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About Volunteering

updated: Monday, March 30, 2015

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.

Park the Street 2 Volunteers Needed

Sunday, June 7
will mark Health in the Park's second Park the Street! event! From Noon - 4 p.m., Texas Avenue will be closed between Minnetonka Boulevard and 28th Street.

To make this event successful, we are in need of volunteers! Check out the positions below and consider signing up for one or more shifts! After your shift, be sure to stay and enjoy the free events such as games, music, street art, dance and yoga!

Set-Up (6 volunteers needed)

  • 10 a.m. - Noon

Intersection Ambassadors and Participant Counters (8 volunteers at each shift needed)

  • Noon - 2 p.m.
  • 2 - 4 p.m.

Cedar Lake Trail Greeters (2 volunteers at each shift needed)

  • Noon - 2 p.m.
  • 2 - 4 p.m.

Flags and Crosswalk Monitors (2 volunteers at each shift needed)

  • Noon - 2 p.m.
  • 2 - 4 p.m.

Clean-Up (6 volunteers needed)

  • 4 - 5 p.m.

Email Laura at with your desired shift, and your t-shirt size to get started! We can't wait to see you in the street. Learn more about Health in the Park and the Park the Street! event here.

Volunteer Police Reserve Program

updated: Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The St. Louis Park Police Reserve unit is made up of 15-25 volunteers who range in age from 20 to over 60. Created in 1975, they donate around 1,000 hours of volunteer service to the City of St. Louis Park every year. Reserves work night patrols and at various city events, including Fourth of July festival, National Night Out, school carnivals...

Basketball in the Park

updated: Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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: Thursday, April 23, 2015

Learn about CERT from current members at our upcoming informational meeting on Wednesday, April 29 at 7 p.m. at Fire Station 1, 3750 Wooddale Ave. S.

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. 

Fire Hydrant Painting

updated: Thursday, March 05, 2015

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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Help Beautify the Park

updated: Monday, January 05, 2015

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.

Junior Naturalist Program

updated: Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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: Thursday, March 12, 2015

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 (2014-15 school year). Applications are...

Lake Monitor Volunteer

updated: Monday, March 23, 2015

Our environmental department is looking for one volunteer to help us collect in-lake samples from South Oak Pond (7221 W. Lake St.). The time commitment is approximately twice a month from mid-April through mid-October. Having your own boat or canoe is not necessary...we can supply them for you!

Volunteer two to four hours a month from Mid-April through Mid-October.

Pass a criminal history background check will be conducted.

For more information or to volunteer, call (952) 928-2847 or email

Parktacular Volunteers Needed!

updated: Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Volunteers are essential for making Parktacular weekend a success. Anyone 16 or older is welcome to sign up to volunteer, and those as young as 11 may volunteer with an adult or guardian. Shifts are 2-3 hours, allowing you ample time to enjoy the festivities, while still lending a hand. All volunteers get a free meal and a commemorative 2015 volunteer...

ParkTV Volunteers Wanted

updated: Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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...

Volunteer for a City Board or Commission

updated: Thursday, February 19, 2015

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:

Yoga Instructors Needed

updated: Monday, April 06, 2015

Volunteer your time teaching outdoor yoga in our community! Join Health in the Park's initiatives, by creating wellness opportunities for all. 

The City of St. Louis Park Police Department hosts a community event each Thursday in the summer at Ainsworth Park, and are looking for a volunteer yoga instructor to teach a 30-45 minute outdoor yoga class, suitable for all ages. Volunteers can teach one or more Thursdays each month. 

Class Start Date: June 11

Class Start Time: 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. - depending on instructor availability

Yoga certification and insurance required. 

Contact Laura Smith at with interest or questions!

Hydrant Hero

updated: Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The St. Louis Park Fire Department would like to remind homeowners and businesses with fire hydrants on (or near) their property to please shovel the snow around the fire hydrant after each snowfall and keep the hydrant clear of overgrowth of plants during the summer.

There are about 1,700 fire hydrants in St. Louis Park, and while we will have a crew of firefighters removing the snow, they cannot clean all of them in a timely manner. Protect your family and neighbors when seconds count by becoming a Hydrant Hero!

To adopt a hydrant, go to Choose a hydrant, click on the “Adopt me” link, and fill out the registration form – you can even give your hydrant a name!

Questions can be directed to Assistant Chief Cary Smith at (952) 924-2171 or Lieutenant Eva Hansen at (952) 924-2599.

Volunteer at the Westwood Hills Nature Center

updated: Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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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5005 Minnetonka Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
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