recreation / Athletics Volunteer Application - For those interested in serving at a community center, with youth athletics, or in any role that works with youth.
- Urban Forestry Volunteer Application - For those interested in serving with or Urban Forestry Divisions doing tree plantings and tree care specifically.
- Complete all required forms to be eligible for service. Required forms will be sent in the welcome email once you submit an application.
- Complete role specific training. Some volunteer roles require additional training before you will be eligible for service.
Requirements to Serve
- Must be at least 16 years old to volunteer without a parent or guardian present
- Note: some volunteer roles have more restrictive age requirements
- Submit to a Criminal Record Background Check
- Submit to a Child Abuse and Neglect Check
- Complete an Agreement to Volunteer and Accept Workers' Compensation Form
- Louisville Parks and Recreation does NOT accept court mandated service. Check out Metro United Way for alternative service opportunities.
Find a Volunteer Opportunity that Works for YOU!
Complete a Volunteer Park Assessment
Parks Assessments are a quick and easy way to volunteer and help improve a park you love. Park Assessments help you share issues in the parks with staff that can make the change! With 120 parks and over 13,000 acres of public land, problems can be missed an completing and assessment is an easy way to make sure our all our parks get the love and attention they deserve!
Become a Park Ambassador!
Do you love a park near you? Want to work with us to make it an even better place? Consider becoming a Volunteer Park Ambassador. Volunteer Park Ambassadors spend about 1.5 hours per week in their park working with park users, engaging the public, and improving their park.
Volunteer with a Group
Service projects are a great way for your employees, club, or group to enjoy our parks while giving back to the community.
The Adopt-A-Park program is aimed at providing community and cooperate groups the tools, know-how, and support they need to lead their own volunteer projects in a park that is important to them. Adopt-A-Park partners must perform a minimum of four parks projects per year and any group, organization or business is welcome to participate.
Louisville Parks and Recreation is happy to work with Scouts, students, and neighborhood groups to accommodate a service project when possible. To learn more about completing a Service Project with Louisville Park and Recreation.
More ways to get Involved!