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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, Police Reserves, 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 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. You may also contact the staff members below for additional information or questions.



Contact Name


 Animal Care Facility

Linda Septon

(619) 691-5123

 City Attorney’s Office

Terri Zeleniak
College Interns

 Diem Do
Office Volunteers

(619) 409-5981

(619) 585-5731

 City Clerk

Kerry Bigelow

Tyshar Turner

(619) 407-3590

(619) 407-3574

 Conservation  Colleen Wisniewski  (619) 409-5828

 Development Services

Kelly Broughton

Tiffany Allen

(619) 691-5233

(619) 691-5179

 Economic Development

Eric Crockett

(619) 476-5341


 Florence Picardal
Office Volunteers

Frank Rivera
College Interns

 (619) 691-5234

(619) 691-5045 


 Environmental Services

Manuel Medrano

(619) 585-5766


David Bilby

(619) 409-3818

 Fire Department – CERT

Hugo Bermudez

 Fire Department – CAST

Maria Zadorozny

(619) 691-5213

 Fire Department – Explorer

Ryan Stolzoff

(619) 691-5011

 Fire Department – Office Volunteers

Alicia Hernandez

(619) 409-5837


Eric Culp

(619) 585-5765


Hermon Howell

(619) 409-5860

 Library – Civic Branch

Randal Fai

Jasmin Avila

(619) 585-5671

(619) 691-5069

 Library – Otay Ranch

Natalie Vega

Tara Davies

(619) 397-5740

(619) 397-5740

 Library – South Branch

Jackie Macias

Diana Ysla

(619) 585-5781

(619) 585-5760

 Mayor’s Office

Natalie Flores

(619) 691-5044 ext. 3024

 Police Department – General

Heather Alvarez

(619) 476-5370

 Police Department – Explorers

Henry Martin

(619) 476-2406

 Police Department – Senior Volunteer Patrol

SVP Office

(619) 476-2417

 Police Department – Crime Lab

Don Tapper

Dave Garber

(619) 691-5270

(619) 409-5992

Community Services- Parks

Hugo Martinez

(619) 397-6145

 Public Works – Streets

Francisco Arias

(619) 397-6037

 Community Services- Park Ranger

Sam Alzubaidi

(619) 397-6013


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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