Development Department
:: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What kinds of volunteer work could I do for the City?

VolunteersThe Library has a need for many volunteers including Adopt-A-Shelf Volunteer, Magazine Shelver/Refurbisher, Circulation Support Volunteer, Page Volunteer, Gift Books Assistant, Handouts Volunteer, Technology Volunteer, Children's Department Assistant, Craft Assistant for First Sundays and many more.

The Metropolitan Museum has a variety of opportunities for volunteers to assist at the Heritage House, help out in the Museum’s gift shop, participate in special events, or lead Museum tours and activities.

Perhaps you would enjoy working for the Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department, as a computer trainer or as an assistant in one of their programs such as, Mommy and Me, Teen Interests, Cooking/Nutrition, and Special Interest Classes.

There are numerous volunteer opportunities related to Public Safety such as Neighborhood Watch, CERT Emergency Response, Explorers, and Code Enforcement.

How can I become a volunteer?

If you are at least 14 years old and are interested in becoming a volunteer, please use the How to Volunteer link above to begin the process.

Can I become a volunteer intern?

If you are currently enrolled in, or a recent graduate of, an educational program, you are eligible to participate in the City of Riverside’s Municipal Internship Program. Please use the Internships link above to learn more about this program.

What happens after I apply to be a volunteer?

Your application is reviewed by the City's Human Resources staff and is forwarded to Department Volunteer Coordinators who may have a need for your skills or assistance. Interested departments will request an interview with you where you will have an opportunity to learn about their requirements. 

If you and the department agree your services would be beneficial, the department will request that you complete and clear the City's standard Live Scan background check. Live Scan results are typically received from the Department of Justice within 3 business days. After your Live Scan is approved you will complete some volunteer paperwork, and be assigned to volunteer. A mandatory time sheet is used to track volunteer hours.

How many hours a day/week can a volunteer work?

There is no limit on how many hours a volunteer can "work".  When and how long a volunteer works should be agreed upon by the volunteer and his/her supervisor.

Volunteer for the City
Public Safety Volunteers
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Human Resources

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Human Resources Website
3900 Main Street
Riverside, CA  92522
Closed Weekends & Major Holidays