Requirements for Volunteering at Harborview

​Due to overwhelming interest from our community, we are not accepting volunteer applications at this time. If you have already been in contact with a staff person about a specific volunteer position at Harborview, please contact the Volunteer office at for more information. Otherwise, please check back at a later date for the application.

​​​​​Health Screening

All volunteers must be immunized, which includes a tuberculosis (TB) skin test and an influenza immunization once per year, and a hepatitis series if applicable, according to Harborview Medical Center’s policy. The TB skin test series and flu shot is given free of charge.

Security Screening

All volunteers are required to pass a Washington state background check before volunteering. To complete the background check, potential volunteers must complete a criminal history conviction form at the time of interview, along with submitting a ​photocopy of a government issued ID.


The commitment for our program is four hours per week for six months.


All program applicants must be at least 16 to be considered. Age restrictions of 18 or older apply in many inpatient and clinical areas, including the Emergency Department and Burn Unit.


Your department depends on you to be consistent and dependable. If you are not able to volunteer for any reason, please email Volunteer Services at or call us at 206-744-3547 AND call or email your assigned department in advance.

Sign In and Sign Out

It is very important for the Volunteer Department to keep track of all volunteer hours. Please sign in and out at the touch screen kiosk located in the Ground West Lobby before and after each volunteer shift.

Dress code

​We ask that our volunteers maintain a business casual dress. Some volunteers may be required to ​wear scrubs, which must be purchased through an approved outside vendor. Volunteers should not wear sweatpants, sweatshirts, open-toe shoes, t-shirts or shorts. If you have concerns about the dress code, please speak with one of our Volunteer Services staff.



Harborview Medical Center is a King County owned property