Volunteer Opportunities

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

Special Events

Bunny Bash - April
Volunteers will help facilitate games and activities for children during the event. Some volunteers may be asked to do simple face painting. Volunteers will also help clean up supplies and equipment at the end of the event. For more information, contact Allison Oberst at 847.850.2146.

Huck Finn Fishing Derby - July
During the event, volunteers will be placed in a section around the lake to monitor fish caught by participants. Volunteers will keep track of and measure the fish caught by participants in their section on their clipboard throughout the event. Volunteers do not have to touch or handle the fish during the event.  For more information, contact Megan Kile at 847.850.2119.

Camping Under The Stars  - June
Volunteers help families unload their camping supplies from their cars, and carry equipment to their camping location in the park. Volunteers will also assist in helping children with crafts, and facilitating games and activities. Once the crafts, games and activities are over, volunteers will help clean up supplies and equipment. 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 facilitate games, and monitor craft activities. Some volunteers may be asked to do simple face painting. Volunteers are expected to have high energy, and be willing to be a hands-on helper 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 simple face painting, and help Park District staff with keeping the park clean.  For more information, contact Allison Oberst at 847.850.2146.

Adventure Challenge
Volunteers will assist staff with setup, check-in/registration, implementation and scoring the various challenges.  Volunteers will work from 9:30 am to approximately 1 pm.  For more information, contact Brian O'Malley at 847.850.2119.

Trick or Treat Trail - October
Volunteers will assist with a variety of jobs, including face painting simple designs, running carnival games, and supervising craft tables. All volunteers will be asked to dress up in a child friendly costume. For more information, contact Allison Oberst at 847.850.2146.

Spot Shot Turkey Shootout - November
Volunteers will tally participants basketball shots from multiple spots around the court, and bring the results to the score table after each round. 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.

Sports

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.

Coaches
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 is a Buffalo Grove Park District group that works to better our community. The gorup combines hard work and fun to achieve project goals. 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.