Metro Parks has a dedicated team of more than 900 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 27,700 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.
To learn more about volunteering at Metro Parks check out the Volunteer Opportunities listed below, attend a Volunteer Recruitment event and complete a Volunteer application. Volunteer Recruitment events provide a Metro Parks overview and information about park specific volunteer opportunities. To find out about upcoming Volunteer Recruitment events:
Due to COVID-19, Metro Parks has suspended volunteer opportunities until further notice. Please check back for more information.
If you don’t see the volunteer opportunity you are looking for, or if you have any questions, please call 614.891.0700
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.