Volunteer Opportunities

The City of Pasadena is actively seeking volunteers to participate in our Volunteer Program. This program gives citizens an opportunity to learn about City government and operations, to form mutual partnerships with City staff and to build community relations. While assisting City services, participants gain valuable work experience and marketable skills.

If you are interested in making the City of Pasadena a better community, please consider volunteering your time. Most programs have flexible hours, making it easy for volunteers to contribute their skills while learning first-hand about our local government.

Types of Assignments

The program offers a variety of ways to get involved. In order to better serve the City of Pasadena, individuals can volunteer for a one-time project or a long-term assignment. Assignments are varied and offer a wide choice of working conditions. Please use the links listed on the right for detailed information.

City Attorney / Prosecutor

The mission of the Office of the City Attorney / Prosecutor is to represent the City of Pasadena with the utmost professionalism and provide the highest quality legal service. The offices work to arrive at creative solutions, which effectively address issues affecting residents and businesses in the City and assure that the public interest is well served in the areas of civil representation and criminal prosecution.

Current volunteer needs:

  • Law Clerk – Legal research, prepare legal documents, attend trials. (June through September only)

For more information and to apply contact: Please send your cover letter and resume to Jesica Moya, Legal Administrative Supervisor, via e-mail to jmoya@cityofpasadena.net or via facsimile to (626) 744-4190.

If you have specific questions regarding the Law Clerk volunteer position, please contact Jesica Moya directly at (626) 744-4716.

Fire Department

The mission of the Pasadena Fire Department is to provide protection of life, property, and the environment from the effects of fires, medical emergencies, and hazards; we engage the community in our mission through progressive community outreach.

Current volunteer needs

  • Explorer Program
  • Emergency Medical Services Reserve (EMSR)

For more information and to apply, please click on the following link: http://ww5.cityofpasadena.net/fire/volunteer-with-the-pasadena-fire-department/

Human Services & Recreation

The Human Services & Recreation Department provides direct services as well as builds and maintains partnerships with Pasadena’s other human service providers, local businesses, funding agencies and other City Departments to improve and restore the well-being of residents, particularly those with limited resources or at risk of abuse, neglect or exploitation.

Current volunteer needs

  • Recreation – Youth sports, Afterschool, Summer Day Camp, and Aquatics programs (Coaching, Instructors, Lifeguarding and general supervision of youth).
  • Administrative support- Interview applicants, adhere to state and federal guidelines, update computer, file paperwork, and maintain accurate information. Volunteers gain useful knowledge and experience necessary to compete for an entry level position in a Housing Authority.
  • Community Service -Facility aide at a community center; outreach and special event worker.
  • Senior services – Assist with Senior Programs at Community Centers throughout the year or other senior related themes such as assisting with the Senior Commission or the annual Senior Workshop each April.

**Some volunteer positions have an age requirement of 16 years of age or older (minor volunteers must submit a parental release & waiver).
***Volunteers must have finger print clearance.

For more information and to apply contact: Kellee O’Rourke (626) 744-6505

Information Technology

The Department of Information Technology (DoIT) provides customer-driven services citywide in areas utilizing networks, desktops, application development, radios and telephones, and related program and project management. These services are of the highest quality possible and are consistent with customers’ needs, schedules, and budgets.

Current volunteer needs:

  • Administrative Support – May perform a variety of general office duties, such as, providing front desk coverage, answering telephones, greeting the public, data entry, filing, scanning, photocopying, drafting correspondence and assisting with special assignments as needed.
  • Website Support – Assists with reviewing, adding and updating content on the official city website. Familiarity with basic web editing techniques and tools along with strong writing skills are extremely helpful.
  • Help Desk Support – Assists with providing technical support and troubleshooting for city employees over the telephone or in the field. Assists with the configuration and installation of new equipment such as personal computers, printers, scanners, etc.

For more information and to apply contact: Jhoanna Gorriceta-Rojo (626)744-7255, jhgorriceta@cityofpasadena.net

Library & Information Services

The Volunteer Program at the Pasadena Public Library supports the high quality of service delivered to the community at Central Library and our nine neighborhood Branch Libraries. We value our volunteers and appreciate the support they provide in helping staff to achieve the mission and goals of the Library.

To learn more visit: http://www.cityofpasadena.net/library/

Police Department

The Pasadena Police Department is dedicated to excellence as a world class public safety agency. We are committed to establishing an environment in which members of the department and community thrive. We seek to be a catalyst for positive change through persistent, personalized and cost effective use of public safety resources. By embracing the values of pride, professionalism and integrity we remain committed to maintaining the public trust.

Current volunteer needs

  • Various volunteer opportunities exist within all divisions of the Police Department.

**Participation in the Citizens Police Academy is required prior to volunteer consideration.

***Some volunteer positions have an age requirement of 18 or 21 years of age depending on assignment.

For more information and to apply, please click on the following link: http://www.cityofpasadena.net/Police


The Department of Transportation is committed to achieving safe, efficient and convenient movement of people and goods within Pasadena, while concurrently ensuring a balance between land use and transportation to maintain a livable community in which cars are not necessary to travel within the City.

Current volunteer needs

  • Engineering Aide and Planning Aide – For current students working on a degree in Engineering, Planning or Public Administration.
  • Administrative support – May perform a variety of general office duties, such as, providing front desk coverage, answering telephones, greeting the public, data entry, filing, scanning, photocopying, drafting correspondence and assisting with special assignments as needed.

For more information and to apply contact: DOT Administration Office (626) 744-3936