Volunteering at Your Sheriff's Office

Get Involved With the Sheriff's Office -Without Getting Arrested! 

SO Volunteer logoThere are so many ways to get involved with your Sheriff's Office as a volunteer!  If any of the opportunities below sound like a good fit for you, please review our Minimum Qualifications and apply online using the link at the bottom of the page.  Please note that we are not recruiting for all positions at all times.


Administrative Support and Reception - These valuable volunteers are our information desk public relations staff, data entry operators, or special project assistants.   What skills do you have to share?


Chaplaincy Programs - Our volunteer chaplains are active in the Washington County Jail and out in the community.  Join them as they provide spiritual counseling to inmates, lead Bible studies, and assist our neighbors in times of crisis.


Crime Prevention and Special Events - Our Crime Prevention Team is looking for people to educate the public on community issues and crime prevention topics, and to help set up for special events, package materials, and design displays.  We will teach you all that is needed!


Disabled Parking Enforcement Volunteer Program - This unique program utilizes volunteers who educate the public on current laws and write citations to motorists who purposefully violate the law.  Learn more.


Elder Safe Program - Become aware of the growing elder abuse problem.  You can learn to recognize and report abuse, and help these vulnerable victims.  Learn more.


Internship Opportunities - Attention college students!  We have Master's level counseling internships and two types of criminal justice internships available in our jail for qualifying college students.


Jail Programs for Inmates - If you have an academic background you may be interested in becoming a library assistant or leading one of our inmate classes like employment, GED study or basic computer skills.


More Choices

Use the links at the left to learn about even more volunteer opportunities.  These positions have different qualifications and criteria based on the duties that are performed, so please read carefully!


Need Help or Advice?

Volunteer and Intern Coordinator Sara Serna is available to help at (503) 846-2525.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • 18 years of age or older

  • Able to make a one year commitment

  • Reliable and able to work two hours per week or more (dependent on position)

  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality and integrity

  • Able to work effectively with law enforcement and a diverse client base

  • Demonstrated respect for governmental agencies and programs

  • No felony convictions in the last ten years

  • No misdemeanor convictions in the last five years

  • No illegal drug use in the last ten years

  • Not lodged in the Washington County Jail in the last five years

Apply online