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Boulder Public Library

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

BoulderReads Literacy Volunteer


Description:

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.
Time Commitment:

Commit to 3 hours of tutoring a week for at least 6 months.


Ready to get involved?

Contact Karen E Bowen, bowenk@boulderlibrary.org, (303) 441-3192 or apply online to become a volunteer.

Donations and Used Book Store Helper


Description:

Stock the Used Bookstore and sort as well as categorize donated books, CDs and DVDs into appropriate categories (genre).  

Time Commitment:

Two hours per week for at least 3 months.


Ready to get involved?

Contact Kate Kelsch, kelschk@bouldercolorado.gov, (303) 441-3114 or apply online to become a volunteer.

Drop In Tech Coach


Description:

Help adult patrons one-on-one in an informal drop-in setting with questions about digital library services such as e-books; basic functions of smartphones, tablets, and MS Windows- and Macintosh-based personal computers; and basic questions about the Internet, common software applications such as MS Office applications like Word and Excel and Adobe products, and common social media platforms like Facebook. Also, assist patrons to access and use pre-selected resources for learning basic computer skills on their own.

Time Commitment:

Minimum commitment of one hour per month for six months.


Ready to get involved?

Contact Terzah Becker, beckert@boulderlibrary.org, (303) 441-3100 or apply online to become a volunteer.

Homebound Partner Volunteer


Description:

Homebound volunteers play a critical role in ensuring that materials are provided in a timely manner to community members who are unable to visit the library due to extended illness, health condition or disability. Volunteers are matched up with a Homebound patron. The core of the volunteer role involves selecting and delivering books to homebound patron on a regular basis (to be determined by the volunteer and the patron). 

Time Commitment:

Minimum two hours a week for at least six months.


Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

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. Volunteer today!

Assist Staff: Wellness  


Description:

Alarming evidence suggests time outdoors is continually being replaced by technology and screen-time. With harmful increases in obesity, addiction, and mental health challenges, OSMP can play an instrumental role in supporting the well-being and happiness of its constituents. OSMP has recently put resources in place to promote wellness through its beautiful spaces, infrastructure, and inspiring programming.

Wellness Volunteers will support staff by assisting and providing wellness-based recreation, skill building and/or programming for the public. Programming to include, but not limited to, Yoga in nature, Forest Bathing, nature meditation, and other related programs. We encourage creativity. Volunteers may also assist with the development of innovative wellness programming.

See application for position responsibilities and requirements.

Time Commitment:

Minimum two hours or one program per month.


Ready to get involved?

Contact David Ford, FordD@bouldercolorado.gov, (720) 765-2722 or apply online to become a volunteer.

Assist Staff: Photography


Description:

The Objective of the OSMP Volunteer Photographer position:

  • Take high-quality images of one-day volunteer projects, long-term program volunteers, landscape and wildlife photos;
  • Work closely with Volunteer Coordinators for imagery needs that will be used for OSMP marketing, advertisements and in internal and external documents.

Responsibilities

  • Photograph at OSMP volunteer events so that photos can be used for future promotional needs (website, twitter, facebook, annual reports, etc);
  • Submit photos and report volunteer hours to Volunteer Services staff;
  • Volunteers sign an Acknowledgment of Risk and Release Form;
  • Background check;
  • Follow and knowledgeable of OSMP procedures, policy and regulations;
  • Stay updated on area closures, permit areas such HCA’s – work with the front desk to obtain permits to HCA areas.

Qualifications

  • Photography and photo editing skills;
  • Will work outdoors and independently;
  • Ability to hike steep trails or off-trail areas safely;
  • Have a commitment to the mission of the department;
  • Excellent record keeping skills;
  • Work closely with OSMP staff on scheduling and ability to be self-organized when working independently.
Time Commitment:

Based on needs of OSMP staff.


Assist Staff: Recreation


Description:

Recreation volunteers will support outreach staff by assisting and providing recreation, skill building and/or wellness-based programming for the public. Programming to include, but not limited to, yoga in nature, forest bathing, nature meditation, orienteering, outdoor leadership, mountain bike maintenance/riding, primitive skills, and other related programs. Volunteers may also conduct or assist with research for the development of wellness programming. Experience with specific outdoor skills, yoga instruction, meditation practice and outdoor teaching preferred.

Time Commitment:

Volunteers will make a minimum 2 hour commitment monthly during the months of June through September.


