Volunteer with Friends of Shelby

Volunteers are an integral part of achieving our mission to preserve, protect and enhance Shelby Park and Bottoms.  The Friends of Shelby could not make an impact in the park without the volunteerism of individuals and groups that give back to the park each year.  Volunteers impact the park by performing a number of activities including planting, landscaping, pruning, maintaining footpaths, clearing brush as well as assisting with fundraising, special events, and administrative tasks. 

Check out all the ways to get involved, and sign up today to receive updates on volunteer opportunities

Volunteer Events

Every month, we schedule public opportunities for the community to help care for Shelby Park and Bottoms. Projects are generally open to anyone over 12 years of age and offer a variety of opportunities to fit many capabilities.


August - Nature Center Garden Maintenance
Join nature center staff for work in the community garden - sign up today

August 27 - Cave Spring Quarterly Maintenance
Help pull weeds, remove debris, and tend to the rain garden - sign up today

August 28 - Cornelia Fort Pickin Party
If you like great music and hanging out with your neighbors, this is the volunteer opportunity for you! Help with ticketing, merchandise, drink service, and more - sign up today

Work on Your Own Time

Do you have a flexible schedule that allows you to work in the park on your own time? Do you have a special skill or interest to bring to the park? Contact us and we can find a project to fit your availability.
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Current Individual Opportunities

Weeding landscape beds by Lake Sevier - sign up today.

Weeding and watering landscape beds at the Lillian St entrance - sign up today!

Weeding landscape beds at the Shelby Golf Course - sign up today 

Employment with Friends of Shelby

Friends of Shelby in partnership with Hands On Nashville is hiring an AmeriCorps service member and applications are now open. If you are interested in engaging with community members, leading projects, and working outside we'd love for you to apply. 

We are hiring a Parks Programs Volunteer Coordinator to manage all aspects of the community volunteer program including landscaping and general park maintenance projects, as well as volunteer coordination at community events. The Coordinator will evaluate the existing program and strategize ways to improve and enhance the experience of volunteers and partners

Apply Today

Community Group Volunteer Program

Friends of Shelby loves to work with groups. Whether it's your ten-person office or your 100 person church, we can find a project that suits you. Friends of Shelby helps coordinate the project and provides tools, gloves, and work project assignments to match the size and capabilities of any volunteer group.  Each volunteer day begins with an orientation including the goals of the park improvement effort, tool training, and general safety rules.

If you are interested in a project for your group, please contact us. [email protected]

Thank you to our community partners. We could not do this great work without your help