All volunteer applicants must submit a Background Investigation form and Waiver of Liability form in addition to their application, unless indicated below. This information will serve as an initial screening. After receiving a completed application, the park volunteer coordinator or other staff member(s) interview all applicants. A reference and/or background check may be performed on qualified potential applicants.
The minimum age for volunteering as an individual is 13 years old. Potential volunteers between the ages of 13 and 17 must fill out a volunteer application and participate in an interview. They do not have to fill out a background check form, however parents need to sign the Parental Approval form and the Waiver of Liability for a Minor form.
Youth 12 years of age and younger
The same requirements apply as for Teen Volunteers. However, it is also required that youth be paired up with an adult either from their extended family or as recommended by their parents or legal guardian. Groups of young volunteers should provide qualified, engaged supervisors, which can minimize supervision by park staff. Families and groups with youth ages 12 and under are required to accept supervision, responsibility and liability for their group.
Many parks accept non-paid interns. All interns are treated as volunteers and must comply with the same policies and procedures of the volunteer program. Internships usually have very different expectations, are more in-depth, and require a more structured workload. We recommend that you speak with a park staff member directly to insure that all school requirements are met.