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.
Interested in serving regularly in our parks or community centers?
Long-Term Volunteer Requirements
- Must be willing to commit to 25 service hours per calendar year or one day a month for 2 hours.
- Volunteers under the age of 18 require the consent of a parent/guardian and may not be eligible for some volunteer roles. Volunteers under 16 years old require parent/guardian supervision, and all volunteers must be at least 14 years old.
- Must be willing to submit to and pass a criminal record background check (only applies to volunteers age 18 or older)
Find a Volunteer Opportunity that Fits YOU!
Louisville parks and recreation has 12 Community Centers, including our Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation Center, Berrytown, that offer a variety of recreation activities. For more information on our Community Center locations and offerings, check out this page!
Here are some of the many volunteer opportunities available at our community centers:
- Front Desk Assistant – Be the welcoming face of our Community Centers! Help visitors and volunteer sign-in, answer questions, and help out in the office as needed.
- Kid’s Café Server – by serving just two hours a week you can help us provide a hot healthy meal to all the kids in our centers!
- Youth Mentor – join us for a game of basketball or arts & crafts! You can be a good role model for youth by being present, listening, and engaging our participants.
- Homework Helper – are you a math lover or a book worm? Why not spread that love in a Community Center! Join us after school and help our young participants complete their homework.
- Coach or Class Instructor – We are always looking for adults to coach a variety of sports throughout the year, or teach classes they are passionate about. If you have a passion, come share it with us!
- Garden and Building Maintenance – our Community Centers need your help to stay beautiful and in working order. If you can spare a few hours to care for our gardens or do some light cleaning, you can make a huge difference in our centers!
- VolunTeen Youth Leader (for volunteers 16-18 years old) – Looking for valuable experience for your college application and a way to give back and improve your community? Become a youth leader!
Louisville Parks and Recreation oversees 124 parks, and we are always looking for help from volunteers like YOU! Volunteers play a vital role in keeping our parks clean, green, and welcoming spaces for the public.
Here are some of the many volunteer roles our parks stewards can take:
- Gardening and Landscaping – these volunteers assist our landscaping team in planting and maintaining our flowerbeds, mulching beds and trees, and pulling weeds.
- Invasive Species Removal - these volunteers help our Parks Operations team clear out invasive species that threaten the native plants and trees in our parks. Volunteers will learn about plant identification and removal techniques while working alongside our team.
- Park Beautification – these volunteers help us keep our parks in tip-top shape by assisting with litter cleanups, edging sidewalks, and painting shelters, benches, and trashcans in our parks.
- VolunTeen Park Steward – This program, for 16-18 year olds, blends seamlessly with our Park Stewards volunteer groups and is a great way to gain experience, learn about parks, and give back to the community! Kids, 15 and younger, are welcome to join with a parent or guardian present.
- Amphitheater Usher: help our shows at the Iroquois Amphitheater be successes! Volunteers help guest find their seats, answer questions, and assist with tasks throughout performances.
Riverside, the Farnsley-Moreman Landing is a two-story historic home built in 1837 with working historic garden. Volunteer Opportunities at the Riverside Landing include:
- Tour Guide/Docent – these volunteers lead families and groups through the property and the historic house while talking about the history of the home. This role requires that volunteers are able to learn and remember important historical information about the property.
- Historic Gardener – these volunteers assist in the historic garden by pulling weeds, planting, monitoring, and harvesting crops, and answering questions that visitors might have about the garden.
Group Volunteer Opportunities
Service projects are a great way for your employees, club, or group to enjoy our parks while giving back to the community. Projects are available for groups of all sizes, and generally last three to four hours. Please complete our volunteer application and indicate that you are applying on behalf of a group.
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. Click HERE to learn more!
Short-Term, Commitment-Free, Volunteer Opportunities
Not ready to jump into a long-term commitment, but looking to give back to your community? Why not join us for a One-Day Project or a Special Event! Come meet our team and enjoy the outdoors while improving our parks!Please complete a volunteer application to view our Short-Term Volunteer opportunities and to sign up! The process takes just a few minutes!
We're always happy to help! CONTACT US
Login to the volunteer portal.