Volunteers & Internships


The Snohomish County Health Department welcomes community involvement in public health issues, advocacy, and activities. Public health emergency volunteers are organized through our Medical Reserve Corps.

In order to provide proper supervision and the best experience for volunteers and interns, opportunities may be limited based on our staff resources and project-related tasks.

Volunteer & Internship Requirements

If you are interested in volunteering or interning with the Snohomish County Health Department, please email Human Resources stating your interest and timeframe. You may be contacted by a program manager, who will develop a description of the specific tasks and outcomes of your internship or volunteer position.

Volunteers and interns must sign our confidentiality agreement to ensure privacy of health records, sign our Tobacco Affidavit stating you are tobacco-free and will remain tobacco-free and will need to comply with our immunization policy.

Medical Reserve Corps

Volunteers are needed to support public health efforts during emergencies such as an outbreak of infectious disease or other community health threat.

Volunteers have helped Snohomish County respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, H1N1 pandemic in 2009, whooping cough epidemic in 2012, and the Oso landslide in 2014. Medical Reserve Corps volunteers also assist with cold weather shelters, health fairs, and other community outreach.

Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer Requirements

A wide range of skills is needed to perform tasks such as: greeting the public, data entry, providing health information and administering vaccinations. Volunteers must be 18 or older. A variety of certifications may be required for those volunteers performing medical tasks. Monthly training is provided.

About the Snohomish County Medical Reserve Corps

The Snohomish County MRC was founded in 2003 as a partnership between the Snohomish County Health Department and the county Department of Emergency Management. We have more than 200 volunteers on our roster, most with non-medical backgrounds. We also rely on volunteer doctors, nurses, veterinarians and retirees from a variety of professions.

A health district employee manages the MRC as part of our Emergency Response program. We also support the Skagit County MRC.

The Snohomish County Medical Reserve Corps is coordinated by Steven Dodson. He can be contacted via email at steven.dodson@co.snohomish.wa.us or phone, 425-339-5268.