Louisville Parks and Recreation


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Athletics / Coaching Youth Sports

Louisville Parks and Recreation community centers host youth athletics leagues throughout the year. Whether you love volleyball, basketball, baseball, or just being active, we have a volunteer role for you! Coaches not only share their love of the game, they also help mentor our youth and teach teamwork, respect, and the importance of physical activity. 

Essential Volunteer Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Help supervise teams during practice and games
  • Provide instruction to players with direction from the head coach
  • Assist in running drills during practice
  • Help with any related duties given by coaches and staff
  • Oversee team activities and administrative responsibilities
  • Be a positive role model and have fun!

Requirements:

  • Minimum age to volunteer in this position is 18 years old
  • Submit to a criminal record background check prior to volunteering
  • Some knowledge of the game and/or willingness to learn
  • Mandatory coaches training
  • Ability to efficiently coordinate practices and gameplay
  • Punctual, energetic, enthusiastic and organized

Time Commitment: 

  • 5 to 10 hours per week for the season (typically 3 months)
  • Coaches must be able to attend all practices and games 

 

Community Center Opportunities

Volunteer at one of our 14 Community Centers! Volunteer roles vary by center and may include Welcome Desk, Clean-up Crew, Gym Monitors, Kids Cafe, Mentoring, Special Events, and more! All community center volunteers are required to complete a Criminal Record Background Check prior to volunteering.

Essential Volunteer Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist Community Center Staff with programs and activities
  • Help keep the Community Centers tidy, welcoming spaces
  • Interact with Community Center visitors and participants in a positive and welcoming way

Requirements:

  • Must complete a criminal record background check prior to volunteering
  • Minimum age to volunteer in this position is 16 years old unless accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • Present a professional appearance and a friendly manner
  • Be dependable and punctual
  • Be courteous and personable when dealing with the public

Time Commitment: 

  • Volunteers are asked to serve a minimum of two days per month, for about 2 hours per session

Learn more about Louisville Parks and Recreation's Community Centers and their locations here: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/parks/community-centers

Dare to Care: Kids Cafe Server

Dare-to-Care and Louisville Parks and Recreation have partnered together to reduce food insecurity in local youth through Kids' Café! The Kid's Café offers free, nutritious, hot meals to youth under age 18 at Louisville Parks and Recreation community centers. 

Essential Volunteer Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Set up for Kids Café service and serve the kids cafeteria style
  • Ensure all kids sign-in 
  • Clean-up after including wiping tables and some light cleaning

Requirements:

  • Must submit to a criminal record background check prior to volunteering
  • Present a professional appearance and a friendly manner
  • Be dependable and punctual
  • Be courteous and personable when dealing with the public

Time Commitment: 

  • This is typically a 1.5 hour commitment, volunteers should arrive 15 minutes before the start of Kids Café for set-up, and to stay 15 minutes after to assist with clean-up. 
  • Volunteers are asked to serve a minimum of two days per month

Environmental Education / ECHO (Engaging Children Outdoors)

Jefferson Memorial Forest offers a variety of environmental education programming and volunteers are welcome to help out or teach a class. Here are some of the classes offered:

  • Absolutely Animals
  • Archery
  • Canoeing
  • Orienteering
  • Pond Study
  • Survival Skills
  • Team Building

Volunteers work with children in our award-winning Engaging Children Outdoors program, in partnership with JCPS.

For more information about this volunteer opportunity, please visit the Jefferson Memorial Forest volunteer page here: Volunteer at JMF!

Historic Home Docent / Gardener

If you have a love for history, come share that love at the Farnsley-Moreman Riverside Landing. Help care for the historic home, lead tours, and educate the public about the rich history of farming on the Ohio River. Or, give your green thumb a workout at the Riverside Landing historic garden. Learn about how generations of farmers grew crops along the Ohio and put that knowledge to work!

