Volunteering

Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department Volunteers

The KC Parks volunteer program aims to increase and improve the capabilities of staff by effectively using community volunteers and, more importantly, to provide a means for people to participate in their community in a fulfilling, fun and rewarding way.

Listed below are ongoing volunteer opportunities available in a variety of parks and recreation programs.

Contact the volunteer coordinator to sign up for any of these events, preferably by sending an email to Parks.Volunteer@kcmo.org or calling 816-513-7515.

Volunteer Application and Consent        Cleanup Safety Tips        Volunteer Handbook

Ongoing Opportunities

Special Events

If you’re looking for a short-term or one-time opportunity, consider volunteering at one of our special events. Annual events such as the Ethnic Enrichment Festival, Heartland Heat Triathlon, Kris Kringle Run, the Wilderness Run, and more need volunteers to help with parking, set-up, event registration, and more. Special event volunteer opportunities are available for both groups and individuals.

Recreation and Community Centers

Tutoring – If you enjoy working with children and helping them realize their potential, consider after-school tutoring at one of our 10 community centers. Kids throughout across the city will visit community centers immediately after school lets out to work on their homework, socialize and exercise. Assistance with school work is always a welcome addition at any center.

Youth Coaching – Coaches are needed for a variety of youth sports throughout the year, including basketball, flag football, and soccer. If you know the rules of the game and enjoy working with youth, this may be a great opportunity for you!

Community Center Ambassador – Ambassadors assist community centers with customer service, answering phones, filing and assisting staff with basic operations. Ambassadors are very committed individuals who may also be asked to participate in program planning and help identify ways to better serve citizens at each community center.

Special Projects – If you have a special skill that could benefit the community centers, please let us know. You could teach a class to children, seniors, or adults, you could help plan special events, help with summer camp and more.

 Parks and Natural Resources

Partners in Parks – Perfect for neighborhood associations, businesses, and other community and social organizations that what to clean up parks in their neighborhood. In addition to litter pick-up, park adopters could:

  • Help clear invasive brush such as honeysuckle
  • Gardening and landscaping – planting flowers, shrubs and trees, and mulching
  • Pruning shrubs, trees and more

Friends of Lakeside Nature Center – The Friends of Lakeside Nature Center rehabilitate wildlife brought to the center, provide educational programs to school groups and others and help with special events. Those interested can contact our partners at Lakeside Nature Center at folnc@crn.org.

Gardening – Assist with planting flowers, shrubs and trees on park properties.

Kansas City Northern Railroad at Line Creek – The Kansas City Northern Railroad operates three miniature 16-inch gauge passenger trains or the public on a 5/8th mile track in Line Creek Park and is seeking new members. The trains run weekends and holidays May through September. Volunteers are needed year-round as engineers, conductors, ticket agents, mechanics, and track workers. No experience is required. Training is provided for all positions. The club meets every Wednesday evening at the Line Creek Park train building for work sessions. For more information, drop by between 7:00 and 8:30 p.m. You can also contact Lenny Ohrnell at 816-516-1114.

Shoal Creek Living History Museum – Covering more than 80 acres of beautiful rolling hills in Kansas City North’s Hodge Park, the museum dedicates itself to bringing the 19th century Missouri to life through special events, programs, tours and reenactments. Volunteers are needed to assist with all of these activities.

Adopt-A-Trail Program – Like Partners in Parks, the Adopt a Trail program is great for neighborhood organizations, businesses, social groups, churches and any other group that cares out the keeping Kansas City’s trails clear and accessible. Trail Adopters would help clear overgrown brush and tree limbs, clear litter, mulch trails, seed and other duties that are appropriate for that trail. Parks maintenance staff will provide the tools and materials necessary for maintenance. The department will place a sign on the trail recognizing the group for their service.