Be a part of our Outreach Volunteer team here at Cobb Water! The application period to participate in the program is now OPEN. If you would like to apply and be a part of our new group of participants, please use the link to the application 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 will be held on Thursday evenings from February 2, 2023 to March 16, 2023.
The application period for February 2023 is now OPEN. The deadline for all applications is January 16, 2023. The program accepts and trains applicants just once every year, so apply now! If you are still interested in becoming an outreach volunteer and would like to apply, complete this form.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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@example.com.
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 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.