Volunteer Program

We are always looking for like-minded lovers of the parks and what they offer the community. If you are looking to volunteer some of your time to help others enjoy our beautiful parks, we would love to have you on board.

If you are interested in the volunteer program, please call 330-409-8993 for more information or submit an application.

View our current Volunteer Spotlight features and find out how and why these volunteers enjoy giving back through Stark Parks.  

Opportunities for Individuals

Whether you’re interested in hiking, biking, gardening, helping at special events, working with school children, clearing and maintaining trails, or supporting our wildlife rehabilitation program, fun awaits you as a Stark Parks volunteer. Flexibility is a key component of our volunteer program, with short-term and long-term opportunities available during weekdays and weekends.

Long-term Volunteers

  • Volunteer at least 10 hours on an annual basis
  • Go through the Volunteer onboarding process
    • Submit an application
    • Complete a phone interview with the Volunteer Coordinator
    • Sign a long-term waiver form and pass a background check
    • Attend an orientation with the Volunteer Coordinator
  • Receive volunteer opportunities via email on a regular basis
  • Invited to the annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner (after volunteering 10 hours)
  • Receive a Stark Parks Volunteer t-shirt and nametag
  • Please refer to the Volunteer Handbook for information on the different volunteer positions

Short-term Volunteers

  • Volunteer on an as-needed basis
  • Sign a short-term waiver form
  • Receive volunteer opportunities via email on an as-needed basis

Opportunities for Groups and Organizations

Searching for an ongoing volunteer project or single day of service? Stark Parks has options for community and civic organizations, school groups, scouts, and church groups. We will work to match your group interests and skills with your desired location. Contact should be made at least six weeks in advance of the project.

Rotary Club Adopt a Trail Sign
Mulching Playground at Stark Parks
Eagle Scout Trail Project

Adopt a Trail Groups

Volunteers can assist in the removal of small debris along the trail including sticks, rocks, limbs, pet waste, and litter and report any safety problems or hazards. They also maintain flowerbeds and native garden areas at respective trailheads, parking areas, and facilities.

Group Day of Service

Volunteer projects typically include, general clean-up, painting, staining, gardening/pruning, staffing special events, and trail work.

Scout Projects

As an organization, our visitors have greatly benefited from scout’s contributions over the years. We encourage you to submit a proposal.