The City of Davis offers a variety of ways for volunteers to service the city. Below are brief descriptions of the volunteer needs by department.
To express interest in one, or more than one, of the volunteer positions below, contact the Volunteer Program Coordinator. You may also send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our mailing list for future volunteer events.
Are you interested in helping out? Complete our Volunteer Interest Form to let us know!
Perform skilled & semi-skilled gardening & turf maintenance services at a park adopted by the volunteer. 13-15 years old with adult supervision or 16 years or older. Desire to help maintain quality of public parks or facilities. Must be able to work in all types of environments and/or weather.
Time Commitment: 4 hours/month; 6+ months.
Service Group Volunteer Coordinator
Act as liaison with city staff; coordinate service-group volunteer projects (Eagle Scout Projects, faith-based groups, student groups); promote and supports volunteer programs. Desire to help maintain quality of public parks or facilities. Must be able to work in all types of environments and/or weather.
Must be 18 years or older.
Time Commitment: 5+ hours per/week including some weekends
Assist with landscape architects, safety & government contracts; and other general professional services. Perform special project support, contract & design review; assist with safety programs. Qualifications: knowledge of government processes, public works contracts, RFP & RFQs , safety programs, landscape design as well as Word, Excel, Data base programs, Web & HTML.
Time Commitment: 4 hours/week; 3+ months.
Grounds Maintenance Volunteer
Assist in cleaning and maintenance of parks, playgrounds, greenbelts, and recreation centers citywide. Desire to help maintain quality of public parks or facilities. Must be able to work in all types of environments and/or weather. Ability to lift and carry items weighing up to 50 pounds such as tools, equipment. Must be13 years or older.
Time Commitment: May be on a one-time basis, or "Adopt A Park".
Volunteers are needed to work in a variety of programs for youth, teens, and adults with disabilities. Volunteers are also needed to assist participants in general recreation programs. Special skills are appreciated, but not required.
Questions about the Adaptive Recreation and Inclusive Recreation programs should be directed to the Adaptive Recreation Coordinator, Heather Everett at (530) 757-5694 or send email to: email@example.com
Senior Center Volunteer
Individual Senior Center volunteer opportunities include helping with special events, assisting with ongoing programs and activities, and much more. Help us organize a dance or take a walk with us!
Veterans' Memorial Center & Theatre
Opportunities include ushering at the Veterans' Memorial Theatre or working on one of our many special events. Enjoy the show!
For more information please email – firstname.lastname@example.org or call 757-5626
City Manager's Office
City Special Event Assistance
Assist City Manager's Office staff with special events coordination. Special Events include: Holiday Tree Lighting; Martin Luther King Day; Chavez Day; Youth in Government; Davis Neighbors Night Out; and other one-day events. Must be able to work in office environment or outdoors as needed. Excellent customer service skills and some computer skills. Must be 18 years or older.
Time Commitment: Varies for event. Volunteer may assist with a single event or multiple events.
Attend City or community events and take photographs or video of the event. All photographs and videos must be provided to the City for use and/or storage. Must be able to work in office environment or attend community events that are held in or outdoors. Knowledge of basic photography; excellent customer service skills; provide your own camera and/or video equipment. Must be 16 years or older.
Time Commitment: Varies for event. Volunteer may assist with a single event or multiple events.
Public Arts Maintenance Support
Assist with photo and written documentation, and simple cleaning and assessment of indoor/outdoor artwork. Must be able to work in an office environment as well as walk and stand outside for short to extended periods of time. Must have your own form of transportation. Must be able to lift, transport, and carry small tools and supplies. Must be 18 years or older.
The Respite Center is a collaborative effort between the City, the County of Yolo, CommuniCare Health Centers, and the Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter of Davis to provide daytime services for individuals experiencing homelessness. Volunteers work with the City and its partners to help improve the experience at the Respite Center, assisting guests with basic tasks and helping to direct them to appropriate resources. This is a unique opportunity to volunteer your time, energy and compassion towards improving the circumstances of our community’s most vulnerable members and the community as a whole.
Must be 18 years or older.
City Wide Opportunities
Office / Clerical Support Various Departments (Police, Fire, Finance, Human Resources, Community Services, Parks, Public Works, Community Development and Sustainability)
Assist office staff in everyday office procedures including answering phones; typing; copying; shredding; filing; providing public information; entering computer data.
Qualifications:16 years or older; excellent customer service skills; flexible; able to type. Computer skills desirable. Must be able to work in office environment.
Time Commitment: 6 hours/week; 3+ months.
Assist with basic finance and processing duties; mail processing; customer service; filing, scanning and office work; data entry. Must be able to work in office environment. Excellent customer service skills; flexible; able to type. Computer skills desirable. Must be 18 years or older.
Time Commitment: 4-6 hours/week; 3+ months.
Police Volunteer (VIPS)
Volunteer for a wide range of duties, including, but not limited to; abandoned vehicle and bike abatement, traffic control at special events or critical incidents, conducting citizen patrols and vacation home checks, graffiti abatement, and crime prevention/neighborhood watch. Must be able to work in all types of environments and/or weather. Excellent customer service skills; flexible; able to type. Computer skills desirable. Must be 18 years or older.
Time Commitment: 2-4 hours/week; 12+ months.
