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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!

Warming House volunteers

Parks and Recreation is looking for volunteer warming house attendants for the 2018-19 outdoor skating season. Volunteers make neighborhood rinks and warming houses available to the community. Set a volunteer schedule to open and close park shelter buildings, supervise activity on rinks, interact with skaters, and perform basic maintenance such as sweeping and shoveling walkways.

Rinks are typically open mid-December through mid-February (depending upon weather). Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Training will take place in early December for qualified volunteers. 

To apply, fill out a Parks and Recreation volunteer application.. A staff member will reach out to you in November and provide the next steps in becoming a volunteer! 

Adaptive Recreation volunteer opportunities

Dance Your Socks Off

Volunteer dates: October 26 and November 16 (additional dates in 2019)
Volunteer shift times: Fridays 6:45 - 9 p.m.
Location: Valley View Middle School
Information: Support and encourage adults with disabilities and dance the night away! Volunteers may assist with check-in, refreshments, and dance floor supervision.
Application Information: To apply, fill out a Parks and Rec volunteer application. . As a part of the application process, you will be asked to undergo a criminal history check.

Youth Adaptive Softball Volunteer (summer)

Volunteer shift times: Mondays 6:15 - 8 p.m.
Location: Tarnhill Park
Information: Support and encourage youth players with disabilities as they develop softball skills. *A special "Under the Lights" game is held for the last game of the season at Valley View Playfield/Red Haddox Field. 
Application Information: Summer applications will be available in January 2019.

Adult Adaptive Softball Volunteer (summer)

Volunteer shift times: Tuesdays 6:15 - 8 p.m.
Location: Tarnhill Park
Information: Support and encourage adult players with disabilities as they develop softball skills. *A special "Under the Lights" game is held for the last game of the season at Valley View Playfield/Red Haddox Field. 
Application Information: Summer applications will be available in January 2019.

Farmers market volunteers

The Farmer’s Market gives volunteers an opportunity to experience about the local food system, learn about the Minnesota growing season, and to develop a relationship with the Bloomington community. This is an ideal opportunity for community members that are passionate about the farmers market, want to be more active in their community, or are interested in learning more about event planning and logistics.

  • Set Up 7 - 9 am: Help set up market directional signs and information booth. Assist vendors with bringing in their items by holding doors open, directing vendors to their spots, and locating unused carts. Flag down Market Coordinator for vendors as needed
  • Event Support 9 am - 12 pm:  - Open doors for customers and direct customers towards the market, information booth, or particular vendors. Conduct attendance counts for 10 minutes every hour. Flag down Market Coordinator for questions or problem solving as needed.
  • Take Down 12 - 2 pm:  - Help take down market directional signs and information booth. Assist vendors by holding doors and overseeing the flow of traffic. Flag down the Market Coordinator for vendors and additional problem solving as needed. Light clean-up duties like sweeping and wiping down tables.

To apply, fill out a Parks and Rec volunteer application. 

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.

  • Halloween Party - Volunteers will assist at our City-wide Halloween party on October 31 with a variety of tasks including greeting, supervising games, etc.
  • Spring Egg Hunt - Volunteers are needed Saturday, April 20th to help spread eggs, greet guests, and more.

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.

Summer Teen volunteer opportunities

Bloomington Parks and Recreation offers an excellent opportunity for teens 13+ or entering 8th grade in the fall to get involved and make a difference in their community by volunteering within a variety of summer youth programs. Summer Teen volunteers assist with activities under the guidance of experience staff and gain valuable leadership skills. Volunteers are selected through an application and interview process. Volunteers serve in a two-week session in their selected program. Volunteers are able to select to volunteer in more than one program. In the summer, teens can apply to volunteer in the following programs:

Camp Kota Junior Counselor 

Volunteer shift times: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. + Thursday overnight each week
Location: East Bush Lake/Sumac Knoll Campsite
Information: Help campers learn basic outdoor skills while meeting new friends, singing crazy songs and having tons of fun. 

Summer Adventure Playground Program Volunteer 

Volunteer shift times: Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Brye, Kelly, Poplar Bridge, Running, Smith, Sunrise and Westwood parks
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 shift times: Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Valley View Elementary School
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.

To apply:

Application – Applications will become available online in January 2019. 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 via email in April.
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.

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