Recreation Volunteers

Volunteer for Special Events

Volunteers assist staff with arts and crafts, game booths and sports activities at special events such as spring fairs, family fun days, holiday events and ribbon cutting ceremonies. Sign up to be notified of upcoming special event volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer in our Recreation Centers and Programs

Do you have a special talent you’d like to share with youth, teens, adults, or seniors at a local recreation center? Do you enjoy arts and crafts, theater, sports, dance, music, or tutoring? Contact your local recreation center or playground staff for a range of opportunities and find an available program to match your interests. 

Volunteer at our Swimming Pools

Volunteer at one of our nine pools in the city. All Aquatic Volunteers must be between the ages of 13 and 18, or be a graduating senior from high school. Prospective aquatics volunteers must fill out an Aquatics Volunteer Pre-Approval Form and receive approval from Aquatic Staff prior to getting a fingerprinting appointment.    


HOW TO BECOME A RECREATION VOLUNTEER

(for recreation center, program and pool volunteers only)

step 1+ Find a program, recreation center or swimming pool you’re interested in
+ Contact the respective program or facility coordinator and gain pre-approval to volunteer
+ Prospective swimming pool volunteers must also fill out an 
Aquatics Volunteer Pre-Approval Form and when approved, Volunteer Services will be in contact with you directly for the next steps.


step 2+ Download, read and complete a Recreation Volunteer Application (linked)
+ Bring a hard copy of your completed application to your fingerprinting appointment (Step 3)


step 3+ A mandatory fingerprinting appointment is necessary prior to volunteering
+ Make an appointment by emailing recparkvolunteer@sfgov.org or calling 415-831-6884


question icon pngWhy do I need to get fingerprinted? State law requires all volunteers to pass a background clearance with the Department of Justice prior to supervising sensitive populations, including youth and seniors


step 4
+ Bring with you: a) A completed Recreation Volunteer Application; and b) A picture ID (CA Drivers License, School ID, Government ID, etc.)
+ Please do not be late to your appointment. Your appointment may be canceled if you are more than five minutes late.


step 5+ Background checks take approximately 1-2 weeks for processing
+ Once cleared, please contact the facility program coordinator to arrange your schedule. 

+ You will be asked to keep track of your volunteer hours with the Volunteer Hours Log.


For questions, contact our main volunteer office at recparkvolunteer@sfgov.org or 415-831-6884.