Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

The City of Springfield

The City of Springfield, in the heart of the Southern Willamette Valley, is a great place to live, work, play, volunteer and learn! Springfield is known in the past  as a “Timber Town”, is emerging as a leader while diversifying its population.

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist various departments with a variety of activities and adding value services.

The City of Springfield’s Volunteer and Internship Programs partner citizens, students and City departments together to enrich experiences and provide valuable services to the Citizens of Springfield. The City of Springfield works to accommodate internships in all departments in conjunction with our Volunteer program. 

We are constantly recruiting Volunteers to perform a wide variety of tasks.  Do you want to be involved in your community?  Consider volunteering?

Volunteer Newsletters

New December 2016 Newsletter

August/September Newsletter

June / July Newsletter

April / May Newsletter

Inaugural Newsletter Issue


I want to volunteer...How do I start?

         It's simple and easy.. Please select and fill out one of the          application links below!

Volunteer Application Links

Additional Forms

Quick Log In Links


Process for becoming a volunteer.

Those interested in Volunteering for the City of Springfield are encouraged to fill out an application on line.  Paper applications may be picked up in Administrative Services located in City Hall - 225 5th St. Springfield.

If you have questions feel free to contact us at volunteer@springfield-or.gov or call the Volunteer Department at



We are looking for volunteers who have good people skills and enjoy giving back to their community. A positive attitude and sense of humor are a must. Most of our volunteers are over 13 years of age.  At times we need young and enthusiastic volunteers.  Regardless of age, please fill out an application, we may have a place for you!

Retired... There is no upper age limit to volunteer. We appreciate and learn daily from those who have a wealth of life experiences, skills, knowledge, and backgrounds. 

All of our volunteers must pass a complete background check.

The amount of time required for each volunteer opportunity varies depending on the position. Please check each assignment description for specifics. Each volunteer opportunity will detail the expectations and task requirements. Contact our volunteer coordinator at  volunteer@springfield-or.gov with questions.



Many of our volunteer opportunities are for individuals but we have a multitude of group opportunities as well. If you have a group or organization that is interested in contributing time on a project in the community, please contact our volunteer coordinator at:

 volunteer@springfield-or.gov and download the group application form.  Group Application Form Link




City Events need Volunteers



Where can I Volunteer?

There are several departments and divisions using volunteers:


Department Information


Administrative services

General office clerks perform a variety of administrative tasks, including answering and making calls, typing or word processing, utilizing knowledge of computer literacy, Microsoft Office programs, making copies, and maintaining records. If you are interested in gaining more experience and skills, here are a few of the opportunites. 

For specific requirements and expectations select below:

  • Bulletin Board

  • Clerical

  • Events
  • Newsletter

  • Website development

  • Recruiting

  • Newsletter

  • Non-technical

  • Phone
  • Photographer

  • Scanning

  • Volunteer Program Support

For more information click here




Our Court Volunteer team provides a vital service to our citizens of Springfield. 

Select the volunteer opportunity you are interested in for specific requirements and expectations

  • Telephone Services

  • Filing/Clerical    

  • Court Security and Support     

For more information click here



Development & Public Works

All programs

The Development and Public Works Department provides a variety of volunteering opportunities.  Applications are currently being accepted for our Clean Water University program.


MWMC - Internships Available

Enviromental Services

This program works directly with 5th grade Springfield students. 


If you are interested in additional information about thje City's Clean Water University and Development and Public Works opportunities contactor Loralyn Spiro at lspiro@springfield-or.gov or the volunteer coordinator at volunteer@springfield-or.gov

Springfield staff will drop off the Clean Water Trailer at your project site and pick it up when you are finished. 
Reserving the trailer is easy! Give us a call at 541.726.3694 or send an email to WaterResources@springfield-or.gov with your name, project summary, and preferred date to reserve the Clean Water Trailer. Springfield staff will follow up with you directly. Please email us at least two weeks before you would like to begin your project. Clean Water Trailer reservations must be made by Springfield residents 18 years of age or older. 


Clean Water Trailer Program



Fire and Life Safety

Select the volunteer opportunity you are interested in for specific requirements and expectations.


