Whether participating in a creek cleanup, sponsoring an event, supporting our local zoo, or helping Atascadero’s youth become more successful, volunteers play an important role in our community. For information about volunteer opportunities in the City, please explore the programs and volunteer opportunities below.
Become a Coach
For recreation volunteer opportunities, such as becoming a volunteer coach for youth basketball, youth volleyball, and T-ball, please contact the Community Center at (805) 470-3360. A coach's volunteer packet may be picked up at the Community Center located at 5599 Traffic Way in Atascadero, or downloaded here.
Special Events Volunteers
Donate Time at Variety of City Events
The City is committed to building community by fostering an outstanding quality of life. We strive to offer as many fun activities, special events, and classes as possible to benefit the entire community. There are over 30,000 Atascadero residents and 279,000 San Luis Obispo County residents who enjoy all that Atascadero has to offer. To volunteer your time at a City event, please complete a Special Event Volunteer Application.
Charles Paddock Zoo Volunteers
Donate, Become a Docent, Provide Clerical Assistance & more!
Help with the ongoing needs of the Zoo in the form of food supplies, construction materials, puppeteers, docents, gift shop volunteers, clerical assistance, and financial support.
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Litter Removal Program
The City's Litter Removal Program provides local residents, businesses, service organizations, and all service-minded individuals with an opportunity to make a difference in our community! This volunteer program is an effort to beautify the community and enhance the quality of life of our residents by removing litter and protecting our local environment. This program serves as both a litter abatement and prevention effort that works proactively with residents, neighborhoods, and businesses toward a shared goal: a clean and beautiful community where we can live, work, play, and do business.
The City provides volunteers with gloves, plastic bags, safety vests, and litter pick-up tools, and arranges to collect the bags of litter that are gathered by volunteers. Individuals or groups can participate! For more information, call (805) 470-3148 or register online.
Police Department Volunteer Programs
The Atascadero Police Department is very proud of its volunteers. They epitomize the essence of community spirit by giving their time and talents not only to our agency but to many other entities in the area.
Fire Department - Cadet Program
The Atascadero Fire & Emergency Service’s Cadet Program is a unique opportunity for individuals within Atascadero and its surrounding area, between the ages of 16 – 18, to experience fire service. Cadet firefighters are non-compensated volunteers that will spend 3 to 4 hours each day, 5 days a week, working alongside full-time firefighters in all types of situations, both non-emergency and emergency. While on shift, cadets will review curriculum that teaches them how to recognize and safely respond to all types of emergencies. The Cadet Program is a great opportunity to gain real-life experience in fire service and determine if it is a career path worth pursuing further.
• Must be 16 – 18 years of age
• While attending school, must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher with NO failing grades
• Must be in good physical health
• Current American Heart Association CPR / AED certification
• ICS 100 & IS 700
Interested? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application or more information regarding the position. It may also be helpful to watch the Atascadero Fire Cadet Program video on YouTube for more information regarding the scope of the program and personal perspectives from some of our past participants.
General Volunteer Opportunities
For general volunteer opportunities within the City of Atascadero, please deliver a completed volunteer application to City Hall at 6500 Palma Avenue, Atascadero, CA 93422. Liability release and other additional forms will be required if there is a volunteer opportunity currently available.
Thank you for your interest in serving your community!