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Volunteer Opportunities

Your help is needed! Volunteers are an integral part of the City of San Jose!
Come volunteer—we have many opportunities, right in your neighborhood!

Sunday in the Park 2019 Volunteer Series 

Volunteers meet every Sunday. View the following schedules for dates and locations:

Volunteer Now!

  • Anti-Graffiti/Anti-Litter
  • Community Centers
  • Happy Hollow Park & Zoo
  • Parks & Trails
    • Adopt-A-Park
    • Adopt-A-Trail
    • Alum Rock Trail Crew
    • Corporate Connections
    • One Day Volunteer Events
    • Sunday Series: Volunteer on Sunday Morning!   
  • Scouts: Eagle Scout and Girl Scout Gold/Silver/Bronze Awards
  • Senior Nutrition               
  • Lunch service at the Community Centers
  • Viva Calle SJ
    • Annual Open Streets event

Volunteer Service Agreement

Volunteering With Us?

Please print and complete the Volunteer Service Agreement (VSA) and turn it in at the registration table when you arrive at the park! (Link to VSA Form)

  • All volunteers need to complete the Volunteer Service Agreement (VSA). This covers liability, a photo release and the city's ethics statement. 
  • Minors (those under 18 years of age) must also have a parent signature on the back.
  • Youth that are in middle school must have a parent/adult volunteer with them.
  • High school students may volunteer without parent onsite, but need a completed VSA with their parent's signature.

Community Centers
Community Centers are right in your neighborhood! With 10 major hubs throughout the City of San Jose, your help is needed, close to home! While each Community Center has their own unique volunteer needs, they are eager to have your help with:

Opportunities Include
  • Building and grounds (washing windows, cleaning and picking up litter)
  • Office work
  • Pre-school class prep work (cutting out shapes, preparing art projects, making copies)
  • Therapeutics
  • Youth Program: Coaches

San Jose has over 200 city parks! Everything in our parks keeps growing, so volunteers help is vital to enhancing the work of park staff. Volunteering in city parks is a healthy, outdoor activity, in the fresh air and sunshine!

  • Volunteers must be at least 6 years old.
  • High School “Community Service Hours” are awarded to Park Volunteers
  • All volunteers must complete a Volunteer Service Agreement     

Volunteers will typically:

  • Pick-up litter
  • Remove graffiti
  • Weed
  • Mulch
  • Weed and clean tree basins
  • Rake leaves
  • Trim bushes
  • Prune flowers/roses
  • Cut back suckers
  • Sweep walkways
  • Clean street gutters
  • Level DG
  • Eliminate cobwebs
  • Remove old tape
  • Remove staples
  • Wash picnic tables
  • Clean playground equipment
  • Clean exercise equipment
  • Wash/paint trash cans
  • Paint curbing
  • Improve park sign area                                          

Adopt-A-Park / Trail
The Adopt-A-Park (AAP) program is our long-term opportunity.
Interested volunteers can be individuals, families, friends, groups or neighbors.
Parks can be adopted by one or more entities, as there is always something to do!

  • When can I volunteer?  
    • Volunteers are welcome at the park when it is open: 8:00 AM to ½ hour after sunset
  • Tasks
    • Volunteers help with many different landscaping and maintenance tasks (see previous list)
  • Requirements
    • Individuals:
      • 8 hours of service per month
        1 year commitment
    • Groups:
      • 16 hours of service per month
      • 1 year commitment
  • Supplies
    • All materials are provided
  • Registration paperwork should be completed and mailed to:
    • Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services
      200 East Santa Clara Street
      9th Floor, Tower
      San Jose, CA 95113
      ATTN: Adopt-A-Park

One Day Volunteer Events

    • One Day Volunteer Events are typically done in 3-4 hours.
    • Generally, they run from 8:45 to 12:00 noon, any day of the week.
    • All supplies are provided—we simply need your time and muscle!
    • Call (408) 595-3483 to schedule a park clean-up event for your group!
      • Please allow a 4-week planning period.
    • Find the details for our next One Day Volunteer Event! (Calendar)
  • Sunday Series
  • Corporate Connections
  • Alum Rock Trail Crew


Park volunteers cannot use power tools.
Park volunteers cannot use any chemicals, herbicides or pesticides.

Fingerprinting and a TB test are required for most volunteer positions.

To apply for a City of San Jose volunteer experience, please complete our Volunteer Service Agreement. After staff has reviewed the application, the volunteer office will contact you regarding next steps.

Questions? Please email or call (408) 595-3483.