Volunteering

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We are excited that you are interested in helping us enhance the quality of life in Chicago by providing safe, inviting, and beautifully maintained parks, world-class facilities, and numerous, accessible recreation and leisure opportunities. We need all hands on deck as we strive to continually improve and expand our park system, and have some fun while doing it!

At the Chicago Park District there are volunteer opportunities for every interest and level of time-commitment from one-day options such as corporate or group projects, environmental stewardship days, and special event support to longer-term options such as coaching and sports instruction, conservatory support, tutoring/mentoring at after school programs and camps, community gardening, nature area monitoring and stewardship, and docent programs.

Explore the links below for detailed information on our various volunteer opportunities. For further information, please call the Chicago Park District Volunteer Coordinator at 312.742.4775. We thank you again for your interest in becoming a Chicago Park District Volunteer.  

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Corporate or Group One Day Service Projects

The Chicago Park District offers many opportunities for corporate and one day service project volunteers. Your service may include planting gardens, mulching trees, and other various park improvements. These events not only contribute to making Chicago’s Parks the beautiful destinations that they are, but also serve as opportunities for team building. For more information, please review the Group Volunteer Guidelines. To schedule a group service project event, fill out the Group/Corporate Volunteer Application and mail it to:

Chicago Park District
541 North Fairbanks
Chicago, IL 60611
Attn: Volunteer Coordinator

For further information on Chicago Park District Corporate/Group Volunteer opportunities call 312.742.4687.

 

Volunteer Application

If you are interested in a long-term volunteer position with the Chicago Park District, all long-term volunteers must complete a Volunteer Application. Long term indicates your willingness to support a local park on a regular basis. The information you provide will assist us in determining your interests and skills and will be utilized in determining the assignment that best suits you. Please indicate in the appropriate section, the park or program for which you wish to be considered.

Adult Volunteer Application (17 years and older)
Minor Volunteer Application (16 years and younger)

Upon completion of the application, please return it to your local park, or mail to:

Chicago Park District
541 North Fairbanks
Chicago, IL 60611
Attn: Volunteer Coordinator

To ensure the safety and protection of children and other park patrons utilizing our parks and programs, all volunteer applicants are required to successfully complete a background check prior to becoming a volunteer. Once your application is received by the Volunteer Coordinator, a Fingerprint Authorization Form will be forwarded to you.

For further information on Chicago Park District volunteer opportunities please call 312.742.4775.