Volunteer Opportunities

 

Volunteers working at Pacific Community Park.

Get outdoors, make new friends and gain new awareness of local ecosystems and wildlife habitats by volunteering at parks, trails or green spaces.

Clark County Public Works has a variety of volunteer opportunities to fit virtually anyone's interests or schedule.

Volunteer opportunities include:

Duties and responsibilities

Volunteers will help Clark County trails by removing debris (including litter), raking surfaces, filling holes, keeping paths clear of vegetation through pruning and weeding, and helping to maintain and repair trail surfaces. Trail Rangers will look for and report hazards, damage or vandalism to county parks staff.

Volunteers will track and regularly submit their hours to the Volunteer Program Coordinator. 

Qualifications

Volunteers must be comfortable working outside, sometimes on uneven ground and rugged trails, and be willing to get a little dirty. They should be ready to show Initiative and work independently, as well as to follow directions as needed.

This work requires lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, bending and handling materials. Volunteers should be able to lift  up to 25 pounds and work outside during heat, cold and rain. 

Volunteers should be prepared to interact and communicate with the public in a professional manner that reflects positively on their organization and Clark County.

Volunteers should wear closed-toed shoes and long pants while working.

Location

Trails in Clark County parks and on other county-owned properties.

Time commitment

Volunteers typically work 2-4 hour shifts, with considerable flexibility to select days and times to work.

No experience required

Minimum age

All ages can participate, but youth 13 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Teenagers 14 to 17 will need a signed Minor Consent Form (PDF) to participate without a parent or guardian. 

Volunteer application and background check

Both are required, unless volunteering at a pre-planned group event.

Benefits

This is great opportunity to get outside, improve trail maintenance and make our community better. Participating as a Trail Ranger as part of a group is also a great way to socialize while enhancing our community.

Duties and responsibilities

Volunteers will  help care for Clark County parks by cleaning signs and play equipment, removing litter and other debris, spreading and raking playground chips, weeding and removing leaves.

Park Heroes also will keep a look out for and report any hazards, damage or vandalism.

Volunteers will track and regularly submit their hours to the Volunteer Program Coordinator. 

Qualifications

Volunteers must be comfortable working outside, sometimes on uneven ground and rugged trails, and be willing to get a little dirty. They should be ready to show Initiative and work independently, as well as to follow directions as needed.

This work requires lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, bending and handling materials. Volunteers should be able to lift  up to 25 pounds and work outside during heat, cold and rain. 

Volunteers should be prepared to interact and communicate with the public in a professional manner that reflects positively on their organization and Clark County.

Volunteers should wear closed-toed shoes and long pants while working.

Location

All Clark County parks.

Time commitment

Volunteers typically work 2-4 hour shifts, with considerable flexibility to select days and times to work.

No experience required 

Minimum age

All ages can participate, but youth 13 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Teenagers 14 to 17 will need a signed Minor Consent Form (PDF) to participate without a parent or guardian. 

Volunteer application and background check

Both are required, unless volunteering at a pre-planned group event.

Benefits

This is great opportunity to get outside and make a difference in our parks. Helping beautify and improve county parks is a great way to socialize while enhancing our community. 

Duties and responsibilities

Typical tasks may include pulling weeds, pruning, dead-heading, harvesting, carrying loads to dumpsters, site preparation and general cleanup.

All garden volunteers will meet with the Volunteer Program Coordinator and learn about approved tasks, proper pruning techniques and safety requirements.

Volunteers will need to track and regularly submit their hours to the Volunteer Program Coordinator. 

Qualifications

Volunteers must be comfortable working outside, sometimes on uneven ground and rugged trails, and be willing to get a little dirty.

They should be ready to show Initiative and work independently, as well as to follow directions as needed.

This work requires lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, bending and handling materials. Volunteers should be able to lift  up to 25 pounds and work outside during heat, cold and rain. 

Volunteers should be prepared to interact and communicate with the public in a professional manner that reflects positively on their organization and Clark County.

Volunteers should wear closed-toed shoes and long pants while working.

Location

Parks and other locations that have rose gardens, community orchards and demonstration gardens.

Time commitment

Volunteers typically work 2-4 hour shifts, with considerable flexibility to select the days and times to work.

No experience required 

Minimum age

All ages can participate, but youth 13 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Teenagers 14 to 17 will need a signed Minor Consent Form (PDF) to participate without a parent or guardian. 

Volunteer application and background check

Both are required, unless volunteering at a pre-planned group event.

Benefits

This is great opportunity to get outside, beautify parks, trails and green spaces, meet new people and have fun

Duties and responsibilities

Volunteers will remove invasive plant species, such as Himalayan blackberry, English ivy, garlic mustard and scotch broom. Typical tasks  include pulling weeds, carrying loads to dumpsters and general site cleanup.

Weed Warriors will meet with the Volunteer Program Coordinator and learn about proper invasive plant removal and safety standards.

Volunteers will track and regularly submit their hours to the Volunteer Program Coordinator. 