Downtown Host Volunteer
Downtown Hosts are volunteers who provide a friendly face for our downtown community, creating a warm, vibrant, welcoming atmosphere for visitors, workers and business owners. They will be on foot throughout the downtown core area of Davis to promote downtown Davis as an exciting, friendly and safe shopping, dining and cultural destination. Hosts can help visitors to area shops, restaurants, cultural venues and historic sites while answering questions and handing out the Downtown Map & Guide.
Graffiti Abatement Volunteer
Check graffiti hotline, track and clean-up graffiti. Must be able to work in all types of environments and/or weather. Need to be flexible. Able to do physical labor. Must be 16 years or older.
Time Commitment: 2-4 hours/week; 6+ months.
Volunteer Sustainability Program Intern
Duties: Assist at public workshops, conduct research on new projects, perform field surveys, write technical reports and proposals, distribute sustainability outreach materials, meet and greet with the public at events, maintain demonstration compost bins, and assist with miscellaneous sustainability program activities.
Minimum Qualifications: An interest in recycling, composting, water conservation, pollution prevention and sustainability, possession of a valid California driver's license and auto insurance, and capability to lift 25 lbs. Minimum 10 hours a week commitment required. Candidates who need internship credit are placed on a higher priority.
Public Works Department staff will receive, review and contact applicants for interviews.
Staff contact: Jennifer Gilbert, JGilbert@CityofDavis.org, (530) 757-5688.
Urban Forest Volunteer Internship
This urban forest volunteer will be maintaining young trees in parks and streetscapes throughout the City. Duties will include tree well mulching and weeding for the park and street trees; watering young trees; structure pruning of young trees under 15' tall (training required); staking, stake replacement, or un-staking of city trees, tree inventory data entry & tracking.
Flexible, part time, approx. 10 hours per week with the guidance of the Urban Forest Manager. Hours are flexible primarily, Monday - Friday between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Qualifications: Knowledge of tree species & computer data base systems; Able to use pruning tools; organizational skills; ability to lift up to 50 pounds. Must have valid driver's license and clean driving record.
For More Information:
Contact Urban Forest Division for more information by calling (530) 757-5633
Urban Forestry Nursery Volunteer
Perform a variety of duties in the urban forest nursery including, but not limited to nursery stock watering, nursery irrigation repairs and maintenance, structure pruning of young trees before planting (training required), cleaning and organizing the nursery, tree inventory tracking, receiving bare root trees at the nursery, potting and root pruning bare root trees.
Work independently approximately 4 – 8 hours per week with the guidance of the Urban Forest Manager. Hours are flexible Monday - Friday between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Qualifications: Ability to use pruning tools, lift 25 – 50 pounds, some computer use.
Urban Forestry Mulching Project Volunteers
Tree well mulching and weeding for park trees helps to conserve water and control weeds in the tree well. Volunteers will apply a four–inch to six–inch deep organic mulch around the tree. Work can be performed individually or in groups with event coordination. This is a good project for the Fall & Spring seasons.
Approximately 4 – 8 hours per week under the guidance of the Urban Forest Manager.
Group volunteer projects may be coordinated through the Urban Forest Manager.
Hours are flexible primarily, Monday - Friday between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Group weekend volunteer opportunities may be coordinated through the Urban Forest Manager.
Adopt-a-Street or Bike Path
Assist public works personnel in in doing street and bike path surveys to look for hazards and inoperable street lighting; curb painting for restricted or times parking zones; hazard and trash clean-up. Must be able to work in all types of environments and/or weather. Must be 16 years or older. 18 years or older for driving assignments.
Time Commitment: 2-8 hours/week; 3+ months.
Apartment Move-Out Waste Reduction Program (AMOWRP) Volunteer
Every year the City of Davis Recycling Program teams up with apartment managers to encourage reuse of items and reduce the amount of waste generated every August from apartment turnover. City of Davis Recycling staff set up donation stations at participating apartment properties, and residents are encouraged to donate items they no longer want or need instead of throwing them in the trash. Local non-profit groups and other apartment residents stop by and take items they want--like a free community garage sale. The end result is that good, usable items are kept out of the landfill. Volunteers will be assigned a cluster of 1-10 apartments to organize and maintain the donation stations. The purpose in organizing stations is to make them user-friendly and recognizable as donation stations and not just areas for general dumping. Volunteers will not be asked to lift things into bins, go into trash bins to retrieve items, help residents move items or help load items into cars. All volunteers are responsible for providing their own transportation to the sites and must fill out a waiver form prior to assisting. Volunteers may keep any clothing, furniture and other items that are in the donation stations. Staff contact: Jennifer Gilbert, email@example.com, (530)757-5688
Qualifications: Desire to assist in reducing waste, promoting recycling and donating unwanted items to non-profits and people who want them.
Volunteers are encouraged to provide their own gloves and safety vests. If needed, however, the city will assist in providing gloves and safety vests, while supplies last.
Time commitment: Variable. We ask that volunteers commit for two hours at a time during move-out. Aug. 28th through Aug. 31st historically are the busiest days and need the most volunteers.
Duration of assignment: Last two weeks of August and the first day of September.
Hours are flexible primarily, Monday - Friday between 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.