Are you partial to Ohio State Parks? Wild about Watercraft? Become an Ohio State Parks & Watercraft Division Volunteer!
Volunteers are an important asset to the parks and waterways in Ohio. Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, explore interests, and try out new career options. It is also a great way to share your experience and talents with others while serving your community.
Individuals/Families: There is almost always a need for single and/or family volunteers in our parks and marinas. Contact your local park manager to discuss projects. Teens age 16-18 can volunteer with parent permission, under 16 will need their parents to volunteer with them. Volunteering is a great family activity and what better setting than one of our 75 beautiful Ohio State Parks or waterways?
How to Apply: Contact your local park. A volunteer agreement will need to be filled out and signed by each person. Minors must have a parent or guardian sign as well. The agreement should specify what duties you will be performing and a mutually agreed upon schedule. Most agreements are for at least one year but may not be for more than two years at a time. Shorter arrangements are acceptable and may be preferred by both parties depending on need.
Groups: If your civic group, scout troop, or church membership is looking for a service project contact your local park. It can be a one-time event or longer partnership depending on your organization’s needs. Typical projects include litter pick up, beautification, trail maintenance, or helping with special events.
How to Apply: Contact your local park. A volunteer agreement will need to be filled out and signed by each person. In most cases these can be sent to you ahead of time to be filled out prior to arriving at the park if you have a large group. Minors must have a parent or guardian sign as well.
I’m really interested in boating, what can I do to help?
As many of our parks have lakes, boat launches, and marinas, reach out to the park managers where you are interested in helping. Marina volunteers assist boaters, pick up litter, and do light maintenance around the marinas and boat launches. Do you have canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddle board experience? You can volunteer for paddling events or become a certified assistant to help with naturalist paddling programs.
If powerboating is more your thing, volunteer instructors are sometimes needed for the Ohio Boating Education Course (OBEC). Contact Cindy Coss, OBEC Coordinator for more information on this program. Requirements to become an instructor include passing a certification class and background check. Please note that certification classes and in-person OBEC’s are not currently being conducted due to COVID-19 restrictions