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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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BTAB - Applications for all Libraries

Get involved in your community by becoming a member of the Boulder Teen Advisory Board! Earn volunteer service hours while helping the library meet the needs of teens in the community. For teens in grades 6-12. BTAB meets monthly at the following locations. Members may attend more than one meetup if they choose: 

  • Main - First Wednesday of the month, 4:30-5:30 p.m. (hybrid, offered online and in-person) 
  • Reynolds - Second Wednesday of the month, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. (in-person) 
  • Meadows - Third Thursday of the month, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. (in-person) 

Additional opportunity as a BTAB member: Book Reviews - Write reviews on books you recommend for an opportunity to earn extra volunteer hours. Reviews featured on the library’s Reading Room webpage and Teen/Tween webpage.

Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the BTAB - Applications for all Libraries volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Julian Ingram
(303) 441-3100


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Research Rendezvous, Volunteer Mentors

National History Day is a competitive academic program that engages over half a million middle and high-school students around the world. Volunteers help middle- and high-school students in researching their National History Day topics. Volunteers work one-on-one with students in 30-minute online or in-person sessions to help them with research topics, identify sources, and execute other parts of their project.

Qualified volunteers must have skills in conducting historical research and be an active or retired librarian,  professional researcher, teacher, faculty member, historian, archivist, museum curator, history undergrad or graduate students, or PhD candidates of history.

If interested, please fill out the application.

Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Research Rendezvous, Volunteer Mentors volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Gina Scioscia


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: 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


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Patrol: Trail Guide/Park Patroller

Join the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Trail Guide Program! 

Trail Guides have been traveling OSMP trails for more than 25 years, enhancing visitor experiences and promoting sustainable land stewardship practices. Trail Guides educate the public on wilderness safety, cultural history, natural resources, recreation opportunities and more! As a volunteer trail guide, you will assist visitors in need and serve as extra eyes and ears on the OSMP system, collaborating with OSMP staff and rangers to keep the public up-to-date on seasonal closures, safety ordinances (including dog regulations) and other general trail and recreation information. 

 Responsibilities: 

- Work in a variety of terrain and weather conditions with people of diverse backgrounds 

- Greet and assist visitors within your training scope 

- Observe area conditions and report to staff 

- Contact emergency services (fire, medical, law) when appropriate 

- Educate the public on natural and cultural history of OSMP lands 

- Abide by all OSMP rules and regulations and set an example for others 

- Are comfortable wearing a uniform and name tag and assisting visitors in need 

- Fulfill reporting requirements based on observations and contacts 

Qualifications: 

- Experience and comfort with public interactions 

- Familiarity with City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks trails and facilities 

- 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. 

Commitment:

Trail Guides serve flexible self-scheduled hours. They complete 2 to 4 hikes per month for 1 year, with an option to renew upon successfully fulfilling service. Annual update meeting is usually scheduled in the Fall with other optional trainings offered throughout the year. Applications accepted until program is full. 

Benefits: 

- Gain experience in natural resource management 

- Help protect OSMP land for future generations 

- Receive hands-on training with OSMP Staff and Rangers 

- Promote your own wellness and enjoy our wild spaces! 

 

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Not Accepting Applications

Thank you for your interest in the OSMP Volunteer Trail Guide Program. This program is full for the 2022-2023 season. Please check back in the fall of 2023 for future training opportunities. Thank you!


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.
  • 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 are Closed for 2022. Applications will open in March 2023. 


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Snow Removal Champs

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

Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Snow Removal Champs 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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