There are a variety of ways to get involved with the Billings Parks and Recreation Department.  Volunteer opportunities are available for individuals or large groups.  They range from one time service engagements to ongoing volunteer commitments.  Examples of volunteer projects include mulching park trees and grooming trails to assisting with special events.

Please check our online volunteer opportunity directory for a preview of some available opportunities. Volunteer opportunities change very quickly. In order to get the best list it would be best to contact Paul Reinhardt directly.

Paul Reinhardt (406) 657-8308  reinhardtp@billingsmt.gov

If you don’t see an opportunity that meets your needs, please email the Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator at reinhardtp@billingsmt.gov to get matched with an experience that is right for you!


Volunteer Events

Arbor Day

Arbor Day is a Day for celebrating trees. In Nebraska in 1872 J Sterling Morton proposed the idea of a day to plant trees, “Arbor Day”. On that day prizes were offered for the county that could plant the most trees properly. One Million trees were said to have been planted on that first Arbor Day. By 1882 States all across the country were celebrating Arbor Day.

Join The Parks and Recreation Department for our Annual Arbor Day Celebration at Castle Rock Park! Our Parks are home to over 10,000 trees! We understand the importance and many benefits that trees provide to our park users and community as a whole. From providing shade to storm water management, urban temperature regulation to increasing property values, trees have a larger impact on our everyday lives than we often recognize.

This year, we will be holding Arbor Day on May 5th and will consist of Tree Planting, educational booths for SD2 fourth graders, the official Arbor Day Ceremony, and planting of the Arbor Day Tree.

For more information contact the Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, or call 657-8308.

Earth Day

Due to several other large events that occur on or around Earth Day, the Parks Department does not plan a unique celebration in honor of Earth Day.  These event are the Great American Cleanup and Arbor Day.  This year, we have scheduled a tree planting volunteer opportunity on April 22nd at Mountview Cemetery to celebrate Earth Day. If you would like to help at this volunteer event, click the button below. Pre-registration is required.

If you have any questions, or would like to schedule a volunteer project in the Parks, please contact our Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator or call 657-8308.

Refresh the Rims

The ninth annual Refresh the Rims will be held on October 16th, 2021. Come join Billings Parks and Recreation, Montana State University-Billings Outdoor Adventure Leadership Program and community members in an effort to improve one of our defining landmarks. The event begins at 9:30am with teams of volunteers fanning out throughout Swords Rimrock Park to clean up litter and debris form the park! Cleanup will conclude on or before 11:30am. To get involved, sign up for one of the event cleanup locations.  Volunteers will receive a t-shirt. This year, due to COVID-19, pre-registration is required. Volunteers will meet group leaders at the site locations to begin the cleanup. To view the available cleanup locations, or to sign up, click the link below.


Volunteer Login

Volunteers can use our volunteer management portal to check schedules, log hours, and keep tabs on their volunteer service for the Billings Parks and Recreation Department.  Using the link below will take you to the login page.  If you are a first time user, you will need to create a user name and password by filling out an application here.  If you need assistance with this process, please call our office at 657-8308.