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This page is devoted to the management of volunteer programs at the local level, including information for citites, counties, boards, commissions, and districts.

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Volunteer Tasks for Public Works Volunteers

In cities all over, more and more volunteers are serving their communities within departments of Public Works. Here are just a few tasks:

    • Document unsafe sidewalks for future repair
    • Data entry for the manhole identification Painter Image
    • Sand and paint electrical boxes and well heads
    • Speak on compost education
    • Wash city vehicles
    • Document graffiti
    • Walk neighborhoods and deliver information on upcoming roadwork, meetings, etc. door to door
    • Inspect streams/waterways for pollutions sources
    • Display and remove holiday decorations
    • Stencil ID numbers/warnings on storm drains
    • Answer phones and document citizen concerns for services
    • Process utility bills, check payment amount, batch the bills, total each batch, scan the utility bills into the computer
    • Transfer paper documents such as water shut-off locations to digital imaging

Salary Information for Local Government Volunteer Program Managers

Those who manage volunteer services programs in local government often seek salary information. Here are a couple of sites with this information.

  • The website for the human resources department of Orange County, California (http://www.oc.ca.gov/hr/classification/index.asp) contains title schematic, salary schedules and class specifications on volunteer services positions.
  • Four positions related to volunteer services management are listed on the Pinellas County, Florida (http://www.co.pinellas.fl.us/persnl/pay&clas/pcalph.htm) website. Salary information can be found on these jobs:
      1. Department Volunteer Service Specialist
      2. Volunteer Services Manager
      3. Volunteer Program Coordinator
      4. Volunteer Assistant.

Volunteer Services Coordinators in government is not unique to the United States. On the South Coast on New South Wales, in the Local Government Area (LGA) of Eurobodalla, services are provided by volunteers and corrdinated by a government employee. This LGA, with a population of 33,137, encompasses the major centers of Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma, as well as many smaller villages. Responsibilities of the Administration Officer include the coordination of volunteer centers in these cities. It is a full-time position at Grade 10 level under the Local Government Award (about $770 per week before tax).

In Sydney, Australia, a paid government volunteer services coordinator works under the Community Development Division of the Department of Community Services. Responsibilities include recruiting and supervising volunteers for two large government areas in Sydney. This coordinator of volunteers work 25 hours a week and earns approximately $30,000 (Australian) a year.

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Short description of this series: "Organizations are successful at achieving their mission when volunteers and staff are a team. Evaluate the elements of the relationships in your organization and outline the strategies to make things better."

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The author of the Local Government Volunteer Programs page is Georgean C. Johnson-Coffey, M. Ed.
P.O. Box 15118 * Fort Wayne, IN 46885-5118 * Phone: 260-338-1414 * Fax: 260-338-1707
E-Mail: georgeanjc@aol.com * Website: http://www.bluevisiontraining.com


The National Association of Volunteer Programs in Local Government (NAVPLG) is an association of administrators, coordinators and directors of volunteer programs in local government. Its purpose is to strengthen volunteer programs in local government through leadership, advocacy, networking and information exchange. NAVPLG is an affiliate of the National Association of Counties and is seeking affiliate status with the National League of Cities. Cost is $20 for individuals and $75 for group local government membership. An affiliate membership is $25 and is intended for those who are not local government members but may have an interest in the group. There is a quarterly newsletter, national network, and access to NACo's Volunteerism Project. For more information contact Robin Popik, who is a Volunteer Resource Supervisor. She can be reached by phone at 972-941-7114. Be sure to mention you read about this in Volunteer Today.

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