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Apple Valley
7100 147th St. W.
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Ph: (952) 953-2500
Volunteer Opportunities

Have you ever wanted to volunteer for the Fire Department, but not as a fire fighter?  We are starting a new volunteer program, and looking for a variety of skills:

Community Education and Outreach

  • Speak to groups requesting presentations about Fire Prevention, Safety and Best Practices.
  • Help Fire Department by checking to make sure home addresses are visible from the street, and street signs are readable.
  • Keep hydrants snow free during the winter months.
  • Help with special events.

Ongoing training will be provided for all of these opportunities. 

For more information please contact Volunteer Engagement Manager Diane Erickson at
or 651-208-4840. 

You can also get started by filling out the online volunteer application.


Adopt a Cemetery, Park, or Transit Station  

  • Picking up trash all year round
  • Weeding flower gardens and other main landscaping areas during the growing months
  • Raking main landscaping areas in Spring and Fall
  • Other projects as agreed upon

Garden/Landscaping Assistance

Help maintain gardens and landscaping around City buildings, boulevards, golf courses, parks, etc. 

  • Mulching, planting, watering
  • Raking, weeding
  • Other projects as agreed upon

Assisting Bluebirds 

  • Monitoring bluebird boxes weekly in City parks to keep bluebirds safe and record their nesting progress
  • Maintaining bluebird boxes by checking on them monthly to see if repairs are needed; getting them ready for bluebirds in the Spring; and cleaning them out in the Fall

Document Scanner

  • Preparing documents for scanning
  • Creating electronic folders for documents
  • Scanning documents and moving them to appropriate electronic folders

Facility Support

  • Painting, sweeping, vacuuming
  • Cleaning bathrooms, washing windows and blinds
  • Planting, raking, weeding
  • Other projects as agreed upon

Drain Stenciling to Improve Water Quality in Lakes and Ponds 

  • Reserve your kit and pick your neighborhood several weeks in advance
  • Spray-paint environmental messaging on storm drains
  • This is a great group activity

Tree Planting or Removal

  • Assisting City staff when they do large-scale tree plantings
  • Removing invasive buckthorn and other invasive species
  • These are great group activities

Office Support 

  • Data entry
  • Filing, copying, stuffing envelopes
  • Assembling packets or gift bags
  • Organizing storage areas, making reminder calls
  • Other duties as needed

Have another volunteer idea? Question or comment?

Contact the Volunteer Engagement Manager

Ready to Start?

Volunteer Application