Numerous 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).
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 or guardian signature to the volunteer event.
Habitat Restoration. Green Kirkland Partnership works to restore natural areas in the City. Numerous volunteer events are planned in parks throughout Kirkland every week, both weekday and weekend. These are considered 'one-time' volunteer opportunities. Contact Jeremy Jones at 425-587-3306.
Park Maintenance Projects often need volunteers to weed, mulch and remove invasive plants from landscaped areas in City parks, natural areas and occasionally at City facilities. Those interested in the outdoors and gardening are encouraged to volunteer. Many opportunities are considered 'one-time' group opportunities--great for small- to medium-sized groups. There is also the occasional need for monthly volunteers. Contact Patrick Tefft at 425-587-3012. Court-ordered Community Service. Parks Maintenance Assistant is the ONLY volunteer assignment approved for court-ordered service, minimum 40 hours with a deadline no sooner than 30 days from today. Contact Patrick Tefft for more details.
Eagle Scout & School Capstone Projects are unique opportunities to make a lasting impression in the City. A limited number of projects are accepted at any one time. Contact Ryan Fowler at 425-587-3399.
Storm Drain Marking volunteers (individual or small group) assist the City in marking the remaining unmarked street storm drains. We provide you prefabricated "Only Rain Down the Drain" rubber decals and an assigned area. At your convenience and during dry conditions, you affix the decals to the adjacent sidewalk. Great for teen-parent and families. Considered a 'one-time' opportunity it's weather-dependent but highly flexible. Contact Patrick Tefft at 425-587-3012.
Cross Kirkland Corridor Adopt-a-Trail. Currently, all 23 trail sections are adopted. In addition to regular City staff maintenance of the CKC Interim Trail, volunteers have adopted quarter-mile sections, pledging to remove litter twice a year with the option of doing a yearly invasive plants removal event within their section. Adopters include Kirkland neighborhood associations, businesses, individuals, families and community service groups. Check out the Adopt-a-Trail Map (PDF-802 kb) and review the Adoption FAQ (PDF-253 kb). Contact Patrick Tefft at 425-587-3012.
Volunteers are a vital contribution to these City of Kirkland public safety efforts.
Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) DART is currently NOT accepting new volunteers. 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, as well as assist victims during the court process. Questions? Contact Patrick Tefft at 425-587-3012.
Police Youth Explorers are youth-aged (ages 14–21) volunteers who receive specialized law enforcement training to perform traffic control, special events and other duties. Contact Patrick Tefft at 425-587-3012.
Speed Watch volunteers support the Kirkland Police Department by monitoring vehicular speeds using handheld radar units in documented neighborhood problem areas. Flexible schedules available, two to four hours per month. Please contact Patrick Tefft at 425-587-3012.
Kirkland Emergency Communications Team (KECT)
KECT ham radio operators provide communications support to the City during emergencies and works with the Office of Emergency Management. Those interested in joining are invited to attend a KECT meeting. Contact Kirkland Emergency Management.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
CERT members are prepared to help respond in their community during an emergency. Volunteers can continue to support the CERT program after completing the CERT training by assisting with class delivery, supporting neighborhood CERT teams, and doing outreach within the community. Contact Kirkland Emergency Management.
Adopt a Pedestrian Flagged Crosswalk is a program where residents can make a big difference in a small amount of time. Volunteers “adopt” a flagged crosswalk by ensuring there are always orange (or 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. Note: this is not a 'crossing guard' opportunity, please contact the Lake Washington School District for possible options.
Adopt a Traffic Circle. There are a handful of planted traffic circles located at specific Kirkland residential intersections. You adopt one of these and commit monthly to weed, maintain line-of-sight and remove litter. Optionally, you may plant approved small plants and flowers for beautification. Average commitment is four hours per month March-October; two hours per month November-February. Contact David Gourlie at 425-587-3867.
Temporary-Sign Compliance Assistant. This volunteer accompanies a Code Enforcement Officer staffer in the field to remove non-compliant temporary signs and notify property and business owners of temporary-sign code violations. Average commitment is one weekend shift (3-4 hours) every other month. Specific training provided. Contact Patrick Tefft at 425-587-3012.
