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About Volunteering

updated: Wednesday, April 23, 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. Please click here to see a 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:
Click here to log in to the volunteer portal and log your hours. 

Basketball in the Park

updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Basketball in the Park is a program put on by the St. Louis Park Police Department, and it is a time when police and youth come together to play basketball and do crafts. Volunteers are needed to assist in basketball games, craft tables and playground areas. This is a great opportunity for those who would like to work with children/youth and love to...

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Volunteers

updated: Wednesday, April 23, 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 in May 2014 - This is mandatory to take part in the CERT program for the year of 2014.

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!

Application deadline is May 2. To apply, fill out the application and email

Fire Hydrant Painting

updated: Friday, April 11, 2014

More than 1,500 fire hydrants are in need of your help! St. Louis Park is looking for volunteers to paint fire hydrants around the city. This opportunity can be for individuals or groups, on a short term or long term basis. Training and materials are provided. Please contact Laura at for more information and to apply. 

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Front Desk Volunteer- City Hall

updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Do you have or want receptionist experience? If so this is the opportunity for you! Inspections Department is in need of a volunteer to assist with the front desk 1-2 times per month, for 1.5-2 hours each time. Duties include answering and directing phone calls, and greeting guests. Position is ongoing with the opportunity for...

Hamilton House Activity Volunteer

updated: Friday, April 18, 2014

The City of St. Louis Park's Hamilton House is looking for a volunteer to share their time and talents with the residents who live at the property.  Volunteers will help build community and interaction with the residents by offering an activity of their choice.

Activities can be take place as a single event, or a reoccurring activity.  Ideas include music, arts, crafts, games and physical fitness activities.   This is an open and flexible opportunity.  Please reach out to Laura at to sign up. 

Help Beautify the Park

updated: Thursday, March 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: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The City of St. Louis Park’s Inspections Department is looking for a volunteer to assist in exterior commercial property maintenance inspections this summer. The volunteer will join a city inspector on initial property inspection and conduct follow up observations independently to verify repairs have occurred. Time commitment is twice a week...

Junior Naturalist Volunteer

updated: Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Westwood Hills Junior Naturalist program aims to foster initiative, responsibility, teamwork, and leadership skills in environmentally interested 7th through 12th graders. Through exposure to a cooperative, goal-oriented and enjoyable work environment, volunteers gain experience working with and educating children, caring for, observing,...

Junior Park Leader

updated: Monday, April 21, 2014

Junior Leaders are chosen by the Parks and Recreation Department staff, on the basis of written applications. Interviews are not required, however the Park and Rec staff may request a personal interview in unusual circumstances. Applicants must currently be enrolled in grades 6th – 8th (2013-14 school year). Applications are...

ParkTV Volunteers Wanted

updated: Monday, March 10, 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...

Program Aide - Tuesday Turtles Preschool Volunteers

updated: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Westwood Hills Nature Center is looking for volunteers to assist in the "Tuesday Turtles" preschool program. Volunteer commitment would be every Tuesday from 1-3 p.m. through the end of May. Program Aides would be responsible for assisting the nature center staff in the program and working with preschool aged children. Background checks...

Volunteer for a City Board or Commission

updated: Monday, March 10, 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: Monday, March 10, 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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Be a Lawn Care Mentor

updated: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Utilize your expertise in lawn maintenance to help mentor residents in St. Louis Park! Public Housing is looking for volunteers to meet with residents to conduct lawn care orientations and mentorships, by instructing them on the basics of lawn care. This is a great way to connect with others in the community while sharing your knowledge.

For more information or to volunteer, email

Volunteer at the Westwood Hills Nature Center

updated: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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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