Volunteer & Employment

There are many seasonal and volunteer employment opportunities available within the Parks and Recreation Department. For more information about specific opportunities, please review the following informational items.


Adopt-A-Park is a volunteer program in which citizens, area businesses or organizations can assist in the enhancement and preservation of local parks, nature preserves and green spaces. Download the brochure.

Why adopt a park?  There are so many reasons, but here are just a few –

  • Help keep your neighborhood parks safe and clean
  • Build a closer, stronger community
  • Protect the environment
  • Beautification and preservation of green space

Call 616.530.3164 to sign up to participate in the Adopt-A-Park program.

Volunteer Opportunities

Complete and submit a Volunteer Application. All volunteers must submit an application and undergo a background check. To save this form for later use, right click on the link above and select "Save Target As...".

  • Commercial Bingo
    Volunteer opportunities for callers, floor walkers, ticket sales, concession sales, etc., exist. For more information, please e-mail or call 616-530-3164. 
  • Grocery Bingo 
    Volunteer callers are needed. For more information, please e-mail or call 616-530-3164. 
  • Senior Program Instructors 
    Volunteer instructors with a specific skill or knowledge (i.e. bilingual, photography, sewing, etc.) are needed for senior programming. For more information, please e-mail or call 616-530-3190. 
  • Youth Program Support 
    Volunteer support is needed for the Youth Pumpkin Path. For more information, please e-mail or call 616-530-3164. 
  • Youth Soccer Coaches 
    Volunteers are needed for weekly practices and games. Seasons are 10-11 weeks long. For more information, please e-mail or call 616-530-3164.

Employment Opportunities

  • Seasonal Opportunities
    Visit the Human Resources' Job Postings page to check for open positions.
  • Park Maintenance 
    This seasonal position involves various general labor tasks, which fall within the park system. Must be able to work in various climates and operate light equipment. Must work various schedules that include weekends and 2nd shift. Must be 18 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Program Instructors, Supervisors and Coaches 
    Various seasonal positions exist for individuals interested in instructing and supervising programs and activities. Coaches are also needed for various youth sports, as well. For more information, please e-mail or call 616-530-3164.
  • Umpires 
    Umpires are needed for spring, summer, and fall softball leagues. Umpires must possess a satisfactory understanding of umpiring mechanics and softball rules.