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County Offices will be closed on November 27th & 28th in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Ottawa County Parks & Recreation

Volunteer Opportunities

Join the Ottawa County Parks Team Today!
Become a Volunteer.

Volunteers provide a critical service to the County Parks. Our goal is to provide you
with a rewarding and meaningful volunteer experience that contributes to the mission
of Ottawa County Parks & Recreation. Contact Melanie Manion for more information. Or, you
can get started by filling out a Volunteer Application. We will contact you once we receive your application.

Along with the volunteer positions listed below, we are looking for Wind Storm Chasers. The wind storm chaser will be called upon to visit an assigned park following severe weather to check for downed trees blocking trials or other park areas.  The chaser reports any issues to parks staff who will clean and make the needed repairs.

Because of the amazing volunteers, we were WOOD TV Connecting with Community Award Finalist.


Current Volunteer Job Descriptions

Nature Education Center Volunteer General Park Volunteer
Aquarium Assistant Downed Tree Removal
Park Monitor
Sign Painting
Traffic Control
Trail Construction Leader
Trail Construction Worker
Trail Tender

Naturalist Guide
Reception Desk

Eastmanville Farm Volunteer
Farm Friend
Cemetery Caretaker

Hager Park Volunteer
Playground Inspector

Weaver House Volunteer
House Cleaner

Pigeon Creek Park Volunteer
Greeter

Volunteer Workday Schedule

The public can also help keep the parks beautiful and combat invasive species. We could use your help on a workday. Grab your gardening gloves, bug spray, sunscreen and dress for the weather. There is no need to register.  Everyone is welcome, however, youth should come with adult supervision. The two hour workdays are cancelled if raining.  

  • July 12, 10am, Hemlock Crossing
  • July 19, 10am, Robinson Forest. Meet in the parking area off 104th just south of Sleeper St.
  • September 20, 10am, Bur Oak. Meet at the Oriole Drive parking area.



Parks Administration Office

Room 267
12220 Fillmore St.
West Olive, MI 49460
Monday - Friday:
8:00am - 5:00pm
Phone: (616) 738-4810
Fax: (616) 738-4812
In Ottawa County:
(888) 731-1001 ext.4810

General Park Hours*

March 1 - October 15
7:00am - 10:00pm
October 16 - February 28
7:00am - 8:00pm
*Some parks close in winter or have hours that vary. Select each park for specific park hours.