Volunteer Opportunities

Watsonville Serves Volunteer Program

The Parks and Community Services Department is actively looking for motivated individuals to serve as volunteers enrich our community’s parks and programs by sharing their special skills, time, and talents. Whether your have plenty of time to share or only a few hours to spare, you can make a difference in the lives of others.

The Parks and Community Services Department believes that an effective volunteer force enhances the Department’s ability to provide quality services to the public and is an integral part of the Department’s relationship with the community. The Volunteer Program is designed to support the mission of the Department and offers members of the community who desire to be of service to the community the opportunity to participate in the programs and services offered to residents.

Volunteer Program Brochure

Volunteer Application

Benefits of being a volunteer include:

  • Knowing that you are a part of a team that supports the development of youth and community of Watsonville
  • Receive training in child development, safety, health, organizational goals and objectives, and leadership techniques.
  • Gain excellent job skills and experience in a fun and supportive environment
  • Volunteer appreciation incentives

How to apply:

  • Choose a volunteer position that interests you. Check out our volunteer opportunities below. Get a volunteer application by:
  • Coming to any one of our five recreation centers and asking for an application
  • Have one mailed to you by calling (831)768-3240
  • Download an application Here
  • Return your completed application to any one of our five recreation centers.
  • The Volunteer Coordinator will contact you upon reception of your application.

Volunteer Program Brochure

Volunteer Application

Volunteer opportunities:

All Parks & Community Services Volunteers serve as community liaisons that assist in providing the Watsonville community with opportunities for leisure experiences, personal growth, community development, and lasting memories.

Class/Programs Instructor

If you have a special skill or talent that you would like to share with youth or adults, you can teach a class or workshop. Possible classes include music, art, and other recreational skills. Class/Program Instructors enjoy the ability to teach and engage others in activities that they have a passion for. Prerequisites: Must be at least 18 years of age, must provide three references relative to the class/programs desired; Minimum time commitment: 10 hours

Clerical Support Volunteer

Clerical volunteers provide support for office staff at one of our six sites and perform a variety of duties including answering phones, creating and copying promotional material, faxing, collating, and other needed tasks. You will be a vital part of a dedicated team working in a challenging environment and may gain valuable administrative skills. Prerequisites: Must be at least 16 years of age; Minimum time commitment: 30 hours

Community Organizer volunteer

Community organizer volunteers will assist neighborhood residents with setting up and coordinating events and activities such as neighborhood cleanups, community building events, door-to-door outreach, and neighborhood meetings and trainings. This is an excellent opportunity to practice you public speaking skills and promote leadership in the community. Community Organizer Volunteers posses strong communication skills and the ability to work on some night and weekends. Bilingual in Spanish is preferable. Prerequisites: Must be at least 18 years of age; Minimum time commitment: Varies

Homework Volunteers

If you have strong academic skills that you would like to share and love to help others, this is the role for you. Homework lab volunteers serve as tutors and mentors after school at your recreation centers. You will provide academic support for youth of all ages and may be paired up with a tutoring partner to meet with on a regular basis. You may also work with high school age students while assisting with the Departments’s job training program. This is an excellent opportunity to gain teaching experience while making a difference. Prerequisites: Must be at least 15 years of age; Minimum time commitment: 4 or more hours per week for 3 months

Recreation Center Volunteer

(Drop-in Recreation Program)
you will have the opportunity to make a lasting positive impact on the lives of Watsonville youth through building supportive relationships with young people and serving as a positive role model and mentor. Volunteering at one of our four recreation centers, you will assist with daily drop-in activities that include arts & crafts, sports, cooking, tournaments, dances, computer use, games, special events, and other recreation activities. Prerequisites: Must be at least 15 years of age; Minimum time commitment: 4 or more hours per week for 3 months

Special Events Volunteers

This is a great way to get involved in your community if you don’t have a lot of time to spare. Most placements may last a few hours or less. You can assist in promoting, setting up, implementing, registering participants, providing community assistance, and much more at any number of your special events held throughout the year. Events include: Cesar Chavez Celebration, Day of the Child, Fourth of July Celebration, community and youth dances, and many more activities. Prerequisites: Must be at least 15 years of age; Minimum time commitment: Varies

Special Needs Children

Some children have special needs. You may work one-on-one with a child requiring someone with patience and care to give special assistance in a number of our classes and programs. Volunteers are positive role models and mentors and build lasting, meaningful relationships with the children they volunteer with. Prerequisites: Must be at least 18 years of age; Minimum time commitment: Varies

Sports Volunteers

Sports volunteers play a fundamental role in our sports programs as they help to foster teamwork, discipline, sportsmanship, “honoring the game,” and teach life lessons through physical activities. You can be a coach, official, score keeper, or field maintainer for a number of our many sports programs. Prerequisites: Must be at least 16 years of age; Minimum time commitments: one sports season

Youth/Adult Action Council

Want to make a difference in your community? by being a member of the Youth Action Council or the adult Action Council in your neighborhood, you can do just that. Help lead others in creating positive change and community unification through planning programs and community service projects while fostering personal power and leadership skills. Prerequisites: Age minimum TBD; Minimum time commitment: 1 or more hours per week for 1 year

*Bilingual Spanish is a plus for all positions*


“We make Watsonville an ideal place to live, work and play”

City of Watsonville Parks and Community Services Department
231 Union St. Watsonville, CA 95076
831-768-3240
Customer Service Hours: Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.