Qualifications

Volunteers must be comfortable working outside, sometimes on uneven ground and rugged trails, and be willing to get a little dirty. They should be ready to show Initiative and work independently, as well as to follow directions as needed.

This work requires lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, bending and handling materials. Volunteers should be able to lift  up to 25 pounds and work outside during heat, cold and rain. 

Volunteers should be prepared to interact and communicate with the public in a professional manner that reflects positively on their organization and Clark County.

Volunteers should wear closed-toed shoes and long pants while working.

Location

All parks, trails and open spaces.

Time commitment

Volunteers typically work 2-4 hour shifts, with considerable flexibility to select the days and times to work.

No experience required

Minimum age

All ages can participate, but youth 13 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Teenagers 14 to 17 will need a singed Minor Consent Form (PDF) to participate without a parent or guardian. 

Volunteer application and background check

Both are required, unless volunteering at a pre-planned group event.

Benefits

This is great opportunity to get outside, beautify parks, trails and green spaces, meet new people and learn about invasive plant species and their removal. 

Duties and responsibilities

Volunteers will pick up and bag litter found in parks, trails and associated parking areas and patrol parks and trails for illegal dump sites. Clark County will provide collection tools and bags for picking up litter.

Volunteers will track and regularly submit their hours to the Volunteer Program Coordinator. 

Qualifications

Volunteers must be comfortable working outside, sometimes on uneven ground and rugged trails, and be willing to get a little dirty. They should be ready to show Initiative and work independently, as well as to follow directions as needed.

This work requires lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, bending and handling materials. Volunteers should be able to lift  up to 25 pounds and work outside during heat, cold and rain. 

Volunteers should be prepared to interact and communicate with the public in a professional manner that reflects positively on their organization and Clark County.

Volunteers should wear closed-toed shoes and long pants while working.

Location

All parks, trails and open spaces.

Time commitment

Volunteers typically work 2-4 hour shifts, with considerable flexibility to select days and times to work.

No experience required

Minimum age

All ages can participate, but youth 13 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Teenagers 14 to 17 will need a signed Minor Consent Form (PDF) to participate without a parent or guardian. 

Volunteer application and background check

Both are required, unless volunteering at a pre-planned group event.

Benefits

This is great opportunity to get outside, connect with nature and enhance parks and trails. Working in a group also is a nice way to socialize while improving the community.

Duties and responsibilities

Volunteers will need to track and regularly submit their hours to the Volunteer Program Coordinator.

Qualifications

Volunteers must be comfortable working outside, sometimes on uneven ground and rugged trails, and be willing to get a little dirty.

They should be ready to show Initiative and work independently, as well as to follow directions as needed.

This work requires lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, bending and handling materials. Volunteers should be able to lift  up to 25 pounds and work outside during heat, cold and rain.

Volunteers should be prepared to interact and communicate with the public in a professional manner that reflects positively on their organization and Clark County.

Volunteers should wear closed-toed shoes and long pants while working.

Location

All parks, trails and open spaces.

Time commitment

Volunteers typically work 2-4 hour shifts, with considerable flexibility to select the days and times to work.

No experience required

Minimum age

All ages can participate, but youth 13 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Teenagers 14 to 17 will need a signed Minor Consent Form (PDF) to participate without a parent or guardian. 

Volunteer application and background check

Both are required, unless volunteering at a pre-planned group event.

Benefits

This is great opportunity to get outside and make a difference in our parks. Participating in leaf removal as part of a group is a great way to socialize while enhancing our community. 

Duties and responsibilities
 

Volunteers will photograph activities, events and general scenery in Clark County parks and trails. 
Clark County particularly needs photos of weekend volunteer events and photos of people using parks.

Photographers who take images with people’s faces will need to have those people sign release forms, which will be provided by the Volunteer Program Coordinator.

Photographers also will need to document each photo submitted to the county with a description that includes the date and location.

Photographers will track and regularly submit their volunteer hours to the Volunteer Program Coordinator.

Qualifications

  • Knowledge and interest in photography and experience as a photographer, either as a professional or hobbyist.
  • Willingness to provide a sampling of four to 10 photos before being accepted as a volunteer photographer.
  • Ability to provide a digital camera and other equipment and to work independently to take high-quality photos.
  • Excellent communication skills and experience working with the public.
  • Ability to download photos to a flash drive (provided by the county) or to email photos.
  • Willingness to take photos outdoors in a variety of weather, including heat, cold and rain.
  • Ability to communicate with the public in a professional manner that reflects positively on Clark County.
  • ​Willingness to wear closed-toe shoes while working.

Location

Various parks, trails and open spaces.

Time commitment

 Flexible dates and times that work best for volunteer photographers.

Experience

Some knowledge and experience in photography.

Minimum age

Volunteer photographers must be 16 or older.

Volunteer application and background check

Both are required.

Benefits

This is great opportunity to get outside, reconnect with nature, enhance your photography skills, and build your portfolio.

Duties and responsibilities

Volunteers will attend a one-hour orientation/training on how to count.  They will be assigned a specific trail and time and are expected to count only during those times.

