Denver Parks and Recreation Volunteer


Step up for your parks! Volunteer involvement with DPR deepens the understanding of how important our resources are. Volunteering can be at grass-root levels all the way up to formal involvement. Want to learn more? Call (303) 698-4904 or email Tina Myers at tina.myers@denvergov.org.

 

Are you interested in a one-day volunteer project? 

The Denver Parks and Recreation offers several volunteer projects throughout the year to allow adults and children to give back to the community! 

Mulching trees
Planting trees (Spring & Fall)
Painting
Weeding
Projects that will beautify our Parks!

Contact tina.myers@denvergov.org to get involved.


Rock-n-Roll Marathon Series
Sunday, Oct. 19
6:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Twentieth St. Recreation Center
1011 20th St., 80202

Volunteers are needed to cheer on racers and refill water cups outside of the 20th Street Recreation Center. 

If interested, please contact Tommy Karaffa at 303.257.3891 or tommy.Karaffa@denvergov.org


Goosinator Operator
Volunteers are needed to operate the “Goosinator” – a humane goose hazing product – to effectively reduce the number of geese in Denver parks. Denver Parks & Recreation receives numerous complaints regarding the amount of geese in city parks, and the excessive amount of goose feces and damage to park fields and sidewalks. Humane Hazing, or ‘persistent stalking’ is often recommended as a non-lethal management strategy for controlling nuisance geese problems.


For more information, please see the panel below and/or contact: Doug Kelley – Animal & Wildlife Programs Coordinator for Denver Parks & Recreation at 720-865-4334 or email doug.kelley@denvergov.org



DENVER PARKS & RECREATION

GOOSINATOR OPERATOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Objective:
Volunteers operate the “Goosinator” – a humane goose hazing product – to effectively reduce the number of geese in Denver parks. 

Program Description:    
Denver Parks & Recreation receives numerous complaints regarding the amount of geese in city parks, and the excessive amount of goose feces and damage to park fields and sidewalks.  Humane Hazing, or ‘persistent stalking’ is often recommended as a non-lethal management strategy for controlling nuisance geese problems.  The Goosinator acts as a combination of both a Border Collie and a remote controlled boat, so up to 90% of geese on a property can be removed.  It can also go on ice and snow unlike a remote control boat, and water, unlike a dog.  The Goosinator has the colors of a natural predator for geese, so they get scared very quickly and fly off.  Persistence and repetition is necessary to provide the perception of a predator living and hunting in the area.

Training:                              
Training is required to participate in this program.  Training topics will include Goosinator operation, goose-specific information, legal issues, communication techniques, DPR and CPW messages, hazing techniques, and more!

Duties and Responsibilities:

·         Operate the Goosinator in a humane, safe, and effective manner

·         May assist DPR with public presentations, community meetings, etc.

·         Participate in an annual meeting and training for updates, new materials, etc.

·         Represent  DPR in a professional and responsible manner by keeping with DPR messages

·         Approach the public in a pleasant and respectful manner.  Remain calm during emotionally
  intense situations. 

Availability and Time Commitment:

·         Crew members are asked to contribute at least 6 hours of service per month from September
  through March.

·         Flexible availability helpful

Qualifications

·         Ability to learn to operate the remote-controlled Goosinator

·         Ability to walk to different locations within parks to deploy the Goosinator

·         Willingness and ability to represent Denver Park and Recreation and
  Colorado Park and Wildlife’s policies regarding goose issues.

·         Patience and ability to stay calm in emotionally-charged situations

·         Good listening skills

·         Exceptional communication skills

·         Flexible schedule

·         Ability to travel within the City and County of Denver

·         Must be self-motivated and self-directed

·         Be dependable and excel at working individually or as a team member

·         Excellent decision-making skills and judgment 

·         Passion for educating others about co-existing with wildlife

·         Be 18 years of age or have the permission of a parent or guardian

·         Must successfully pass a background check

Further information on the Goosinator is available at www.Goosinator.com 

Contact:
For an application or other information regarding the volunteer program, please contact:          
Tina Myers – Volunteer Coordinator for Denver Parks and Recreation
720-698-4904, tina.meyers@denvergov.org

For Goosinator program specific information, please contact:
Doug Kelley – Animal & Wildlife Programs Coordinator for Denver Parks & Recreation
720-865-4334, doug.kelley@denvergov.org  

Red Rocks Park clean-ups (last Saturday of each month)


Denver Parks and Recreation offers One Day Volunteer Projects for youth, individuals and organizations. If interested, please contact tina.myers@denvrgov.org for more information.