Education: Mountain Bike Patroller


Description:

Boulder Mountain Bike Patrol The Boulder Mountain Bike Patrol is a multi-agency program with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP), City of Boulder Parks and Recreation (BPR), Boulder County Parks and Open Space (BCPOS), and Boulder Mountainbike Alliance (BMA). After training, patrollers ride trails, assisting and educating bikers and other trail users. The goal is to promote a positive recreational experience on the trails. All volunteers are required to attend a training day on Saturday, March 10th, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM in Boulder.

Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Willing to work in a variety of terrains and conditions.
  • Own a mountain bike.
  • Has the physical ability and experience to ride safely.
  • Outstanding communication skills.
  • Dependable.
  • Able to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Able to respond appropriately to emergencies.
  • Can pass a basic criminal background check.
  • Welcomed: First Aid/CPR and multi-lingual.

Responsibilities:

  • Greet/assist visitors on trails or at trailheads.
  • Observe area conditions; report when appropriate.
  • Contact emergency services when appropriate.
  • Report hours; provide program evaluations and suggestions.
  • Volunteers will be identified with placards and name tags.
  • Volunteers abide by all agency rules.
  • Volunteers set an example for others.
Time Commitment:

All new patrollers attend eight hours of required core training. Training for new patrollers will include: introduction to the agencies; safety procedures; making public contacts; and understanding land management issues. All bike patrollers volunteer for one calendar year, with an option to extend upon successfully fulfilling the agreed upon commitment. Boulder Mountain Bike Patrol volunteers are required to log 24 hours annually, patrolling City, County, and/or National Forest Service trails. Applications will be considered on a first come, first serve basis.


Education: Naturalist


Description:
Volunteer Naturalists lead inspirational educational hikes that help connect children to OSMP's natural and cultural history, and convey the vital message of stewardship. Qualifications & Beneficial Experience: * Desire to instruct children, pre-school through 12th grade, and most commonly 1st-4th grades, on nature hikes lasting 1.5-2 hours. * Excellent communication skills, and a warm, welcoming personality. * Comfort speaking in front of others. * Teaching Experience. * Availability to teach on weekdays during the day. * Interest in learning local natural and cultural history. * Appropriate level of fitness and mobility for 2 hour hikes; occasional indoor programs as well. * Independence, and the ability to work as part of a team. * Dependability; and access to transportation. * Bilingual desired, not required. Requirements: * Available for 11-week training February 7th thru April 25th. * All volunteers sign an Acknowledgement of Risk and Release form, Annual Agreement, and follow all OSMP procedures and regulations. * Volunteers in this assignment agree to submit complete information for a background check. There are limited spaces in the 2017 class. Applicants will have a phone screening to qualify for a possible face to face interview. The city of Boulder follows Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action guidelines. Benefits: * Be part of a fun community of people who care about the environment and inspire others to appreciate it. * Enhance your knowledge of the natural world!
Time Commitment:
Training and Commitment: * Over 65 hours of core training, focusing on interpretive techniques, local ecosystems, flora & fauna, geology, history, land management and safety issues. 11 required training sessions, spanning 12 weeks. Additional advanced training and group meetings scheduled periodically. * Training at Open Space and Mountain Parks facilities and in the field. Hikes explore the Chautauqua area and numerous trails throughout the system. Volunteers will be trained on safety and emergency procedures. * Volunteer Naturalists are asked to provide a minimum of 7 programs in their first year. * Volunteers log and report their hours online.
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Education: Trail Guide/Park Patroller


Description:
Thank you for your interest in the Open Space and Mountain Parks Trail Guide/Park Patroller Program. Please read the assignment description below before filling out the online application. After completing the form, click ""Continue"" at the bottom to submit it. ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Trail Guide/Park Patroller. Trail Guides/Park Patrollers have been traveling OSMP trails for more than 25 years. They enhance and promote positive visitor experiences. Trail Guides/Park Patrollers provide information on area features, natural and cultural history, seasonal changes, safety, regulations, flood restoration and more. They assist visitors in need and serve as extra eyes and ears on the OSMP system. Requirements Trail Guides are volunteers who: -Have experience and comfort with public contact -Have experience with OSMP trails and lands -Are comfortable wearing a uniform and assisting visitors in need -Can make a commitment to fulfill reporting requirements based on observations and contacts All volunteers are required to successfully complete the mandatory four-part training. This includes two core classroom trainings, one field training, and attendance at one OSMP Voice and Sight education class. 2018 training dates will be announced after the posting closes. Trail Guide Responsibilities: * Greet and assist visitors on trails. * Observe area conditions; track and report back to OSMP staff. * Contact emergency services (fire, medical, law) when appropriate. * Track and report hours. * Provide program evaluations and suggestions. * Wear OSMP volunteer uniform: name badge, hat and shirt. * Abide by all OSMP rules and regulations and set an example for others. * Sign an acknowledgement of Risk and Release form, annual agreement, and provide information for a background check. * Work in a variety of settings, terrain and weather conditions, with people of diverse backgrounds and ages. Qualifications: * Outstanding communication skills. * Dependable. * Familiar with City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks. * Interest in natural and cultural history of the area. * Able to respond appropriately to emergency situations within your level of training. * Reliable transportation to trails. * Welcomed: First Aid/CPR; multi-lingual; and all levels of physical ability.
Time Commitment:
Trail Guides/Park Patrollers work flexible self-scheduled hours. They serve a minimum of 8-10 hours per month for 1 year, with an option to renew upon successfully fulfilling service.
Documents:

Maintenance: Native Garden


Description:
NATIVE GARDEN VOLUNTEER: ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION Duties and Responsibilities: * Help maintain the Ann Armstrong Memorial Native Garden at Chautauqua Ranger Cottage, at the base of Chautauqua Meadow. This may include planting, weeding, seed collection and other garden tasks. * Provide information on native gardening to inquisitive visitors. A background check is required for OSMP volunteer assignments. * Make an individualized seasonal service commitment. * Report hours on a regular basis, share information, and provide program evaluations and suggestions. * Abide by OSMP rules and regulations and set an example for all. * Training is provided in the field by seasoned staff and volunteers. * Volunteers are identified by an OSMP name badge, t-shirt and/or hat. Desired qualifications: * Interest in/or knowledge of gardening, horticulture or landscape design. * Desire to learn about and care for native plants. * Willing to learn to use applicable tools and hand equipment. Ability to bend, stoop and lift. * Desire to work outdoors. * Dependable; flexible; good communication skills. * Able to work independently, and as part of a team. * Desire to help the environment while enjoying it! Benefits: * Be part of a team, sharing your appreciation of Open Space and Mountain Parks with others. * Help the environment, while enjoying healthy fun. * Free seeds and plants for your garden. * Enjoy our renowned parties and potlucks. The Native Garden Team, usually meets Thursday mornings from mid-April through September. Volunteers are asked to always bring extra water, dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes or boots, and if you bring favorite tools or gloves, mark them clearly!
Time Commitment:
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Maintenance: Resource Restoration Steward


Description:
Join the city of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks in removal of the A-listed Noxious weed, Mediterranean Sage! We appreciate your contributions to keeping natural areas free from the pressures of this invasive weed! The project requires carrying a shovel, minor digging and hiking long distances over uneven terrain. Start: 8:30 AM; finish: 12:00 PM. See application for sign-up times. Noxious weed species identification and tool use training provided along with an introduction to this special area. Please dress in layers and have appropriate clothing for rain/sun protection. Bring sturdy work gloves and closed-toe shoes/boots, long pants, long-sleeved shirt, lots of water, lunch, snacks, sunscreen and a hat that protects your ears and neck. Storm conditions/heavy rain/snow will cancel work. Tools provided. After completing this form, click ""Continue"" at the bottom to submit your registration. Your registration confirmation will be sent via email, and another email will be sent detailing location and meeting spot for that day. All projects occur on the Northern grasslands. Looking forward to working with you - this will be a truly satisfying project! If you need to cancel your registration, please email: danyis@bouldercolorado.gov so that we may assure a spot for another volunteer. Or call Stephanie at 303-413-7637 for further information. Thanks!
Time Commitment:
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Monitoring: Hayfield


Description:
ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Hayfield Avian Monitor Work with Open Space and Mountain Parks staff to conduct bird surveys on OSMP agricultural properties. Qualifications * Ability to identify grassland bird species -by both sight and call * Desire to work outdoors * Dependability * Reliable transportation to the sites * Physical requirements: ability to walk a set transect through relatively easy but uneven terrain. Grass can be tall and wet and difficult to walk through. * Volunteers sign and an acknowledgement of risk and release, agree to submit complete information for a background check, and follow all OSMP procedures and regulations. Responsibilities * Complete bird surveys in assigned fields * Record information on data sheets * Turn in datasheets in a timely manner * Attend an indoor and outdoor training * Pass a visual/oral grassland bird ID exam Other duties may include: * Assist with training other volunteers
Time Commitment:
Time Commitment * Two to four surveys a seasaon; each survey takes approximately 1-3 hours depending upon the field. * Field season runs late May and through June * Surveys begin at daybreak in order to catch morning choruses * Surveys should be completed by 9:00 am to avoid rising air temperatures Application deadline is in May.
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Monitoring: Herbarium


Description:
Thanks for your interest in volunteering with the Open Space and Mountain Parks Herbarium. Herbarium volunteers collect and accession plant specimens found on Open Space and Mountain Parks lands. They also monitor rare plants and noxious weeds. Starting in 1987, these volunteers have helped build the herbarium collection from the ground up. They welcome new members! The group meets Thursday mornings year round, in the lab or in the field, depending on the season. Herbarium Volunteer Assignment Description Qualifications: - Desire to work with and learn about plants - Comfortable working both in and out doors - Able to carry light equipment while hiking - Willing to enter data into the computer - Dependable. - Volunteers sign and an acknowledgement of risk and release, agree to submit complete information for a background check, and follow all OSMP procedures and regulations. Responsibilities may include: - Collecting plant specimens - Cataloguing plant species - Surveying and/or monitoring rare plants - Assisting with field research - Identifying noxious weeds - Inventorying plants on new properties.
Time Commitment:
Volunteers must commit to three to four hours on Thursday mornings throughout the year. Training will be provided by herbarium volunteers, with guidance from the OSMP Plant Ecologists Lynn Riedel and Megan Bowes. For more information call 720-564-2014 or 720-564-2084.
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Monitoring: Phenology


Description:
Thanks for your interest in joining the Open Space & Mountain Parks Phenology Program. Please read the assignment description below before filling out this online application. Well confirm that weve received your application - to check on its progress or for further information, please email Brian Anacker at AnackerB@bouldercolorado.gov. We are looking forward to working with you! City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Phenology Volunteer Position Description In 2016, Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) is beginning a long-term study of plant phenology which is defined as the seasonal timing of life history events. Phenology can be an early indicator of climate change, especially for plants. We are looking to recruit up to 10 volunteers to make field observations over the course of a growing season, using protocols and standards designed by the National Phenology Network. We will ask each volunteer to adopt a segment of a trail on OSMP property, no longer than 2 miles long, walk the trail at least weekly, and record and submit observations of plant phenophases (e.g., flowering, leaf fall) on pre-marked plant individuals. Volunteers may also assist with data entry for their field observations. Qualifications * Desire to work with and learn about plants and seasonal natural phenomena. * Comfortable working both indoors and outdoors. * Able to carry light equipment while hiking. * Willing to enter data into the computer. * Dependable. * Able to make the time commitment Responsibilities: 1. Making field observations of plant phenology. 2. Observations made upon pre-marked plant individuals. 3. Observation data entered into a mobile application.
Time Commitment:
Volunteers must commit to repeat visits to at least one trail, at a minimum frequency of once weekly from March until October. Training will be provided.
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Monitoring: Raptors


Description:
The purpose of the raptor monitor program is to better protect nest sites along the Front Range. Volunteers provide weekly information to OSMP staff about the status of nests; they also report closure violations. Increased information allows staff to make better resource management decisions. Responsibilities * Monitor raptor nest and roost sites with binoculars or a spotting scope throughout the breeding season. * Fill out observation reports. * Keep closure information confidential. * Volunteers sign an Acknowledgment of Risk and Release Form, submit information for a background check, and follow all OSMP procedures and regulations. Qualifications: * Bird identification skills, including familiarity with birds of prey. * Desire to work outdoors and able to work independently. * For many sites, able to hike steep trails safely. * Able to observe sites for several hours at a time. * Have a commitment to the mission of the department. * Must be at least 18 years old, or must have an adult with them while volunteering.
Time Commitment:
All new volunteers must attend a mandatory training in early February. Additional field training will follow. Volunteers must commit to a minimum of 4 hours per week during the breeding season. Nests are typically occupied from early February until late July. Space in this program is limited. OSMP staff supervise monitor volunteers.
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Monitoring: Vegetation/Plant/Seed


Description:
The purpose of the a volunteer vegetation monitor is to assist ecologist staff with monitoring plant species and communities on OSMP. Responsibilities * Assist with monitoring vegetation on identified areas of OSMP. * Report data and hours to OSMP staff lead. * Volunteers sign an Acknowledgment of Risk and Release Form, submit information for a background check, and follow all OSMP procedures and regulations. Qualifications: * Plant identification skills, * Desire to work outdoors, and in some cases ability to work independently. * For many sites, able to hike steep trails or off-trail areas safely. * Have a commitment to the mission of the department. * Must be at least 18 years old, or must have an adult with them while volunteering. Commitment: Seasonal and based on needs of OSMP staff.
Time Commitment:
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Parks and Recreation

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

Request a Volunteer Project for your group!

Request a Boulder Creek Clean Up project for your group!

 

Child Care


Description:
We are looking for caring volunteers who enjoy playing with children ages 6 months to 9 years to join our childcare program. Perks include a discount on a recreation center pass. All childcare volunteer applicants are screened and go through a background check. Location: North Boulder Recreation Center and East Boulder Community Center
Time Commitment:
Commitment: One 2-hour shift per week.
Documents:

Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

Columbia Cemetery Conservation Corps


Description:
Established in 1870, Columbia Cemetery was the first permanent cemetery in the City of Boulder, Colorado. Situated on 10.5 acres at Ninth and Pleasant Streets, the cemetery is a virtual ""Whos Who"" of early Boulder--a historic, cultural, and artistic resource containing the remains of many of our citys founders and pioneers. In 1999, a cadre of professionally trained volunteers-the Columbia Cemetery Conservation Corps-was established to assist with simple grave marker repair and conservation tasks. The group has spent thousands of hours documenting, cleaning, and resetting the markers, landscaping, providing educational outreach, and performing minor repairs. Some of their skills and accomplishments include: Proper grave marker condition assessment and documentation Appropriate cleaning techniques for grave markers Safe use of appropriate equipment for moving and setting grave markers Proper excavation techniques for partially buried grave markers Resetting unstable grave markers Trimming/pruning of vegetation Research on persons buried in Columbia Cemetery Public education and outreach Photographic documentation of the grave markers and conservation work
Time Commitment:
Documents:

Ready to get involved?

Contact Caitlin Berube-Smith, berubesmithc@bouldercolorado.gov, (303) 413-7232 to become a volunteer.

EXPAND


Description:
Volunteers are a vital part of the EXPAND Program. There is no need for previous experience working with people with disabilities to volunteer with EXPAND.This program matches volunteers with people with disabilities. From swimming, to bowling, to gymnastics there are numerous opportunities for volunteer and participants to work together and gain valuable experience integrating their worlds. Our volunteers are people who appreciate recreation and leisure activities and enjoy working with people. EXPAND believes that training our volunteers is a crucial part of providing a positive experience. The variety of people who volunteer for EXPAND are diverse and unique as the participants we serve and the activities we provide. Recreation and leisure opportunities benefit volunteers, staff and participants.
Time Commitment:
Documents:

Ready to get involved?

Contact Lori Goldman, GoldmanL@bouldercolorado.gov, (303) 413-7256 to become a volunteer.

Park Partners


Description:

Park Partners are businesses, clubs, schools, scout groups and religious organizations that commit to volunteer for at least one Boulder Parks and Recreation project annually. Park Partners have first pick on Volunteer Projects ensuring the projects align with your organization's values or goals. Each Park Partner project is recognized on Boulder Parks and Recreation’s social media outlets - Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and your organizations website is provided a link on www.BPRvolunteer.org. 

Time Commitment:

A minimum of One Volunteer Project per year. 


Ready to get involved?

Contact Cassy Bohnet, BohnetC@bouldercolorado.gov, (303) 441-4404 or apply online to become a volunteer.

Prairie Dog Monitors


Description:

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 and wildlife monitoring experience is highly recommended. Volunteers will receive a free pass to the Boulder Reservoir at each shift they volunteer for. Any volunteer who signs up for 6 or more shifts receives a 4 month pass to all Boulder Recreation Centers for $15. 

Time Commitment:

Commitment to a minimum of 1 – 3 hour Prairie Dog Monitoring Shift and half hour training from 5:30AM to 6AM the morning of their first volunteer shift. Volunteers who sign up for 6 or more shifts receive a Ecovessel water bottle and discounted 4 month recreation pass for a fee of $15.00. 

Shift dates and times

Shifts will be held from 6AM to 9AM on June 18, 19 and 20; July 16, 17, and 18; and August 13,14, and 15.


Ready to get involved?

Contact Cassy Bohnet, BohnetC@bouldercolorado.gov, (303) 441-4404 or apply online to become a volunteer.

Social Media


Description:

Social Media volunteers will work closely with Parks and Recreation's Marketing team to take high-quality images and short videos of Boulder parks and Recreation events, programs, and facilities. Volunteers must have experience capturing appealing outdoor photography, creating and editing photography for social media use, comfort approaching subjects to request permission to photograph. Photography equipment is required for this position. 

Time Commitment:

This volunteer position is driven by the time the volunteer can commit to the position, so the commitment is flexible. The volunteers and staff will work to create a feasible commitment level for the volunteer.  

 

 


Ready to get involved?

Contact Cassy Bohnet, BohnetC@bouldercolorado.gov, (303) 441-4404 or apply online to become a volunteer.

Youth Services Initiative Coach


Description:

Community members with minimum high school or college level experience playing a sport will host coaching sessions with high school and/or middle school students from underrepresented communities participating in the “Heathier Together” Program. Volunteer Coaches will be expected to interview with Youth Services Initiative (YSI) staff to determine if their experience, skills, and schedule will match with the program schedule and goals. 

Time Commitment:

Time commitment will depend upon the availability of the volunteer and the needs of the program. Final commitment will be determined after the group meets with the volunteer.


Ready to get involved?

Contact Cassy Bohnet, BohnetC@bouldercolorado.gov, (303) 441-4404 or apply online to become a volunteer.

Planning

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

Pollinators



Ready to get involved?

Contact Rella Abernathy, abernathyr@bouldercolorado.gov, (303) 441-1901 to become a volunteer.

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!

Adopt a Pocket Park


Description:

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.

Available Locations:

Elm & 27th- This spacious 9,000+ square foot parcel has a walking path that connects to 27th Way. It boasts several large trees and an iris bed. Property Needs: The bollards that prevent vehicle access could benefit from a fresh coat of paint. In addition, the willow tree often drops branches that can be bundled and collected for compost. Finally, the iris bed could be thinned out, with the adoptee welcome to the extra plants.

 

Eisenhower & 48th- This moderately-size park, at 6,500 square feet, offers both a bench and a bus stop for patrons. In addition, there are opportunities to maintain a flower bed and improve upon a utilities box in need of repair.  Property Needs: A new utility box could be built or given a fresh coat of paint. The overgrown junipers onsite could also be replaced with something more suitable. Finally, if interested, the adjacent bus stop could also be adopted and maintained for cleanliness.

 

Merritt Dr.- This 13,700 square foot park has a lot of potential.   What it lacks in infrastructure it makes up for with open space. However, due to current parking ordinances, be prepared to park off-site and walk through this lovely development to access the park.  Property Needs: Immediate needs for this park include pruning, mulching, and trash removal. But we’re open-minded for the future! 

Time Commitment:

Monthly visits to the adopted area (weekly for RTD stops) are required.


Ready to get involved?

Adopt-A-Spot


Description:

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.
Time Commitment:

Monthly visits to the adopted area (weekly for RTD stops) are required.

Your visit could include a visual inspection of the area up to maintenance on the area that includes any of the following (if applicable):

    • Remove trash, leaves, and debris a minimum of once a month (week for RTD stops).
    • Weed (mechanical or manual means only – no herbicide/pesticide application) a minimum of every two weeks during growing season (April – October).
    • In the fall, pruning any ornamental grasses, pick up and dispose of leaves, and mulch existing mulched areas (city to provide mulch).
    • Edge trim where landscaped areas meet hardscape areas; clearance trim anywhere landscaping is conflicting with pedestrian or vehicle traffic.
    • Report any observable problems with the irrigation system (i.e., leaks, misdirected spray, etc.) or any hazards (such as needles) to Transportation Maintenance 303-441-3200.

 


Ready to get involved?

Contact Rene Lopez, lopezr@bouldercolorado.gov, (303) 413-7149 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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