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Volunteer Info

The success of many of our recreation and environmental programs depends on the volunteer efforts of the members of our community. If you're looking for a way to make a difference, meet new people or expand a hobby, there are many different ways you can participate to match your skills or areas of interest.

How to Volunteer
View the volunteer opportunity descriptions below to see what suits you best. Maybe you have an interest in helping others, want to learn more about the community or meet other friendly, helpful people. We welcome: 

  • Students age 16 and up with parent or guardian signature, ages 13-16 with parent or guardian supervision.  Volunteer hours may apply to service learning project hours for high school or college credit. 
  • Adults age 18 and up
  • Seniors
  • Groups – Corporations, non-profits, service organizations, etc.

Application Process
To volunteer print and complete the Volunteer Application or Golf Volunteer Application. Please check your areas of interest and email or mail the application in. Once received, a member of the Volunteer Services team will contact you to discuss the potential of a volunteer placement. If an appropriate placement cannot be arranged at that time, we will keep your application on file up to one year. As opportunities become available, we will notify you.

Volunteer Application or Golf Volunteer Application and return it to volunteer@oakgov.com or:

Oakland County Parks
Volunteer Coordinator
2800 Watkins Lake Road
Waterford, MI 48328

To speak to a volunteer coordinator or schedule a group volunteer event, call 248.975.9717 or volunteer@oakgov.com.

Current Volunteers: Monthly Volunteer Time Sheet 

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:

Mondays June 22 – July 20, 2015
Junior Golf Program – A 5 week Junior instructional program that includes 20 minutes of instruction and then play on the course.
White Lake Oaks Golf Course – 991 Williams Lake Road, White Lake, MI 48386
8:30am – noon
Volunteers needed: 17
Assist with check-in; oversee youth on the putting green before the instructional clinic begins; escort groups around the course and assist with check-out.  Knowledge of the game of golf preferred.  There is a 1 hour volunteer meeting on Monday June 15 at 10am.
Uniform: collared shirt, name tag

Friday July 3 – Sunday July 12, 2015
Oakland County Fair
Springfield Oaks – 12451 Andersonville Road, Davisburg, MI 48350
July 3: 4pm – 8pm
July 4 – 12: 11am – 4pm & 4pm – 8pm
Volunteers needed: 2 per shift
Assist at the Oakland County Parks information booth and conducting surveys on the Fair and Park.
Uniform: green volunteer t-shirt, name tag

Fridays July 10 – August 7
Junior Footgolf Program – A 5 week Junior instructional program that includes 20 minutes of instruction and then play on the course.
Red Oaks Golf Course – 29600 John R, Madison Heights, MI 48071
5:30pm – 8:30pm
Volunteers needed: 8
Assist with check-in, oversee youth on the putting green before the instructional clinic begins, escort groups around the course and assist with check-out.   There is a 1 hour volunteer meeting on Tuesday July 7 at 6:30pm.
Uniform: collared shirt, name tag

Friday July 10 – Sunday July 12, 2015
Double-Triple-Triple Race Weekend
Waterford Oaks BMX – 1702 Scott Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48328
July 10
5pm - 9:30pm
8 volunteers needed
July 11
9am – 3pm
8 volunteers needed
July 12
9am – 2pm
8volunteers needed
Duties include corner marshal, concessions, stager, announcer, scorer, trophies and score runner.
Uniform: green volunteer t-shirt, name tag

Saturday July 11, 2015
Butterfly Parade – A family event with music, live butterfly tent, hungry caterpillar hikes, butterfly crafts and more!
Red Oaks Nature Center – 30300 Hales Street, Madison Heights, MI 48071
12pm – 4pm
Volunteers needed: 25
Assist with check-in, t-shirts, crafts, serving snacks, parking, and event set-up and tear down as needed.
Uniform: green volunteer t-shirt, name tag

Sunday July 12, 2015
Trail Trekking – A hike with your dog to search for Bluebirds.
Orion Oaks Dog Park – 2301 W. Clarkston Road, Lake Orion, MI 48360 between Baldwin and Joslyn roads
8:15am – 10:45am
Volunteers needed: 1
Assist with paperwork, distributing materials and event set-up and tear down.
Uniform: green volunteer t-shirt, name tag, hiking shoes and hat recommended

Tuesday July 14, 2015
Get outdoors Oakland! – A free, fun day at the park: inflatables, zip line, climbing tower, paddle boats, free snow cones and popcorn.
Independence Oaks - 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston, MI 48348
8am - 12pm and 12pm – 4pm
Volunteers needed: 4 each shift (must be 16 years of age or older)
Assist with check-in, serving snacks, and event set-up and tear down as needed.
Uniform: green volunteer t-shirt, name tag

Wednesday July 15, 2015
Clinton River Watershed Clean Up
Orion Oaks – Lake Sixteen – meet at the boat launch on Joslyn Road
3:30pm – 6pm
Volunteers needed: 1
Assist with paperwork, distributing materials, safety instructions, and helping volunteers into kayaks.
Uniform: green volunteer t-shirt, name tag and water shoes are recommended

