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Public Health Logo Volunteer Program Helping promote public health throughout the community

Do you have some free time? Are you searching for volunteer opportunities? Are you concerned with your community? If so, the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health may have something for you!

Volunteering offers you the chance to:

  • Network with new people
  • Obtain community service hours that help students obtain scholarships
  • Offer your experience and expertise
  • Help build a more cohesive community
  • Foster greater trust between citizens
  • Obtain some valuable job references
  • Explore new career opportunities
  • Volunteer

    Department Overview

    The Saint Louis County Department of Public Health promotes optimal health for people who live, work, or visit Saint Louis County. This is accomplished by monitoring and assessing the public health status of the County and developing programs and/or policies that prevent illness or injury.

    With approximately 500 employees, the Department of Public Health plays a vital role in the public health of Saint Louis County. We provide a broad range of services and programs encompassing community and environmental health, medical services, and community education. Our vision is to be a progressive public health department whose efforts extend far beyond the walls of our office and clinic facilities to actively promote optimal health throughout the County. To accomplish this goal, the Department strives to identify, utilize, and appreciate the skills and knowledge of our citizen volunteers.

    Overview of the Volunteer Program

    The program was developed to assist the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health with promoting health and preventing illness in Saint Louis County by utilizing the skills, knowledge, and enthusiasm of citizens to assist public health department staff in the delivery of services and programs.

    Because of public health’s broad focus, our volunteer opportunities are diverse and located throughout the County. Volunteers can work with a broad range of issues including Primary Health Care, Communicable Disease Control, Animal Control, Public Health Education, Medical Services, and Environmental Health Protection. To learn more about these areas, please explore the links provided in the menu to the left.

    What Is a Volunteer?

    A Saint Louis County Department of Public Health Volunteer is any individual who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service, is compassionate, flexible, loyal, and wants to make a difference in his or her community.

    Volunteers work for many programs within the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health. The following is a sampling of some of our volunteer opportunities:

    • Filing Clerk
    • Storage Clerk

    Current Volunteer Opportunities


    • A completed volunteer application (incomplete applications will not be accepted)
    • A personal interview with the Public Health Volunteer Program Coordinator
    • The completion of mandatory Saint Louis County Department of Public Health documents and a criminal background check, if deemed necessary

    We appreciate each inquiry we receive about volunteering with the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health. All applications submitted are reviewed and if there is an available volunteer opportunity that matches your interests and skills, you will be contacted regarding that position. If there are no available opportunities, we will place your application in the active file for a year or until the next opportunity becomes available.

    Contact Information

    All applications and other materials can be sent to the Public Health Volunteer Program Coordinator at the following mailing address:

    Stacey Ruffin-Buchanan
    Volunteer/Internship Office
    6121 North Hanley Road
    Berkeley, Missouri 63134

    If you would like to find out more or request a volunteer application, please contact Stacey Ruffin-Buchanan at (314) 615-6409 or send an e-mail to We look forward to hearing from you!