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 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 (volunteer hours may apply to service learning project hours for high school or college credit or complete an internship)
- Non-profit Organizations and Agencies
To volunteer, print and complete the Volunteer Application or Golf Volunteer Application and return it to:
Oakland County Parks
2800 Watkins Lake Road
Waterford, MI 48328
Once received, we 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.
To speak to a volunteer coordinator, call 248-975-9717 or email email@example.com. Current Volunteers: Monthly Volunteer Time Sheet. (Please upgrade to latest version of Acrobat Reader to utilize this form.)
Volunteers Needed for These Events:
For more information on volunteer programs or to register for an event,please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 248-975-9717.
Frog Survey Volunteer Training
Wint Nature Center – Independence Oaks County Park
9501 Sashabaw Rd. Clarkson MI 48348
Volunteers are needed to help with frog surveys at two parks. Trained volunteers assist staff in conducting night
surveys during April, May and June. Survey methods are designed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Frog Survey Program. At the training, learn to recognize the calls of singing frogs along with their life history. Must be able to hear and recognize calls. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Details and registration: Registration Department at 248.858.0916.
Friday, March 28
Novi Parks and Recreation
45175 West Ten Mile, Novi 48375
Oakland County Parks needs 5-10 volunteers to assist with service dinner and refreshments. This is a celebration with dinner and dancing for adults with developmental disabilities. Around 80-180 attendees.
Spring Fling Social Dance
Novi Civic Center
45175 West 10 Mile, Novi 48375
This fun filled dinner dance needs 5-10 volunteers to assist with serving dinner and refreshments, then dance the night away. This is a celebration of spring for adults with developmental disabilities. Around 80-180 attendees.
Wednesday, April 2
Grassland Birds Survey Volunteer Training
Wint Nature Center- Independence Oaks
7 - 9 p.m.
Oakland County Parks and Recreation is looking for volunteers to help monitor grassland birds at several parks. Grassland birds are declining and your work help park management of these areas. Learn about birds that depend on grassland habitats and what you can do to help. Oakland Audubon, along with natural resource education staff will provide the training. Volunteers will be required to learn the songs, identify the target species and visit their assigned location weekly from late April – June. Preregistration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Registration Department at 248.858.0916.
Friday, April 18
Catalpa Oaks Marshmallow Drop
27725 Greenfield Rd. Southfield 48076
8 – 11:30 a.m.
We need 100 volunteers to assist with prize area and crowd control at this fun Oakland County Parks holiday special event. Oakland County Parks uses a helicopter to drop 10,000 marshmallows into the park, for kids to collect and exchange for a free prize! All volunteers will receive snacks and a free waterpark pass! For more information or to register, please contact Volunteer Services email@example.com or 248-975-9717.
Sunday, April 27
Red Oaks Nature Center Park Beautification Day
30300 Hales St. Madison Heights 48071
9-Noon or 1-3 p.m.
50-70 volunteers needed to assist with brush removal, invasive species removal, trail clearing and general park cleanup at Red Oaks Nature Center. Snacks and drinks will be provided. For more information or to register, please contact Volunteer Services firstname.lastname@example.org or 248-975-9717.
Volunteer Opportunities throughout the parks system:
Assist in hosting special, sport and social events for individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities. Activities include special events/socials and teaching and adapting sports skills for individuals with disabilities.
New! Adopt-a-Natural Area
Assist natural resources staff by adopting a natural area at your favorite park and participating in seasonal stewardship activities.
Annual clean up days
Help beautify the parks by collecting debris, pulling invasive species or other cleaning/maintenance tasks.
Available at most park locations. Duties vary at each site, but may include preparation of craft materials and items for special events, assistance with mailings, and photography.
Bicycle Motocross (BMX)
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.
NEW! Campground Hosts
Campground hosts 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 the campground recreation program, maintenance of flower beds and restroom monitoring.
Memorial Day to Labor Day
Assist with activities for campers at Addison and Groveland Oaks. Activities include arts and crafts, DJ dances, face painting, games, etc. 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 (Lyon Oaks, Orion Oaks & Red Oaks)
Assist with one-day special events and annual clean-up days at three dog parks. During busy times, answer visitors’ general questions, distribute park materials, and report concerns or comments to park management.
Members of the 4-H Gardeners Restore Our World club (GROW) along with Michigan State Extension Service Master Gardeners, have taken on the project of establishing an 1800s Heritage Garden around the Ellis Barn. Assist with tours, educational programs and manning the antiques table during events.
Starters, rangers, cart attendants and pro shop/phones assist at five golf courses.
NEW! Golf Programs
Assist with tournaments, leagues and special events.
Natural Resources and Interpretive Programs
Assist in conducting wildlife surveys and caring for park and natural areas, including monitoring bluebird, wood duck and bat boxes; invasive plant control and water quality surveys, native seed collection and more. Help with events and interpretive programs.
Nordic Ski Patrol
Provide the eyes and ears for the park on the trails during the ski season and ensure skiers safety. Must be able to cross-country ski and have outdoor emergency care course along with CPR. Available at Independence Oaks.
Oakland County Market
Helping with parking, assist market shoppers and more.
Be the eyes and ears at various parks and report concerns or comments to park management. May also assist parks staff with general clean-up and enhancement programs.
Assist with athletic programs and seasonal park tours.
Assist with one-day events, including mountain bike races, fishing events, Hidden Forest trail run, Halloween events, waterpark special events and senior days.
New! Special Projects
Assist with various small park improvement and maintenance projects.
Assist with construction of hiking, biking or equestrian trails; trail clean-up and maintenance; or with special trail-related events.
NEW! Volunteer Walk Assistant
Co-lead organized hikes in various county parks.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Water Resources Commissioner's Office
Assist with Adopt-a-Stream (stream monitoring and clean-ups), and cooperative lakes monitoring. Details: 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. Contact Linda Smith at 248-858-0887 for an application or information.