Volunteering & Internships


Volunteer Opportunities

The City of Chula Vista has a long history of volunteerism, from our founding community members to the over 1,000 volunteers today who give of their time and talents. Without our volunteers, Chula Vista would not be the family-friendly community that we are. Volunteer work can be a challenging and rewarding experience.  We are proud of our volunteers and the valuable services they provide.

  • Animal Care Facility: Volunteer assignments may include the care and feeding of animals, exercising animals, assisting the public with adoptions, fostering animals, performing clerical work and providing general maintenance of the shelter.
  • Fire Department: CAST, the Citizen’s Adversity Support Team, is jointly operated by the Fire Department and the Police Department. CAST assist fellow citizens during crisis situations. Members of the CAST are required to attend specialized training for four months and are required to be on-call for emergencies. CERT, the Community Emergency Response Team, meets monthly to organize and train in emergency preparedness. Volunteers assist the Chula Vista Fire Department, should the Fire Chief request assistance during a disaster. CERT members attend a 24-hour academy over several days. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and reside or work in Chula Vista.
  • Police Department: The Police Department has numerous volunteer opportunities including general police support in the office, Explorer Scouts, Mounted Police, Police Reserve, Senior Volunteer Patrol (SVP), and Graffiti Abatement.

    The Chula Vista Police Reserve, a volunteer organization comprised of academy trained Police Reserve Officers, augments the department by assisting with routine patrol functions, special events, and Traffic and Bicycle team. Reserve officers are required to complete the Police Academy for POST certification (or must be 3/4 complete at time of application).

  • Library: Volunteers assist in the three branches of the library, the Heritage Museum and through the Friends of the Library. Volunteers assist with audio-visual equipment, the delivery of books to those who are homebound, the binding and repair of books, and many other related tasks.

  • Recreation: Volunteers are needed for recreation classes, including coaching winter and summer youth sports, pool supervisors, working with our communities and senior population. Department volunteers help with operations and can assist in activities.




The City of Chula Vista offers internship programs to individuals who are engaged in undergraduate- and graduate-level studies.

Interns will be assigned projects that will help foster an understanding of Public Administration.  Clerical and other routine duties are necessary parts of many job functions, but will not represent a significant portion of an internship assignment.

If you are interested in being considered for our internship program, please complete a Volunteer Application.  You may also call us at (619) 691-5000 with any questions. Thank you for your interest in the City of Chula Vista’s internship program.

Interns are accepted from a variety of colleges and universities.

Volunteer Opportunities at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center

Tour guides receive training on what information to share to public tour groups and school/club groups, starting out with a basic script and then shadowing current tour guides for 2-3 tours or until you feel comfortable taking your own tour group out (must be over 18 years old for this opportunity).  We look for a weekly commitment of 2-3 hours during our business hours (daily between 9:00 - 4:30 pm).

Van drivers are mainly used for shuttles to and from our facility to the airport (must be over 21 years old for this opportunity with a clean driving record).  The vans are cargo-sized multi-passenger vans.  Drivers are called in to drive as needed, most frequently on the weekends and early evenings or sometimes early mornings.

Dining hall attendants are the only spot open to high school aged students (must still be over age 16).  Only a few time slots are available and are filled based on a semester-long weekly commitment.  Responsibilities include staffing the front desk of the dining hall on Saturday/Sundays at 8:00 am – 10:00 am; 11:30 am – 1:30 pm or 5:00 – 7:30 pm.

For any of the above opportunities, please call Emily Cox at (619) 482-6148 for information about how to apply.

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