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Volunteer Opportunities

Great volunteer opportunities are available for diverse talents and interests. Most City of Kirkland volunteer opportunities require the On-going Volunteer Application. For a one-time volunteer opportunity/assignment, please use the One-Time Event Volunteer Service Agreement (PDF-162 kb). 

Volunteer Environmental Stewards Environmental Stewardship
The City offers several opportunities to help preserve, protect and enhance our parks, open spaces and natural environment.

Note: Youth volunteers under the age of 14 must be supervised by an adult when volunteering with the City’s Parks & Community Services Department. For volunteers ages 14-17, please bring this One-Time Event Volunteer Service Agreement (PDF-162 kb) with parent/guardian signature to the volunteer event.

Green Kirkland Partnership works to restore natural areas in the City. Many volunteer events are planned in parks all around the City. These are considered 'one-time' volunteer opportunities. City contact: Sharon Rodman at 425-587-3305.

Park maintenance projects often need volunteers to plant, weed, and reforest landscaping areas in City parks and natural areas and occasionally at City facilities. Those interested in the outdoors, gardening or plants are encouraged to volunteer. Many opportunities are considered 'one-time' opportunities; however, there is also a need for regular/monthly individual and group volunteers. Check out our Top 5 Parks volunteer opportunities (PDF-64 kb).Contact: Patrick Tefft at 425-587-3012.

Volunteer Eagle ScoutsEagle Scout & School Capstone Projects are the perfect opportunity to make a lasting impression in the City. A limited number of projects are accepted at any one time. Contact: Tim Werner at 425-587-3399.

Adopt a Traffic Circle is a great way to keep Kirkland attractive by maintaining the traffic circles in our intersections. Help is needed to weed, clear, and maintain traffic circles in all areas of the city. Adopt one and make it your own, or volunteer on a short-term basis to help us keep them maintained. Contact: David Gourlie at 425-587-3867.

Storm Drain Marking volunteers (individuals or groups) are needed to assist the City in marking the remaining street storm drains. We provide you pre-printed "Only rain down the drain" decals and an assigned area, and on your own schedule, you affix decals during dry conditions. Great for teen-parent and small groups. Considered 'one-time' opportunities. Contact: Patrick Tefft at 425-587-3012.

Public Safety

Volunteers are a vital part of the City’s public safety efforts. The City is fortunate to have trained emergency response and crime prevention volunteers.

Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART). Support local victims of domestic violence. DART is a partnership between local law enforcement and the community to address and prevent domestic violence. DART volunteers provide crisis intervention and support to victims of domestic violence following police involvement, and assist victims during the court process. DART is currently NOT accepting new volunteers. Questions? Contact Patrick Tefft at 425-587-3012.

Volunteer Police ExplorerPolice Youth Explorers are youth-aged (ages 14–21) volunteers who receive extensive law enforcement training to perform traffic control, special events, and other assignments. Contact: Patrick Tefft at 425-587-3012. 

Speed Watch volunteers support the Kirkland Police Department by monitoring vehicular speeds using handheld radar units in neighborhood, school and known problem areas. Flexible schedules available; 2-3 hours per week. Currently not accepting additional volunteers. To be added to the waitlist, please contact: Patrick Tefft at 425-587-3012. 

Kirkland Emergency Communications Team / KECT (aka ARES) ham radio operators are seeking additional member volunteers. KECT is a vital communications link for the City in the event of a disaster or major emergency and is part of the City’s Emergency Operations. Those interested are invited to first attend an upcoming monthly meeting. For exact meeting time, date and location please email the KECT President.
Amateur Radio Class
August 15 – 26 (details below)
At Fire Station 26 & Maintenance Center
Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) and Kirkland Emergency Communication Team (KECT) need additional licensed radio operators to work with the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on a volunteer basis. This is an opportunity for all the Technicians to upgrade their license. KECT is conducting a new Amateur Radio Class for the General Class license this August. A pre requisite for this class is that you must already have a current Technician Class license. There is no charge for the class but there is a cost for the General class study service located at (Approx $25.00) and a $15.00 expense for the exam. Please arrive 30 minutes early for the first class.
Class schedule is as follows:
--Tuesday, Aug 15th, 7 pm to 9 pm, Station 26 (9930- 124th Ave NE, Kirkland 98034)
--Thursday, Aug 17th, 7 pm to 9 pm, Station 26
--Saturday, Aug 19th, 12 to 4 P.M., Station 26
--Tuesday, Aug 22nd, 7 pm to 9 pm, Station 26
--Thursday, Aug 24th, 7 pm to 9 pm, Maintenance Center (915 8th Street, Kirkland 98033)
--Saturday, Aug 26th , 11:45 am, no time limit to finish, Station 26
Class size is limited to 20 persons so if interested, please register early. Please send your information to Ron Poole at or 425-406-8581. The following information is necessary for enrollment: (1) your full name, (2) your email address, (3) your phone number, (4) a name for emergency contact and their phone number, (5) city of residence. This is a City of Kirkland program.

Fire Corps (new volunteer recruitment is on hold)
Fire Corps consists of volunteers dedicated to the community by partnering with the Fire Department to create a safer community. Volunteers support the Fire Department in a variety of non-emergency activities such as fire and injury prevention education, incident support, emergency management, community relations, administrative support. Contact: Patrick Tefft at 425-587-3012.

CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)
CERT Leadership volunteer opportunity is for people that have completed the CERT Training and live or work in the City of Kirkland. This group of dedicated volunteers are partnering with the City to create a more resilient community. They are involved with activities such as supporting new CERT classes, developing neighborhood CERT teams, sharing the preparedness message with community, and coordinating ongoing CERT trainings. Contact: Christina Brugman (Lead Volunteer).

Volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - No Volunteer Assignments
The Kirkland Fire EMT Volunteer program ended December 15, 2014.  Please see "Fire Corps" volunteer opportunity above.  Questions? Contact Patrick Tefft at 425-587-3012.

Adopt a Pedestrian Flagged Crosswalk is a program where citizens can make a big difference in a small amount of time. Volunteers “adopt” a crosswalk by ensuring there are always orange/yellow “pedflags” available at marked crosswalks throughout Kirkland. The flags assist pedestrians in alerting drivers to their presence when crossing the street. You may have one in your neighborhood or along your favorite walking route that is currently in need of a volunteer. Contact: David Gourlie at 425-587-3867.%0


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123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033

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