Volunteer Programs

IMPORTANT NOTE: San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department requires all Volunteers to show proof of vaccination when you are volunteering indoors and/or working with children. 

Are you excited to volunteer in San Francisco’s more than 220 parks and recreation facilities? Volunteers like you contributed 260,000 hours of service this past year, representing an invaluable contribution to our city through activities like planting California native and drought-tolerant plants, teaching Zumba at a local Rec Center, or painting faces at special events. Find opportunities in every corner of the city that are as diverse as your interests, skills, and abilities. Our volunteers include individuals and school, community, business, and international groups. 

  1. Park Volunteers
  2. Recreation Volunteers
  3. For Educators
  4. For Teens
  5. The EcoCenter


Planting
Planting
Habitat Restoration
Habitat Restoration
Litter Pickup
Litter Pickup
water conservation
Water Conservation
trail work
Trail Work


Volunteer in our Parks
Try out your green thumb or help clean up your neighborhood park. From Mission Dolores Park to Golden Gate Park, there’s a wealth of exciting volunteer opportunities in our parks. Volunteers participate in a variety of park maintenance projects, including weeding, planting, mulching, habitat restoration, trash pickup, painting, and trail work.

Habitat restoration work happens primarily in the undeveloped outdoor spaces managed by our Natural Resources Division. Volunteers can participate in a wide variety of restoration activities, such as planting and propagating native plants, controlling erosion, and monitoring wildlife habitat. 

We welcome drop-in volunteers! We can accommodate individuals or groups on a one-time or ongoing basis any day of the week. 

For individuals or small groups of up to nine people: Check out our regular work party calendar to sign up for an event.

icon_Calendar_VolunteerProgramsVOLUNTEER CALENDAR

For groups of 10 or more:  Fill out a Group Park Volunteer Request Form. Please allow up to five weeks to process your request. For groups of 100 or more, please allow up to three months for processing. 

If you are interested in any of the events on the Volunteer Calendar, please RSVP and register first via recparkvolunteer@sfgov.org before you submit your waiver entry. 

Adult Waiver Form | Youth Waiver Form

Questions? Email recparkvolunteer@sfgov.org or call 415-831-6884. 

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