Volunteer

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The Clark County Public Works volunteer program engages the community in meaningful volunteer experiences that enhance community assets like parks and roadways. These activities also support the mission of Public Works "to enhance Clark County's quality of life by providing transportation, environmental, and parks facilities and services." Volunteers are essential to enhancing the beauty, safety, accessibility and quality of our parks, public lands, transportation corridors and trails. Click here to see the latest issue of our monthly volunteer program newsletter, where you'll see the impact volunteers have made in the last month!


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Activities

Thinking of volunteering? Here's how you can get involved: 

Volunteer events: Volunteer events take place on a specific date and time, are facilitated by our program or a partner organization, and are usually open to drop-in participants (though some might require pre-registration). These events don't require long-term commitments. You can find upcoming events on our calendar. 

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Group volunteering: Churches, clubs, businesses, and organizations can work with us to schedule a volunteer event for their group. Contact us to get started. Be prepared to give information about your group size, preferred dates and times, and if you have preferences on the location of service or type of volunteer activity. 

Adults make comical poses around filled bags of litter, in a park.

Adopt-A-Park: If there's a park or open space owned or managed by Clark County that you love, this is the activity for you! Volunteers choose a park, trail or open space to adopt. Adopters organize and facilitate one volunteer activity each month April through September, and at least once between October and March. Activities usually consist of litter pickup but can sometimes include projects like cleaning picnic tables, adding bark chips to a playground, clearing vegetation from around a trail, and more. We provide all supplies, tools, materials and the training you'll need to complete the job and stay safe. 

Not sure which park to adopt? Contact us. If you're ready to apply to adopt a specific park or property, fill out an application.

Two teens and one adult stand on a paved trail in a natural area, holding litter grabbing sticks and partially filled litter collection bags.

Adopt-A-Road: Roadside litter can reduce property values, increase the spread of disease, injure wildlife, and increase the risk of collisions on the roadway. In the U.S. there are over 6,000 pieces of litter for every mile of road. Help keep Clark County beautiful by adopting a road! Adopters work with us to find a road segment that is safe for volunteer litter crews. Adopters complete an orientation and brief training, then gather friends, neighbors, family, and coworkers to complete three litter cleanups along their adopted road segment each year. We provide supplies and dispose of the litter; you bring the helping hands!

Ready to Adopt-A-Road? Contact us. If you know which road you want to adopt, or a general geographic area you'd like to work in, let us know. 

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Volunteer park hosts: Clark County's Parks and Lands division cares for over 11,000 acres and 84 parks spread across 650 square miles. Volunteer park hosts live at select park sites to help ensure that, despite the geographic spread, our parks are always clean, safe and well-cared for. Park host positions are posted here when they become available.

There are currently no open positions. 

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Advisory boards: Clark County Public Works has several community advisory boards. Click the links to learn more about these boards. 

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Have something else in mind? If none of the above opportunities seem like a good fit, contact us!


Contact

Questions about volunteering? Contact the Clark County Public Works Volunteer Program Coordinator Kaley McLachlan-Burton at kaley.mclachlan-burton@clark.wa.gov or 564.397.1679.


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Newsletter

Each month we send an email highlighting ways to get involved, upcoming events, and celebrating the recent accomplishments of volunteers. 


All volunteers age 18 and older must sign a "Clark County Public Works Liability Release" before participating in any volunteer activity. 

Volunteers under age 18 cannot sign a release themselves. Minors under age 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a "Clark County Public Works Volunteer Program Parental/Guardian Consent" form instead. 

For activities with multiple events throughout the year, such as Adopt-A-Road or Adopt-A-Park, volunteers need to only sign one release annually. 

Group organizers can choose to use the sign-in-sheet style of liability release instead of having volunteers each sign their own release forms. Minors must still have a signed parental/guardian consent form.

Sign release forms digitally (all you need is a valid email address)


COVID

Current COVID Guidelines (updated 9/3/2021)

All volunteers are required to wear masks and practice social distancing (maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and anyone not in their household). All volunteer events and activities are limited to a maximum of 15 participants. Public Works leadership will continue to evaluate risk and safety needs associated with the ongoing pandemic and will allow larger groups as soon as it is determined to be safe to do so. 

