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Denver Parks and Recreation Volunteer

volunteer groups planting trees, maintaining gardens

Denver Parks & Recreation(DPR) offers volunteer projects throughout the year, giving groups, individuals and businesses the opportunity to help keep their park and community beautiful.

Volunteer involvement with DPR deepens the understanding of how important our resources are. To learn more, call Tina Myers at 303.698.4904 or email tina.myers@denvergov.org.

Learn more about parks volunteer projects at GoDenverParks.denvergov.org.

Arbor Day

Date: Saturday, April 15
Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Jackie Robinson Park

Volunteers are needed to help plant 100+ trees at Jackie Robinson Park for our annual Arbor Day event. 

Please register by April 7: tina.myers@denvergov.org; 303.916.2694.

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CH2M Spring Event

Date: Saturday, April 22
Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm
Location: South Platte River

In partnership with CH2M and the Greenway Foundation, Denver Parks & Recreation is seeking volunteers to help clean an 11 mile stretch of the S. Platte River within the City of Denver. Project tasks include trash pickup, weeding, cleaning and mulching along the river banks. 

Please register by April 10: tina.myers@denvergov.org; 303.698.4904. 

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Falcon Park Cleanup

Date: Saturday, May 20
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Maxwell Pl. & Xanadu St.

Volunteers needed to help spruce up Falcon Park. Projects will include mulching trees, painting, debris removal, edging sidewalks and planting flowers.

Please register by May 17: tina.myers@denvergov.org; 303.698.4904. 

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Unnamed 41st & Ensenada St. Cleanup

Date: Saturday, May 20
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Location: 41st & Ensenada St.

Volunteers needed to help spruce up the park at 41st & Ensenada St. Projects will include mulching trees, painting, debris removal, edging sidewalks and planting flowers.

Please register by May 17: tina.myers@denvergov.org; 303.698.4904.

 

 

Red Rocks Park clean-ups (Friends of Red Rocks)

On the last Saturday of each month, Park Rangers and Friends of Red Rocks partner to clean and rebuild the park and ampitheater after heavy monthly use. Contact tina.myers@denvrgov.org for more information.

 


 

Volunteers are needed to assist recreation staff with serving free meals to youth, which could include breakfast, lunch, snacks or supper. Free meal programs are often accompanied with fun recreational activities, so there are additional volunteer opportunities in that area as well. 

Meal programs for summer food and afterschool are geared to serve all youth, ages 18 and younger, and are located at numerous Denver recreation centers across the city. Learn more and review a complete list of meal sites and times, visit denvergov.org/YouthEatFree.

All volunteers must be at least 15 years old, complete an application and pass a background check. To apply, please email andrea.garcia@denvergov.org.

Computer and Smartphone Tutors

Volunteers are needed to teach basic skills and best practices on using computers, smartphones and tablets to Older Adults. All necessary equipment will be provided. Class topics include:

  • Uploading and downloading pictures to various devices
  • Video phone calls such as FaceTime® and Skype™
  • Sending and receiving emails
  • Using various social media platforms
  • Writing a resume
Class dates: Tuesdays; October 6 - November 17
Class time: 12:30-2:30PM
Location: Decker Public Library, 1501 S. Grant St.
 
Apply
To participate, download and fill out the DPR volunteer application and return it to Amanda.Suriano@denvergov.org or call 720.865.0634. 
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Coaching Volunteers
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.

Created in 2011 by the Denver Parks & Recreation Ranger Program in partner with BikeDenver, the Volunteer Courtesy Patrol is comprised of more than 100 volunteers who:

  • Model good park and trail use behavior
  • Provide information to park and trail visitors
  • Inform park and trail visitors of potential safety risks
  • Provide medical and mechanical bike assistance as-needed
  • Report maintenance issues to Parks staff
  • Support/supplement Park Ranger efforts in highly-used areas such as Cherry Creek and S. Platte River Trails, Washington Park, City Park, High Line Canal, etc.

Volunteers receive a uniform and other items to assist with fulfilling volunteer duties along with various trainings through the year.

Time Commitment

Volunteers are expected to patrol 30 hours per 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.

Volunteers may patrol by bicycling, hiking, or from a fixed location. If patrolling on bike, volunteers are required to use their own bicycle and helmet. 

Get Involved

Each year, 30-40 people are accepted into the program. Recruitment occurs throughout the year-- apply now. The VCP season starts each spring after volunteers accepted into the program complete training.

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, Aspire and Primal Wear!

Apply: GoDenverParks.denvergov.org

Contact: park.ranger@denvergov.org

All volunteers must undergo a thorough background check. Verification of identification as well as 7 years of residency is required. Youth volunteers (under 18) will be required to have a parent signature in order to complete the process. Please complete the application and areas of interest including preferred park or region of the city. If your skills match the needs within a park, program area or at a facility, you will be contacted for an interview and to complete the background authorization and waiver of liability prior to being assigned. Volunteers may need to attend additional training as required by the department.

