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About Volunteering

updated: Tuesday, August 12, 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 lsmith@stlouispark.org, 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.



St. Louis Park Volunteer Spotlight!

updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Volunteer Spotlight Photo

The St. Louis Park Volunteer Office would like to recognize Bob Fields as an outstanding volunteer in the community. Bob is a long time volunteer at the Westwood Hills Nature Center. Staff at the nature center appreciate Bob's dedication and friendly attitude around the nature center. Please take a moment to learn more about Bob and why he volunteers in the Park!

How long have you lived in St. Louis Park?
We have lived in St. Louis Park for over 35 years.

What volunteer opportunities have you taken part in?
One of my first volunteering experiences was tagging Monarch butterflies. I have helped cut wood rounds to make name tags, planted and watered trees, pulled Buckthorn and garlic mustard, fired the evaporator for the Maple sap, cleaned Wood Duck houses and recorded hatching information.

Why do you choose to volunteer for the City of St. Louis Park?
I enjoy working with people, plants and animals. The entrance to Westwood is just 600 steps from our home.
 
Is there anything you recommend to people who are looking to get involved in the community? 
Recently, I heard that Minnesotans over 65 years old are the most healthy in the nation. Two key reasons were, they do more volunteer work and take better care of their teeth.



City Hall Volunteer - Part-Time Float

updated: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

City Hall is looking for an individual to provide basic office assistance such as copying, filing and related clerical duties in various departments at City Hall. Time commitment is approximately 4-8 hours each month during business hours, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Volunteer should be organized, self-motivated and professional, with previous office experience...


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 lsmith@stlouispark.org for more information. 



Fire Hydrant Painting

updated: Thursday, August 14, 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 lsmith@stlouispark.org for more information and to apply. 

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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: Friday, April 25, 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...


Park the Street Event Volunteers Needed!

updated: Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Park the Street! Banner
Sunday, September 28
will mark Health in the Park's first ever Park the Street! event! From 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Dakota Avenue will be opened up for pedestrians to explore and enjoy a day on the street with NO motorized traffic. 

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)

  • 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Intersection Ambassadors and Participant Counters (33 volunteers needed)

  • 10 a.m. - Noon
  • Noon - 2 p.m.
  • 2 p.m. - 4.p.m.

Clean-Up (6 volunteers needed)

  • 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Email Laura at lsmith@stlouispark.org 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.



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...


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: www.stlouispark.org/boards-commissions...


Adopt-a-Hydrant

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.

Requirements:

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

For more information or to volunteer -



Volunteer at the Westwood Hills Nature Center

updated: Monday, July 14, 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
Phone: (952) 928-2847 Email: info@stlouispark.org