For questions please email kaley.mclachlan-burton@clark.wa.gov or call 564.397.1679.

Two volunteers wearing masks pick up litter using litter grabbing sticks and trash bags, in a forested park.

Volunteering Frequently Asked Questions

First, read about the different ways to get involved in the Activities section of this webpage. Decide which option is best for you, then follow the instructions for signing up for that activity. Volunteers do not need to complete an application for drop-in volunteer events or for group events. All volunteers must sign the proper release forms before participating in any volunteer activity.

Volunteers should always wear closed-toed shoes and long pants, even in the summer months, to protect them from the most common types of injuries seen during activities. Long-sleeved shirts are a good idea for volunteers who will be working with brush or vegetation. Volunteers should dress for the weather, wearing layers that can be added or removed to ensure comfort in changing temperatures and conditions. Waterproof layers should be included when the forecast includes a chance of precipitation. We provide gloves for volunteers. 

Volunteers should bring a water bottle. Volunteers should also bring anything they might need during prolonged periods outdoors including sunscreen, an asthma inhaler, or an epinephrine pen. Volunteers may bring their own work gloves, but we provide gloves for all participants to use during the volunteer activity. 

It depends on the volunteer activity or the organization hosting the volunteer event. Generally, minors ages 13 to 17 can volunteer without their own parent/guardian present if there are enough staff assigned to an activity to property supervise, or if the volunteer group has at least one adult to supervise every five minors. Once you identify a volunteer activity your minor child would like to participate in, follow the sign-up instructions for that activity and ask the activity coordinator about the minor child policy for that activity. 

When we are accepting applications for a vacant park host position, the announcement will be posted on the parks webpage and this volunteer webpage. We also announce the open position via social media (Facebook, TwitterInstagram and Nextdoor) and via local news outlets. We also work with local clubs, organizations, and associations to share information about the open positions with their members. You can also sign up for the volunteer program newsletter where we will also announce open positions. 

Contact us to schedule a volunteer activity for a group, club or organization. Maximum allowable group size is dependent on season, staff availability, activity type and location. 

We try to provide snacks to keep our volunteers fueled and ready to help, but sometimes we are unable to provide snacks. Events hosted by our partners may or may not provide snacks.

We coordinate volunteer activities in unincorporated areas of Clark County. Volunteer activities taking place within a city's limits are coordinated by that agency. Click these links to find out more about volunteer opportunities in: Camas, Battle Ground, Ridgefield, Washougal, and Vancouver

If you have an idea for a project, contact us. We can help connect you with the appropriate staff to review your project. The decision about whether or not to approve a project is made with consideration of the project type, staffing levels, impact of the project on maintenance and operations, budget, location of the project, and impact of the project. Some projects have legal requirements for proposals, review, and installation. 

Students seeking volunteer activities to meet school or club service requirements are welcome to participate in any available volunteer opportunities and must meet all applicable volunteer requirements, e.g., minimum age for participation and a parental consent form signed by a parent/guardian. The volunteer program does not have additional or separate volunteer opportunities for student service and cannot create additional opportunities to meet a student's deadlines for their required service. Students (with parent/guardian supervision) may participate in an individual assignment position if one is currently available. 

School clubs, student groups, educational programs, and trade schools can participate in existing programs as long as they meet all applicable requirements. For the Adopt-A-Park program, for example, this would include having an adult facilitator and committing to a minimum one year of service. 

Residents volunteering as part of court-ordered community service are welcome to participate in any available volunteer opportunities. They must meet all applicable requirements for specific volunteer assignments, e.g., background checks and fingerprinting for unsupervised volunteering in parks. The volunteer program does not have additional or separate volunteer opportunities for court-ordered service and cannot create additional opportunities to meet an individual's deadlines for required service. Residents may participate via an individual assignment position if one is currently available. 

Currently the Clark County Public Works volunteer program does not participate as a host site for Eagle Scout projects. 

Contact us about using a county park or facility as part of a student project. Project approval is based on mutual benefit (must provide a benefit to the public patrons of the park or facility), season, site availability, and the details of the project. If a project is approved, the student must follow all applicable requirements which may include submitting to a background check/fingerprinting if age 18 or older, and signing a volunteer agreement outlining the parameters of the project and use of a county facility.