Did you know that more than 30,000 hours of volunteer service are performed at Shelby Farms Park each year?
With 4,500 acres of parkland and 6.5 miles of urban trail, we rely on thousands of volunteers each year to keep Shelby Farms Park + Shelby Farms Greenline clean, green and safe. Volunteers are at the heart of what we do, and we've got opportunities to fit your schedule and interests.
Whether you're looking for an ongoing commitment or a one-time service project, you can get involved. When you sign up to volunteer, you can select your areas of interest. We'll call on you when a need arises.
For more information or to submit a volunteer application, contact Irene Montanez, Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901.412.2062.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park is a holiday tradition. More than 1.5 million lights illuminate the night sky in the largest drive-through holiday light show and festival in the Mid-South! But Starry Nights is more than a show--it's an experience. Volunteers will be needed to help with ticket sales, merchandise sales, and traffic and parking assistance.
NOVEMBER 20 - DECEMBER 27
SUNDAY-THURSDAYS | 5-9PM
FRIDAYS + SATURDAYS | 5-10PM
STARRY NIGHTS VOLUNTEER SIGN UP
See Starry Nights at the speed of light during the annual Starry 4K Run/Walk! This exciting race is back this year and offers runners or walkers a chance to race through the lights. This race is family-friendly and open to all ages. Volunteers are needed to serve as course monitors.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 28 | 6PM
STARRY 4K VOLUNTEER SIGN UP
16 | MLK Day of Service Tree Planting (9am-11am)
23 | Weed Wrangle
06 | Tree Planting (9am-11am)
13 | Love the Park Service Day (9am-noon)
20 | Tree Planting (9am-11am)
05 | Tree Planting (9am-11am)
To sign up for a volunteer opportunity, contact Irene Montanez, Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com or 901.412.2062.
Join Our Park Volunteer Program
Are you passionate about the Park? The Park Volunteer Program offers fun ways to give back to the Park for those interested in an ongoing commitment. We have a 'job' for everyone, from history buffs to nature lovers.
Shelby Farms Park’s Woodland Discovery Playground provides a one-of-kind play experience for children of all ages. Playground Monitors ensure a safe playground environment as well as providing Park information to families as requested. Playground Monitors give a 5 hour per week commitment during spring, summer, and fall. Playground monitors must be at least 16 years of age.
Passionate about Park history and sharing it with others? Interpretive Docents provide information on Park history, nature, trails, and current/future amenities. Interpretive Docents enjoy giving presentations to school and community groups, and leading Park hikes during special events. Interpretive Docents are scheduled for presentations and tours by appointment only. Interpretive docents must be at least 18 years of age.
Calling master gardeners, arborists, and anyone interested in working with the land! Directed by the Park Horticulturalist, Urban Gardeners assist in ongoing gardening, trail work, and landscaping projects in the Park. Urban Gardeners also oversee occasional volunteer groups completing gardening projects. Urban Gardeners commit to at least 10 hours of service a month and must be at least 16 years of age.
Volunteers who enjoy meeting new people and are not shy about engaging others would enjoy volunteering as a Membership Docent. Membership Docents work under the direction of the Membership Manager to meet the goals of the Membership Program. Activities include organizing Member Mixers, ‘Walkabouts’ through the Park to share and explain membership opportunities, and helping to organize membership mailings. Membership docents are commit 2 hours of service a week.
Special Event Volunteer
Special events are exciting and important component to the operation of the Park. The events are driven through service from committed volunteers who fulfill positions as laid out by the Manager of Events and the Volunteer Coordinator. Special Event Volunteers work 4-5 hour shifts and are able to enjoy the events after volunteering. Special Event Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age.
Shelby Farms Park is recruiting volunteer actors to perform during the annual Spooky Nights! Volunteer Actors should be at least 16 years old.
Trail Scout provides anyone interested in engagement in Shelby Farms Park the
opportunity to serve. Targeting students of all ages, scout groups and
corporate groups to walk the trails picking up litter, reporting trail
conditions or occasionally assisting Rangers with trail maintenance. Hours are
flexible with great opportunity to adopt a trail section for minimal but ongoing commitment
in the Park. Volunteer application required. Minors under 15 years of age requires an adult for at least a 1:5
Recreation Corp (PARC), sponsored by AutoZone
Volunteer PARC serves as a visible presence in Shelby Farms Park and along park trails to enhance the experience of the Park. These dedicated volunteers walk or ride the trails, answering questions
and contacting Park Rangers when necessary. Volunteers represent Shelby Farms
Park and the Shelby Farms
Park Conservancy, but they carry no law enforcement authority above that of a
regular citizen. Their influence lies in their knowledge, friendliness and
willingness to help others.
PARC will work through the Ranger program to respond to questions and
inquiries, monitor trails and natural areas for visitor safety and resource
protection, assess timing and types of recreational uses, and alert rangers to
situations that require ranger attention. PARC have the option to choose
running/hiking, biking, or horseback riding.
During special events, PARC will be asked to participate in park events
or other information areas to greet and answer visitor questions. PARC participants are selected through an application process, and each volunteer must meet the following requirements:
- 21 years and older and are selected through
- PARC volunteers must pass a background check .
- Commitment to bi-monthly meetings and at least 6 hours per month + 4 park events each calendar year
- Park Membership is required for PARC volunteers.
- Mandatory CPR + First Aid certification and training on park history and the Master Plan will be provided.
For more information or to submit a volunteer application, contact Irene Montanez, Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901.222.7266.