Volunteer Programs

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. Recreation Volunteers
  2. For Educators
  3. For Teens
  4. The EcoCenter

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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. 

Browse through our regular work party volunteer calendar to select an event that you want to sign up for.

For individuals:  Click on the "Individual Sign Up" button.

For youth under 18 years old:  Direct your parent or guardian to click on the "Group Sign Up" button.  And your guardian will sign you up as a member of their group by clicking on the link they receive in a confirmation email 

For small groups of up to 9 people: Click on the "Group Sign Up" button, and then sign up the members of your group by clicking on the link you receive in your confirmation email.

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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. 

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

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