Denver has established an Adopt-A-Flowerbed program to enable civic groups, individuals, families and businesses to help keep their flowerbed beautiful.

The volunteer adopter:

  • agrees to provide volunteer support for maintenance of litter, weeding, planting, removing flowers at year end or specific needs to enhance the beautification of a flowerbed
  • is a member of a team of 6 or more
  • is age 18 and older

Interested? Email tina.myers@denvergov.org for more information.

Denver Parks and Recreation recognizes the need and benefits of a clean and litter free parks. Denver has established an Adopt-A-Park program to enable civic groups, individuals and businesses to help keep their park and community beautiful.

The volunteer adopter:

  • agrees to provide volunteer support for maintenance of litter, weeding, planting, removing flowers at year end or specific needs to enhance the beauty of a specific park entity

Interested? Email tina.myers@denvergov.org for more information. 

Denver Parks and Recreation recognizes the need and benefits of a clean and litter free parks. Denver has established an Adopt-A-Trail program to enable civic groups, individuals, families and businesses to help keep their trail and community beautiful.

The volunteer adopter:

  • agrees to provide volunteer support for maintenance of litter, weeding, planting, removing flowers at year end or specific needs to enhance the beautification of a specific trail entity

Interested? Email tina.myers@denvergov.org for more information.

Natural Areas
Are you interested in land restoration and learning more about native plants and wildlife habitat? The Natural Areas program offers several programs and volunteer projects throughout the year to allow adults and children to learn more about the nature in their own backyard.
  • Citizen Scientists are being recruited to assist with vegetation and wildlife monitoring and management
  • Community programs are being developed with specific tasks for scheduled times
  • Coyote Crew (Feb 15th)
  • Volunteer complete a variety of projects and provide environmental education >>
  • Water Critters – exploring Denver’s lakes and waterways to learn about macro-invertebrates (tiny water species) and water quality
  • Living with beaver- learning about the amazing beaver and protecting native trees in areas of activity
  • Weed warriors: invasive weed control combined with learning about native plants
Coaching Volunteers will assist with coaching youth ages 5 to 14 in basketball, flag football, baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer and t-ball: The following qualifications are sought and requirements are needed:
  • ability to educate participants in the skills and basic fundamentals of the sport
  • ability to work with participants to develop and emphasize the fundamentals of team work and sportsmanship
  • ability to facilitate team practices one to two times per week
  • ability to attend all games
  • willingness to encourage a positive athletic experience and good sportsmanship
  • ability to attend a training session
  • successful completion a background check
  • willingness to HAVE FUN and be a positive role model

Volunteer Front Desk and Office Help will assist at recreation centers throughout Denver with:
  • basic office skills
  • front desk operations
  • customer service delivery
  • assist in typing, filing, answering phones, greeting public, providing customer service
  • registering the public for memberships and programs
  • a friendly personality
  • computer knowledge is helpful
  • a background check is required of all recreation center volunteers.

Program Enrichment Volunteers enhance our after school and summer camp programs by bringing innovative and interesting activities to the youth participants. Whether it be sewing, puppet making, magic, art, or other specialized area of interest, Denver Parks and Recreation would welcome your talents. Interested individuals will be required to have a background check.

Volunteers for Cleaning will help keep your neighborhood recreation center spotless by providing assistance with custodial duties. Flexibility in schedule is a plus, but not needed. A background check is required of all recreation center volunteers.


Contact the recreation center directly on the Recreation Center Page.

Contact: (303) 331-4050

To join VCP click HERE

The Volunteer Courtesy Patrol was created in 2011 by the Denver Parks and Recreation Ranger Program with help from BikeDenver, and is comprised of over 100 volunteers who are excited about helping their community.  Volunteers model good behavior for others, provide information to park and trail visitors including information about safety, provide mechanical and medical assistance as needed, report maintenance issues, and provide extra eyes and ears for the Denver Rangers.  They currently patrol Denver’s most visited areas including the Cherry Creek Trail, the South Platte River Trail, Washington Park, City Park, Cheesman Park, Bear Creek Park/Trail, and High Line Canal Trail. 

