Get in on the fun! Volunteering with Bend Park & Recreation District is a great way to build some skills and experience, satisfy school requirements and do good things in your community.
Public Health Advisory
COVID-19 Operations & Requirements for Extreme Risk Level:
Parks and trails remain open.
Juniper Swim & Fitness Center and Bend Senior Center: Temporarily closed.
The Pavilion: Open for reservation-only public skating and registered programs.
The Art Station: Open for youth/childcare programs.
Other facilities/offices: Closed.
Most recreation programs canceled. Childcare and virtual classes continue.
Steps to Being a Great Volunteer
Complete the BPRD volunteer application
If you are under 18, your parent/guardian will need to complete a portion of the application – giving their approval for you to volunteer and agreeing on the participation waiver.
If you are 18 or over, you complete a section on the application that authorizes a criminal history background check. For safety’s sake, we process background checks annually for volunteers age 18 and over who are helping in programs.
Orientation or training is required before volunteering
We want to set you up for success! You will need to attend an orientation or training before you volunteer. Training dates and requirements vary by program. If you are offering to volunteer with more than one program, you may need to attend additional orientations.
If you sign up and are scheduled to volunteer, we are counting on you! If your plans change and you need to miss a shift, please get in touch with us as soon as possible so that we can cover that spot.
Decide which opportunity is right for you
We have many options for volunteering. Age requirement for volunteers and time commitment varies by program. Click on the opportunities listed here for more information or click here to go to our online registration for a list of summer volunteer opportunities. You can register to add your name on the roster for any that might be the right fit for you.
Due to limitations for gathering size related to COVID-19, we are not able to offer volunteer opportunities with youth recreation programs for Summer 2020. Volunteer opportunities may be available with after school and weekend programs in the fall.
Summer Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers age 12 to 15
Learn the skills used by professional lifeguards and put those skills into practice under supervision of lifeguard staff by volunteering during Rec. Swim & Family Swim sessions throughout the summer.
Volunteers must attend all training dates of the group that they register for. Summer volunteer schedules are selected at the end of training.
Swim Instructor Aide
Learn the skills used by professional swim instructors and put those skills into practice by volunteering under supervision of aquatics staff during youth swim lessons throughout the summer.
Volunteers must attend both training dates of the group that they register for. Summer volunteer schedules are selected at the end of training.
Summer Buddies – preschool recreation & swimming program at JSFC
Volunteers help staff with games, crafts, activities and swimming/water play for preschool age children. Volunteers must bring a swim suit and be prepared to get in the pool each day to help with water play.
Volunteer shifts are 2 days per week for the 3 week session. Volunteers choose to help with the Monday/Wednesday class or the Tuesday/Thursday class (or both) for each session – 1:15 to 4:00 pm.
Volunteers age 14 to 16
Youth Recreation Programs
- Days of Play – activity-packed program for children held at several parks
- Fit Kids – fitness and movement program for young children at Juniper Swim & Fitness Center
- Art Programs – at the Art Station
- Recreation Programs – cooking, science, crafts, theater, adventure and more!
- Cougar Camp 1 – activity-packed camp for kids.
Location, schedule and time commitment vary by program.
Volunteers age 16+
All of the above opportunities plus:
- Cougar Camp 2 – activity-packed camp for kids.
- Girls & Guys Get Fit – fitness and healthy lifestyle program for middle school age participants.
- Therapeutic Recreation Day Camps – day camp experiences for children with disabilities.
- Kid’s Triathlon – camps and a triathlon event at Juniper Swim & Fitness Center.
Location, schedule and time commitment varies by program.
Experience is a Plus!
Bend Park & Recreation District hires many seasonal and part time employees for youth recreation, lifeguard and swim instructor positions each summer. Volunteering with us is not a guarantee for employment, but it’s a great way to build some skills and experience so that you know if you might want to apply for job openings in the future.