As a Recreation Department volunteer you will find satisfaction in being of service to the community, develop your interests, and make new friends. Parks and Recreation, the benefits are endless. We offer numerous opportunities for people to join our family of dedicated volunteers.

Available Opportunities

Each year, volunteers give over 3,000 hours of their time to the Recreation Department community through coaching and other various programs.


Volunteers needed to coach the various divisions of our leagues.We offer soccer, flag football, basketball, t-ball, and coaches pitch baseball. Volunteers are also needed in various special events throughout the year. For additional information, email recreation@northamptonma.gov

Summer Camp Counselors In Training

Visit the Counselor In Training Program information page for the summer.


Volunteers are required to fill out and pass a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) check each season.

The Park and Recreation Department is authorized to process routine CORI (criminal offender record information) checks on prospective coaches, volunteers, and employees of Northampton Park and Recreation Department under M.G.L. c.6, §172 (c). The primary purpose of the CORI check is to screen prospective coaches, volunteers and employees who have the potential for unmonitored access to children and to promote the safety of children who are registered for a Northampton Park and Recreation Department program. The record check is conducted for conviction and other findings and pending criminal case information. The Department will not necessarily disqualify the applicant from coaching, volunteering or employment based upon these findings. Disqualification or removal is at the discretion of the director and any other authorized personnel. The records are accessed by CORI authorized personnel who are trained by CHSB, the director or his/her designee. CORI authorized representatives are sensitive to confidentiality issues when accessing and storing this information. Any person applying for coaching, volunteering or employment must complete the form authorizing a CORI check by the Parks and Recreation Department.

  • The completed CORI form must be turned in in person to an authorized staff of the Parks & Rec Department, and an ID must be shown to verify the person.
  • Download CORI forms (PDF)


Volunteers are required to fill out and pass a SORI (Sexual Offender Record Information) check each season.
Download SORI Form here (pdf)