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Volunteer and be a part of the water solution

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is seeking new volunteers who are eager to learn and assist in our award-winning Water Education and Volunteer Program in our Office of Civic Engagement!

The water district is looking for year-round volunteers to help in areas such as Recycled Water Outreach, Education Outreach, and Special Community Events.

With a commitment of just 8 hours or more per month, you can join our dynamic volunteer team and learn about water by volunteering as either a Classroom Assistant, Tour Docent or Special Events Assistant in our Water Education and Volunteer program.

Help the water district

  • Educate and inspire over 15,000 school children and members of the public
  • Engage visitors as they learn about where our water comes from and how to protect our water resources
  • Help lead classroom presentations, tours and special events throughout the county
  • Provide information in other languages you might speak such as Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Tagalog

Help yourself

  • Gain new skills. You don’t have to be a water expert; we will teach you everything you need to know
  • Gain practical hands-on experience in water education
  • Become a water champion in your local community
  • Earn community service hours 

Volunteer Program Opportunities

All volunteers will go through a training and shadowing program prior to starting their volunteer assignments. Volunteers will always be accompanied by a district staff member when completing their assignments.

  1. RECYCLED WATER OUTREACH DOCENT PROGRAM
    • Serve as a tour guide in leading public tours in an operational water treatment plant
    • Volunteers ages 18 and above
    • Commitment: 1-2 days a week (4 hours each day)
    • Tour times:
      • Monday through Saturday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm*
         
  2. WATER EDUCATION OUTREACH PROGRAM
    • Assist the District’s Education Outreach Team to deliver hands on programs to schools and groups of all ages
    • Volunteers ages 16 and above
    • Commitment: 1-2 days a month (4 hours per day)
    • Program Times:
      • Monday through Friday (occasionally Saturdays)
      • Typically, in the mornings (occasionally afternoons)*
         
  3. WATER DISTRICT OUTREACH AT COMMUNITY EVENTS
    • District-wide Community outreach by helping staff booths and answer questions from the public
    • Volunteers Ages 16 and above
    • Commitment: Events can vary between 4 to 8 hours a day
    • Event Times:
      • Typically weekends*
         
  4. DISTRICT WATERSHED AND CREEK STEWARDSHIP

*Program Times and Schedules can be flexible based on the volunteer’s availability
 


DESIRED SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE/ABILITIES FOR SOME OF OUR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNTIES

  • Enjoy teaching and assisting others
  • Enjoy being on a team
  • Interest in government/public service/water/environmental stewardship
  • Willing to learn
  • Strong written/oral communication
  • Bi-lingual is a plus
  • Take initiative

*Not all may be applicable to each volunteer opportunity


For more information on our Water Education and Volunteer Program, please email [email protected]lleywater.org or call 408-630-2333.

To apply to become a volunteer and RSVP for an upcoming orientation, please click here.

 

How to Get Involved

  1. FILL OUT AN ONLINE VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

*If you would like a hard copy of the form, please email [email protected] or call 408-630-2333.

  1. JOIN US FOR A VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION

Upcoming Orientations:

Additional orientation times will be announced soon!

Interested volunteers attending orientation must bring a government issued ID and be prepared to provide their Social Security number for a background check.

  1. PARTICIPATE IN VOLUNTEER TRAINING
  • Fixed dates, provided at the orientation
  • Dates dependent on the type of volunteering you are assigned to
  • Inability to attend trainings may be a barrier to participation

We do understand that sometimes life gets in the way and you do not have enough time to fill out an application or RSVP prior to coming to a volunteer orientation. Do not let that stop you!

You may still attend one of our volunteer orientations to get all the information you need and necessary documents filled out, just show up and we will gladly walk you through the process!

For more information on our Water Education and Volunteer Program, please email [email protected] or call 408-630-2333.

 

Volunteer Program FAQs

The Santa Clara Valley Water District values volunteers in its efforts to fulfill its mission of providing safe and clean water for a healthy life, environment and economy.

