Ongoing Opportunities

Did you know you can make a significant improvement in our area's waterways even as you casually stroll along the banks? The Walk the Water (PDF) program takes only a few minutes to participate in, but can help us keep Pasadena's creeks, bayous and tributaries clean and ecologically sound for the many organisms you'll see there.

If you have a love of Pasadena's unique ecological environment and would like to help preserve healthy waterways in our area, the City's Adopt-A-Waterway program is perfect for you. A commitment to keeping an adopted stretch of waterway clean several times a year can make a significant improvement in flood control, while improving the habitat for aquatic life. You'll be joining other committed service groups and individuals who help our community through our Adopt A Waterway program, as well as our Adopt A Street, Adopt A Park and Walk the Water initiatives.

About Adopt A Street

And on a similar note: Our Adopt A Street Program seeks volunteers to commit to cleaning an adopted street in our community four times a year. The streets chosen would be those that made a positive visual impact in our neighborhoods while maintaining a safe working environment for our volunteers. Duties would include:

  • Monitoring garbage placed by the street outside normal pickup schedule
  • Yard trimmings in the street
  • Storm drain inlets flowing and clear
  • Street repairs needed
  • Curb repairs needed
  • Grease/oil Stains on the street
  • Signals or signs that need attention

This effort will greatly enhance our city's image. Equipment is provided free to volunteers and you will be recognized for your efforts with the placement of signs on your adopted street.

Animal Shelter

Come share you care and concern for stray and abandoned animals at the Pasadena Animal Shelter. Volunteers are needed Monday through Saturday to assist with walking animals, fostering pets and helping with animal adoptions among other needs. If you'd like to help out with administrative duties instead, they also would welcome a clerical receptionist volunteer in the Shelter office.

Parks & Recreation

Our Parks and Recreation Department is seeking volunteers to Adopt a Park. Similar to our Adopt a Street and Adopt a Waterway programs, volunteers are asked to help maintain their adopted park four times per year.

We will provide all the vests and equipment and trash bags, and you are invited to help monitor any problems with walking tracks, playgrounds and equipment and observe any activity or problems in the creeks or lakes. You are encouraged to adopt a section of a park or an entire park depending on the size of the group and the park. The City will erect signs giving you or your service group recognition for the valuable contribution you are making in keeping our parks beautiful.


A volunteer is needed to handle Library website updates, publicity and promotional duties including print and electronic publications, photography, graphical and display duties and similar marketing efforts.

Code Enforcement Surveyor - Community Development Department

Survey assigned areas citywide for code violations using checklist spreadsheet. On-going code enforcement surveys to be performed regularly to ensure code compliance citywide. City vehicle provided.

Animal Volunteers

Love animals? Clerical assistance is needed as well as greeting customers, assisting with animal intake, entering information into the computer and answering questions about the animals at the City's Animal Shelter on Burke from 10 a.m.-noon each Saturday. Training will be provided.

Planning Department

Identify and photograph ordinance violations for our Planning department, as a volunteer ordinance monitor. Shifts are available any day of the week or time to fit your schedule, with vehicle and training provided. You will be researching and monitoring fencing and landscaping ordinances.

Code Enforcement

Code enforcement volunteers are needed to help stem the use of illegal signs in public rights-of-way around Pasadena. You will be trained and provided transportation, and you should be comfortable working outdoors for this service.

City Hall

Visitors to City Hall need directions to offices and general information about services available there. Your volunteer service at our Information Booth in the City Hall lobby will help us speed visitors on their way.

Library Youth

Teenage volunteer for Central library youth department There are ten computers for children under 13's use that are very busy every afternoon. A teenage volunteer is requested to assist children on computers, preferably between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.