Volunteer opportunities

The City currently has the following volunteer opportunities:

Animal Shelter:

Direct animal contact and non-animal contact volunteer opportunities are available.  Volunteers are needed for a variety of activities, such as working the front desk, animal welfare education, feeding the animals, walking the animals, bathing the animals, fostering animals, and puppy socialization.  To learn more about these opportunities, please stop by the Animal Shelter or call (865) 425-3423.  Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older.

Boards and Commissions:

The City has a variety of boards and commissions which allows citizens to participate in their local government.  If you are interested in serving on a City board or commission, please contact the City Clerk's Office at (865) 425-3411.  When a vacancy occurs on a board or commission, the City advertises the vacancy online on the Notice of Elections page.


The Oak Ridge Public Library has volunteer opportunities for weekdays and evenings and weekends.  Volunteers are needed for a variety of activities, such as shelving books, straightening shelves, helping process new materials, and assisting in the Oak Ridge Room.  To learn more about these opportunities, please call the Oak Ridge Public Library at (865) 425-3455.

Secret City Festival:

The Secret City Festival, presented by the City of Oak Ridge, the Arts Council of Oak Ridge and the Oak Ridge Convention and Visitors Bureau includes a wide variety of events and activities for the entire family.  The event takes place the third Friday and Saturday in June at A.K. Bissell Park.  To learn how to volunteer for the event, please visit the Secret City Festival website or call the information line at (865) 425-3610 to take part in this premiere summer event.