Garey Park

Volunteer

Looking to make a difference locally? Join our team! The Garey Park volunteer program offers the opportunity to give back to the community, be an advocate for the park, and have fun in the outdoors!

The goal of the City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department Volunteer Program is to actively promote a mutually rewarding relationship between volunteers who offer their talents, skills and time who will support them in their efforts to cooperatively foster stewardship of our community’s parks, natural areas, and recreation and social programs.

Volunteer opportunities:

  • Park Monitor
  • Greeter
  • Gate attendant
  • Parks/Trails Maintenance
  • Equestrian Attendant
  • Special Events

Application Process

All volunteers must be 16 years or older unless otherwise noted. Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult. Volunteering with us is easy! Just fill out the online application and we will be in touch.

Once your application has been received, a volunteer coordinator will review it and contact you with additional information. If the volunteer is determined to be a good fit for the program, you will receive information about our volunteer onboarding process, which includes a background check.

Click here to see our volunteer opportunities. 

 

Volunteer Manual

Learn about Garey Park volunteer policies and procedures.

Download Garey Park Volunteer Manual.

Park Hosts

Park Hosts provide operational support to the park and information to the visiting public. Hosts are expected to provide excellent customer service to park visitors, support staff in day-to-day operations, and act as additional eyes and ears in the park. Park Hosts are required to stay a minimum of three months, with an option to extend another three to six months.

Benefits of hosting

In exchange for 25 volunteer service hours per week, hosts will receive use of park facilities and an RV site with full hookup during the tenure of their host placement. Hosts are required to maintain this site in an orderly manner. Further, hosts receive training from park staff and get to be part of a passionate team working to manage and conserve Garey Park.  Note: No salary is provided.

Application Process

Consideration and selection of volunteer park hosts include:

  • Applicable work / volunteer experience and reference information
  • Customer service / experience working with the public
  • Other skills and interests
  • Hosts and co-residents (18+) must give authorization and pass a criminal history background check

Complete our Park Host Application Form.

Volunteer FAQs

Why volunteer?

We need you! Volunteers help us in almost everything we do.

You can gain new skills, meet new people, make a difference, and have fun! The experience, training, and confidence acquired while working as a volunteer can be invaluable.

What volunteer opportunities are available?

Everything from serving as the park host to helping with special events, trail and park maintenance, gate attendants, assisting in daily operations, trash collection and more.

What requirements are there for volunteering?

Volunteer short-term, long-term, or for one-time events. Individuals under the age of 18 must have written consent of the parent or legal guardian before they may volunteer. Volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.

After applying, prospective volunteers will go through an orientation to be paired with an opportunity that matches the needs of the program and the volunteer’s interests, abilities and background.

Where do I apply?
What can I expect when I volunteer?

As a volunteer, you can work behind the scenes or on the front line in positions ranging from a one-time service project or event, to a longer term position, serving alongside park employees. Some positions are specialized and require particular talents, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as a background check for all positions. You can also expect to expand your knowledge, meet new people, and use your skills and passion to give back to the land, resources, and community you love!

What is expected of volunteers?

Whether you choose to volunteer one day per week, per month, or per year, you are expected to follow through on the commitment you make to the program. All volunteers are required to follow Georgetown Parks and Recreation rules and regulations. Further, you are required to regularly submit your volunteer hours. Volunteer hours are reported and help us track volunteer participation and evaluate the program.

Volunteers are also encouraged to comment on their experiences with Georgetown Parks and Recreation. If there is something that needs improvement or something we are doing well, please let us know!

Can youth under 18 years old volunteer?

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old or older. If under 16, volunteers must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please see below for information on group volunteer opportunities. Minors are not be permitted to do certain work.

What group volunteer opportunities are available?

Group opportunities may be available, such as community volunteer days or special events. To set up activities other than our general opportunities that are available, contact Garey Park (512) 930-6800 or the Volunteer Coordinator (512) 930-6803 to discuss potential opportunities. Age restrictions may apply and adult supervision must be provided for youth.

I want to work for Georgetown Parks and Recreation someday. Will volunteering help me get a job?

Volunteering at Garey Park with Georgetown Parks and Recreation is a great way to gain new skills and experience. Including relevant volunteer work on job applications and resumes can make you a stronger candidate. All job applicants must follow the City of Georgetown employment process. Hiring supervisors will take volunteer time in to consideration when reviewing applicants. However, volunteering with the City of Georgetown does not guarantee employment.

What happens if I am injured while working as a volunteer?

Volunteers are covered by workers comp as soon as they begin as a volunteer. Please report to your supervisor or volunteer coordinator immediately if you are injured while performing volunteer duties for the City of Georgetown. Volunteers (or their parent/guardian, if volunteer is a minor) are required to sign a City of Georgetown liability waiver.

Do you have an internship program?

Yes! Georgetown Parks and Recreation offers paid and unpaid internship opportunities. Available internship opportunities will be posted at georgetown.org/jobs.