Volunteer Program Mission Statement:
Dara Ricketts, Jefferson Memorial Forest, Public Education Program Assistant, October 2017 Dara is a Public Education Program Assistant from western Kentucky. She works primarily in Jefferson Memorial Forest in order create opportunities to connect people with Louisville’s natural areas and provide environmental education. She hopes that those opportunities will allow people to find harmony with nature and appreciate all the wonderful greenspace Louisville has to offer. After service, she hopes to continue to work in outdoor recreation and environmental education. In her free time, Dara likes to spend time outdoors. She likes hiking, backpacking, camping, climbing, biking, etc. In addition, she also enjoys playing board games with friends and watching The Office or Parks and Rec with her fiancé and their pets. A fun fact about Dara is that she did a marine biology field study on San Salvador Island in the Bahamas.
Steps to becoming a volunteer:
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.
Type of Service Location
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.
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