Horticulture Volunteer
Volunteer’s are trained to provide daily/weekly care to flowerbeds in our Denver Parks.

Qualifications:  Reliability, willingness to help out where needed, friendly, considerate, a strong interest for flowers and ability to work with people.

Time Commitment: 8-24 hours a week from May-October

Benefits: This position provides the opportunity to develop professional job skills and gain experience in the areas of horticulturist, customer services, and knowledge of plants.  This position takes place in a fun and creative environment with the opportunity to network with professionals in the Parks as well as make a difference in our community. 

Park staff will work closely with volunteer during daily parks duties.  

If interested, please fill out and return and application to tina.myers@denvergov.org or fax to 303.698.5501

Upon receipt of your application, the volunteer office will review your application and determine if there are any volunteer opportunities to match your interest areas.  You will be contacted either by phone or email with information regarding your potential volunteer placement with 5 days of receipt in our office. 

For questions and more information, please contact tina.myers@denvergov.org; or call 303.698.4904

Download Horticulture Volunteer Application

All volunteers must undergo a thorough background check. Verification of identification as well as 7 years of residency is required. Youth volunteers (under 18) will be required to have a parent signature in order to complete the process. Please complete the application and areas of interest including preferred park or region of the city. If your skills match the needs within a park, program area or at a facility, you will be contacted for an interview and to complete the background authorization and waiver of liability prior to being assigned. Volunteers may need to attend additional training as required by the department.

Natural Areas Volunteer
The Natural Areas Program’s mission is to establish and maintain sustainable and healthy ecosystems including natural areas and waterways, generate well-informed and satisfied residents, and construct broad collaborations that make it all happen. Unlike traditional developed parks, the natural area sites are guided, developed and sustained more by natural processes and not  by mans’ horticultural activities.

Responsibilities:  The Natural Areas Volunteer will assist staff and our Horticultural Worker with weeding, seeding, equipment preparation and maintenance.  He/she will actively participate and assist the Horticultural Worker in these ecological projects.  Restoration is accomplished by utilizing some of these procedures: Cultural methods such as controlled watering, tilling, among others

Biological controls, Mechanical methods such as foam and dry/wet steam, hand weeding, mowing, grazing with goats/sheep

Time Commitment: 8-24 hours a week starting: Year-Round

Qualifications: Reliability, willingness to help out where needed, friendly and considerate, good communication and problem-solving skills, good follow-through, a strong interest in the outdoors and ability to work with people.  Training provided.

Benefits: This position provides the opportunity to develop professional job skills and gain experience in the areas of natural areas management, customer services, knowledge of ecosystems, an increased knowledge in outdoor stewardship, and the opportunity to work in outdoor habitat.  This position takes place in a fun and creative environment with the opportunity to network with professionals in the Parks as well as make a difference in our community. 

Park staff will work closely with volunteer during daily parks duties.  

If interested, please fill out and return and application to tina.myers@denvergov.org or fax to 303.698.5501

Upon receipt of your application, the volunteer office will review your application and determine if there are any volunteer opportunities to match your interest areas.  You will be contacted either by phone or email with information regarding your potential volunteer placement with 5 days of receipt in our office. 

For questions and additional information, please contact tina.myers@denvergov.org; or call 303.698.4904

Download Natural Areas Volunteer Application

All volunteers must undergo a thorough background check. Verification of identification as well as 7 years of residency is required. Youth volunteers (under 18) will be required to have a parent signature in order to complete the process. Please complete the application and areas of interest including preferred park or region of the city. If your skills match the needs within a park, program area or at a facility, you will be contacted for an interview and to complete the background authorization and waiver of liability prior to being assigned. Volunteers may need to attend additional training as required by the department.

Parks Seasonal Labor Volunteer
Volunteers are needed to assist staff with regular maintenance duties such as trash debris collection, park and playground maintenance, graffiti control, turf and weed management along with irrigation, installation, repair and maintenance.

Qualifications: Reliability, willingness to help out where needed, friendly and considerate, good communication and problem-solving skills, good follow-through, a strong interest in the outdoors and ability to work with people.  Training provided.

Time Commitment: 8-20 hours a week: Year Round

Benefits: This position provides the opportunity to develop professional job skills and gain experience in the areas of landscape maintenance, customer service, and knowledge of the City and County of Denver expansive park system.

This position takes place in an outdoor environment, weather and safety concerns can affect work schedules. The opportunity to network with professionals in landscaping as well as make a difference in our community can be priceless.

Park staff will work closely with volunteer during daily parks duties.  

If interested, please fill out and return and application to tina.myers@denvergov.org or fax to 303.698.5501

Upon receipt of your application, the volunteer office will review your application and determine if there are any volunteer opportunities to match your interest areas.  You will be contacted either by phone or email with information regarding your potential volunteer placement with 5 days of receipt in our office. 

