Volunteer

Volunteer

There are a number of ways residents of the City of Victoria can give back to the community and surrounding areas—from volunteering time to donating to those in need. 

The City of Victoria encourages public participation in an effort to build a sense of community. Volunteer opportunities exist for individuals and groups, at different age levels, from a few hours to years of service.

More information is available in our Volunteer Handbook and Policies (PDF).

Apply to the Volunteer Program.




Adopt-a-Storm DrainVolunteer Spotlight: Adopt-A-Storm Drain
Volunteer fifteen minutes, twice a month, for cleaner waterways and healthier communities. Storm drains flow directly to local lakes, rivers, and wetlands, acting as a conduit for trash and organic pollutants. Adopt a Drain asks residents to adopt a storm drain in their neighborhood and keep it clear of leaves, trash, and other debris to reduce water pollution.

Learn about the program on the Adopt-A-Storm Drain website.



Current Volunteers
Volunteers are asked to track and submit their hours so that we can measure the program’s growth and accurately represent the value of the volunteer program to the City Council and city staff.

Please submit your Victoria Volunteer Timesheet (PDF) to Alyssa Swanson, Assistant City Manager.

Contact Us
Alyssa Swanson, Assistant City Manager
1670 Stieger Lake Lane, PO Box 36, Victoria, MN 55386
aswanson@ci.victoria.mn.us
952-443-4215

Volunteer Opportunities
All volunteers interested in a regular, ongoing position or short-term projects are required to complete a volunteer application. Once received, we’ll call you to set up a time to discuss your volunteer interests. If you haven’t heard from us within two weeks, please call Alyssa Swanson at 952-443-4215 to make an appointment.

Listed below are some ongoing volunteer opportunities. There are also volunteer opportunities at many of the City events. Please contact Alyssa Swanson for more information at 952-443-4215.
List of Volunteer Opportunities
Adopt-A-Park
Adopt-A-Park
Victoria has 31 parks. As a volunteer, you can help keep them safe and clean! This can be a group or individual volunteer activity.

Activities/Duties:

  • Pick up litter at the park or trail.
  • Put litter in trash receptacles, or, if receptacle is full, please place trash bags next to it. City crews make routine visits to all parks to remove trash.
  • Keep sign planters weeded.
  • Keep play structure area weeded.
  • Keep track of your volunteer hours so volunteer commitment can be recorded.
Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Enjoy being outdoors.
  • Desire to keep Victoria’s parks and trails clean and safe.
  • Dependable and responsible.
Time Commitment:

  • Once every 1-2 weeks, spring through fall (warmer weather months).
  • Or, One-time only for a person or group who wants to volunteer but cannot commit to entire summer.
Reports To: Park & Recreation – Park & Recreation Director
Adopt-A-Rain Garden
Adopt-A-Rain Garden
Kirke Lachen Park has six rain gardens designed to absorb rainwater runoff from impervious urban areas like roofs, driveways, walkways, and compacted lawn areas. Maintained, rain gardens can cut down on the amount of pollution reaching wetlands, creeks and streams by up to 30%. You can help beautify the park while protecting your local lakes and wetlands by volunteering as a group or individual today! 

Note: This is an unsupervised position. 

Activities/Duties:

  • Clean out debris from the winter (trash, leftover leaves, sticks).
  • Clean out trash and debris.
  • Pull weeds.
  • Check for any damage, erosion, or empty spots and report if found.
  • Keep track of your volunteer hours so volunteer commitment can be recorded. 
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Enjoy being outdoors.
  • Desire to keep Victoria’s parks and trails clean and safe.
  • Dependable and responsible. 
Time Commitment:

  • Visit your garden 2-3 times per year to weed, thin plants, pick up litter, and remove built-up sediment in the inlet.
Adopt-A-Storm Drain
Adopt-A-Storm Drain
Volunteer fifteen minutes, twice a month, for cleaner waterways and healthier communities. Storm drains flow directly to local lakes, rivers, and wetlands, acting as a conduit for trash and organic pollutants. Adopt a Drain asks residents to adopt a storm drain in their neighborhood and keep it clear of leaves, trash, and other debris to reduce water pollution.

Learn about the program on the Adopt-A-Storm Drain website.

Please Note: This is a volunteer opportunity available through an external organization.
Boards, Commissions, Committees
Boards, Commissions, Committees
Victoria residents are invited to make an impact on their community and the future of Victoria by serving on a City advisory commission or committee. These City Council-appointed positions are responsible for researching, reviewing and making recommendations on a variety of different issues. The application period is in January and February of each year.