Essential Volunteer Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Must be willing to become well acquainted with the history of the property, taking advantage of all training opportunities for increasing knowledge
  • Willingness to engage in some physically challenging work that may require bending and lifting in sometimes less than pleasant weather conditions (i.e., heat and humidity)
  • Ability to communicate with visitors in a friendly, informative manner
  • Ability to represent the site with a neat, professional appearance, tactfulness, genuine interest, and hospitality
  • Volunteers who are willing to help with any programs that help us to interpret and promote the house/garden (e.g., through plant or produce sales, special events, school programming, development of garden brochure, etc.) are encouraged

Requirements:

  • Minimum age to volunteer in this position is 16 years old unless accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • Be dependable and punctual
  • Be courteous and personable when dealing with the public

Time Commitment:

  • Due to the training required to be a Docent, volunteers are asked to serve as Docents for at least 6 months, and volunteers should serve a minimum of twice a month
  • Garden volunteers are asked to serve twice a month

Iroquois Amphitheater Usher

Essential Volunteer Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides a welcoming atmosphere by ensuring all patrons are given professional and friendly customer service in a safe environment.
  • Ushers will be assigned to a specific position or a designated location in the seating area.
  • Ushers are expected to treat all guests as individuals and provide answers to any and all questions.

Time Commitment:

  • Volunteers are asked to commit to at least 5 events in the season.
  • Typical Shift is from 5:00- 11:30 PM (Check-in is 30 minutes before gates

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Professional and clean image for guests
  • Ability to work with a broad range of people
  • Ability to work independently or as a team
  • Ability to deal effectively with stressful situations
  • Exhibits effective communication skills
  • Must have access to a working email account

Dress Code:

  • Amphitheater polo (One will be provided upon arrival of first show)
  • Black or Khaki pants, shorts or skirts; length no shorter than 2 inches above the knee
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • A non-logo baseball cap is acceptable
  • Plain, neutral-colored sweater or jacket for inclement weather

Benefits

  • Ability to watch a good portion of each show worked
  • Sense of pride to be involved with community events
  • Social networking opportunities
  • Iroquois Amphitheater polo shirt provided

Landscaping and Gardening

Get hands-on gardening experience or share your love of growing with our Community Growers volunteer team. These volunteers work to care for and maintain pollinator and educational gardens in parks and community centers. 

Essential Volunteer Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Attend planning meetings to help develop long term project goals, project planning, and 
  • At-home research opportunities for native plants and gardening practice
  • Weekly watering and weeding projects throughout the growing season
  • Special projects for constructing new gardens 

Requirements:

  • Minimum age to volunteer in this position is 16 years old unless accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • Be dependable and punctual
  • Be courteous and personable when dealing with the public

Time Commitment: 

  • Projects typically last 1.5 to 3 hours depending on the tasks
  • Volunteers are asked to attend one in-person project or meeting per month minimum

Park Ambassador Program

Park Ambassadors are trained volunteers who act as representatives for Louisville Parks and Recreation. Our Ambassador program provides a unique and meaningful volunteer experience, allowing residents to play a pivotal role in strengthening our city’s parks.

Essential Volunteer Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Complete regular park assessments of the assigned park(s)
  • Host community projects and clean-ups throughout the year with support from the Volunteer Office
  • Attend community events and share information about Louisville Parks and Recreation programming, events, and volunteer opportunities

Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years old, submit an online application, and complete training.
  • Commit to serving one year in a park or group of small parks, averaging about one and a half hours of service per week.
  • Attend at least one community outreach event during the year
  • Organize at least one volunteer project in their park

Time Commitment: 

  • Park Ambassadors are asked to serve about 6 hours per month

Park Improvement Projects / Litter Clean-ups

Join us and make a difference in the Parks! Volunteers play an important role in keeping Louisville's Parks as clean and welcoming as possible. Projects are fairly physically demanding and may include weeding, mulching, litter clean-up, painting, invasive plant removal, or other beautification projects. Volunteers are welcome to attend scheduled projects or work independently in a park.