Thursday July 16, 2015
Hawaiian Luau – An evening event with dinner, dessert, beverages, dancing and DJ for adults with developmental disabilities, ages 18 & above.
Novi Civic Center – 45175 W 10 Mile Road, Novi, MI 48073
5:30pm – 9pm
Volunteers needed: 11
Assist with greeting guests, helping serve food and beverages, event set-up and tear down as needed.
Uniform: Hawaiian shirts, grass skirts, name tag

Saturday July 18, 2015
Dreams & Wings – Children with disabilities get a birds’ eye view in a 20 minute airplane ride. 
Oakland County International Airport – 6500 Highland Road, Waterford, MI 48328
8:30am – 1pm
Volunteers needed: 19
Assist with greeting and registering guests, helping serve food and beverages, escort children to the planes, event set-up and tear down as needed.
Uniform: green volunteer t-shirt, name tag

Sunday July 19, 2015
Community Garage Sale – Members of the community can rent space to sell their household goods.
Oakland County Market – 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48328
2pm – 5pm
Volunteers needed: 1
Assist in registering participants and showing them to their space. Assist Market Staff with organizing donations for St. Vincent DePaul, including moving boxes, furniture and bags.
Uniform: green volunteer t-shirt, name tag

Saturday July 25, 2015
Butterfly 5K – Butterfly themed 5K and Kids Fun Run
Lyon Oaks Park – 52221 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, MI 48393
7:30am – 11am
Volunteers needed: 20
Assist with the water stations, parking, crafts, finish line and the course.
Uniform: green volunteer t-shirt, name tag

Click here for more events where volunteers are needed!

Volunteer Opportunities throughout the parks system:

Adaptive Recreation
Assist in hosting special, sport and social events for individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities, seniors and veterans.  Activities include special events, socials, tours, teaching and adapting sports skills for individuals with disabilities.

Bicycle Motocross (BMX at Waterford Oaks)
Track maintenance begins in April. Assist in the weekly operation of BMX by providing technical assistance at practices and races. Duties include bike inspection, registration, scoring, staging, corner marshaling, and concessions.

Campground Hosts and Labor
Assist campers by answering questions, explaining the rules in a pleasant and helpful manner, providing directions and assisting with check-in.  Volunteers may also help with maintaining flower beds and monitoring restrooms for cleanliness.

Campground Recreation 
Memorial Day-Labor Day
Assist with activities including arts and crafts, DJ dances, face painting, games, etc. for campers at Addison and Groveland Oaks. Theme weekends include carnival, comedy fun day, July 4th festivities, blues bash and boo bash. Also volunteer to help set up, implement and clean up one-day special events. 

Dog Park Ambassadors (Lyon Oaks, Orion Oaks and Red Oaks)
Become and ambassador and answer visitors’ general questions, distribute park materials, and report concerns or comments to park management.  Gatekeepers sign up for shifts to support customer service and park security.  Other opportunities include assisting with one-day special events and annual clean-up days at three dog parks.

Golf Courses and Programs
Starters, rangers, cart attendants and pro shop/phones assist at five golf courses. Assist with tournaments, leagues, and special events.  

Nature Centers
Assist in supporting the efforts of nature center staff by greeting Nature Center guests, caring for captive animals, assisting with nature education programs, scout days and trail walks, preparing program and craft supplies, or maintaining outdoor gardens.

Natural Resources Stewardship
Assist with restoration management of our natural areas by helping with the control and removal of invasive plant species and the collection and dispersal of native plant seed. Field work activities vary from season to season and range from hand-pulling weedy species, to removing large shrubs with had saws and garden loppers. Volunteers should be willing and able to work in a variety of field conditions, including exposure to heat, cold, insects, and poisonous plants.

Be the eyes and ears of the Parks trails by using a formal reporting and tracking process while you enjoy the outdoors as you patrol park trails on foot.  Promote safe and proper use of the trails by providing information to visitors on Park rules and policies. 

Special Events
Assist with one-day events throughout the year including Fire & Ice winter festival, the springtime Marshmallow Drop at Catalpa Oaks, mountain bike races, fishing events, County Market events, or Boo Bash and Haunted Hallows events in the fall.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Water Resources Commissioner's Office
Assist with Adopt-a-Stream (stream monitoring and clean-ups) and cooperative lakes monitoring. 248.858.0958

Master Gardener Volunteer Program
The Michigan Master Gardener Volunteer Program is a horticulture education and volunteer leader training program offered by Michigan State University Extension in Oakland County. An interest in plants, a personal commitment to volunteerism and an enthusiasm for sharing knowledge with others are the only prerequisites for application. Applicants attend classes learning basic horticultural principles and environmentally sound gardening practices. They then provide a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service to their community. Oakland County offers a daytime session in the fall (August-November) or an evening session in the winter (January-April). Each session is 13 weeks and held in Waterford. Linda Smith: 248.858.0887

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