Volunteer Opportunities

View volunteer openings, descriptions and qualifications, and apply for any volunteer opportunities posted.

Special Events

Bunny Bash - April
The Bunny Bash is an event that has as egg hunt with different age groups, as well as face painting, rides, games, food, sponsors, and other forms of family entertainment. Volunteers will scatter eggs in the field and assist with the passing out of prizes. For more information, contact Allison Oberst at 847.850.2146.

Huck Finn Fishing Derby - July
Volunteers help set up registration tables and prizes for the event. Once the Derby is about to start, volunteers take a spot somewhere around Green Lake and will be assigned that area for the event. They will write down the participants' names in that area and will keep track of the number of fish caught by the participants. Once the event is over, volunteers help clean up. Usually volunteers will need to arrive at 7:20 a.m. and will be released around 10:30 a.m. For more information, contact Megan Kile at 847.850.2119.

Camping Under The Stars  - June
Volunteers will help set up, and help with the games/activities. They would be in charge of informing the participants when it is time to do different activities. For more information, contact Allison Oberst at 847.850.2146.

Free Fun Tuesdays  - June/July
This event is geared towards preschool and early elementary age children.  Volunteers will help run games, crafts and face painting throughout the event, and will be expected to to have high energy, and willing to be a hands-on helper with games and activities for 90 minutes.  This event changes locations to 3 different parks; so, there is always something new to do at each location. For more information, contact Allison Oberst at 847.850.2146.

National Night Out - August
This community event attracts approximately 5,000 residents. Volunteers will assist with face painting, and helping Park District staff with keeping the park clean. For more information, contact Allison Oberst at 847.850.2146.

Stampede 5K and 10K Race - September  - Labor Day Weekend
Volunteer positions include race course directors, registration, water table set up and distribution, and finish line coordinators. Volunteers will work from 7 a.m. to approximately 10 a.m. All volunteers will receive a complimentary t-shirt. For more information, contact Brian O'Malley at 847.850.2119.

Trick or Treat Trail - October
Children walk through a trail with friendly characters in costume and collect treats. Volunteers will be in costume or assisting with the passing out of the treats. For more information, contact Allison Oberst at 847.850.2146.

Spot Shot Turkey Shootout - November
Volunteers will tally participants shots made with a basketball from multiple spots around the court and bring the results to the score table. For more information, contact Megan Kile at 847.850.2119.

Performing Arts

Children’s Theatre
Volunteers help out as ushers and with concessions. We are also looking for volunteers to assist with set and costume construction. All performances take place at Ivy Hall School. Scout troops and other service groups, 5th grade or above, are welcome. Each volunteer will receive 1 admission ticket to a show. For more information, contact Lindsay Grandt at 847.850.2132.

Annual Dance Recital - May
Volunteers high school age or above are needed to supervise groups of children backstage. Responsibilities include supervising a small group of 10-15 children and keeping them entertained before and after they perform on stage. Volunteers high school age or above are needed as ushers and door security to assist with seating and hand out programs. For more information, contact Aly Stanczak at 847.850.2132.

Summer Musical - July
Volunteers are needed to help out as ushers and with concessions. There are a variety of other ways to get involved with putting the production together by volunteering to be a member of the stage crew, set building team or the hair and make-up crew. Each volunteer will receive 1 admission ticket to a show. For more information, contact Lindsay Grandt at 847.850.2132.

Raupp Museum

Volunteers work as collections assistants, office assistants, special event helpers, and research library assistants. For more information, contact Debbie Fandrei at 847.459.2118.


Basketball - September
Adult volunteers are needed to coach teams for boys in grades 1 - 8, girls in grades 3 - 8, and participants in high school grades 9 - 12. For more information, contact Jimmy Mix at 847.850.2108.

Volunteer coaches are needed for flag football, girls softball, basketball and soccer. For more information on coaching a team, please go the youth sports section. Contact information for the various team sports programs can be found there.

Environmental Action Team

Buffalo Grove Environmental Action Team and Buffalo Grove Park District have teamed together to better our community. We will combine hard work and fun to achieve our projects. Volunteers can make a difference by just giving the simple gift of time, skills or muscle power. For more information on the Buffalo Grove Park District Environmental Action Team, contact Beth Wanland at 847.850.2104.

Team Projects:

  1. Habitat restoration at a local park or natural area 

  2. Organize Special collection for hard-to-recycle items and other educational activities in conjunction with Earth Day

  3. Arrange membership and a pick up location for food grown locally by a farm co-op

Habitat Restoration Project In Buffalo Grove - May

The Environmental Action Team is leading the work at Buffalo Grove’s largest park and natural area in order to create a healthier habitat for our native plants and animals.

Participants should meet at the Spray ‘N Play parking lot, located at 951 McHenry Road in Buffalo Grove. There will be a choice of age-appropriate activities and everyone will have the chance to learn about local plants and wildlife, clean up Mike Rylko Community Park by removing litter and invasive plants, and plant native species to improve biodiversity.

Participants should wear long pants and closed toe shoes, and bring work gloves if possible. We’ll supply everything else, such as garbage bags, tools, water, snacks and camaraderie. For more information, contact Jeff Weiss at 847.224.0965.