Once you have completed this application, you will be contacted to discuss your volunteer placement. You will then be required to review our Volunteer Guidebook, sign a Guidebook Acknowledgement Form, and watch a Virtual Orientation video. If you are 18 years or older, you must also complete a background check and sign off on our SAM policy. You may also be required to participate in safety trainings and/or sign off on updated policies throughout your volunteer service.
Enter your contact information here. If you are applying for a group, please enter the group's main contact information here. You will list participants for the group in the next section.
Please enter your demographic information here. Youth volunteers are required to provide a full birthdate. If you are applying for a group, list the names of the participants in the box below.
Please provide an emergency contact.
Please tell us about your previous volunteer service, if any.
We keep volunteers informed of important news, schedules, and volunteer opportunities through email. However, we will not send you any email you prefer not to receive. Use the checkboxes below to select your communication preferences. We highly recommend checking all boxes so that you do not miss important communications from Volunteer Services. You may change your message preferences at any time.
Receive our newsletter and other important information.
Stay informed about opportunities to serve.
Handy reminders about your scheduled service.
Use the checkboxes to indicate when you are available.
If you need accommodations to perform your task or if there are any other considerations you wish to convey to Lake Metroparks' staff, please list here.
Lake Metroparks Volunteer Waiver
In consideration of my participation in volunteer activities in and around Lake Metroparks, I do hereby declare myself to be medically able to participate in volunteer activities of Lake Metroparks. I understand that there may be risks involved in all physical activities, and I agree to familiarize myself with all equipment, rules and physical demands related to the activities that I undertake. I agree to hold Lake Metroparks and the Board of Commissioners, employees, volunteers, and sponsors free from all liability and/or claims for injuries or damages to property or person. I hereby for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, waive, release and forever discharge any and all rights and claims for damages which I have or which may hereafter accrue to me arising out of or connected with my participation in any of the activities of Lake Metroparks.
As a volunteer for Lake Metroparks Volunteer Program I agree:
To accept my assignment with an open mind and willingness to learn.
To accept supervision by staff member and/or volunteer staff in order to do a better job.
To be responsible for my volunteer work and to act with proper consideration for those I work with.
To notify the volunteer office of any changes in my situation that will effect my completing my assignment.
To follow the guidelines provided to me.
To make a legitimate effort to be on time to my volunteer assignment.
Lake Metroparks is committed to providing a work environment that is free of discrimination and unlawful harassment. Actions, words, jokes, or comments based on an individual's sex, race, ethnicity, age, religion, or any other legally protected characteristic shall not be tolerated. As an example, sexual harassment (both overt and subtle) is a form of employee/volunteer misconduct that is demeaning to another person, undermines the integrity of the employment/volunteer relationship, and is strictly prohibited. Any employee/volunteer who wants to report an incident of sexual or other unlawful harassment shall promptly report the matter to his or her supervisor. If the supervisor is unavailable or the employee/volunteer believes it would be inappropriate to contact that person, the employee/volunteer shall immediately contact the Division Head or Personnel Department. Lake Metroparks shall not consider or inquire into any criminal background of the applicant for a position at Lake Metroparks, unless specifically disqualified from a particular position by any provision of the Ohio Revised Code or under federal law because of a prior conviction or plea of guilty to a particular offense.
Employees/volunteers can raise concerns and make reports without fear of reprisal. Any supervisor or manager who becomes aware of possible sexual or other unlawful harassment shall promptly advise the Volunteer Department, Division Head, Personnel Department, and Executive Director who shall handle the matter in a timely and confidential manner. Anyone engaging in sexual or other unlawful harassment shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of volunteer service.
I understand that, should I fail to comply with the guidelines or fail to keep the commitment without giving the Lake Metroparks Volunteer Department adequate notice, I will not be able to complete my volunteer service with the Lake Metroparks.
I understand that I have made a volunteer service commitment to Lake Metroparks. I shall complete all training required and fulfill the assignments to which I have committed. I, the undersigned, state that all information completed is true. I authorize Lake Metroparks to verify the information by any means necessary. Lake Metropaks reserves the right to dismiss volunteer(s) at any time for any reason; advance written notice is not required.
Ohio Law Notice to Current and Prospective Volunteers: In accordance with Ohio Law 187 Sec. 109.575 effective March 22, 2001 all organizations and entities that may have volunteers who regularly have unsupervised access to children, the organization or entity must inform the person that, at anytime, the person might be required to provide a set of fingerprints and criminal records check might be conducted with respect to the volunteer.
Initial criminal background checks are mandatory for anyone 18 years of age or older volunteering with Lake Metroparks and will be repeated every 5 years. By signing below, you agree to this policy.