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Volunteer Opportunities

Cultural Arts

Teens aged 15 - 19 can help youngsters open up to creative possibilities by becoming Summer Arts Camp Counselors. 

Volunteers help families get excited about art at Family Open Studios. 

Assist an artist/educator as they take fourth graders through the William D. Cannon Art Gallery and then encourage the budding artists to create their own art work. Sign up to volunteer with Cultural Arts.

Emergency Preparation

Given the region’s persistent threat from wildfire, and the potential risks from earthquake, pandemic flu or other natural or man-made disasters, the Carlsbad Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteer program plays a key role in the City of Carlsbad’s goal to advance community safety. When large-scale incidents occur, CERTs provide neighbor-helping-neighbor assistance before the arrival of Carlsbad firefighters, police or other first responders  To express your interest in joining CERT, call 760-434-2908.

Golf Course

The Crossings at Carlsbad golf course has volunteer positions as course greeters and on course player assistants.  Volunteers participate in offering customer service to all guests arriving at the Crossings to golf, eat in the restaurant or attend meetings plus many other functions. Participants volunteer their time between 10 and 13 hours a week and receive in return free golf, free use of the practice facilities and rewarding benefits in the pro-shop and restaurant. Sign up to volunteer at the golf course.


Carlsbad City Library’s volunteer program offers numerous ways to give back to the community. Whether helping students with homework or delivering books to those who can’t get to the library, volunteers play an integral role in making Carlsbad City Library a terrific place to learn, read and connect with others. Sign up to volunteer at the library.

Parks & Recreation

Do you enjoy the outdoors, athletic events or family-oriented activities? Sign up to volunteer with Parks & Recreation.

  • Special Events - You may sign up helping families at everything from pony rides to egg hunts. 
  • Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park - Do you know Carlsbad's hidden gem of a park with the style of an old California rancho, a Hollywood connection and the omnipresent peacocks? Lead adult tours, assist school groups or greet visitors at this unique piece of Carlsbad history. 
  • Aquatics - Whether you love the new pool or the Monroe Street original, assistants are needed during the summer to teach youth to swim and assist guests. 
  • Coaches - Remember a great coach you had who really changed your life? Be that coach for basketball and flag football recreation programs.

Police Department

The City of Carlsbad Police Department's volunteer program was established to support police department personnel in their activities of protection and service to the community. The role of volunteers is to supplement the regular professional staff, freeing them to provide the best service possible to City of Carlsbad residents and visitors. Sign up to volunteer with the Police Department.

Senior Center

Get involved at the bustling Senior Center by assisting in the dining room, computer room or delivering meals to home-bound seniors in Carlsbad. Those with a passion for a topic can even teach a class. Sign up to volunteer at the Senior Center.