Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering with the City of Idaho Falls Department of Parks and Recreation!  Every year we rely on the thousands of hours volunteers dedicate to improving our community, parks, and green spaces. Our park volunteer program typically operates April-November (weather permitting).  Please check out our volunteer programs to see if we have a volunteer need that would suit your talents. Thank you so much!  We look forward to having your help! Together we can make Idaho Falls shine!

Volunteer Guidelines

Thank you so much for your interest in helping out your beautiful City! You are making a huge impact and helping your city SHINE! Thank you!!! Before you get started volunteering we have a few things you should know:

1.) Have Fun! Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and have a new experience, this shouldn’t feel like work.

2.) All volunteers whether you are a group, parent, child, business, squirrel (just kidding, squirrels can’t write) need to sign a volunteer waiver. We have an individual waiver or a group waiver to meet your needs

3.) Stay Safe! When volunteering please be safe. This means:

a. Know your own physical limits and don’t push yourself so hard you hurt yourself

b. Practice safe lifting (remember, bend at the knees not the back)

c. Do NOT touch or pickup anything dangerous this includes, but is not limited to weapons, needles, sharp, or heavy objects. We ask that if you do come across something like this you notify a City Employee or the proper authorities (when involving a weapon)

d. Do NOT engage with anyone or wildlife you feel might be dangerous.

4.) Volunteers are not permitted to volunteer if they are under the influence of drugs, alcohol or any such substance that would impair their judgement or ability to volunteer.

5.) Volunteers are NOT permitted to volunteer if they are registered sex offenders, been convicted of a crime involving theft, and/or violent crimes to animals or people.

6.) Be courteous and friendly to other volunteers and users. You represent your city, make it shine. If you do have an issue with someone, please walk away and either notify the volunteer coordinator or the proper authorities if needed.

7.) Come Prepared! You are responsible for bringing the items you may need to have a successful volunteer experience. We recommend:

a. Layered clothing: It is Idaho, the weather changes by the second

b. Sunscreen

c. Water

d. Snacks

e. Gloves (if needed)

f. Hat, you can never have enough sun protection

8.) Make it count twice! We request all volunteers keep track and report their time volunteering to the volunteer coordinator. We in turn are able to use these hours to help with acquiring grants for bigger projects in the parks. So, you are giving back twice when you keep track and report!

9.) Minors: Anyone under the age of 14 will need to have a parent, guardian, or assigned leader (if working in a group) present at all times while volunteering. We cannot guarantee a staff member will be present to watch over volunteers while volunteering.

10.) Take Pictures and share with us! We love seeing your good work in action. Please take pictures and email to [email protected]. We love to share your good work and let our City know how you are making a difference!

For more volunteering options in Idaho Falls, click HERE.