Volunteering & Internships

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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. We are proud of our volunteers and the valuable services they provide. Some of the volunteer placements we offer include:

  • 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 home-bound, the binding and repair of books, and many other related tasks.

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

Additional opportunities may be available throughout City Hall, depending on the time of year and department needs. If you do not see the department you wish to volunteer for listed, please complete the General Application and indicate your preference.


The City of Chula Vista occasionally offers internships 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. Please note: Submitting an application for an internship is no guarantee of receiving an assignment. Interns are placed only when departments have a need.


All volunteers and interns are required to complete an application. Applications for internships and volunteer opportunities are reviewed on an as-needed basis by the various City departments. Submitting an application is not a guarantee of placement. Applications for volunteer opportunities and internships will be kept on file for six months. If you have not been placed in a volunteer position or internship within six months, your application will be purged from the system. Please be aware, submitting multiple applications does not increase your chance for placement. Multiple application submissions within a six month period will be deleted from the system.


Equal Opportunity Statement

The City of Chula Vista is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy status), gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, genetic information, mental or physical disability (whether perceived or actual), ancestry, military or veteran status, citizenship status, medical condition, and/or national origin.


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