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Get Involved: City of Boulder

Scroll down to see volunteer programs accepting applications, organized by department within the City of Boulder and then alphabetical by volunteer role.

Volunteer for Point In Time Count!
We are currently recruiting for volunteers to help with the Point In Time Count on January 23, 2024. This is a one-day count of individuals experiencing homelessness in the City of Boulder.

Looking to volunteer for a specific department? Check out their pages:

 

Community service opportunities: Boulder Parks and Recreation along with Open Space and Mountain Parks welcomes community service volunteers. Check out this list for more details. 

 

Housing and Human Services

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of the Housing and Human Services Department. Volunteer today!

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Community Mediation and Resolution Center

Food Tax Rebate Support - Actively Seeking Volunteers!!: Do you have an interest in helping low income residents get money back? Housing and Human Services is seeking a volunteer (5 hours/week) to assist with the Food Tax Rebate program March 1, 2024 – June 30, 2024. The Food Tax rebate compensates residents with lower incomes for the city sales tax they pay on food. This program processes over 1000 applications in a short period of time and office support is needed!

 

Volunteer Mediators and Restorative Justice Facilitators: Looking for an opportunity to build mediation or RJ experience? Whether you are a seasoned mediator or restorative justice facilitator or you have just completed your mediation or RJ training and would like to gain case experience, CMRC has opportunities for volunteer mediators and RJ facilitators. 


Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Community Mediation and Resolution Center volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Carin Armstrong


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OAS Bike Group Leader

Duties & Responsibilities
• Reviews, uses and promotes Older Adult Services documents for age-inclusive communication

Primary Bike Group Leader:
• Works with Program Coordinator to schedule and market the group
• Serves as the contact person for Let’s Age Well Program Guide and Older Adult Services website
• Maintains a current list of group participants
• Works with Program Coordinator and group to update participant registrations
• Provides regular session attendance reports:
o Notifies front desk staff of attendance for groups that meet onsite
• Provides participants with reminders of meeting dates for programs
• Notifies participants of irregular meeting times and/or holiday closures which cancel the activity
• For onsite group meetings:
o Submits set-up needs and requests to Program Coordinator
o Responsible for participant waivers if not accomplished digitally/online.
• Other duties as requested by Program Coordinator

Assistant Bike Group Leader:
• Supports Primary Group Leaders for the duties listed above as requested.
• Can also act as Bike Sweep, ensuring no cyclist is left behind.

Desired Qualifications
• Experience working directly with people, with the ability to model the City’s values of customer service, respect, integrity, innovation, and collaboration.
• Good communication skills and patience
• Practice excellent customer service, patience, kindness, and communication
• Some experience working with adults 60 years and older
• Organized and reliable
• Basic technology skills

Learn more...


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OAS Trip Escort

Duties & Responsibilities
• Reviews, uses and promotes Older Adult Services documents for age-inclusive communication
• Receives the registration list of participants from Program Coordinator and tracks attendance for scheduled day trips.
• Coordinates participant signatures on waivers and returns completed waivers to Program Coordinator.
• Guides participants through the trip location for the duration of the trip.
• Responds to special needs and/or emergencies with participants; documents any accidents or incidents using designated forms and submits completed forms to Program Coordinator.
• Promotes future trips and programs with trip participants.
• Maintains positive, flexible attitude and is welcoming and patient with all participants; reports to Program Coordinator any problematic behavior or circumstances that occur during trip.
• Returns attendance sheets, receipts, name tags, & any reports to Program Coordinator.
• Participates in required trainings.
• Review, use and promote Older Adult Services documents for age-inclusive communication.
• Takes proper safety precautions, utilizes all required safety equipment and follows all safety regulations, policies and procedures. Reports all accidents and damage of city property to Program Coordinator.

Desired Qualifications
• Some experience working with adults 60 years and older.
• Experience working directly with people, with the ability to practice excellent customer service, patience, kindness, and communication.
• Organized and reliable.
• Current City of Boulder resident.
• Access to a mobile phone to use during trips.
• Have or create an email account that can be used to receive pertinent trip information from Program Coordinator.
• Access to a device to print documents.

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Older Adult Services Volunteers


Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Older Adult Services Volunteers volunteer role.


Parks and Recreation

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Registration is required for all volunteer opportunities! 

Request a Volunteer Project for your group!

  • Parks and Recreation volunteer projects are outdoors and weather dependent. We will consider winter projects but cannot guarantee we will have the work available for the project.
  • You must have at least 5 people committed to attending.
  • Groups up to 50 will be considered, although projects of this size will depend on staff availability and park needs.
  • We get a lot of requests in the spring, so please be patient, you will hear back within 10 business days regarding your request.
  • Please allow at least 4 weeks to schedule your request.
  • We cannot guarantee a specific project type as projects are determined by staff priorities and management goals.


