Parks and Open Space

Volunteer Opportunities

Washoe County Parks has an established volunteer program providing hands-on opportunities to assist in keeping our parks clean, attractive, and safe for everyone to enjoy. There is something for almost everyone!

Contact: Denise Evans, Volunteer Coordinator
(775) 785-4512 x107,

intuit volunteeringVOLUNTEERING AS A GROUP
Many of the larger scale projects tackled by Washoe County Parks staff could not be completed without the help of a volunteer group. Whether you are part of a neighborhood association, civic group, faith-based organization, service organization, school group, business or other community organization - we can use your help! We will do our best to work with your schedule and abilities at a location that is convenient for you. Our staff will work closely with you to provide direction and will loan you all of the necessary supplies, tools, and safety equipment needed to get the job done. Already have a project in mind or would like to make a donation towards supplies? Please let us know! 


There are several ways individuals can lend a hand. To get started, download a Volunteer Agreement and Application and contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Denise Evans.

  • Arboretum Volunteer - tasks vary by individual skill level but include raking, grooming trails, deadheading, weeding, pruning, watering, and more. Annual volunteer horticultural classes are offered in spring, but volunteers can also start at any time. Learn more specifics about volunteering at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum on the Arboretum volunteer page.
  • volunteer and park rangerPark Ranger Aide - work under the direction of a park ranger to perform general park beautification and maintenance. Tasks may include litter picking, weeding, pruning, and more. Let us know if you have a special skill that you would like to apply! Opportunities exist at any of our parks.
  • Trail Monitor - Work independently to monitor the condition of the trails and report your findings back to park staff.


volunteers workingWashoe County Parks partner with Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) for several community cleanups throughout the year: Great Community Cleanup (in Spring), Truckee River Cleanup (last weekend in September), and Make a Difference Day in October. Check back to this webpage for updates or visit

The Wilbur D. May Arboretum will also typically host two community cleanups each year: a spring cleanup and tulip bulb planting in fall.


mia vista adoption signADOPT-A-PARK
Adopt-A-Park is a program that lets you take an active roll in the ongoing care of the particular park of your choosing. The time commitment will vary based on the size of the park. Projects can range from simple upkeep to more involved projects done in cooperation with Parks staff. Contact Denise Evans to find out more about park availability, and take a look at the Adopt-A-Park Program Guide.

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If you are a student enrolled in a class or school that requires volunteer hours, Washoe County can help you achieve your hours and will assist in filling out any needed documentation. Minors require a parent's consent, and must have an chaperone if 14 or younger.

Washoe County Park Rangers are eager to work with aspiring Eagle Scout Candidates! Contact a Park Ranger directly to discuss your interests and project ideas. You may also contact the Volunteer Coordinator if you need contact information. A Volunteer Application and Agreement is required.

Washoe County Parks accepts sixteen and seventeen year olds who need to fulfill a community service requirement. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator to make arrangements. We reserve the right to refuse anyone and have a zero tolerance policy for no-shows.

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Contact Volunteer Coordinator Denise Evans at (775) 785-4512 x107 or with any questions!

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