Be a part of our new Outreach Volunteer team here at Cobb Water! The application period to participate in the program is now closed. If you would like to join the waitlist to be notified of when the next training will be offered, please use the link to the form below.
Enjoy meeting new people? Have a passion for protecting the environment and sustainably using our water resources? Do you wish to serve the community by educating others? Our Outreach Volunteer Program may be a great match and we are seeking volunteers just like you!
Our Outreach Volunteer Program provides water quality and pollution prevention education and training to local county residents, who then give back to the community by assisting with simple, hands-on programs at local community events. Our volunteers make a difference by helping community members understand the connection between their everyday behaviors and environmental health.
This program offers 9 hours of training in the following core competencies:
- Local Watersheds and Non-point Source Pollution Prevention
- Water Systems and Water Quality
- Household Hazardous Waste Reduction
- Community Outreach and Education Tools
- Indoor & Outdoor Conservation 101
The program also offers continued education opportunities including seminars and hands-on activities.
The 6 basic trainings are typically held on Tuesday evenings.
The application period for March 2021 is now CLOSED. If you are still interested in becoming an outreach volunteer and would like to apply for the waitlist and be among the first to be told when the next training is, complete this form, complete the outreach volunteer application
Outreach Volunteer Opportunities
To become an Outreach Volunteer, you must complete the basic trainings, and commit to 20 hours of volunteer service the year after training. To maintain your status as an Outreach Volunteer, you must continue to fulfill the yearly commitment of 20 hours of service. Outreach Volunteers will have the opportunity to assist in a wide variety of settings such as festivals, fairs, festivals, and watershed programs. Examples of typical roles during these events include:
- Greeting visitors
- Leading visitors in educational activities and demonstrations
- Assisting with the safe mobility of groups
- Answering questions
- Registering people for our newsletter
- Setting up and breaking down displays
- Distributing water-saving prizes and giveaways
For questions, please email [email protected]
Do volunteers have to complete a background check?
Yes, all applicants must clear a required background check before they can begin their service with Cobb County Water System.
What type of documentation am I expected to read and submit?
Following an interview, accepted volunteer applicants will be sent a volunteer handbook containing Outreach Volunteer Program Policies. It includes a code of conduct, waivers, and additional information on training requirements, program evaluations and training. You must submit a signed Acknowledgment form and a completed Waiver form. If you need an extra copy of any form, please email [email protected].
Will the trainings be held in-person or virtually?
Trainings will be held primarily in-person, but special accommodations will be made to volunteers who request to attend virtually. The trainings will be conducted while following COVID-19 public safety protocols. Please see the answer to the next question for further details.
What are the COVID-19 public safety protocols for the in-person trainings?
- Equipment will be sanitized before, during and after events.
- In-person group sizes have been reduced to not exceed 10 people.
- Additional attendees, or attendees who make a special request will be accommodated by being offered the opportunity to attend virtually.
- Increased hygiene and hand washing will be encouraged prior to and during events.
- Maintain mandatory physical distancing of at least 6 feet during the event whenever possible.
- Masks will be required to be worn always by all participants, including the instructor.
What is the location of the trainings?
The trainings will be located at Cobb County’s Water Quality Lab located at 662 South Cobb Drive, Marietta, GA, 30060. For directions, please click here.
Can I get service hours for completing the training program?
Yes, hours completing the trainings will be included in records of community service hours.
What events will I be helping with?
As an Outreach Volunteer for Cobb Water, you will be helping in a wide range of settings, both indoors and outdoors. Examples include fairs, festivals, farmer’s markets, large-scale annual meetings and luncheons.
Will I be by myself at events?
No. All Outreach Volunteer opportunities offered will always have a Cobb Water staff person present and supervising.
How old do I have to be to volunteer?
We are currently seeking volunteers that are a minimum of 16 years of age or older. If you are under the age of 18, you must complete the appropriate Teen Waiver and have it signed by a parent or guardian. If you are 16 years of age and younger and would looking for volunteer opportunities, please check out the many other service opportunities with Cobb County Water System here.