Volunteer Opportunities

volunteer opportunitiesSince the Elkhart County Parks Department was founded, volunteers have been instrumental in the growth and development of our park system. As we move into the next millennium the need for volunteers to help keep operations running smoothly is sure to increase.

The Elkhart County Parks Department offers volunteers a wealth of opportunities to become involved in one of Elkhart County's greatest resource. Our volunteer program is run through The Friends of the Elkhart County Parks Inc., a

not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to provide an opportunity for members of our community to share their skills and knowledge through volunteering within the park system.

If you would like more information on how you can be part of our team please call or write us at: The Friends of the Elkhart County Parks, 211 West Lincoln Avenue, Goshen, IN 46526-3280. (574) 535-6458 or by e-mail.

Who can be a volunteer?

Anyone with an interest in parks and recreation, nature, history or who wants to learn.

What qualities should you have to become a volunteer?
volunteer opportunities

  • Enthusiasm for lifelong learning opportunities
  • Eagerness to share knowledge with others
  • Willingness to work as a team player
  • Dependability
  • Punctuality
  • Flexibility

To Become a Volunteer All You Have To Do Is:

  • Fill out an application and send it to the Elkhart County Parks Department
  • Attend volunteer orientation and workshop training sessions (when required)
  • Complete training in area of your choice (when required)
  • Follow the volunteer program policies and procedures

Below are a few of the volunteer opportunities available within The Elkhart County Parks Department:


  • Office Assistance
  • Drafting
  • Landscaping/gardening
  • Grounds maintenance
  • Resource management
  • Trail maintenance
  • Woodworking
  • Environmental and Historical Programming
  • Graphic Arts
  • Visitor Assistance
  • First Aid Attendant
  • Traffic Control
  • Fire Warden
  • Special Events


  • Tour Guide (weekday, weekend, or special events)
  • Volunteer educators
  • Receptionist
  • Library research assistant
  • Special Events
  • Collection and processing
  • Clerical
  • Collection care and cleaning
  • Behind the scenes (exhibits, archives, office)


Special Events Event Calendar Parks Museum Education

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Elkhart County Parks and Recreation
211 W. Lincoln Ave.
Goshen, IN 46526-3280

Phone 574-535-6458   TDD 574-535-6420
Email info@elkhartcountyparks.org