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Volunteer with Parks and Recreation

Make a positive impact through volunteerism. You can build your resume, make friends and increase quality of life in your community – all while helping others. Check out the opportunities below and apply today!

2018 Summer Teen Volunteer opportunities

Are you 13+?  Going into 8th grade next fall? Looking for something fun to do this summer?  Ready to learn about leadership and make a difference in your community?  Apply to volunteer!  Summer Teen Volunteers assist with activities under the guidance of experienced staff.  Volunteers are selected through an application and interview process.

Playground/Mini View volunteers are required to attend training on June 15. Kota Junior Counselors are required to attend training on July 5.

Complete the 2018 Teen Volunteer Application here! Please be sure to answer all questions and indicate program(s) and session(s) of interest.

Camp Kota Junior Counselor 

Volunteer dates: July 9 - 20 or July 23 - August 3
Volunteer shift times: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. + Thursday overnight each week
Location: East Bush Lake/Sumac Knoll Campsite
Deadline: February 25
Information: Help campers learn basic outdoor skills while meeting new friends, singing crazy songs and having tons of fun. Program includes overnight on Thursdays.

Summer Adventure Playground Program Volunteer 

Volunteer dates: June 18 - 29, July 9 - 20, July 23 - August 3, August 6 - 17
Volunteer shift times: Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Brye, Kelly, Poplar Bridge, Running, Smith, Sunrise and Westwood parks
Deadline: April 8
Information: Help facilitate opportunities to play and lead playground participants in games, sports, arts and crafts, and make new friendships. Program includes occasional field trips.

Mini View Volunteer 

Volunteer dates: June 18 - 29, July 9 - 20, July 23 - August 3, August 6 - 17
Volunteer shift times: Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Valley View Elementary School
Deadline: April 8
Information: Assist with supervision of preschoolers - first graders in a social/recreational setting. Groups will take daily afternoon trips to the Bloomington Family Aquatic Center.

Youth Adaptive Softball Volunteer

Volunteer dates: June 18 - August 6 (no July 2)
Volunteer shift times: Mondays 6:15 - 8 p.m.
Location: Tarnhill Park
Deadline: April 15
Information: Support and encourage youth players with disabilities as they develop softball skills.

To apply:

Application –Complete the 2018 Teen Volunteer Application here! Please be sure to answer all questions and indicate program(s) and session(s) of interest.
Interview – If selected for an interview, you will be contacted by early March for Kota and late April for other positions.
Background Check – Prior to placement, volunteers will be asked to undergo a criminal history check.

Contact us by phone (952-563-8877) or e-mail at parksrec@BloomingtonMN.gov for more information.

Special events volunteers

Bloomington Parks and Recreation offers a variety of special events throughout the year. Volunteers are needed to assist with the activities below.

  • Farmers Market - Volunteers needed to assist with kids activities and attendance counting each week at the Farmers Market. May be assigned for one or multiple dates.
  • Adaptive Softball - Volunteer coaches needed to help with youth and adult softball leagues for people with disabilities

To apply, fill out a Parks and Rec volunteer application. If you are current volunteer with Parks and Recreation, please contact Parks and Recreation at 952-563-8877 or parksrec@BloomingtonMN.gov to participate.

Park volunteer projects

Looking for a group volunteer project? Want to help beautify outdoor spaces in Bloomington? Parks Maintenance and Parks and Recreation have opportunities for you! Projects include park clean-ups, park adoption, buckthorn removal, and other park enhancements.

For more information, contact:

Jean Sanon
Parks and Recreation
PH: 952-563-8877
Email: jsanon@BloomingtonMN.gov

Help monitor Emerald Ash Borer in your neighborhood - Wasp Watchers Program information

Love trees?  Want to help save them from invasive pests?  Become a Wasp Watcher!  Wasp Watchers is a citizen science project that engages volunteers in the biosurveillance of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).  Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive wood boring beetles that has destroyed tens of millions of ash trees in over 20 states.  It is currently found in 11 counties in Minnesota and has the potential to have an enormous impact on both city and forest landscapes.  With the help of a harmless ground-nesting wasp (Cerceris fumipennis) that hunts wood-boring beetles like EAB, we can monitor for the presence of these destructive invasive beetles.  The female Cerceris wasps hunt for beetles in the trees and bring their prey back to their nest holes in the ground to feed to their offspring.  An observer can easily watch a wasp colony and collect their beetle prey to check for EAB presence.  Volunteering is easy and fun and really makes a difference for our wonderful Minnesota forests.

To learn more visit: http://z.umn.edu/waspwatchers or http://www.emeraldashborer.info

Contact the Wasp Watchers Program Coordinator, Jennifer Schultz at 612-301-8310 or schultzj@umn.edu

For more information on what the City of Bloomington is doing to fight the Emerald Ash Borer…https://www.bloomingtonmn.gov/emerald-ash-borer-eab