I want to use a word to describe total service time for a volunteer (approx. hundreds of hours recorded in couple of years). And I have some choices which I don't know if they are both correct:

service time
service duration
service length

or is there a better word to decribe it ?

any suggestions are appreciated!

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Based on what you described, I would think that service duration and service length may be misunderstood. That is to say, they could be understood to refer to the time since they had joined your organisation rather than the amount of time that they had contributed. For example, a volunteer who had been around your organisation for 2 years but only contributed 10 hours of that time would look like they had contributed more than someone who had only been with the organisation for a few weeks but had already given 100 hours of their time.

I can think of a few alternate ways to express this, for example Hours of Service, Contributed Hours or Service Contribution. I'd personally prefer Hours of Service or Contributed Hours, depending on whether you want to emphasize the "Servitude" or the "Contribution".

  • tx for the detailed explaination!
    – ineztia
    May 19, 2016 at 5:44

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