Metro Parks has a dedicated team of more than 750 volunteers who contribute their time, energy and talents toward the preservation and enjoyment of natural areas and parks for millions of Central Ohio visitors.
Metro Parks’ volunteers have fun, meet people and learn new skills while working in some of the most beautiful parkland in Ohio. Metro Parks maintains 19 parks comprising more than 27,000 acres of land. Volunteer opportunities are as varied as the Metro Parks themselves.
All you need to become a volunteer is enthusiasm for our natural or cultural history, a willingness to learn and a desire to share with others. Work schedules are flexible and depend on your chosen assignment and park. No previous training or experience is needed; training programs are provided.
NOTE: We are updating our volunteer application system. Volunteer applications will be available here soon.
Volunteers and junior volunteers (ages 11 and over) may assist the Inniswood Metro Gardens’ staff with general flowerbed maintenance and grounds upkeep, as well as help with children’s programs.
Volunteer naturalists can choose to work with school groups, programs, in the nature centers or behind the scenes on projects such as monitoring bluebird boxes.
Trail volunteers monitor the trails and public areas of the park for safety and give assistance to visitors.
Greenway Trail Volunteers
Greenway Trail volunteers report trail hazards and provide information and assistance to trail users.
Resource management volunteers help plant wetlands, harvest prairie seeds and assist in other wildlife management projects.
Living Historical Farm
Slate Run Farm volunteers work on a 1880s living historical farm and assist with programs.