Do you want to be more involved with your city? Then consider volunteering. By sharing your skills and time, you’ll become more familiar with city programs, services and issues. It’s a win-win situation—you gain the satisfaction of giving back to the community and the city stretches its tax dollars!

Current volunteer positions are listed below. For more information, please contact the person listed by the volunteer opportunity that interests you.

Outdoor ice rink volunteers

Since 2006, adult volunteers have allowed the city of Minnetonka to expand the operating hours at city warming houses as much as 90 hours beyond the regular operation. More volunteers are needed for this season at Meadow, Covington, Spring Hill, Boulder Creek, Gro Tonka and McKenzie parks.

Volunteers must be at least 25 years of age and are responsible for opening and securing their assigned building, operating the rink lighting and building heating systems, completing required forms and regularly communicating with the Recreation Services Department. Volunteers are allowed to open their assigned warming house for extended use until 10 p.m. during days and times when the employee attendant is not scheduled.

For more information, call 952-939-8203 or email Recreation Services Director Dave Johnson at djohnson@eminnetonka.com.

Police volunteers

Learn about opportunities to volunteer with police services on the Police Volunteers page, including details on the police reserves, police explorers, juvenile diversion program leader and the chaplain corps.

Police Reserve

As a member of the Minnetonka Police Reserve, you are an unarmed, uniformed assistant to the Minnetonka Police Department in a variety of functions, from performing community service tasks to assisting during emergencies. You must be 21 years of age, a U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization; must possess a valid driver’s license and have a good driving record; be in good physical condition; pass a background check. Training is provided. Members must attend a monthly meeting, as well as volunteer 10 hours of service per month.

Applications are now being accepted; interviews will be in the fall. For more specific information, call 952-939-8500.

Habitat restoration

Volunteers make a big difference on habitat restoration projects. This is especially true in areas where extra care needs to be taken to save remnant native plants. Because there are more habitat restoration projects than the city can undertake, efforts by volunteers are critical to our success. While improving parks in their neighborhoods, volunteers get valuable hands-on experience that they can use in their own yards.

Volunteers are best matched to projects according to the group or individual’s interest, ability and availability. If you are interested in volunteering with Natural Resources, please fill out this quick volunteer application.

Boards and commissions

Do you want to be involved in your local government? The Minnetonka City Council places a high value on obtaining citizen input. One of the ways they accomplish this is through their advisory boards. Learn more about serving on the city of Minnetonka’s Boards & Commissions.