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

Playground Naturalist

  • Time Period: One afternoon a week for seven weeks, June 10–July 22
  • Responsibilities: Bring a weekly nature program to each of seven Golden Valley playground sites once in a seven-week period.
    • Plan a nature-related activity or experience (45 minutes to an hour) appropriate for up to 15 six- to 12-year-olds in an outdoor setting.
    • Provide the Recreation Supervisor an outline of the activity along with a list of necessary supplies a minimum of two weeks before the first program.
    • Implement program with the assistance of the playground staff
  • Qualifications or Skills
    • Knowledge of nature and the outdoors
    • Ability to develop a program plan
    • Experience working with children
    • Desire and ability to share knowledge with others
    • Ability to transport self to the park each week
  • Work Location: Gearty, Hampshire, Lakeview, Lions, Medley, Scheid & Wesley Parks
  • Benefits
    • Opportunity to share knowledge with youth
    • Develop personal skills in nature interpretation
    • Help children appreciate nature and the out-of-doors
  • Reports To: Brian Erickson, recreation supervisor

Playground Photography Specialist

  • Time Period: Two afternoons a week for seven weeks, June 10–July 22
  • Responsibilities: Bring a twice weekly photography program to each of seven Golden Valley playground sites once in a seven-week period.
    • Plan a session on photography (45 minutes to an hour) appropriate for up to 15 six- to 12-year-olds in an outdoor setting. Include time for participants to take pictures. Print photos between sessions. On the second session include a review of the photos and another activity.
    • Provide the Recreation Supervisor an outline of the activity along with a list of necessary supplies a minimum of two weeks before the first program.
    • Implement program with the assistance of the playground staff
  • Qualifications or Skills
    • Knowledge of photography and activities to use with kids
    • Ability to develop a program plan
    • Experience working with children
    • Desire and ability to share knowledge with others
    • Ability to transport self to the park each week
    • Access to laptop and other equipment necessary for program
  • Work Location: Gearty, Hampshire, Lakeview, Lions, Medley, Scheid & Wesley Parks
  • Benefits
    • Opportunity to share knowledge of photography with youth
    • Develop personal skills teaching youth
    • Help children appreciate photography
  • Reports To: Brian Erickson, 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.

Drama Instructors

  • Age Requirement: Must be at least 16 years old.
  • Time Period: Meets Thursday evenings at Noble Elementary, late September through April. About three hours per week.
  • Responsibilities: Assist Drama Coordinator with rehearsing and producing a children’s drama show. Should have some experience in drama and music.

Fishing Club Volunteer

  • Time Period: One Tuesday a week, 9 am–noon, June 11–July 16.
  • Responsibilities
    • Help fishing club leader teach kids how to bait hooks, cast, hook a fish, identify fish, etc
    • Try to come up with a “fishing tip of the week” to demonstrate to participants
  • Qualifications or Skills
    • Knowledge of fishing and ability to identify fish
    • Experience working with children
    • Desire and ability to share knowledge with others
    • Ability to transport self to the park each week
  • Work Location: Group travels to Wirth, Medicine, and Cedar Lakes
  • Benefits
    • Opportunity to share knowledge of fishing with youth
    • Help children appreciate fishing
  • Reports To: Brian Erickson, recreation supervisor

Nerf Soccer Coaches

  • Time Period: About three hours per week, March through April.
  • Responsibilities: Coach youth nerf soccer teams for elementary age children. Must enjoy 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 Hockey Camp Instructors

  • Time Period: Meets Saturday mornings at Lions Park, January through mid-February, four to six hours per week.
  • Responsibilities: Assist Coordinator with outdoor hockey camp for young children. Must know game of hockey and enjoy working with children.

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

Pre-School Play Time Assistants

Pre-School Play Time is an opportunity for fun physical activity for children ages 1 to 5 (with a parent).

  • Time Period: Fridays, Oct 3–March 27 (dates are flexible), 9:45–11:45 am
  • Responsibilities
    • Greet and interact with kids and parents participating in Pre-School Playtime
    • Help collect fees
    • Introduce parents and kids to activities and equipment
    • Set up a story time to read to kids
    • Help with set-up and clean-up
  • Qualifications or Skills
    • Comfortable interacting with children ages 1 to 5
    • Able to learn about the program's equipment and the activities and convey this to parents
    • Comfortable selecting books and reading to kids
    • Must pass a criminal background check
  • Work Location: Brookview Community Center, 200 Brookview Parkway, Golden Valley
  • Benefits
    • Interact with pre-schoolers
    • Help parents and kids enjoy their morning
    • Work with parents and pre-school children
  • Reports To: Carrie Anderson, recreation supervisor

Dance Recital Aides

The annual tap and ballet dance recital features youth ages 4 and up.

  • Time Period: Saturday, April 12, afternoon
  • Responsibilities: Greet guests, hand out programs, and provide ushering duties and stage assistance

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

Mailbox To The North Pole Assistants

  • Time Period: Dec 6 - 20
  • Location: Work from your home and return letters to Brookview for mailing.
  • Responsibilities: Help Santa answer the letters Golden Valley children send to him. Write a response to each child. Some tips and ideas will be provided.

Winter Whiteout Dance Assistants

Winter dance for students in grades 5 through 7

  • Time Period: Friday, Jan 24. 6:15–10 pm
  • Location: Crystal Community Center
  • Responsibilities: Serve as a chaperone, help with registration or concessions, help with easy set-up and clean-up

Aloha Spring Dance Assistants

Spring dance for students in grades 5 through 7

  • Time Period: Friday, March 21, 6:15–10 pm
  • Location: Crystal Community Center
  • Responsibilities: Serve as a chaperone, help with registration or concessions, help with easy set-up 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.