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Special Events (Ages 14+) include summer celebrations, concerts in the park and events at any district facility. Volunteers typically work 2 - 6 hour shifts to provide event support, assist with event activities to provide a fun and safe experience for the public. Check out and sign up for any of our upcoming events here.
Habitat Restoration, Trails Improvement & Gardening Events (All ages; youth 13 & under must be with an adult) cover a gamut of outdoor projects that focus on making physical improvements to a site. Volunteers typically work 2 - 3 hour shifts focused on invasive plant removal, planting, weeding, mulching, pruning and other potentially labor intensive activities. Check out and sign up for any of our upcoming events here.
Childcare Assistant (Ages 16+)
Childcare Assistants help staff with the oversight, setup and cleanup of youth preschool and drop-in child care programs. Volunteers help facilitate activities, which could include crafts, dance, hiking, singing, sports and games. Each location may provide a different experience and/or serve a different portion of the community. These programs typically take place Monday – Friday, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Tualatin Hills Nature Center.
If you are interested in this opportunity, apply here.
Junior Camp Counselors (Ages 16+)
Junior Camp Counselors assist with the leadership, setup and cleanup of summer recreational camps. Activities could include crafts, dance, hiking, singing, swimming, drama, sports, games and field trips. Volunteer positions are available at the following locations. Each location may provide a different experience and/or serve a different portion of the community.
Camp Rivendale provides a day camp for children and adults with developmental disabilities, behavioral challenges and at-risk youth. This particular camp requires compassionate volunteers with an interest in developing the skills to support children and adults with special needs. All applicants must submit a recommendation form with their application, which can be found in the forms section at the top of this page. If you are interested in this opportunity, apply here.
Youth are encouraged to train to become a paid lifeguard at any THPRD aquatic facility and this program is where that all begins! To become a Junior Lifeguard, you must complete a Junior Lifeguard course. If you serve 20 or more hours as a volunteer with the district through other opportunities, the district will waive the fee for this course. This training is offered year-round. Please see the Activities Guide for class times.
If you are have already completed the junior lifeguard course or would like to start volunteering to get the course fee waived, apply here to volunteer as a junior lifeguard.
Leaders In Training Experience (Ages 13+ & must complete 8th grade by July)
Leaders in Training Experience (LITE) is a summer training program for teens interested in the outdoors who want to develop the necessary leadership and communciation skills to join the workforce. Teens interview for positions and are coached in camp safety, volunteer expectations, group dynamics, age appropriate learning, and more. They gain valuable work experience, earn school community sevice requirements and have lots of fun! A number of previous participants have gone on to become interns and camp staff.
LITE volunteers are expected to commit to a minimum of 80 hours of service over the summer. These hours can be acquired over the course of two full weeks (Monday - Friday) of summer camp and/or volunteering at any public outreach event scheduled throughout the summer. Please note that scheduled camp weeks do not need to be consecutive. A program fee of $28 is due at the workshop session. Fee waivers for the program are available upon request.
Volunteer positions are available in the following programs and locations:
Aquatic LITE Volunteers - The 2019 application process is closed. New Nature LITE Volunteers - The 2019 application process is closed to the public at this time, however we are still accepting applications from Latino youth interested in Nature LITE and the NEWT Program. If you are a Latino youth, apply here!
The application process will remain open until program capacity is reached. Questions? Contact Melissa Marcum, firstname.lastname@example.org, 503/619-3941
Safety Town Leaders (Ages 12+)
Safety Town Leaders assist summer camp staff in implementing activities and supervising groups of youth, ages 4 – 6 years who are enrolled in the Safety Town Program at Cedar Hills Recreation Center. Activities could include crafts, hiking, singing, swimming, sports, games and other recreational activities. Volunteers gain valuable work experience while developing basic leadership skills. They gain valuable work experience, earn school community sevice requirements and have lots of fun!
Registration is closed for the summer of 2019. If you are a teen and interested in volunteering on a regular basis, we are still accepting applications for our Junior LIfeguard Program, Aquatic LITE and Junior Camp Counselors, which you can check out and apply for in the sections above.
Therapeutic Recreation Volunteers support staff by providing leadership for teens and adults with developmental disabilities. This particular program requires compassionate volunteers who engage program participants in games, crafts, dance and other activities that enhance participant socialization and personal well being. These programs typically take place on Monday evenings at the Elsie Stuhr Center.
If you are interested in this opportunity, apply here.