Become a Volunteer!

Thank you for your interest in becoming an Outreach Volunteer with the Riverside County Department of Waste Resources.

Our main job with the Department of Waste Resources Outreach Program is to help county residents help the environment.  We are the best resource to help county residents manage their waste in the most environmentally sensitive way possible.  As a volunteer, you will become a resource for your local community by providing your neighbors with the information and tools they need to recycle, compost and manage their waste legally and responsibly.  This is accomplished by conducting presentations and classes, assisting with classes, and representing the Department at outreach events where you will encourage residents and businesses to become more aware of waste reduction, recycling, and proper disposal of waste through opportunities for source reduction, composting, and other programs available in Riverside County.

As a volunteer, your efforts will help your community and the environment!


Typical Outreach Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Conduct presentations and classes on topics such as composting, vermicomposting, recycling, and source reduction.
  • Staff information booths at various community events and promote Department programs.
  • Act as a mentor for community/school gardens.
  • Assist at presentations and classes, including set up and tear down, selling of compost bins, answering questions, etc.
  • Click here to see our current list of volunteer opportunities


  • Recognition for your help
  • Make a difference in the community
  • Gain knowledge and learn new skills
  • New experiences
  • Meet new people
  • Extensive training in recycling
  • Continuing education through meetings and field trips
  • Gain public speaking experience
  • RCDWR Volunteer Shirt

Have questions? 

E-mail our volunteer coordinator at
or call 951-486-3200.

Steps to Become an Outreach Volunteer

  • Review the Position Description
  • Click here to sign up!
  • Attend a Volunteer Orientation and Training class (Minor volunteers under the age of 18, must have their legal guardian attend the Orientation and Training class)
  • Complete and pass a criminal background check.  There is no cost to the volunteer.

Master Composter Certificate

Outreach Volunteers have the opportunity to expand their knowledge by taking an extensive training class to learn about all aspects of the composting process, including vermicomposting.  Upon completing the Master Composter Certificate class and completing 40 hours of hands-on training, participants receive a Master Composter Certificate.  This training is required in order to give composting and vermicomposting presentations and to act as a mentor for school/community gardens.