Volunteer Opportunities


Metro Parks believes that civic participation is a vital component of a strong parks and recreation system. Volunteers extend the ability of Metro Parks to fulfill its mission of creating a City of Parks where people can play, learn, grow and be healthy. Volunteering not only directly benefits individual parks and programs, it strengthens our entire community as well. Whether you want to volunteer on your own or with your group or business, it's easy to find something to match your interests and your time commitment in our growing program!

Upcoming Volunteer Needs
Have some time to spare? Want to volunteer in one of our upcoming one day volunteer events? Looking for long term volunteer or internship opportunities? These are all great ways to see what volunteering with Metro Parks is all about.

Click here to see where you can get involved!

Areas you can volunteer with Metro Parks

Adopt-A-Park Program – Does your group or organization want to make a lasting impact on the community? This is a perfect opportunity to get involved and help extend the resources of your favorite park. Groups may adopt an entire park, an area, trail, or lake within a park.

Group Projects
 – Do you or your group or organization want to give back to the community, but don’t have the time or ability to commit to a long term project? Not a problem. We still have many onetime opportunities for individuals as well as groups!

Individual Opportunities- Check out our ongoing needs and upcoming volunteer events to see what opportunities we are currently offering. Volunteering in our parks picking up trash or doing other preauthorized volunteer service? Track your service time here!

Service Projects - Have an idea for an eagle scout, gold award, or community project? See what how you can get involved and submit you plans here.

Jefferson Memorial Forest – Want to lend a hand in the nation’s largest municipal forest? How about in one of our Natural Areas? Whether it is trail building or assisting with educational programming there are several opportunities to be found in our natural areas and Jefferson Memorial Forest.

Louisville Loop – Be a part of the 100-mile trail system that will encircle the city. Whether you would like to serve in keeping the loop safe as part of the Loop Watch program or keep the Loop clean we can use your assistance!

Olmsted Parks Conservancy – Help beautify one of the 18 city jewels that make up Metro Parks Frederick Law Olmsted Designed Parks. Whether it is invasive species or trail building there are several opportunities for you or your group.

Recreational & Community Center Opportunities - Check out our ongoing needs and upcoming volunteer events to see what opportunities we are currently offering or see below to learn more about our different community center and recreational programming.

  • Adapted Leisure Activities –Assist people with all abilities and make a lasting impact on someone’s life!
  • Arts – Have a special artistic talent? See what arts programming you can lend a hand in teaching!
  • Athletics – Want to coach or be a referee? Metro Parks Athletics has year round opportunities for volunteers to get involved with programming for kids and adults of all ages!
  • Community Centers – Metro Parks has several community centers throughout the community that provide several different types of programming. Whether you want to help tutor children after school or teach senior citizens how to play a new game there are a wide array of opportunities at different community centers!
  • Senior Programs – Want to lend a hand in our senior programming? We have two senior centers and a wide array of social and athletic programs. See what interests you!

Historic Locust Grove – Whether your interests are gardening, history, research or retail Locust Grove needs you! 

Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing welcomes the participation of volunteers. Opportunities to make a contribution to Riverside by serving as a volunteer are available in the following areas:

  • providing guided tours of the historic Farnsley-Moremen House
  • lending a hand in the historic garden
  • acting as a Museum Store assistant
  • working in the office
  • helping to get out mailings
  • assisting at special events

If you are interested in learning more—or if you would like to fill out a Riverside Volunteer Application—please call Renee Butterworth at (502) 935-6809 or send an email to us at info@riverside-landing.org.

Other Opportunities 
We are seasonally in search of volunteers to assist with events, usher, and to help cleanup and setup events at the Iroquois Amphitheater. Check out our ongoing needs and upcoming volunteer events to see what opportunities we are currently offering.

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If you have additional questions, or if you're ready to begin volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator