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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.

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. 

 

Boulder Public Library

Scroll down to see all opportunities and apply to become a volunteer.

 

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BoulderReads Literacy Tutor

Partner with an English language learner for three hours per week to help them advance in their literacy skills. Adult Literacy Tutors must:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Be comfortable reading and writing, speaking and listening in English;
  • Complete the BoulderReads tutor training;
  • Commit to 3 hours of tutoring a week for at least 6 months;
  • Maintain regular contact with learners and BoulderReads staff;
  • Meet learners at library branches or another public locations; and
  • Be proficient with email, basic software and web-based electronic resources.
Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the BoulderReads Literacy Tutor volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Karen Bowen
(303) 441-3192


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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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

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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.


Open Space Mountain Parks

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of the Open Space Mountain Parks Department. Visit www.volunteerosmp.org today!

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Assist Staff: Native Seed Collection ODVP-Lead

Native Seed Collection Volunteer Leads (NSCVL)

Restoring Ecosystems and Increasing Plant Diversity on Native and Agriculture

Dream it! Build it! Love it! Come join us as we support the legacy of the City of Boulder OSMP! We are currently recruiting for a Native Seed Collection Volunteer Lead. In this role the positions will directly support Native Seed Collection One-Day Volunteer Projects (ODVP). Lead Volunteer Leader will work directly with OSMP staff and volunteers.

Objective

  • Native Seed Collection Volunteer Lead will provide Volunteer Services and Resource Staff support at Seed Collection Projects.

Responsibilities

  • Native Seed Collection Volunteer Lead responsibilities will be to:
    • Assist the staff leader(s) with helping volunteer seed collectors properly identify and collect the target species.
    • Screening collection bags during the event to ensure that only the target species is being collected.
    • Direct volunteers to the best collecting areas and remind volunteers of safety hazards.
    • Connect and be welcoming to volunteers/staff, support with registration setup (Get to the project early when staff show up, assist staff leads, answer questions, other tasks.)
    • Be knowledgeable to species collected and how this project supports Climate Action.

Qualifications

  • Comfort working outdoors – with groups.
  • Ability to hike on steep trails or off-trail areas safely.
  • Excellent record keeping and communication skills.
  • Ability to work during the week.
  • Work well with staff and volunteers.

Commitment/Expectations

  • Required to sign an Acknowledgment of Risk and Release Form.
  • Annually, attend three - six volunteer projects.
  • Complete a background check.
  • Have a commitment to the mission of OSMP.
  • Work closely with OSMP staff on scheduling and ability to be self-organized
Learn more...


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Assist Staff: Photography

Dream it! Build it! Love it! We need your help in spreading the message of stewardship. Does your skill set include outdoor photography and outreach messaging? Do you have a keen eye for those special moments that share inspiration? We are seeking help from an experienced and reliable volunteer who can capture photographic images during volunteer project events to help support future media and messaging. Come join us as we support the legacy of OSMP!  

Objectives:

  • Take high quality images of One-Day Volunteer Projects (ODVP) and volunteers, ongoing volunteer work, OSMP landscapes and wildlife
  • Work closely with Volunteer Coordinators for imagery needs that will be used for OSMP marketing, advertisements and internal and external documents

Responsibilities:

  • Take photographs at ODVP that’s purpose is for future promotional needs (website, Twitter, Facebook, annual reports, etc.)
  • Submit photos and report volunteer hours via Count Me In Boulder
  • Follow the City of Boulder’s Volunteer Handbook and OSMP Standard Operating Procedures,  Guidelines and Policies
  • Stay up to date on area closures, permit areas such as Habitat Conservation Areas. Work with  Administrative staff to obtain permits into these special places

Qualifications:

  • Photography experience, preferably event photography and photo editing skills
  • Comfort working outdoors - independently and with project managers
  • Ability to hike on steep trails or off-trail areas safely
  • Excellent record keeping and communication skills

Commitment/Expectations:

  • Required to sign an Acknowledgment of Risk and Release Form;
  • Annually, attend 10-15 outreach events, volunteer projects or other OSMP sites when applicable. Time commitment 1-2 hours per visit.
  • Complete a background check
  • Have a commitment to the mission of OSMP
  • Work closely with OSMP staff on scheduling and ability to be self-organized when working independently
  • Volunteers retain photo authorship rites and will receive credit but releases COB to use photos at will
  • Volunteers will use own cameras and equipment and will share final photographs with OSMP digitally

Benefits:

  • Gain experience with event photography and OSMP volunteer projects
  • Work with staff to support OSMP stewardship and messaging
  • Connect with others who care about OSMP sustainability
  • Enjoy the beauty of OSMP!

 

 

Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Assist Staff: Photography volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Kristin Weinberger
(303) 910-5603


Parks and Recreation

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Registration is required for all volunteer opportunities! 

Request a Volunteer Project for your group!

Project Details

• 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 needs.
• 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.

 

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Flower Bed Champ

Flower bed champs adopt the flower bed(s) at a park site and work in this site from April to October or for a shorter three month commitment.

To apply, fill out an application (on the right) for the task you would most like to do. Be sure to identify the location you prefer in your application.

You can click the text “View Flower Bed Champ Listing” (below) to learn more about the areas we are recruiting.  If your desired Park is not listed, it may mean someone has already adopted it. You can write the name of the park in the space provided in the questions section on the application.

Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Flower Bed Champ volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Mary Malley
(303) 413-7245


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Litter Champ

Litter Champs adopt a site to pick up trash in our parks from April to October or for a shorter third month commitment.

To apply, fill out an application (on the right) for the task you would most like to do. Be sure to identify the location you prefer in your application.

You can click the text “View Litter Champ Listing” (below) to learn more about the areas we are recruiting. If your desired Park is not listed, it may mean someone has already adopted it. You can write the name of the park in the space provided in the questions section on the application.

Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Litter Champ volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Mary Malley
(303) 413-7245


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Park Champ

Park Champs help monitor, weed, and pick up litter in a park you love. 

To apply, fill out an application (on the right) for the task you would most like to do. Be sure to identify the location you prefer in your application.

You can click the text “View Park Champ Listing” (below) to learn more about the areas we are recruiting. If your desired Park is not listed, it may mean someone has already adopted it. You can write the name of the park in the space provided in the questions section on the application.

Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Park Champ volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Mary Malley
(303) 413-7245


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Prairie Dog Monitors

Prairie Dog Monitors observe and record Prairie Dog numbers in a specified location North of the Boulder Reservoir for 3 hours during each monitoring shift. These counts have been kept for over 10 years and help inform projects and management of the Boulder Reservoir. Volunteer must have experience using binoculars. Wildlife monitoring experience is highly recommended. 

Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Prairie Dog Monitors volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Cassy Bohnet
(303) 441-4404


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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!

Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

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

Questions? Contact Cassy Bohnet
(303) 441-4404


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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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

Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

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

Questions? Contact Rachel McCoy
(303) 441-4099


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