Volunteers may work as pairs or as individuals. Clark County can accommodate large groups of volunteers to cover multiple trail locations.

All information will be submitted to Clark County Public Works. 

Qualifications

Volunteers will need to:

  • Provide their own transportation to trail count locations.
  • Wear identifying volunteer clothing and equipment.
  • Follow user count and survey protocols using county-provided equipment, including information sheets and safety vests.
  • Track their hours.

Locations

  • 45th Street at Main Street
  • Burnt Bridge Creek Trail at NE Devine Road Trailhead
  • Captain William Clark Park at Cottonwood Beach
  • Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Trail at NE Palmer Road
  • Columbia River Renaissance Trail
  • Columbia Street at 6th Street
  • E. Fourth Plain Boulevard at Burnt Bridge Creek
  • Frenchman's Bar and Vancouver Lake Trail at the Blurock Landing Trailhead
  • Lacamas Heritage Trail at NE Goodwin Road Trailhead
  • Lower River Road Trail at Farwest Steel
  • McGillivray Boulevard at Village Loop
  • McLoughlin Boulevard at Ft. Vancouver Way
  • Padden Parkway Trail at NE 94th Avenue
  • Salmon Creek Greenway Trail at the Vancouver Girls Softball Association Trailhead
  • Whipple Creek Park Trail at NW 179th Street and NW 21st Avenue

Time commitment

One hour of required training before trail counting day and two hours per trail counting day. Trail counts usually are scheduled for the second week of September: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and 9-11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

No experience required

Minimum age

All ages can participate, but youth 13 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Teenagers 14 to 17 will need a signed Minor Consent Form (PDF) to participate without a parent or guardian. 

Volunteer application and background check

Volunteers must fill out and submit applications, but background checks are not required for trail user counts.

Benefits

This is great opportunity to get outside and reconnect with nature. Information collected from volunteer trail counters will be used to plan future trail improvements. 
 

View data from previous years' counts

Sign up to help out: Annual trail user count RSVP

Duties and responsibilities

Volunteers will work as part of a group to complete a project for the day.  

You do not need to complete a volunteer application to participate in a one-day work party. Simply go to the calendar of events and complete the registration form for your specific event.

One-day work parties can include tree plantings, trail maintenance, general park maintenance and a variety of other tasks. 

Clark County Public Works regularly schedules work parties throughout the year and typically needs more volunteers to participate.

Clark County  also will develop one-day private projects for corporate groups, schools, scout groups, faith-based organizations and other community members at a park, trail or green space. 

Qualifications

Volunteers must be comfortable working outside, sometimes on uneven ground and rugged trails, and be willing to get a little dirty. They should be ready to show Initiative and work independently, as well as to follow directions as needed.

This work requires lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, bending and handling materials. Volunteers should be able to lift  up to 25 pounds and work outside during heat, cold and rain. 

Volunteers should be prepared to interact and communicate with the public in a professional manner that reflects positively on their organization and Clark County.

Volunteers should wear closed-toed shoes and long pants while working.

Location

Various parks, trails and open spaces.

Time commitment

One-day work parties are typically 3-4 hours long. The most common time is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

No experience required

Minimum age

All ages can participate, but youth 13 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Teenagers 14 to 17 will need a signed Minor Consent Form (PDF) to participate without a parent or guardian. 

Benefits

This is great opportunity to get outside and make a difference in our parks. Participating in one-day work parties is also a great way to socialize while enhancing our community. 

Clark County offers several volunteer opportunities for youth and can accommodate groups and individuals.

Important information

All ages can participate, but youth 13 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Teenagers 14 to 17 will need a signed Minor Consent Form (PDF) to participate without a parent or guardian. 

All volunteers are required to wear closed-toe shoes and long pants while working. Remember to dress for the weather.

The Volunteer Program Coordinator will keep track of volunteer hours and sign off on any forms confirming completion of service hours.

Community VolunTOUR Program
Clark County Public Works and the City of Vancouver have partnered to offer after-school service opportunities at parks and other sites throughout Clark County.

Work parties are planned on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of September, October, November, February, March, April and May from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Volunteers remove invasive plants, perform trail maintenance, plant trees and much more. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to learn a little history about the city and county's most unique sites. Volunteers can collect stamps at each location and win special prizes!

This opportunity is great for families, teens and volunteers of all ages. It's a great way to meet new people and complete community service requirements while having fun. Please RSVP in advance.

Volunteers are required to wear closed-toe shoes and long pants while working. Remember to dress for the weather.

Youth younger than 18 must bring a signed Clark County/City of Vancouver minor consent form (PDF).

Eagle Scout projects

Clark County frequently collaborates with local scouts as they work toward their Eagle Scout Award. The county has many projects available at parks, trails and green spaces for scouts looking for a project. The county will consider other projects that scouts develop on their own.

Click here for more information and to review a list of potential projects available at parks, trails, and green spaces throughout Clark County.  

More information

Clark County Parks
4700 NE 78th St.
Vancouver, WA 98665
564.397.2285
parks@clark.wa.gov