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About Volunteering

updated: Monday, November 17, 2014

By volunteering for the city of St. Louis Park, not only will you have a direct impact on the community, but you will also have access to the benefits that our volunteers gain from donating their time and talents. Here are a few reasons our volunteers feel rewarded:
  • Meet people who share your interests
  • Gain skills and experience for employment opportunities
  • Explore new career areas & practice a new skill
  • Earn school credit
  • Set a positive example for others

Current city volunteer opportunities are posted below. Additionally, there are occasional volunteer opportunities available to St. Louis Park residents administered by an outside entity, such as the county, a nonprofit organization, or the local school district. List of those opportunities.
How to volunteer:
To apply for a City of St. Louis Park volunteer opportunity, fill out this application form. The volunteer office will then contact you about next steps. To volunteer for a position outside of the City of St. Louis Park, please reach out to the contact person listed in the description. 
For more information, or if you would like to learn about volunteering in a specific area, please email the city's volunteer coordinator Laura Smith at, or call (952) 928-2847.

(Please note: If you will be working with children, a background check will be required.)

Active Volunteers:
Log your hours in the Volunteer Login Portal.

Calling Artists and Painters! Help beautify St. Louis Park this winter!

updated: Monday, July 28, 2014

Use your artistic and painting talents to beautify snow boards in St. Louis Park! Several plywood boards that are used near the Knollwood Mall in the winter to control snow are in need of a fresh coat of paint! The painting can be a simple coat, or a design - it is up to you! Designs must be pleasing and approved by the city. 

The project could be done by individuals or groups, and time depends on the number of people and painting design chosen. Reach out to Laura at to discuss this opportunity! 

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Volunteers

updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The City of St. Louis Park will be initiating a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program and we are now taking applications for volunteers! CERT volunteers are members of a neighborhood or workplace who want to be better prepared for the hazards that threaten their communities.

The main duty of a CERT volunteer is to be trained and prepared for disaster or an overwhelming event. They will be a integral and valued part of the St. Louis Park's operational capacity following an emergency, as an extension of the fire department.

To become a CERT volunteers are requested to meet the following requirements:

  • 18 years of age
  • St. Louis Park resident
  • Have an interest in public service and safety
  • Complete 24 hours of training  - This is mandatory to take part in the CERT program. Training date is TBD.

After training, you will be an official CERT volunteer, and the time commitment is approximately 10-12 hours a quarter. This consists of quarterly trainings (mandatory) and additional community events and public service opportunities (optional). 

What does a CERT volunteer do? Volunteers are trained to:

  • Prepare for the hazards that threaten their communities.
  • Apply size-up and safety principles.
  • Locate and turn off utilities.
  • Extinguish small fires.
  • Identify hazardous materials situations.
  • Triage and treat victims.
  • Set up a medical treatment area.
  • Conduct searches and rescues in lightly and moderately damaged structures.
  • Understand the psychological impact of a disaster on themselves and others.
  • Organize CERT members and spontaneous volunteers for an effective and safe response.
  • Apply response skills in a disaster simulation.

As an extension of the fire department, you are also invited to additional trainings and community events. It will truly be an engaging and exciting opportunity. We hope you apply today!

Contact Laura Smith at for more information. 

Front Desk Volunteer - City Hall

updated: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Do you have or want receptionist experience? If so this is the opportunity for you!

City Hall currently has openings for volunteer receptionists for the front desk from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Volunteers can work one or more shifts each week, or can be on an on-call basis. Potential for more hours during vacation and leave times. 

Duties include:

  • Answering phone, assisting callers and transferring when necessary
  • Directing City Hall guests.
  • Light filing or special administrative projects

No experience needed, but a willingness to learn is necessary. Volunteer should have a strong aptitude for customer service and a friendly attitude.

Please fill out an online application and note interest in this position when applying, or you can email Laura Smith at

Help Beautify the Park

updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2014

There are a number of opportunities for residents to help beautify St. Louis Park. Please visit the Beautify the Park page to see a complete list of current opportunities.

Inspections Volunteer

updated: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The City of St. Louis Park’s Inspections Department is looking for a committed volunteer who is interested in building maintenance, construction, facilities or environmental health/sanitation to assist with city inspection visits! Get out in the community and positively impact the safety of St. Louis Park. 

The volunteer will join a city inspector on initial property inspection and conduct follow up observations independently to verify repairs have occurred. Time commitment varies during training, and is up to four hours each week after training. A vehicle will be provided.

Use of a camera, note taking and data entry are necessary skills. Volunteer must pass a background and driving check.

Contact Laura Smith at if interested!

ParkTV Volunteers Wanted

updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Have you ever wanted to work in the television industry? Do you have a background in TV and you’d like to share your skills? ParkTV, the City of St. Louis Park’s five-channel cable television operation, wants volunteers. The opportunities available range from on-air talent and script writing to camera operation, editing and sports...

The Arts and Culture Grant Committee has openings for two new members!

updated: Friday, September 26, 2014

This committee is responsible for providing administration direction in allocation of the Arts and Culture Grant funds to artistic projects being done in St. Louis Park. The committee is made up of 10 individuals representing the City of St. Louis Park, participating community organizations and at-large members. They generally meet twice a year...

Volunteer for a City Board or Commission

updated: Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Become actively involved in your community, share ideas and learn about city government by volunteering as a representative on one of the city commissions. Adult and student volunteers both welcome and wanted. For more information or to request an application, please call (952) 924-2525 or follow the link:


updated: Thursday, October 16, 2014

Volunteers help ensure that firefighters have fast access to fire hydrants in residential neighborhoods. The fire hydrant may be needed for YOUR house so the best way to ensure faster response time is making sure the fire hydrant is clear in case of an emergency.


  • Shovel snow away from one hydrant after each snowfall for one winter.

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Volunteer at the Westwood Hills Nature Center

updated: Thursday, October 16, 2014

Want to volunteer but don’t see anything that fits your skills or interests? The Westwood Hills Nature Center has many opportunities for individuals who want to donate their time and get outdoors. The area around the center is a 160-acre natural area featuring marsh, woods and restored prairie, which ensures there is plenty to do for eager volunteers...

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Volunteering Programs
5005 Minnetonka Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
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