  • Filing/Clerical

  • Fire Med




Information Kiosk: City Hall and Justice Center

Looking to Volunteer where you can reach out and help people every day?  Our Information Kiosks are for you.  We staff the Kiosk from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday in 4.5 hours blocks of time, two people to a shift.  Your responsibilities include greeting and helping people locate offices in City Hall and/or help determine which department can best assist them. A phone may ring once in a while also.  It’s that simple.  If you love to meet and greet people… enjoy helping people and want to serve your community…our City Hall Information Kiosk is for you.  Minimum Requirements are: you must be able to volunteer at least 4.5 hours a week, every other week for 6 months. 

For specific requirements and expectations select a link below:





Library volunteers provide a wide network of support in all areas of the library.  Primarily, the library volunteers assist in re-shelving returned materials. These include books, magazines, audio books, and movies.  Other opportunities include helping in book mending, book jacketing, and withdrawing library materials. 

Occasionally there are opportunities for volunteers in assisting the youth librarians to prepare crafts for story times and other children’s programs and to assist the adult librarians in cleaning the public computers.

Additional opportunities to volunteer in support of the Library Department include serving on the Arts Commission, Library Board, Friends of the Library, the Library Foundation, and TAB (Teen Advisory Board). 

Library volunteers are placed in positions which benefit both the volunteer and the Library in a wide network of support.

For more information on volunteering in the library, contact Mary Neuharth at mneuharth@springfield-or.gov

Download the appropriate applications below:

Library Application Link





We need team members who will professionally and artistically capture the many facets of the City of Springfield, Springfield Police Department, its employees, volunteers and the community that we serve. We are looking for photographers and videographers who can serve as archivists for historical purposes as well as provide images that may be displayed and utilized for advertising, marketing, promotional and public displays.

  • Work with the many departments and events within the City of Springfield.
  • Photograph special events, training, and community relation opportunities.
  • Create video and photo displays
  • Other projects as they arise or as volunteer interest directs.


For more information click here

Models needed

All ages welcome... Would you like to be used in projects with the City?  Do you like to smile and have fun... Being one of our Volunteer Models may be for you. 




Earth Day 2016 Gateways High School teams together wtih Public Works and plants the entire City Hall Fountain area. 








Springfield Police Department

SPD Volunteer team is made up of citizens who want to support their police department, students who need to earn school credit, part-time and full-time employees, retirees, and stay at home citizens.  Our Volunteer team also includes those interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement as well as Citizen Police Academy graduates. 

If this sounds like something you'd like to be involved with, complete one of the applications linked below.


General Volunteer Application

Interest Inquiry Application




Select the volunteer opportunity you are interested in for specific requirements and expectations.


McGruff the Crime Dog

Crime Prevention Event Volunteers




We offer a variety of unpaid internship which provide academic credits. Include your resume, a cover letter, with your application. Please apply by the deadlines listed in the position announcements below. An application can be submitted at any time and we do retain applications in a pool up to one year.  Please mail or deliver your application to City of Springfield C/O KarLynn Akins 225 Fith St. Springfield Or 97477


Police Officer –


Spring Term 2018

Summer Term 2017

Fall Term 2017

Winter Term 2018


February 15, 2018

May 15, 2017

July 15, 2017

November 15, 2017

Torch Run.

Summer Interns 2014:

Kraig Akins - Western Oregon University Intern - Now Police Officer - SPD Patrol,

Alejandro Maldonado - U of O


Court -


Spring Term 2018

Summer Term 2017

Fall Term 2017

Winter Term 2018


February 15, 2018

May 15, 2017

July 15, 2017

November 15, 2017


CIty Hall Departments

DPW - All departments



Fire Admin




Spring Term 2018

Summer Term 2017

Fall Term 2017

Winter Term 2018



February 15, 2018

May 15, 2017

July 15, 2017

November 15, 2017

Download the application:  Internship Application

  • For Police and Court the Internship/Police Background Package is required
  • All internship Applications should be followed up with a cover letter including your area of study, year in school, length of internship desired and what knowledge, skills and abilities make you qualified for a City of Springfield Internship. Direct your cover letter to kakins@springfield-or.gov 


If you have questions feel free to contact us at volunteer@springfield-or.gov or call the Volunteer/Internship Department at 541-726-4652. 

Thank you

KarLynn Akins

Volunteer and Internship Coordinator

City of Springfield

225 5th St.

Springfield OR 97477




City of Springfield, Oregon