Volunteer In The Parks

Volunteer to Help Maintain the ParksDiscover Your Hancock Parks…..it's fun, rewarding and easy to become a Hancock Park District  volunteer. The HPD has many interesting and rewarding volunteer opportunities to get you involved in YOUR Hancock Parks; whether a student, individual, community group, or business. Hours can be flexible, allowing you to volunteer as much or little as your desire throughout areas of the Hancock Park District.

Throughout the history of the Hancock Park District, volunteers have a paid a vital role in the mission of the park district to development park lands, provide ongoing improvements, outdoor recreation opportunities and environmental/historical education, and protection to our natural resources. Volunteers will continue to play a major role in maintaining these park lands and assisting the Hancock Park District in achieving its mission.

VIP Purpose Statement
The Purpose of the Volunteer in the Parks program is to offer opportunities for county residents to give personal time and talents to supplement HPD staff in providing quality programs, maintaining parks for public use, and preserving natural areas.

VIP Positions:
Job Description sheets available upon request for most positions:

  • Adopt-A-Park - Groups or organizations can adopt a park to provide on-going support including; cleanups, landscaping, land stewardship, and park improvements at HPD parks around the county. Signs are posted marking group sponsorship for commitments on a regular basis.
  • Adopt-A-Trail - Assist with litter pickup along a specific trail or section of trail as needed. Notify park managers if attention is needed to help park staff with trail improvements, such as marking trails for visitors, cutting overgrown brush and low lying branches, and re-routing trails around wet or eroded spots.
  • Volunteering for the ParksDiscovery Center Assistant - Setup and prepare Discovery Center for programs. Greet and offer assistance during program. Assist with cleanup of program.
  • Environmental Education Assistant - Help conduct programs, camps, guided hikes, and presentations.
  • Gold Awards/Eagle Scout Projects - Work with staff to complete and earn your Gold or Eagle Scout Award or other scouting project requirements.
  • Horticulture Assistant - Maintain landscaped areas and shrubbery at Riverside Park or other park areas. 
  • Living History Volunteer (1847 Historic McKinnis House) - Develop a living history character or learn to demonstrate a period skill. Advanced training is offered to help with development and to learn other period skills to demonstrate.
  • Maintenance/Operations Volunteer - Assists operational staff with painting, assembling projects, small repairs, and/or construction project as needed.
  • McKinnis Gardener - Perennial plantings, herb cultivation, vegetables harvest, workshops, and regular maintenance.
  • Outdoor Recreation Assistant - Assist with events and outdoor recreation programs (canoe float trips, workshops, disc golf tournaments) at various park locations.
  • Special Events - Help during special events and annual festivals and assist with setup and cleanup.
  • Stewardship Assistant - Monitor specific species (bluebirds, spring wildflowers, wetlands, frog and toads) at various park locations  or designated sites. Help monitor birds inside the Discovery Center as part of Project FeederWatch. Assist in the control of invasive species and replant natives to reclaim the area, inventory overall park species.
  • Other Volunteers Opportunities – Do you have some additional talents or skills to help enhance the Hancock Park District?  Carpenter, plumber, graphics and design, artist, photographer, teacher… a creative mind can find a way to help!


Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at Hancock Park District Headquarters at 1424 East Main Cross Street, Findlay, call 419-425-PARK/7275 or e-mail hpdparks@hancockparks.com for additional information.  Application forms are below along with a Volunteer Resource Guide to get you started. We hope to hear from you soon!









ADULT VOLUNTEER APPLICATION    This volunteer application form should be used for OCVN applicants.



Raccoon - VIP

1424 East Main Cross Street
Findlay, OH 45840

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am - 4:30pm