Why should I volunteer?
Volunteers are an essential link to the residents of our community. Community members are encouraged to get involved and be part of the water solution.  In addition, volunteering provides new skills and practical hands-on experience in water education outreach that could help boost your resume or possibly earn school credit in the fields of environmental education and community outreach. Community service hours are available to those that need hours.

What do volunteers do?
The Santa Clara Valley Water District is looking for year-round volunteers to help in areas such as Recycled Water Outreach, Education Outreach, and Special Community Events. Assignments include Classroom Assistant, Tour Docent or Special Events Assistant in our Water Education and Volunteer program.

What is the time commitment?
Generally, we ask for at least a four-hour block of time during each individual volunteer assignment, and for a minimum of 8 hours per month (not to exceed more than 15 hours per week/60 hours per month).  We ask volunteers to remain with the program for the duration of at least 3 months or longer due to staff’s time investment to train and onboard each volunteer. However, time commitments may vary according to the area in which you choose to volunteer. 

What is the age requirement to volunteer?
Community members and high school students over 16 years old are encouraged to volunteer in any number of programs, activities, or events sponsored by the Santa Clara Valley Water District.  Note that minors under 18 years old will need parent permission and signature on release forms.

 I’m interested.  What are the steps to sign up as a volunteer?
All volunteers must first complete a volunteer profile application, attend volunteer orientation, sign release forms and waivers and complete a background check. Before being placed in a program, volunteers are required to attend 1-2 program-specific trainings, including shadowing. Once all training is complete, the volunteer will be assigned to assist in the appropriate program.

Do you conduct a background check?
Yes, the district will conduct a full background check on all volunteers using a third-party background check company to verify identity and check for any major criminal convictions against people or property. All volunteers must pass the background check, and the district reserves the right to deny a volunteer applicant if the results of a background check are deemed unacceptable.

Is there a volunteer orientation?
Yes, orientations will be held the 1st Monday of the month between 6:00—7:00 p.m., and every 3rd Saturday of the Month between 1:00 p.m — 2:30 p.m.

What if I can only volunteer in the mornings or afternoon?
Schedules are somewhat flexible as we have programs that run mornings, afternoons or weekends. We ask for at least a four-hour block of time during each volunteer assignment. 

Can I fulfill my community service hours with Santa Clara Valley Water District? Yes, the Santa Clara Valley Water District can sign off community service hours and forms.

How do I choose which volunteer opportunity is right for me?
Once you have completed the application process, our volunteer coordinator will contact you to discuss volunteer opportunities and together you will determine a match. Please consider how much time you are interested in dedicating, your skills and talent, where you are willing to volunteer and your schedule.

Can I receive school credit?
Yes, staff can sign off on your school forms if your educational institution agrees to accept and approve your volunteer experience for school credit.

Can I receive a letter of verification for my volunteer hours?
Yes, we can provide a letter upon request.

Are there volunteer opportunities for groups (e.g., church group, organization, girl/boy scouts)?
Groups are encouraged to consider our Adopt-A-Creek programs and creek clean ups for the best group volunteer experience.

Will I be paid for volunteering?
No, all volunteers are unpaid as volunteer assignments are voluntary and there is no type of compensation. However, volunteers who sign up into the program are expected to fulfill their volunteer commitments to the extent that they can. Volunteers that do not show up or meet basic guideline requirements may be terminated from the program at any time. Volunteers are always welcome to apply for paid internships or jobs openings as positions open up.

Do you have any paid internship opportunities?
Yes, depending if there are openings. Internship opportunities are open to students enrolled in an accredited community college, university or college undergrad (Junior and Senior) or graduate program, and must be enrolled in at least 6 units. Volunteers are welcome to apply to internships as they open up.

For more information on our Water Education and Volunteer Program, please email [email protected] or call 408-630-2333.

For more information on our Water Education and Volunteer Program email [email protected] or call 408-630-2333.

To apply to become a volunteer and RSVP for our upcoming June 16th orientation, please click here.

 

 

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