Volunteers receive a jersey, energy bars to give away, bike tubes to use when they come across those in need, and many other items.  They also receive various trainings through the year about Denver’s parks and trails including how to safely make contacts, how to fix and maintain bicycles, and CPR/First Aid.

Volunteers are expected to patrol 8-12 hours per month from May through August, and can continue to volunteer when able throughout the rest of the year. Volunteering is preferred when parks and trails are busiest, but can be completed any day of the week during daylight hours.  This could include time on a bicycle commuting to and from work.  If patrolling on bike, they will need to use their own bicycle and helmet. 

Recruitment and training happens once per year: recruitment begins in March, and initial training occurs in April.  Annually, 30-40 people are accepted into the program.  We hope to sign up volunteers who are passionate about Denver parks and trails, enjoy working with people, and who want to take an active role in caring for these areas. 

Thanks to our partners including BikeDenver, ClifBar, and Primal Wear!

Thank you for your interest!

Location Group/Individual Area Adopted
Barnum Park Dave Slowey park/around lakeshore
Bear Creek Trail Matthew Marin Lamar to Wadsworth
Bear Creek Trail Synergy Lowell to Sheridan
Bear Valley Park Bear Valley Assoc Sheridan to Wadsworth
Bible Park & Highline Canal Alternative Stone Entire Park & Part of the Highline Canal 
Bluff Lake Trail Westerly Creek Association Entire Area
Buchtel Blvd Trail Linda Steves  
Centennial Garden Colorado Convention Center Entire Area
Centennial Garden Mile High Petanque Club Entire Area
Cherry Creek Trail Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment  University to Colorado Blvd
Cherry Creek Trail LoDo Cares Blake to Delgany
Cherry Creek Trail Primal Wear & Alchemy Bicycle CO Jewell to Quebec
Cherry  Creek Trail Bill Brunear By 4 Mile house
Cheeseman Park UC Denver-SHRM Student Chapter  Entire Park 
Children’s playground
(25th & Stout)
Curtis Park Neighbors Playground
City of Potenza City of Potenza Sister Group  Bocce Court
Civic Park Support, Inc.  Entire Park
Confluence Park Greenway Foundation  Entire Park 
Fred Thomas Park Double Tree By Hilton, Denver Complex Entire Park
Green Valley Dog Park Premium Pet Health Dog Park 
Highline Canal Sandra Evans  
Jefferson Park Abigail Tucker Entire Park 
Johnson/Habitat Greenway Foundation  Entire Park
Martinez Park Entire Park Carlos Chavez 
McWilliams Park Karen Coffey Dino structure (graffiti removal)
Overland Pond Overland Stewards Entire area
Parks with Flags Raising Freedom Org Raising Flags in Parks 
Platt Park Clark Family Entire area
Red Rocks Friends of Red Rocks Entire Area
Riverfront Dog Park Premium Pet Health Dog Park 
Rocky Mtn Park Ellen Zachery Lakeshore   
Sanderson Gulch Trail N. Metro Community From Florida to Federal
Sanderson Gulch Trail Victoria Cornell Lipan to Platte River
Sanderson Gulch Trail Jan Belle-SWIC (SW Improvement Council) S. Federal to Lipan
S. Platte River Trail Premier Specialty Contractors Grant Frontier to Dartmouth
Skyline Park Ready Talk Entire area
Sloans Lake Park Sloans Lake  Assoc Entire area
Sloans Lake Park Wendy & Lawrence Chavez Entire Park
Speer & Wewatta Playground LoDo Lawbooks  Playground
Kennedy Dog Park Wooffpup Pet Care
Dog Park




FLOWERBEDS: 
   
Cheeseman Rose Beds Cheesman Park Advocacy Group   
Mayfair Flowerbeds Mayfair Neighbors, Inc  
Rosamond Rosamond Park Garden Club  
Sloans Lake Flower Beds Melrose Foundation  
Southmoore Southmoore Association   
Several Locations Grow Local  
Weir Gulch Erwin Dreilling   
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