Studies show the more we give, the happier we feel. We are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment.
If you are interested in volunteering, whether it be to give back to your community, build up your resume, or to learn more about local government, please review the volunteer opportunities listed below that are available at the city of Elk River.
Before you apply for a volunteer position you must read the Elk River Volunteer Program Handbook and acknowledge that you read the handbook at the time you submit your online application.
The Adopt-a-Park volunteer program allows groups and individuals to assist in the general care and maintenance of neighborhood parks, green spaces, trails and athletic fields. The city asks for a one-year commitment to pick up trash at your assigned park twice a year, in spring and fall. Adopters receive a sign in their park indicating the name of the volunteer group. Volunteer hours must be tracked and reported to Parks and Recreation staff on the designated form. If you are interested in volunteering, click here.
Buckthorn Busters educates volunteers on how to identify buckthorn, as well as conducting buckthorn removal within the city, either alone or as part of a team. Removal of invasive buckthorn helps beautify the city and restores native ecosystems. Volunteers work outside, at various locations within the city where buckthorn is located. Volunteers are taught how to identify buckthorn vs. look-a-likes, and should be willing to teach others. Volunteers must be able to work on uneven terrain and lift up to 50 lbs, must be able to handle removal equipment - which may include chainsaws, handsaws or pruning shears. Volunteers must be 10+ in age (under 16 must be accompanied by an adult). Volunteers are needed in October and November for about 2-4 hours per week. The city will provide safety gear, such as gloves, vests, safety glasses, etc. If you are interested in volunteering, click here.
Citizen Pruner Program
This is a partnership with Sherburne Soil and Water Conservation District and the U of M Minnesota Tree Care Advocate Program for a pilot program that engages citizens in community forestry. Citizens Pruners are trained in tree identification, biology and proper pruning techniques, which helps prevent the spread of certain diseases. This is a great volunteer opportunity if you love being outdoors, love trees and your community. For more information contact Gina Hugo at the Sherburne Soil and Water Conservation District at 763.241.1170 ext. 101 or by email. The Citizen Pruner training course is offered through the University of Minnesota.
This volunteer program allows groups and individuals to assist in the general care and maintenance of storm ponds, neighborhoods and landmarks. The city asks for a one-year commitment to clean up your designated area two times a year. Adopters are recognized on the city's website and/or with a posted sign at the location. If you are interested in volunteering, click here.
Economic Development Assistant
Volunteers will assist the Economic Development division with general day to day activities and special projects, such as updating and maintaining mailing lists, updating tracking spreadsheets on vacant/foreclosed homes and other administrative duties. Volunteers must be high school graduates, should enjoy doing research, and must be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel. Hours ARE flexible, no more than 1-5 hours per week, at City Hall. Any necessary training will be provide by on-site staff. If you are interested in volunteering, click here.
Fire Department Videographer
The volunteer videographer assists in videotaping the activities of the Elk River Fire Department (ERFD), including incident responses, training, community events and other functions as authorized by the Fire Chief. Interested volunteers must have knowledge and skill with video equipment, including editing software, must have computer skills, must be at least 18 years of age, must have a valid drivers license, must live within twenty minutes of an Elk River fire station and must satisfactorily pass the required pre-employment screening. Hours are flexible, with a time commitment of approximately 6-10 hours per month. If you are interest in volunteering, click here.
Hillside Park Volunteer
Hillside Park volunteers work with city staff and park stewards to assist with general park maintenance of the park, which offers eight miles of hiking and biking trails. Key responsibilities would be to assist with trail maintenance, park clean up and clearing timber from the trails. Hours vary based on availability and all work will be done outside at Hillside City Park at 10801 181st Avenue in Elk River. If you are interested in volunteering, click here.
Park Maintenance Office Support
Support the Parks Maintenance Division with general administrative needs such as obtaining quotes, making and receiving calls, typing memo's and letters, filing, updating OSHA materials, and ordering supplies. Volunteers interested in working in the Park Maintenance office should have skills with Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel. Hours can vary depending on your availability, but would be during business hours of 7:00 am - 3:30 pm at the Streets Maintenance Facility located at 19000 Proctor Road in Elk River. If you are interested in volunteering, click here.
Park Ranger volunteers supervise usage at various park locations to ensure safety and an enjoyable experience for park users. Volunteers travel through the 45 parks within Elk River and provide information regarding park services to patrons, report inappropriate behavior and park maintenance needs to staff and provide positive customer service to park users. Volunteers are needed 5-10 hours per week, with a greater need for volunteers/hours during the summer months. If you are interested in volunteering, click here.
Parks and Recreation Office Support
Volunteers will assist Parks and Recreation staff with general administrative functions and special projects. Knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel will be helpful. Hours average 2-3 hours per week at City Hall. On-site staff will provide any training needed. If you are interested in volunteering, click here.
Records Management Support
Volunteers will provide general office support for records management, which includes filing or scanning documents into Laserfiche and transcribing old, handwritten minutes in Microsoft Word. Volunteers are needed 4-8 hours per week at City Hall during normal business hours and training is provided by on-site staff. If you are interested in volunteering, click here.
Recreational Special Events Aid
Volunteers assist recreation staff with special events, such as Spooktacular, Riverfront Concerts, Entertainment in the Park and other events. Volunteers can expect to work 5-6 hours per event, which often includes evening hours. If you are interested in volunteering, click here.
Woodland Trails Regional Park Volunteer
Volunteers assist city staff and park stewards with general park maintenance of the over 300 acre woodlands and walking/ski trails. Key responsibilities would be to assist with trail maintenance, park clean up, clearing timber from trails, signage, mowing, prairie maintenance, tree pruning and grooming of cross country ski trails. Hours vary based on availability and all work will be done outside at Woodland Trails Regional Park at 20135 Elk Lake Road in Elk River. If you are interested in volunteering, click here.
Youth Sports Coach
Volunteer youth sports coaches are needed for entry level sports activities such as t-ball and soccer. Volunteer coaches will organize and run team practices and games for teams of approximately 10-15 players. Practice and games will be throughout the city park system. Volunteers are needed for 2-4 hours per week for approximately seven weeks, depending on the program. If you are interested in volunteering, click here.