Volunteerism plays an important role here at Marion County, helping to build our relationship with citizens while building our capacity to deliver important services and supports. We are fortunate as we benefit from a community committed to civic engagement, and many volunteers make significant contribution in time, energy and expertise.
Marion County offers a wide variety of program and event volunteer opportunities, as well as opportunities to serve on an advisory boards, committee or task force. Opportunities vary by department, and by the time of the year.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
We are actively recruiting for these volunteer programs, please visit the ongoing opportunities page for a list of volunteer opportunities by department. Find more information about open board positions on the Advisory Boards page.
Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue
Marion County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications to join the Search and Rescue team. Applications will be accepted Nov. 1 - Dec. 15, 2021. Individuals interested in joining the team should complete the MCSO Application.pdf. Questions and completed applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Search and Rescue offers volunteer opportunities for people 14 years of age or older. These volunteers search for lost or injured people who may be hiking in the woods, vulnerable youth, and the elderly who may have wandered from their homes. Volunteers may also assist with and conduct evidence searches for crime scenes and are a valuable resource during natural disasters.
Successful applicants should have the following qualifications:
- Be 14 years of age or older
- Have outdoor experience
- Ability to hike several miles with a pack
Mental Health Advisory Committee
Marion County is seeking individuals who are interested in improving our community's health through board leadership. Committee members will have unique knowledge, expertise, or personal experience in the area of community behavioral health program needs and services. Read more here. Use the Advisory Board Application to be considered for this advisory board. Members are appointed to 4 year terms, and will meet at least 10 times in a calendar year.
Local Alcohol & Drug Planning Committee
Marion County is seeking individuals who are interested in improving our community's health through board leadership. The Local Alcohol and Drug Planning Committee makes recommendations to the Marion County Mental Health Advisory Committee on matters related to alcoholism, alcohol and drug abuse, and drug addiction. The committee addresses education, treatment, prevention, rehabilitation, law enforcement, criminal justice and law reform. Find out more here. Use the Advisory Board Application to be considered for this committee. Members are appointed to 4 year terms, and will meet at least 10 times in a calendar year.
Policy & Engagement Intern
The Policy & Engagement Intern will assist with local government public policy issues, helping to promote public engagement and collaboration with residents, businesses, and other government agencies. As an intern with the Board of Commissioners Office, interns will also learn local government systems, legal requirements of public bodies, and conduct research on various policy issues.
Interns will attend public meetings; research public policy issues as requested; draft articles for publication by Marion County; assist with meeting coordination; review and analyze documents, policies, local and state laws; and other tasks as requested. To be considered for this volunteer position, you should be a sophomore, junior, or senior in college, pursuing a political science degree. Find out more here
. Submit your application here
Solid Waste Management Advisory Council
Marion County is recruiting for four open positions on the Solid Waste Management Advisory Council (SWMAC). SWMAC is a sixteen-member advisory council that makes recommendations on waste reduction and disposal policy issues. The Council is made up of citizens-at-large (50%) and businesses and industry representatives (50%). Members meet once per month (4th Tuesday) in a formal setting to discuss policies on how to reduce both waste flow and toxicity in our county. Members must be 18 years of age, and are appointed to 4-year terms. We are currently recruiting for three citizen-at-large positions and one business/industry position representing a Chamber of Commerce. Use the Advisory Board Application to be considered for a position with SWMAC. Find out more about Marion County Solid Waste Management Advisory Council here.
Environmental Services, Public Works Storm Drain Marking
Volunteers will learn about the storm water system in Marion County while installing storm water drain markers, and mapping their location. Interested individuals who are able to work independently, walk and stand for long periods of time, and use a caulking gun can apply here. In order to fill this volunteer position, applicants must have the ability to pick up supplies at our Public Works location in Salem, and drive to various locations throughout Marion County.
Marion County Emergency Management, Citizens Corp
Join a network of coordinated volunteers who are working along side Marion County Emergency Management staff and local first responders to strengthen our ability to prevent, respond and recover from emergencies and disasters. Find out more about Marion County's Community Emergency Response Teams, Medical Reserve Corp, Auxiliary Radio Emergency Service volunteer opportunities
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