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 the Parks and Recreation staff on the designated form. 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.
Exercise Leader - Activity Center
A volunteer exercise instructor is needed at the Elk River Activity Center. Time commitment is every Friday morning starting at 10:15 am -11:45 am. An exercise training manual and guidebook will be given to the volunteer. Training consists of attending several classes led by other instructors and co-leading a class with other instructors before leading independently. Key responsibilities are leading a group exercise class to about 20 seniors, setting up the exercise area, greeting participants, taking attendance, and following all safety procedures. 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 interested 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 Services 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.
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.