Become a Volunteer

Oakland Mediation Center values volunteers whose primary motivation is to help the greater community peacefully resolve conflict, who can commit to the volunteer service requirements, who possess the necessary skills to act as third-party neutrals, and whose mediation philosophy is compatible with that of OMC’s mission and vision.

Please see volunteer mediator application below for necessary qualifications.

Individuals interested in being considered for OMC’s volunteer mediator roster should complete the Volunteer Mediator Application and submit it for processing. OMC will assess each application and contact the applicant for a face-to-face interview to discuss interest and service requirements. Once approved, individuals will be scheduled to complete a 10-hour internship consisting of observation and/or co-mediation of cases. Upon completion of the internship, OMC staff will determine whether or not individuals will be placed on its roster.

OMC is mandated to conduct a criminal background check on any individual mediating or observing cases.

For questions, please contact the Volunteer Services Department at (248) 338-4280 x 211.

Click HERE for Volunteer Mediator Application

What is it like to be an OMC volunteer?

Community Mediator


Oakland Mediation Center is looking for citizens who wish to give back to the community by helping others resolve disputes as Community Mediators. We are looking for individuals who are/have:

  • Availability during business hours
  • Patience and like working with people
  • Able to work well independently and with others
  • Punctual and have good attendance
  • Articulate and speak/write English fluently (multiple languages are a bonus, but not required)
  • Willing to submit to and can pass a background check and Department of Human Services clearance
  • Age 21 and up
  • Time to commit to serving the community as well as meeting service requirements and continuing education requirements
  • Time to complete all 40 hours or training and a two-hour Orientation

Click here community mediator application_2020