Visit the City's Court Ordered Community Service page to learn how you can fulfill your community service requirements.


Flowerbed, Litter, and Park Champ Programs will open by the end of March.

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Flower Bed Champ

Our Flowerbed Champs help maintain a flower bed they adopt in our parks. Volunteers will weed, mulch, deadhead, and occasional plant in their adopted bed. They work closely with our horticulture staff who are available to help guide the work in the bed! 

 

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Not Accepting Applications

Please check back in March 2024! 


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Litter Champ

Litter Champs help keep our parks clean! They volunteer to help pick up trash in our parks or along Boulder Creek. We provide trash tongs and garbage bags for the champs to use. 

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Not Accepting Applications

Please check back in March 2024! 


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Park Champ

Park Champs help do multiple maintenance activities in the park they adopt. From picking up trash to weeding in the park they really invest in their local parks! 

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Not Accepting Applications

Please check back in March 2024! 


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Snow Removal Champs

Be a Champ and help clear the outdoor courts of snow before your court reservation! 

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Snow Removal Champs volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Cassy Bohnet
(720) 795-2619


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Volunteers for Natural Lands Outreach

Natural Lands Outreach Volunteers welcome and educate users along the North Shore of the Boulder Reservoir and Coot Lake about: 1) Aquatic Nuisance Species, 2) area-specific rules (i.e., no swimming, no launching watercraft), and 3) wildlife closures to protect nesting bird species of concern. There will also be a rotating focus topic ranging from native plants,  land stewardship, pollinators, and more. This focus topic will change each month. While staffing the table and patrolling, volunteers will collect data on visitor patterns, volume, and behavior. When volunteers observe rule violations, they will contact staff that can provide further education when appropriate. Please note, volunteers will not provide any type of enforcement, as this position will focus on monitoring and education only. 

To apply, fill out the "Natural Lands Outreach Volunteer Application" to the right!

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Volunteers for Natural Lands Outreach volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Erika Carlson


Public Works

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of the Public Works Department. Volunteer today!

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Adopt-A-Spot

You, or the organization you represent, can adopt a specific median, multi-use path, roadway, transit stop or pocket park for a period of one year (with the option to renew annually).

This option allows individuals and groups a volunteer opportunity to contribute to the beautifying of the public domain and overall community well-being. Volunteers can set their own schedule for this work. The City of Boulder will recognize participants for their contributions to keeping public property debris-free and enhancing the city’s overall aesthetics.

 Requirements:

  • The desire to support staff by keeping the areas neat and clean
  • Sign a volunteer acknowledgement of Risk and Release and provide signed copies to staff for any additional volunteers that are recruited to assist with clean-up efforts.
  • Sign a adopt a spot volunteer application
  • Review the Volunteer Handbook and provide to participants
  • Attend an orientation training with a member of our staff
  • Be familiar with the safety hazards of this job which are stated in the agreement
  • Be our eyes and ears and report vandalism or any maintenance concerns to Public Works staff
  • Use water-wise plants (preferred)
  • Be courteous and personable when dealing with the public
  • Be self-directed, willing to take initiative, and detail-oriented
  • Report volunteer hours monthly using Count Me In Boulder.
Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Adopt-A-Spot volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Rene Lopez
(303) 413-7149


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Boulder Walks - Walk Movement Leader

Boulder Walks with Older Adults: Walk Leaders is a city program that provides opportunities for neighbors to connect with each other and with local places and provides community members an active way to engage in pedestrian planning activities. Share an interest in walking, connecting with neighbors, learning about the community, and promoting health and well-being by becoming a volunteer Older Adult Walk Leader with Boulder Walks.

For questions contact Ericka Amador, city of Boulder Transportation and Mobility Senior Transportation Planner and coordinator of Boulder Walks programs at [email protected] or 720-968-1500.


Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Boulder Walks - Walk Movement Leader volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Rachel McCoy
(303) 441-4099


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Shovel-a-Stop

The City of Boulder is committed to multi-modal transportation, including year-round access to bus transit. The city’s new Shovel-a-Stop Program is an effort to increase the number of bus stops cleared after each snow event. The current budget supports contractors hired by the city to clear approximately 40 high-ridership stops after snowfalls resulting in at least 2-inches of accumulation. This program aims to bolster that number with community volunteer support. Clearing bus stops helps prevent slips and falls and increases safety and accessibility for bus riders of all ages and abilities.

This program is a great opportunity for individuals, families, neighborhood groups or community organizations. 

For more information and to apply to volunteer for this program, please click here

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Shovel-a-Stop volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Rachel McCoy
(303) 441-4099


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