Learn more on the City's Committees & Commission webpage.
Friends of Victoria Library
Friends of Victoria Library
The Friends of the Victoria Library is a dynamic 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that increases the use of the Victoria Library through public awareness and educational programming and provides private funding to enhance the services at the Victoria Library.

Learn more about the nonprofit organization on the Friends of Victoria Library website.

Please Note: This is a volunteer opportunity available through an external organization.
Friends of Wassermann Lake Preserve
Friends of Wassermann Lake Preserve

Activities/Duties:

  • Become an outdoor education leader
  • Pick up litter at the park or trail.
  • Put litter in trash receptacles, or, if receptacle is full, please place trash bags next to it. City crews make routine visits to all parks to remove trash.
  • Keep sign planters weeded.
  • Keep play structure area weeded.
  • Keep track of your volunteer hours so volunteer commitment can be recorded.
Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Enjoy being outdoors.
  • Champion the preserve.
  • Dependable and responsible.
Time Commitment:

  • Ongoing
Reports To: Park & Recreation – Parks & Recreation Director
Garden Club
Garden Club

Interested in beautifying our city, learning about gardening and enjoying social time with fellow gardeners? Some Victoria residents are interested in starting a Garden Club as a service organization for people who promote and share the beauty of nature through educational opportunities and gardening in the City of Victoria. All levels of expertise welcome, from Master Gardeners to beginners, with an interest in learning.

Note: This is an unsupervised position.

Activities/Duties:

  • Create and maintain downtown and bandstand planters.
  • Maintain gardens at the Victoria Recreation Center.
  • Plan and implement other public gardens.
Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Enjoy being outdoors.
  • Desire to beautify the community.
  • Dependable and responsible.
Time Commitment:

  • Various dependent on club activities and involvement.
Humanity Alliance
The Humanity Alliance

The Human Alliance is looking for volunteers to help with meal preparation, packaging and delivery each week in addition to special projects, administrative and other tasks to support our programs.

Date and Time: Ongoing

Location: 7600 Victoria Drive, Victoria MN 55386

Learn more about the program on the Humanity Alliance website.

Please Note: This is a volunteer opportunity available through an external organization.
Service Projects
Service Projects

Looking for a team building opportunity? Groups can volunteer for one-time service projects in our gardens and natural areas. Project tasks may include planting, weeding, mulching, painting and invasive plant removal.
Special Event Opportunities
Discover Victoria Classic Car Nights

Victoria’s Classic Car Nights are organized and run by volunteers with the Victoria Business Association (VBA). Volunteers may assist prior to the event with set-up and the event with traffic management, crowd flow management, and working with various activities. 

Time Commitment:

  • Dates: Wednesdays, June 14 and 18, July 12 and 26, August 9 and 23, 2023
  • Time: 5:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Downtown Victoria, Minnesota 

Sign up to volunteer by reaching out to the Victoria Business Association. 

Please Note: This is a volunteer opportunity available through an external organization. 

T-Ball & Coach Pitch
T-Ball & Coach Pitch

The T-Ball/Coach Pitch Coach is there to be the head or assistant coach of a t-ball or coach pitch team.  They are responsible for teaching skills, communicating with parents and participants was well as bringing all team equipment necessary.  T-Ball/Coach Pitch Coach will make sure that any issues are reported to parents and direct supervisor.  It is the primary responsibility of the T-Ball/Coach Pitch Coach to provide leadership, enforce rules, and implement safe recreation practices during the program.

Note: Paid position through the Park & Recreation Department.

Activities/Duties:

  • Supervise children by enforcing rules and maintaining safe, orderly conduct.
  • Responsible for being here and ready on scheduled days.
  • Make it a fun and welcoming environment for everyone.
  • Provide direction and assistance in the event of an emergency.
  • Provide verbal and written reports to Parks and Recreation Department Head.
  • Report equipment needing repair.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the City of Victoria’s rules and guidelines.
  • Ability to demonstrate courtesy and tact when dealing with the public.
  • Ability to complete assigned tasks in an organized and timely manner.
  • Ability to arrive and leave work on time, as scheduled.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with the Parks and Recreations Supervisor via verbal and written reports.
  • Flexibility for scheduling.
  • Minimum age 16.
Reports To: Park & Recreation – Park & Recreation Supervisor
WeCab Driver
WeCAB Driver

WeCAB is in need of drivers to provide transportation for riders to get to their medical appointments, shopping, employment, errands, or other necessary locations. 

Date and Time: Ongoing
Location: Carver, Chanhassen, Chaska, Victoria, Waconia, Watertown, New Germany, Mayer, Minnetrista, Mound, Navarre, Spring Park, St. Bonifacius, and Maple Plain

Learn more about the program on the WeCAB website.

Please Note: This is a volunteer opportunity available through an external organization.

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