Volunteer Background Screening Information

Individuals ages 18 and above desiring ongoing volunteer opportunities with vulnerable populations (Youth, Elderly & Disabled) must be screened prior to their volunteering on a recurring schedule with vulnerable populations. An exception is made for those individuals who are training for a position. In these situations, an individual may volunteer up to two times without a screening, but must be directly supervised and accompanied by Department staff or a qualified and trained adult who has passed a background screening.

All volunteers who will have ongoing unsupervised access to vulnerable populations must receive a background screening upon completion of training. The Department will be responsible for any costs related to background screenings for its program volunteers.


1. Attend training/orientation
- Will vary depending on volunteer position

2. Receive email containing link to background screening from Department staff

3. Go to link and fill out brief screening procedure
- Results in 2-5 business days

4. Once the screening is complete, the volunteer will be notified by email of the results

5. Once cleared, the volunteer can now volunteer for ongoing opportunities with vulnerable populations

The following offenses automatically disqualify any person from volunteering with the Leisure Services Department. These disqualifiers follow standards set by the National Recreation and Park Association and the background screening agency:

Sex Offenses
All Sex Offenses – Regardless of the amount of time since offense
Examples: Child molestation, rape, sodomy, prostitution, indecent exposure

All Felony Violence – Regardless of the amount of time since offense
Examples: Murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping, robbery, aggravated burglary

All Felony offenses
Other than violence or sex within the past 10 years
Examples: Drug offenses, theft, embezzlement, fraud, child endangerment

All misdemeanor violence offenses within the past 7 years
Examples: Simple assault, battery, domestic violence

Multiple Drug Or Alcohol Misdemeanors
Any multiple (2 or more) misdemeanor drug and/or alcohol offenses within the past 7 years
Examples: Driving under the influence, simple drug possession, public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia.

Any Other Misdemeanor
Within the past 5 years that would be considered a potential danger to vulnerable populations or is directly related to the functions of that volunteer
Examples: Contributing to the delinquency of a minor, providing alcohol to a minor, theft

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