Administrative/Customer Service Support
Office Assistant: Numerous City departments engage a limited number of volunteers to assist with basic office assistance, such as mailings, copying, filing, word processing and data entry. Office volunteers generally have once-a-week assignments averaging three hours. As a popular assignment, openings are infrequent but we can place your name on a wait list. Contact Patrick Tefft at 425-587-3012.
City Hall Front Information Desk Assistant: This team of volunteers and one staff is essential to City Hall’s customer service initiative. Information Desk assistants greet customers in person and by phone and refer them to appropriate staff and department for answers and resources. The learning curve is steep in this challenging volunteer assignment, so we start with an initial 'try-it-on' shadowing experience, followed by five 1-hour training sessions. You learn a lot about City government. Time commitment is one shift per week, two hours minimum. Also a popular assignment, there may be a wait list. Contact Patrick Tefft at 425-587-3012.
Unpaid Internship: Unpaid volunteer internships are occasionally available in certain departments. Available only to currently-enrolled students with a school learning requirement. Contact Patrick Tefft at 425-587-3012.
Senior Programs and Youth Recreation
Youth Sports Coaches and Assistant Coaches: Volunteer your time as a team coach or assistant coach. Options include Pee Wee Soccer (April–May; Sep-Oct), Pee Wee Basketball (Jan-Feb; Nov-Dec) and Youth Basketball (December–March) and Pee Wee Multi-Sport (March). For Pee Wee (ages 3-6) coaching, please contact Sean Conway. For Youth (3rd-6th grades) coaching, contact Loni Rotter.
Aqua Leaders: Ages 12-15. See “Teen” opportunities below.
Senior Lunch Assistant: The Senior Lunch program is a partnership with Catholic Community Services and takes place every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (not Thursdays) and Friday at the Peter Kirk Community Center. This volunteer assignment runs 10:30 am to 1:15 pm and requires a Washington state food handler’s permit. For current volunteer openings, please contact Patrick Tefft at 425-587-3012. This is also a popular assignment and a wait list is maintained when there are no current openings.
Juanita Friday Market: (Summer only) Assist Parks staff to set-up before each outdoor community market, during the event and/or with event take-down afterward. Friday afternoons at Juanita Beach Park from early June through late September: 1-3 pm Set-up, 3-7 pm Market, 7-8 pm Clean-up. Contact Sudie Elkayssi at 425-587-3347.
Periodically, there are openings for additional photographers and videographers. If this is your field of interest, please contact Patrick Tefft at 425-587-3012 for the latest information.
Teen-specific Volunteer Opportunities
Green Kirkland Partnership Habitat Restoration: Please see “Environmental Stewardship” above.
Aqua Leaders: Available only to those ages 12–15. Learn alongside City aquatic staff and gain lifeguarding and swim instruction experience. Summer only at the Peter Kirk Pool. Applications due in May. Contact Max Prophet.
Kirkland Police Youth Explorers: Please see “Public Safety” above.
Teen Media Assistant: The City reserves one volunteer spot in Digital Communications specifically for a local teen. This is a great opportunity to learn about videography, editing and production. This teen must make a one-year commitment of 8–10 hours per month. Contact Patrick Tefft at 425-587-3012.
Kirkland Teen Traffic Court: All Green Kirkland Partnership outdoor habitat restoration volunteer projects have been approved for satisfying teen traffic court requirements. Please consult Green Kirkland’s list of upcoming volunteer events and register in advance. The teen is responsible for recording their volunteer time and getting requisite signatures.
For additional local volunteer opportunities specifically for teens, please review the “Where to Care” (PDF-262 kb) resource booklet assembled by the Kirkland Youth Council.
One-time Event Volunteer Opportunities within Kirkland
Kirkland Area Events: If you like the flexibility of one-day commitments and the ability to pick-and-choose dates, then event volunteering is a good option. To receive the twice-monthly email announcement of upcoming Kirkland-area one-time event volunteer opportunities, please sign up on the City’s Volunteer Opportunities ListServ. This announcement generally goes out twice per month.