Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community while meeting your neighbors and gaining new experiences. The City of Big Lake created the Volunteer Program in order to make it easier for you to find volunteer opportunities that fit your interests.
If you attend Spud Fest, enjoy the City's parks and lakes, or attend local events including Music in the Park, then you are directly benefiting from local volunteers. By volunteering you can gain job experience, meet new people, and stay active year round. Check out the list below of the many volunteer opportunities available in Big Lake. If you see something of interest, fill out an online application or reach out to the Recreation Coordinator.
Before you apply for a volunteer position you must read the Big Lake Volunteer Handbook and acknowledge that you read the handbook at the time you submit your online application.
Fix-It Clinic Tinkerer
Do you have skills in electronics repair, electrical repair, sewing, wood working, or general tinkering? The second annual Fix-It Clinic is coming up on Saturday, May 4th from 11am - 1pm and volunteers are needed to help repair residents' household items. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Corrie Scott at 612-297-6331 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ice Skating Rink Maintenance
During the winter months the Ice Skating Rinks behind City Hall are open to the Big Lake Community, but due to Minnesota's ever changing weather, they require ongoing maintenance. This volunteer position would require an individual who is available on call in the mornings between 9am - 12pm when weather affects the rinks adversely. Volunteers will help to shovel and Zamboni the skating rinks when needed. If you are interested in volunteering, click here.
Spring Clean Up
Big Lake has a number of beautiful parks that are sure to be busy this Spring. Help Public Works clean up the local parks in 2019 so that your community can enjoy them this summer. This position includes raking leaves and brush trimming. Dates are weather dependent, but will likely take place in March or April. If you are interested in volunteering, click here.
All of the beautiful flowers in Big Lake Parks are planted and maintained by local volunteers. Help with the one time planting, and weekly watering and weeding to ensure a beautiful garden scene at our local parks. This position will involve some heavy lifting, and volunteers are required to provide their own transportation to the various parks. Dates are weather dependent. Planting will take place in the Spring and general maintenance should be done weekly from Spring to Fall. If you are interested in volunteering, click here.
Market set up/take down: A lot goes on behind the scenes to prepare for market day as well as to wrap things up when the Market closes, such as signage, tables, chairs, and the information booth. In addition, this volunteer will be available to assist vendors. Some heavy lifting will be involved. Commitment: 1-2 hours every second Friday of the month from November to April or as your schedule allows. If you are interested in volunteering, click here.
Market Photographer: Photos help to capture all the food and fun at the Farmers Market. We can never have enough to use in promotional materials, website, Facebook, etc. Must provide own camera. Commitment: 1-2 hours every second Friday of the month from November to April or as your schedule allows. If you are interested in volunteering, click here.
Recreation Community Events Aid
Volunteers assist recreation staff with special events, such as Movie in the Park, Theatre in the Park, Recycle Day, and other events. Volunteers can expect to work 4-6 hours per event, which often includes evening hours. If you are interested in volunteering, click here.
Big Lake Bicycle Advisory Committee
This volunteer group is made up of Big Lake residents and community leaders that advocate for a more bike-able City. With the help of City staff, the Bicycle Advisory Committee is presenting an educational campaign and proposed infrastructure improvements to the City of Big Lake and its residents. If you are interested in joining this committee, contact Corrie Scott at email@example.com or click here.
This volunteer group, made up of Big Lake residents, is dedicated to environmental preservation and education. With the assistance of City staff, these volunteers promote and staff environmental education opportunities for Big Lake residents. They also work with community organizations and businesses to make Big Lake a more environmentally sustainable city. If you are interested in joining the Task Force, click here.