Get Up. Get Out. Volunteer!

Volunteering with Zionsville Parks and Recreation is a satisfying way of giving back to your community while enjoying the beauty of the parks. 

Zionsville Parks and Recreation offers fun and educational volunteer opportunities for adults, youth-14 years and older, community organizations, student projects and corporate groups. The mission of our volunteer program is to promote community involvement through rewarding volunteer opportunities that support the needs and mission of Zionsville Parks and Recreation. Consider joining our Volunteer Team.

Volunteer Benefits

  • Satisfaction of having a direct impact on the park land, education, and recreation efforts of Zionsville Parks
  • Meet new people who share the same passion for our Zionsville Parks
  • Attend fun recognition events
  • Expand your knowledge, keep active, make a positive impact to your community

Volunteering requires three steps:

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Zionsville Parks volunteer. Volunteers are integral to our day-to-day operations and the overall success of the programs and services we offer. Our work would not be possible without the dedication, passion, and determination volunteers brings to our community.

Under the age of 18?

  1. Youth under 16 years old are permitted to volunteer with a parent or guardian during our Community Service Days
  2. Youth aged 14-17 can participate in our Teens Toward Success Volunteer Program with parent or guardian permission.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, complete a volunteer application and email to Mindy Murdock, mmurdock@zionsville-in.gov. Upon receipt of your application, you will be contacted to schedule an interview. 

Pull for Parks

Group and One-time Volunteer Opportunities

Are you interested in donating your time and talents to Zionsville Parks but don’t want to make a long-term commitment?  The park department offers group and one-time volunteer community service opportunities for those seeking to give back to the community.  Projects vary by season and need. One-time volunteers do not need to fill out an application, but you will be required to complete a waiver form before participating.

Community Service Days

The Zionsville Parks and Recreation Department provides opportunities for community members aged 16 years and older. If a volunteer is under the age of 16, they must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. These events generally last 2-3 hours and are the perfect opportunity to spend some time giving back or fulfilling a service hour requirement. Please sign up for one of our service days below by clicking on the appropriate event registration link.

  • Pull for Parks – Garlic Mustard Pulls
  • Trails Workdays
  • Honeysuckle Removal - Weed Wrangle
    • November 6, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Carter Station, 4643 Pebblepoint Pass
    • November 20, 1 - 4 p.m. Creekside Nature Park, 11001 E Sycamore Street
  • Eagle Creek Cleanup 

For questions about volunteer opportunities or the volunteer program, please contact Director of Recreation Services, Mindy Murdock at mmurdock@zionsville-in.gov.

Teens Toward Success Volunteers

The Zionsville Parks and Recreation Department offers volunteer opportunities for teens ages 14-17 through acceptance into their Teens Toward Success program.

Teens Toward Success is a volunteer program for outgoing, positive, and hard-working youth   ages 14-17.  In this program, youth get the opportunity to share their skills with school-age children, preschoolers, or individuals with disabilities in any of our After-School programs, Summer Camp programs, or specialty classes. Youth can also choose to volunteer for animal care at the Zionsville Nature Center. Acceptance and site placement are based on availability of positions.

Examples include: 

  • Nature Center Animal Care Assistant - Assists with animal care, handling, and maintenance of the reptiles and amphibians at the Zionsville Nature Center while interacting with people of all ages.
  • Summer Camp Junior Counselor - Assists our park staff with Summer Camps by helping prepare, lead and clean up camp activities.
  • After-School Program Volunteer - Assist park staff with programming that occurs after school hours or on weekends and holidays.
Junior Naturalist

Long-Term Volunteer Opportunities

  • Nature Center Program Assistant - Assist with naturalist led programs at the Zionsville Nature Center. Duties include set up and cleanup of program materials, program preparation, decorating, etc.
  • Nature Center Ambassador - Enjoy interacting with people of all ages and abilities when the Zionsville Nature Center is open to the public. A love for environmental education, biology, or education is helpful.
  • Nature Center Animal Care Assistant - Assists with animal care, handling, and maintenance of the reptiles and amphibians at the Zionsville Nature Center while interacting with people of all ages.
  • Outreach Volunteer - Help us have a friendly and knowledgeable presence in the community at a wide variety of community outreach events. Lend a hand providing information about the Zionsville Nature Center, our parks, and various programs held throughout the year.
  • Outdoor Recreation Assistant - Assist in fostering the growth of an outdoor recreation culture through programs such as: cycling, fishing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, canoeing, mountain biking, races/events, yoga, etc.
  • Trail Ambassador - Do you love to walk or bike the Zionsville Parks? Help keep our trails and park users safe while enjoying your favorite parks. Trail Ambassadors provide extra eyes and ears in the parks and along the Big-4 Rail Trail and contribute to guest experience and park operations. They provide valuable information to guests while monitoring trail conditions.
  • Invasive Task Force Volunteer - Volunteers help keep our parks looking good by removing invasive plants and helping with trail maintenance. Volunteers participate in our annual Pull for Parks and other invasive plant management projects.
  • Restoration and Garden Volunteer - Help keep our habitats healthy and assist staff with park plantings, restoration projects including prairie seeding, milkweed plantings (Mayor’s Monarch Pledge) and other habitat projects.
  • Golf Volunteer - Golf volunteers assist in the operation of Zionsville Golf Course, while providing great customer service to enhance the golf experience of our guests. This opportunity is typically available spring through fall, as the weather permits.
scout picnic table build

Pitch Your Scouting Project

Thanks for your interest in performing your Eagle Scout or Gold Award project with Zionsville Parks. We encourage you to first visit our parks to generate a project idea to propose. Successful proposals identify an area of need aligned with our mission or are a creative and sustainable project that supplements our mission and provides unique value to the community. Please note that all projects are not necessarily a match to park needs and alternative concepts may need to be developed and proposed.

We receive more requests for projects than we can realistically place. We will do our best to explore with staff if the proposed project meets our needs, and let the scout know the determination in a timely manner.

To propose a project, the following information must be submitted to Director of Recreation Services, Mindy Murdock mmurdock@zionsville-in.gov

  • Name, phone and email
  • Date of your 18th birthday (projects must be proposed at least six months in advance)
  • Preferred location, project description and time frame (as thorough as possible)
  • Troop number and scoutmaster’s name, phone and email

Please allow up to two weeks to process your request. If staff favor the proposal, an interview will then be scheduled to further discuss.