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Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
The Parks and Recreation Department relies on the time, skills, commitment and compassion of the hundreds of individuals who volunteer each year to assist with programs and services offered to the community.

Accepting Volunteers Now:

  • Administration/Public Art

  • Aquatics/SLO Swim Center

  • Community Services and Events

  • Facilities

  • Golf/Laguna Lake Municipal Golf Course

  • Ranger Service

  • Recreational Sports

  • Youth Services

Contact: David Setterlund, or (805) 781-7067

Historic Jack House Docents
Guided tours of the Jack House interior and gardens are conducted by volunteer docents, specially trained in the history of the Jack Family and it's turn-of-the-century estate. Help share the beauty and history of the Historic Jack House with our community and its many visitors.
Contact: David Setterlund, or (805) 781-7067
Web site: Historic Jack House

Internship Program
The Parks and Recreation Department offers valuable internship opportunities designed for students to grow professionally and personally.
Click here for openings

Junior Giants Volunteer Coaches
Junior Giants is a FREE, non-competitive summer baseball program for girls and boys (ages 6-9 years and 10-13 years) sponsored by the Giants Community Fund and the City of San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation Department.

This amazing program requires the assistance of many volunteer coaches! Male and female coaches needed! No need to have baseball experience, but a love of the game helps.

Coaches will be trained in San Francisco by professional athletes at AT&T Park and also attend a game with the league at the end of the season. Program requirements include commitment for Coaches Training Day and program days Tuesdays and Thursdays, July-August for a minimum of three hours each day.
Contact: Rich Ogden, or (805) 781-7305
Web site: Youth Sports/Junior Giants

Youth and Teen Sports Volunteer Coaches
The Recreational Sports Division seeks volunteer coaches to assist with Youth and Teen Sports throughout the year.
Coaches Needed:

  • Boys Volleyball

  • Girls Volleyball

  • Recreational Basketball

  • Teen Cross Country

  • Teen Track

Contact: Rich Ogden, or (805) 781-7305
Web site:
Recreational Sports

Ranger Service Volunteers
The involvement of community groups and volunteers is another key element to the preservation of City open spaces. Volunteers are invaluable to the care and upkeep of the 3,000 acres of City open space.

Ranger Service Volunteers:

  • Help to build and maintain trails

  • Help restore native vegetation along the creek corridor

  • Build bridges, catwalks, benches and much more

  • Assist with open space clean-up

Ranger Service Division Community Service Events:

Often, community groups aid the Ranger Service division by adopting a specific open space. If any service groups, associations, organizations, clubs, students, families, friends or individuals would like to take part in the preservation of the City's open space, please volunteer.
Contact: Ranger Service Desk, (805) 781-7302
Web site: Ranger Service


Senior Center Volunteers
A variety of opportunities await all interested volunteers. Volunteers are always welcome at the SLO Senior Center!
Ongoing Program

  • Silver Streaks: First, fourth and fifth Thursday of each month at 8 a.m. Volunteer time to support mailing efforts of local non-profit agencies.

Contact: Senior Center, (805) 781-7306
Web site:
Senior Center

SLO Triathlon Volunteers

Volunteer for the SLO Triathlon! Over 300 volunteers are needed to create a successful event for 1200 participants.
Rich Ogden, or (805) 781-7305
Web site: Triathlon Volunteers and

Volunteer Waiver
Interested in volunteering for the Parks and Recreation Department???
All volunteers must sign a waiver. An application form in PDF format may be viewed and downloaded using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

General Information
From youth sports coaches to Jack House docents to SLO Triathlon course marshals, many talented and dedicated volunteers allow the Parks and Recreation Department to do more and do it better.

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