Park & Recreation Volunteer Opportunities

General Opportunities

Concert In The Park Attendant

  • Time Period: Monday evenings and one Thursday evening from June 10 through July 29, 5:30–8:30 pm. No concert on July 1.
  • Responsibilities
    • Meet and greet performers
    • Set up and take down chairs
    • Deliver necessary materials to performers
    • Evaluate performers and turn in evaluations to supervisor
    • Clean up site
  • Qualifications or Skills
    • Comfortable with public interaction
    • Willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions
    • Capable of lifting up to 30 lbs
    • Punctual
  • Work Location: Brookview Park, Large Shelter Area
  • Benefits
    • Enjoy summer evenings listening to concerts
    • Meet and greet your Golden Valley Neighbors
    • Meet the performers
  • Reports To: Recreation supervisor

Recreation Program Photographer/Videographer

  • Time Period: Flexible–day, evening, or weekend at the request of the recreation supervisor. One+ hours depending on the activity or assignment.
  • Responsibilities
    • Following City guidelines, take photos and/or video of participants in recreation programs, events, and facilities for use in city publications, slide shows and the City website.
    • At the end of the event or program, upload photos or videos to the Parks and Recreation Department. All photos and video become property of the City of Golden Valley.
  • Qualifications or Skills
    • Demonstrated photography and or videography skills
    • Ability to work with limited direction
    • Ability to determine best photo opportunities
    • Ability to work with all ages in a variety of weather conditions
    • Ability to use own camera or video camera
  • Work Location: Golden Valley parks and facilities
  • Benefits
    • Highlight your skill
    • Receive recognition for your work that is published
    • Build your portfolio
  • Reports To: Recreation Supervisor responsible for the program or event

Opportunities Working With Youth

The City of Golden Valley does background checks on volunteers working with children.

Penny Carnival Assistants

  • Time Period: Friday, July 25, 10 am–1 pm (event is 10:30 am–12:30 pm)
  • Responsibilities
    • Run easy “carnival” games
    • Collect pennies
    • Hand out prizes
    • Some set-up and take-down
  • Qualifications or Skills
    • Enjoy interacting with youth ages 4 to 12
    • Able to work outdoors in a shaded area
  • Work Location: Brookview Park Large Picnic Shelter, 200 Brookview Parkway, Golden Valley
  • Benefits
    • Help provide a fun event for Golden Valley youth
    • Interact with local youth
  • Reports To: Brian Erickson, recreation supervisor

Youth Basketball Coaches

  • Time Period: One weekly practice in the evenings (Monday through Thursday) at a local elementary school and one game each Saturday between noon and 5 pm. Season runs early January through mid-March.
  • Responsibilities: Coach recreational basketball teams for boys and girls in grades 2–6. Training will be provided.

Youth Soccer Coaches

  • Time Period: Season runs from early September through October.
  • Responsibilities: Coach a youth soccer team for one practice per week and one game per week (Saturday afternoon) for kids ages 6 to 14.

Rink Rat Hockey Coaches

  • Time Period: Two preseason practices and eight games held on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Season runs early January through mid-February.
  • Responsibilities: Coach recreational hockey teams for boys and girls in ages 5 to 12
  • Requirements: Knowledge of hockey and ability to work with kids of various abilities

Supper With Santa Assistants

Golden Valley’s annual evening with Santa for children ages 2+

  • Time Period: Friday, Dec 7, 5:30–8:30 pm
  • Location: Brookview Community Center
  • Responsibilities: Help with setup, serving food, and clean-up

Opportunities Working With Special Needs

Recreation Companions

  • Responsibilities: Assist with Adaptive Recreation programs provided in cooperation with Reach For Resources. Call 952-977-4177.

Opportunities Working With Seniors

See Seniors Program Volunteer Opportunities »

Want to Volunteer?

Questions? Contact Golden Valley Parks & Recreation at 763-512-2345.