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Lake Metroparks Volunteer Office

Lakefront Lodge
30525 Lake Shore Blvd.
Willowick, Ohio 44095

  x 6418 - Merle Walker
  x 6322 - Beverly Caduff
  x 6520 - Gloria Payne


Volunteering for something you believe in
can be one of the most gratifying and enjoyable things you can do. And there’s a bonus: Volunteering is fun!

Volunteering is such a wonderful way of giving back to your community. In the process, you may find that you are also helping yourself. As we go about our daily volunteering, we often fail to take the time to enjoy the things around us.

What have you given yourself lately? When was the last time you took a walk in the park, visited the lake just to watch the tide, discovered the beauty of some of a new park, took a hike, rode your bike, watched the sun rise or set, eyed the birds up in the sky. Take time to marvel at all of the wonderful beauty to be seen right here right now at Lake Metroparks!
--Merle Walker, Volunteer Program Manager


Wood cutters needed

In order to make Santa’s Workshop happen in December we begin cutting wood in March, take the summer off and pick it back up again in the fall.

All of our cutting happens at Painesville Township Park at the end of Hardy Road. The guys meet during the mornings on weekdays throughout the spring.

We have five band saws, two drill presses and a variety of other saws. We also need people to trace the blanks to get them ready to cut. It is a great way to spend some time doing something that literally thousands of kids will enjoy come Christmas time.


The Lake Metroparks Volunteer Department supports the Lake Metroparks Mission Statement by providing a substantial resource of diverse volunteers to enrich and expand Lake Metroparks services and programs as well as generate goodwill through citizen participation in the Lake Metroparks system.

Volunteer Opportunities

Lake Metroparks recognizes volunteers are a valuable resource that enrich and expand park district services and programs. Volunteerism generates goodwill through citizen participation and is recognized as an educational and recreational program due to intrinsic benefits gained from volunteering. Lake Metroparks encourages and provides opportunities for the participation of volunteers.

Many volunteers have skills, talents and expertise to offer. Some desire to learn more about a topic that interests them. Choose from hundreds of volunteer opportunities to use your skills and interests to help others, gain valuable experience, make new friends and feel good about contributing to your community. Whether it's a few hours per week or one day a month, volunteering makes a difference in your life and the lives of your neighbors.

Click here for a list of volunteer opportunities in 2015.

Special events

  • Crafts
  • Popcorn/Gift shop
  • Food samples
  • Wagon loading
  • Greeters
  • Will call tickets/Vendor check in
  • Announcers
  • Face Painters
  • Timers/Post Result
  • Course Monitors/ Flaggers
  • Dress in costumes
  • Parking


  • Domestic animal care
  • Gardeners
  • Sales associates in Gift Shop
  • Drivers for the draft horse team
  • Tractor driver for people mover
  • Tourism and Corporate host and hostess

Penitentiary Glen Nature Center/Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center

  • Naturalists
  • Gardeners
  • Sale assistants at The Nature Store
  • Wildlife animal care
  • Tourism and Corporate host and hostess

Pine Ridge Country Club
Saturday afternoons and evenings

  • Golf Marshals
  • Starters
  • Cart Attendants

Ranger volunteer

Additional opportunities

New Volunteer Orientation

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Lake Metroparks!

All new volunteers are required to go through an orientation to enable the volunteer department staff to review park policies and procedures and to learn more about their interests. Meetings are held at 6 pm on the first Thursday of the month at Lakefront Lodge in Willowick.

Meeting dates for 2015:

  • April 2
  • May 7
  • June 4
  • July 2
  • August 6
  • September 4

Contact us

Lake Metroparks Volunteer Office
Lakefront Lodge
30525 Lake Shore Blvd.
Willowick, Ohio 44095

  • Merle Walker, Volunteer Program Manager: x6418
  • Beverly Caduff, Volunteer Program Specialist: x6322
  • Gloria Payne, Volunteer Program Assistant: x6520
  • Fax: 440-585-3224
  • volunteer@lakemetroparks.com

Directions: From Rt. 2, exit at E. 305 St. (Willowick). Go north on E. 305th St. to Lake Shore Blvd. Turn right (east) onto Lake Shore, then left (north) into the park.

Lake Metroparks Volunteer Newsletter

Click here to download volunteer newsletter


Lake Metroparks Farmpark College Internship Program


Lake Metroparks Farmpark’s mission is to help our urban society understand how farmers raise food, fiber, and other products that sustain and enhance human life. To fulfill this vision, Lake Metroparks Farmpark maintains a collection of livestock including equine, bovine, caprine, porcine, ovine, and avian individuals. Sustaining a suitable group of animals to meet exhibit and program needs is the goal of the Animal Care and Interpretation Department.


Lake Metroparks Farmpark’s College Internship Program works with students to develop animal care and handling techniques as well as routine care procedures. Staff will work with interns to meet specific curriculum requirements for college credit.

Interns will be scheduled depending on time required to meet interns curriculum needs, availability of staff, and timing of animal care tasks. Hours will vary and, as animal care is a 24/7 responsibility, may include weekends and/or holidays. This is an unpaid internship and on-site housing is not available.

Click here to download internship letter with objectives, requirements and contact information.

Lake Metroparks Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center College Internship Program

The mission of the Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center is to reduce impact on native Ohio wildlife through human education and wildlife rehabilitation. Each year, nearly 2,000 injured and orphaned animals receive care and rehabilitation at the Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center—many eventually resume life in the wild. Some animals that cannot be released may become animal ambassadors and assist us in teaching about wildlife issues and conservation. 


To teach students the basic procedures and protocols involved with wildlife education and rehabilitation. They will develop and practice skills of animal husbandry/triage, environmental programming and handling/enrichment for program animals directly from professionals in their field of interest.

The students work a predictable, regular schedule and work six to eight weeks or more. Work days are 8 am to 5 pm.  Two-9 hour days are required per week, although interns can work up to 40 hours per week. The internship is unpaid and housing is not available. 


Alternative Spring Break Programs

Students from Boston University spent their spring break volunteering at Lake Metroparks. The trip is arranged through the university’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program. The students are helping our Outdoor Education staff in different areas of our park system this week.

The students from BU experienced the GREEN MAN GROUP float in a dress rehearsal in preparation for Lake Metropark's entry in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown Cleveland. Earlier in the week, the BU students helped take down lights and clean up at the ski center. They also became official toymakers as they spent time cutting wooden toys in preparation for Santa’s Toy Workshop, part of Country Lights.