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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 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: Katie Cava at 425.587.3306.

Park maintenance projects often need volunteers to plant, weed, and reforest landscaping areas in city parks and at City facilities. Persons with horticultural background and interest are encouraged to volunteer. Most are considered 'one-time' opportunities. Contact: Patrick Tefft at 425.587.3012.

Eagle 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 425.587.3343.Volunteer Eagle Scouts


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 each of its 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.

Volunteer Police ExplorerPolice Explorers are youth-aged (ages 14–21) volunteers who receive extensive law enforcement training to perform traffic control and other assignments. Contact: Detective Jonathan Ishmael at 425.587.3448.

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. Contact:  Patrick Tefft at 425.587.3012. 

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (A.R.E.S.) ham radio operators are always looking for new members. A.R.E.S. is a vital communications link for the City in the event of a disaster or major emergency. Meetings and training are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Contact: Bob Morrisson (Lead Volunteer).

Fire Corps
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.  A summary of ways Fire Corps engages volunteers

CERT Leadership
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Leadership volunteer opportunity is for people that have completed a 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 NEW ASSIGNMENTS
The Fire EMT Volunteer position is slated to be phased out by December 2014.  Therefore, Kirkland Fire Department is not accepting/starting any additional volunteers for this program.  For questions, contact Patrick Tefft at 425-587-3012.

Adopt a Pedestrian Flag Crossing 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 “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.


Administrative/Customer Service Support

Office Assistant volunteers assist a number of departments with basic office administrative tasks such as filing, mailings, data entry, copying.  Demand for this assignment is high, so there may be a waitlist.  Contact: Patrick Tefft at 425.587.3012.

City Hall Front Reception Assistants greet guests and customers to City Hall and direct them to departments, staffers and meeting rooms.  They answer questions of drop-in and phone customers. Excellent interpersonal skills are a must for this assignment.  There is a steep learning curve but you get to learn a lot about City services and Kirkland-based resources. Contact: Patrick Tefft at 425.587.3012.

Special Events.  If you are interested in helping at 1 or more special events per year, please contact Patrick Tefft at 425.587.3012 to receive monthly announcements of upcoming Kirkland-based event volunteer opportunities. Considered 'one-time' opportunities.


Kirkland Digital Communications Opportunities

The Multimedia Services Division manages the City’s local government access channels and graphics programs.  Contact: Patrick Tefft at 425.587.3012.

Video Production Assistants—Are you interested in video production? Learn the ins and outs of camera operation, lighting, and sound production.

Volunteer MMSActors & Extras—Get your 15 minutes of fame and watch yourself in a City video. No acting experience required. Filming typically occurs during the business day. Considered 'one-time' volunteer opportunities.

Offer Your Home as a Set—Too shy to be on TV but want to help out? See a video unfold when you turn your home or yard into a film set.


Boards, Commissions, and Committees

Many Kirkland citizens give their time and share their talents to serve as appointed members of Boards and Commissions. Annual recruitment occurs in the first quarter of each year. City contact: Kathi Anderson at 425.587.3190.

Teens are always welcome to get involved with the Kirkland Youth Council which provides a vital link between area youth and local government. Contact Regi Schubiger at 425.587.3323 for more information. 

Additional Teen Volunteer Opportunities

For additional local volunteer opportunities appropriate for teens, please review the Where to Care resource booklet (PDF-432 kb), assembled by the Kirkland Youth Council.

Community-based Volunteer Opportunities

King County’s Long Term Care Ombudsman Program seeks volunteers who will be trained to advocate for the civil and resident rights of vulnerable people living in long-term care facilities. The commitment is 32 hours of certification training, attending monthly in-service meetings that focus on long-term care issues and four hours per week of volunteer time. There are several long-term care facilities in Kirkland whose residents need Volunteer Ombudsman to advocate for them. Contact: Mary Fogh, Volunteer Coordinator, at 206.694.6703.

Medical Reserve Corps is seeking volunteers in the Kirkland area.  As a member of MRC, you receive free training on emergency preparedness and other public health issues.  Volunteers with the following skill sets are needed:  Interpreters/translators, Clergy/chaplains, Ham radio operators, Call center operators, Physicians/PAs, Medical assistants, EMT/Paramedics, Community health workers, Mental health workers, Nurses/CNAs, Pharmacy workers, Veterinarians and Dental health workers.  Medical Reserve Corps is part of Seattle/King County Public Health Reserve Corps.  To apply to become a Medical Reserve Corps volunteer, go to www.waserv.org.

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