Essential Volunteer Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Arrive to projects and events on time
  • Dress for the weather and getting dirty
  • Participate in project tasks to the best of their ability
  • Maintain a positive and productive environment for other volunteers and park users
  • Report volunteer service time to My Impact

Requirements:

  • Minimum age to volunteer in this position is 16 years old unless accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • Be dependable and punctual
  • Be courteous and personable when dealing with the public

Time Commitment: 

  • Projects typically last 1.5 to 3 hours depending on the tasks
  • Volunteers are asked to serve at least once a month

Photography / Videography

Share your love of photography or videography, learn a new skill, or expand your abilities.

Photography Volunteers: Volunteers are encouraged to take photos while in the parks to share on Parks' social media, newsletters, and other publications. Photography volunteers can also sign-up to take photos at special events and programming throughout the year. 

Videography Volunteers: The volunteer video team works to capture and create fun, educational videos on a range of topics. Volunteers are needed to help with storyboard planning, videoing, and editing. 

Essential Volunteer Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Capture photos/videos of parks, community centers, and programming
  • Assist with video ideas, planning, filming, and editing

Requirements:

  • Cell phone or camera to take photos or video (No fancy equipment necessary, cellphone photos and video are sufficient.)
  • Ability to share photos or videos via Google Photos / Google Drive
  • Willingness to learn new skills, share ideas, and work with a team
  • Professional behavior when working with the public

Time Commitment: 

  • 2 hours per month on average, more time required for some videography projects

Program Leader/Instructor

Do you have an amazing skill or love that you want to share? We would love to have you teach a class at one of our community centers! Karate, tai chi, fine arts, choir and more! 

Program Leaders lead a specific program/activity/class in a group setting in a safe learning environment. The program/activity/class can range between arts, sports, fitness, education, etc. This position helps to extend the resources at the Center to better assist and direct the needs of our participants.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead activities in a group setting
  • Classes can range between art, sports, fitness, education, etc.
  • Set-up/cleanup program area
  • Provide a safe learning environment

Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years old or older
  • Must submit to a criminal record background check prior to volunteering
  • Be knowledgeable in the activity they will be leading
  • Have accreditation or licensing as required
  • Must present a professional appearance and a friendly manner
  • Must be dependable and punctual
  • Be courteous and personable when dealing with the public
  • Be self-directed, willing to take initiative, and detail-oriented

Time Commitment:

  • At least once per week for several weeks - long term commitment preferred
  • Classes are typically one to one and a half hours long

Tree Planting and Tree Care

Join our landscaping team for seasonal tree plantings, pruning, and mulching project across Louisville. This team plants appx. 1000 new trees every year in the parks!

Essential Volunteer Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Arrive at projects and events on time
  • Dress for the weather and getting dirty
  • Participate in project tasks to the best of their ability
  • Maintain a positive and productive environment for other volunteers and park users.

Requirements:

  • Minimum age to volunteer in this position is 16 years old unless accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • Be dependable and punctual
  • Be courteous and personable when dealing with the public

Time Commitment: 

  • Projects typically last 1.5 to 3 hours depending on the tasks

Trail Building / Maintenance

Explore Louisville's hiking trails and help maintain the 50+ miles of public trails. Volunteers assist with regular trail maintenance, repair, and re-routing projects. 

For more information about this volunteer opportunity, please visit the Jefferson Memorial Forest volunteer page here: Volunteer at JMF!

Athletics

Activity Shifts Start End
Coach Baseball Day Camp ⚾ (Red's Rookie League) 12 6/14/2021 7/1/2021

Parks, Forestry, and Landscaping

Please sign in or complete an application to view other volunteer activities. Projects are currently limited to due to COVID-19 restrictions and advanced sign-up is requred. 

Activity Shifts Start End
Tree Planting for Arbor Day and Earth Day 🌳🌲 7 4/24/2021 4/24/2021

Volunteer Opportunities for Groups

Activity Shifts Start End
Adopt A Park 🌱 Program Application 1
Guided Group Service Projects 1
Self-Lead Group Service Projects 1

2021 Mayor's Give A Day

Activity Shifts Start End
Parks Clean-A-Thon 1 3/15/2021 4/30/2021

Mission Statement

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.