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Boards, Commissions and Committees Volunteer Opportunities

Applications for these unpaid positions are available in the City Clerk's Office, City Hall, 15 North 3rd Ave., by calling 524.4348, or at the link below. The deadline is December 3, 2018.

These are the current openings on the City's Boards, Commissions and Committees:

Arts Commission
Still seeking applications from persons working in arts education, professional artists, or community members with a deep appreciation of art. Must be City residents.

Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee
One opening for full three-year term. One member may live within the City’s urban growth area.

Historic Preservation Commission
One opening for a term expiring June 30, 2020. One position may be filled by a person residing within the City’s urban growth area.

Infrastructure Improvement Committee
One opening for an accountant for a term expiring December 31, 2018. Must be a City resident.

Parks, Recreation & Urban Forestry Advisory Board
One opening for a term expiring December 31, 2018. Must be City resident.

Planning Commission
One opening. May live within the City's Urban Growth Area.

Public Library Boards
One opening. Must be a City resident

Sustainability Committee
One opening. Must be a City resident.

Water & Wastewater Advisory Committee
Two openings. Must live within the City's designated water service area. 

Library Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Library. There are always opportunities for volunteers to help us at the WWPL. We need instructors in our media lab, volunteers in our Young People’s Department and the collective efforts of those who join the Friends of the WWPL.

If you are interested in volunteering in the Young People’s Department, please call Liz George, Young People’s Librarian, at 509.524.4431 or email her at egeorge@wallawallawa.gov.

If you are interested in exploring opportunities to teach in our media lab, please call Beth Hudson, Library Director, at 509.524.4433 or email her at bhudson@wallawallawa.gov.

Parks & Recreation Volunteer Opportunities

The Parks and Recreation Department welcomes volunteers. Contact our office for more details and to set up a schedule. Listed below are examples of current projects, but please suggest others if you have a special interest, skill or need.

Spring and Fall Cleanup
509.527.4527– Contact the Parks and Recreation office for more information.

Pioneer Park Aviary
509.527.4403 – contact the Aviary office to volunteer cleaning or landscaping.

Recreation Programs
509.527.4527 - If you want to help a child or teach a class, we will welcome your assistance.

Coaching Youth Sports
Please fill out our online form to coach a youth sports team.

Parks, Recreation and Urban Forestry Advisory Board
The City Council appoints nine citizens to provide advice to City Council and the Municipal Arborist on relevant parks, recreation and tree issues. The advisory board meets monthly. A term on the board is for three years.

Police Volunteer Opportunities

The Police Department is committed to a partnership with volunteers and integrating them as an important part of our organization. Annually, the Police Department provides 12 hours of specialized volunteer training. If you are interested in any of the positions below, please call 509.527.4434.

Requirements to be a volunteer:

  • A strong desire and a commitment to serve your community. We accept applications continually.
  • All applicants must complete an application and submit to a background check.
  • A minimum number of hours of commitment.

Block Watch
Contact victims of crimes, and inform them of the various services available through the Walla Walla Police Department; invite them to become actively involved in the Block Watch Program.

Block Watch Captains
Organize and represent your neighbors in an organized Block Watch Program.

Clerical Assistance
Put your office skills to work for the betterment of your community. We have continuing needs for general office and clerical support. This may include answering the phone, greeting the public, typing, filing, assisting with informational mailers, and computer data entry.

Graffitti Abatement

Records
This volunteer position is supervised by the Records Unit to scan old police documents into the current records system.

McGruff the Crime Dog
Help us take a bite out of crime by wearing the McGruff costume at a variety of crime prevention functions.

Newsletter Editor
Compose a local weekly Crime Watch Bulletin with information involving McGruff House, Block Watch, Business Watch, and Crime Prevention Tips and Concerns.

Radar Reader Board
Deliver, set up, and take down the Radar Reader Board at a variety of locations in our area, to assist with our Traffic Safety Program. This volunteer service requires a volunteer time commitment of one week per month for a short period of time each morning and evening.