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Cedar Rapids Recreation Department uses volunteers for a variety of positions including:
  • Old MacDonald's Farm Garden Volunteer (Hours Vary, May through October)
    Assist with maintaining the urban gardens at Old MacDonald's Farm. Duties include planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, and clean up.
  • Old MacDonald's Farm Event Volunteer (Hours Vary, May through October)
    Assist with running games and activities for various large-scale events at the Farm. Volunteers must enjoy working with kids and have a positive attitude.
  • Special Olympics Coach (10 weeks - 25 hours/sport)
    Assist in coaching a variety of sports throughout the year. One-hour practices are usually held on Wednesday evenings or Saturday mornings. Ten-week commitment, approximately 25 hours per sport coached. Training and background check provided.
  • Ushers Ferry Program Volunteer (Hours Vary)
    Assist with Ushers Ferry's programs and events. Duties include greeting the public, set up, and clean up.
  • Ushers Ferry Park Steward (Hours Vary Based on Availability)
    Large and small groups of all ages. Duties include, but are not limited to, picking up litter, painting, mulching, weeding and cleaning exhibit buildings and program areas.
  • Ushers Ferry Historic Interpreter/Guide (Hours Vary)
    Greet visitors, leads and gives tours of village homes and businesses. Demonstrates historic skills or activities during special events and weekends.
  • Youth Sports Coach (Hours Vary)
    Organizes and runs team practices, teaching the basic skills of the sport. Practice plans will be provided and volunteer coach training is available. Past experience and knowledge of the sport is encouraged, but not required. Must enjoy working with kids, have plenty of energy, and a positive attitude with a focus on having fun.
  • Special Events Volunteer (Hours Vary)
    Assist with Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation events. Duties include greeting the public, set up/tear down, handing out information or treats, and helping with games and activities.
Volunteers will be supervised by Professional or Superintendent. Some volunteer positions may be subject to a background check.

If you are interested in being a volunteer, you must submit an application. You may either submit the online form below via email to recreation@cedar-rapids.org or by mail to Recreation Office, City Services Center, 500 15th Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404. 

Recreation Application Form

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