Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Program Mission Statement:Volunteers painting bench
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.


Current Projects

Join us for a no-commitment park projects. Help us make our parks the best they can be. Projects include park clean-ups, painting, landscaping, invasive plant removal and more! No experience necessary!

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Steps to becoming a volunteer:
1. Look at the chart below and determine the "Type of Service" in which you are interested.

Type of Service

Set one or two day service projects: Mulching young trees, litter pick-up or painting a small structure.

Set group project over the span of several days or throughout a season: Spring cleaning of a community center, capital park improvements, painting a large structure or special events.

Volunteers perform a minimum of three to four approved maintenance projects per year at specified park location. Volunteers may also engage in monetary contributions: Routinely approved activities such as mulching, litter pick-up, etc. Other projects can be submitted for review and approval beyond routine activities. Click Here

Service less than four times per calendar year: Special events such as the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Iroquois Amphitheater or the Annual Ice Cream Social at Riverside; Winter Basketball Tournaments, etc.

Ongoing service throughout the calendar year: Community Center receptionist, tutor, dance teacher, park stewardship, trail maintenance at Jefferson Memorial Forest.

*After creating a new volunteer application, you will be asked to select a specific volunteer opportunity.
2. Look at the chart below and determine the "Type of Service Location" you are most interested.  

Type of Service Location

Coaching, chaperoning field trips, game preparation activities, maintaining equipment, assisting with clinics, etc.

Special events (e.g. Back to School Party, Trunk or Treat, and more).

Art/music/class instruction, assisting with camps, special events, etc.

Special events, ushering, etc.

Coaching, serving meals, chaperoning field trips, facility clean-up and maintenance, class instruction, tutoring, mentoring, special events, assisting with camps, etc.

Tree planting, watering, pruning, mulching, etc.

Gardening, special events, tour guides, assisting with children’s programming, re-enactment, gift shop, etc.

Arts and crafts, assisting with field trips, class instruction, serving meals, attending social events at sites, etc.

Park clean-ups, painting, mulching, edging walkways, playground maintenance, etc.

Leading classes, coaching, field trips, special events, (e.g. National Wheelchair Basketball Association), internships, arts and crafts, etc.

3. Take a look at our current volunteer opportunities. You’ll need to select from these opportunities on the last step of the volunteer application. (Note: if you cannot find a volunteer activity that fits your interests, explore our partner organizations –listed to the right –and complete their application process instead.)

4. Create a volunteer account and complete our application.

5. Once you have completed the application, stay tuned for more information regarding our worker’s compensation form, background check request, and additional information from our volunteer program staff.
If you have any questions or you're ready to begin your journey as a volunteer, contact us