ADVISORY GROUP VOLUNTEERING
PARK ADVISORY BOARD
A Park Advisory Board (PAB) consists of individuals, selected by Department of Recreation and Parks staff, who are community residents, business members, and those who work or spend time in the community they are chosen to represent as volunteer board members. The mission of every PAB is to strengthen their facility’s recreation programs and services. Recreation and Parks believes that the partnership between staff and the community is of primary importance in identifying and meeting the recreational needs of the community.
VOLUNTEER NEIGHBORHOOD OVERSITE COMMITTEE
A Volunteer Neighborhood Oversite Committee Member (VNOC member) advises and assists the department in allocating and assigning resources for a specific Proposition K project. The VNOC serves for the duration of the design phase of the project.
VOLUNTEER ROLES THROUGHOUT THE DEPARTMENT
Reach out to your local Recreation and Parks facility to learn what volunteer opportunities are currently available. The Facility Map Locator at the top left of this webpage is a helpful tool to find parks local to you. Below are some of the possible volunteer opportunities.
ADMINISTRATIVE AND CLERICAL SUPPORT
Offices from Recreation and Parks headquarters and the Regions to the local recreation center director’s benefit from volunteers willing to process paperwork, answer phones, do filing, create flyers, send e-mail reminders, organize meetings, and perform a host of other tasks that are the vital backbone of an efficiently running program.
DAY CAMP AND AFTER_SCHOOL PROGRAM SUPPORT
Volunteers serve as inspirational mentors, positive role models, tutors, teachers, coaches, snack servers, field trip chaperones, and provide other support for After-School Club Programs and summer Day Camps.
From experts and retired instructors to enthusiastic novices ready to help and learn, volunteer instructors participate and even run classes for dance, fitness, cooking, and many other skills and interests.
A variety of roles including docents, researchers, and event planners, are available to volunteers with the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, the Drum Barracks, Fort McArthur Military Museum, Banning Residence Museum, Travel Town Museum, and the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.
PARK MAINTENANCE VOLUNTEERS
We encourage all to assist in clean-up efforts, tree planting, pulling of weeds, mustard seed, etc.
Opportunities exist for volunteers to provide companionship and program support for senior activities and events.
Volunteers assist in planning and producing Recreation and Parks-sponsored events and festivals; also, community and civic groups made up of volunteers may participate in events such as park clean-ups or community health fairs which are planned and produced by outside organizations with permission of Recreation and Parks.
Volunteers are needed for leagues, tournaments, and clinics to coach, manage, keep score, and officiate for sports such as baseball, softball, basketball, golf, skateboarding, soccer, swimming, flag football, boxing, and volleyball.
PARK CLEAN-UP ACTIVITIES
Parks throughout the City welcome community groups to schedule time to visit and clean-up park. Please inquire with a local park to schedule time. The Facility Map Locator at the top left of this webpage is a helpful tool to find parks local to you! Please note that the leader of your volunteer group must register as a Recreation and Parks volunteer, including completion of a fingerprinting appointment.