Volunteer and 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.
Please see our Human Resources department for current employment opportunities.
- Seasonal Opportunities
Please click on the Human Resources link above 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.
- Play and Learn Leaders
The Play and Learn program runs from mid-June through early August. The job is a 32-hour per week seasonal position. Normal work hours will be from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The position requires a background and/or interest in working with youth in a structured program setting. Applicants must be organized, enthusiastic and creative, along with being able to provide leadership and direction for youth. Must have good written and oral communication skills. Play and Learn leaders will develop, plan and implement games, special events and various physical activities. Play and Learn leaders will be responsible for publicity and promotion of the program at their site, building relationships with participants and being good role models.
- 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 are needed for spring, summer and fall softball leagues. Umpires must be registered with the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and the District 7 Umpire Association (D7UA). Umpires must possess a satisfactory understanding of umpiring mechanics and softball rules.
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- 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. Bi-lingual, Photography, Sewing, etc.) are needed for senior programming. For more information, please e-mail or call (616) 530-3190.
- TEAM 21 After School & Summer Programs (21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant)
TEAM 21 is an after school and summer program for children, kindergarten through 5th grade. Volunteers are needed to assist in the areas of arts and crafts, physical fitness, games, tutoring, mentoring, gardening and other activities. TEAM 21 operates 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm, Monday through Thursday and on selected weekends. All volunteers must complete a Criminal History Check and a Central Registry Check for Child Abuse prior to volunteering. For more information, please call 616-530-3164 or e-mail us.
- 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.