Volunteer Opportunities - Public Safety

Aging & Independence Services

Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

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Volunteers, age 50+, engage in community activities and give back to the community in significant ways. They receive assistance to find the volunteer activity that best meets their goals in volunteering. Volunteer positions are available throughout the County in many areas, such as museums, parks, law enforcement and human services.

Volunteer Coordinator:
Armida Martinez
(858) 505-6448

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Department of Animal Services

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Our volunteers care for more than 25,000 thousands of cats, dogs, livestock and exotic animals every year. These are animals that have been abandoned, hurt, lost or neglected. They deserve the high level of care we give them. We can do that, in part, thanks to our dedicated volunteers.

Volunteer Coordinator:
Rachael Borrelli
(760) 966-3237

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Child Support Services

Legal Internships and Graduate Law Clerk (Post-Bar-Exam) Positions

Legal Internships are available throughout the year for currently enrolled law school students to gain valuable legal experience working with and under the supervision of experienced child support attorneys. Become a part of a dynamic team and help support the department’s mission of enhancing the lives and well-being of children and promoting family self-sufficiency by establishing and enforcing support orders. Legal internships are unpaid positions, but school credit may be available it offered by your law school.
Graduate Law Clerk paid positions are also available for law school graduates who are scheduled to take or have recently taken the California State Bar examination and are awaiting results.

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Volunteer Coordinator:
Daisy Choreno
(858) 650-6532

Health & Human Services

HHSA - Behavioral Health Services, Edgemoor

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Volunteer opportunities at Edgemoor include library activities, music, pet therapy support, recreational support, assist with chapel services, taking wheel chair residents on walks and other activities to enhance the resident's life at Edgemoor.

Volunteer Coordinator:
Kristina Seales
(619) 672-8299

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Office of Emergency Services

Emergency Management

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Volunteers help research, draft, review, and update disaster plans and procedures. Volunteers also help work on initiatives to increase community disaster preparedness, as well as assist staff on specific projects.

Volunteer Coordinators:

Edwing Ulloa
(619) 907-1221
Yuliana Briceno
(858) 285-8990

San Diego County Fire

Volunteer Reserve Firefighter Program

The Volunteer Reserve Firefighter (VRFF) Program provides emergency medical services to the unincorporated areas of San Diego County. Reserves are an integral part of San Diego County Fire, as they are professionally trained and work with CAL FIRE staff to respond to an array of emergencies including structure and wildland fires, emergency medical incidents, natural disasters, hazardous materials incidents, rope-based rescues, water rescue emergencies and other general public service calls. In all, the County Fire VRFF Program serves a population of approximately 48,600 residents living in about 1.5 million acres of unincorporated San Diego County. Reserves will have the opportunity to serve shifts at many of the County Fire Stations within the San Diego County Fire Protection District.

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San Diego County Fire

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Member

The CERT program is composed of volunteers from across San Diego County Fire’s jurisdiction who are trained to assist their fellow citizens in basic disaster response. County Fire’s CERT volunteers are trained on how to promote and provide emergency awareness training, and to provide operational support to San Diego County Fire during large-scale emergency incidents. CERT volunteers have provided critical assistance during numerous wildfires and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Work has included conducting welfare checks, distributing supplies, working with the American Red Cross at shelter and temporary evacuation points, and disaster recovery operations.

Volunteer Coordinator:
Teresa Greenhalgh
(619) 857-8050

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Volunteers in Probation (VIP)

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Volunteers in Probation (VIP) provides volunteer opportunities for people who recognize the value of public service for their community. VIPs serve in a variety of capacities including: case aides; staff assistants; instructors and tutors, admin assistant

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Sheriff's Department

San Diego Sheriff Volunteer Program

The San Diego Sheriff's Department depends on many volunteers to provide programs and services to our communities. These volunteers work with deputies and civilian staff to provide public safety.

For more information, please email:

"Sheriff's Department Volunteer Page"

Parks & Recreation

Our award-winning park system features 154 facilities across 56,000 acres of land, including parks, camping parks, sports parks, community and teen centers, open-space preserves, nature centers, and historic sites. Some 380 miles of trails take visitors through multiple climates and habitats - from the coast to the desert and the valleys to the mountains.

That is a lot of outside! To maintain, operate, and enjoy these incredible locations, we engage local community members who volunteer their time so everyone can experience “the upside of outside” throughout San Diego County!

Volunteer Coordinator:
Tony Richardson

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