For questions and more information, please contact tina.myers@denvergov.org; or call 303.698.4904

Download Park Seasonal Labor Volunteer Application

All volunteers must undergo a thorough background check. Verification of identification as well as 7 years of residency is required. Youth volunteers (under 18) will be required to have a parent signature in order to complete the process. Please complete the application and areas of interest including preferred park or region of the city. If your skills match the needs within a park, program area or at a facility, you will be contacted for an interview and to complete the background authorization and waiver of liability prior to being assigned. Volunteers may need to attend additional trainings as required by the department.

Download an application

Forestry Field Volunteer
Volunteers are needed to perform an ongoing count of the current conditions of Ash trees in Denver’s park and parkway system; to perform a visual delimiting survey of Emerald Ash Borer population.

Qualifications: Dependable, friendly, some knowledge of trees and horticulture and knowledge of Denver Park system.

Time Commitment: 10 – 12 hours per week (June-August)

Benefits: This position provides the opportunity to develop professional job skills and gain experience in the areas of arboriculture, integrated plant management and resource management.  This position takes place in an outdoor environment, weather and safety concerns can affect work schedules.  The opportunity to network with professionals in arboriculture and urban forestry as well as make a difference in our community can be priceless.

If interested, please fill out and return the application to tina.myers@denvergov.org; or fax to 303.698.5501

Upon receipt of your application, the volunteer office will review your application and determine if there are any volunteer opportunities to match your interest areas. You will be contacted either by phone or email with information regarding your potential volunteer placement with 5 days of receipt in our office.

Any questions/concerns, please contact tina.myers@denvergov.org; or call 303.698.4904

Download an application

Denver Parks & Recreation(DPR) recognizes the need and benefits of clean dog parks. DPR established the Adopt-A-Dog Park program to enable civic groups, individuals and businesses to help keep their Dog Park clean.  

Projects could include:

• removing litter
• sweeping and picking up glass
• removing doggie landmines left by others
• removing sharp sticks
• raking low spots
• weeding
• painting structures (posts, trash barrels)

Volunteer Materials:
Adopt-a-Dog Park Agreement

Apply
If interested, please fill out and return the agreement to tina.myers@denvergov.org; or fax it to 303.698.5501.

Upon receipt of your application, the volunteer office will review your application and determine if there are any volunteer opportunities to match your interest areas.  You will be contacted either by phone or email with information regarding your potential volunteer placement within 5 days of your application/agreement.

For questions, please call Tina Myers at 303.698.4904

Denver Parks & Recreation (DPR) established the Adopt-A-Park program to enable civic groups, individuals and businesses to help keep their park and community beautiful. Adopting groups work with DPR by volunteering a minimum of three days per year on park enhancement projects. Projects include:

• removing litter
• sweeping and picking up glass
• mulching trees, and shrub beds
• planting flowers, shrubs and trees (Spring and Fall)
• removing graffiti
• spreading fibar or crusher fines
• painting structures (tables, benches, dumpsters, playground)

Volunteer Materials

Download Adopt-a-Park agreement

Apply
If interested, please fill out and return the agreement to tina.myers@denvergov.org; or fax it to 303.698.5501.

Upon receipt of your application, the volunteer office will review your application and determine if there are any volunteer opportunities to match your interest areas.  You will be contacted by phone or email with information regarding your potential volunteer placement within 5 days of receipt of your signed application/agreement. 


For questions, please call Tina Myers at 303.698.4904

Denver Parks & Recreation(DPR) established the Adopt-a-Flowerbed program to enable civic groups, families and businesses to help keep flowerbeds at their local parks beautiful.

The adopter agrees to:

  • Provide volunteer support for maintenance of litter, and weeding on a weekly basis (one year commitment from May through October)
  • Plant flowers by May 31st with the assistance of the Park Horticulturist
  • Be a member of a team of 6 or more
  • Consent that they are at least 18-years-old
  • Help remove flowers and turn the soil the first week of October

Volunteer Materials:
Adopt-a-Flowerbed Agreement

Apply
If interested, please fill out and return the application to tina.myers@denvergov.org; or fax it to 303.698.5501.

Upon receipt of your application, the volunteer office will review your application and determine if there are any volunteer opportunities to match your interest areas.  You will be contacted either by phone or email with information regarding your potential volunteer placement within 5 days of receipt of your application.

Adopt-a-Trail Program

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

The adopter agrees to:

  • provide volunteer support for maintenance of litter
  • weeding
  • sweeping and picking up glass
  • trimming branches as needed (with the assistance of the Park Horticulturist)
  • willow thinning
  • debris removal

If interested, please fill out and return the application to tina.myers@denvergov.org; or fax it to 303.698.5501.                                                                                                                   

Upon receipt of your application, the volunteer office will review your application and determine if there are any volunteer opportunities to match your interest areas.  You will be contacted either by phone or email with information regarding your potential volunteer placement with 5 days of receipt in our office. 

For questions and more information, please contact tina.myers@denvergov.org; or call 303.698.4904

Download Adopt-a-Trail Agreement


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   

Denver Parks & Recreation offers one-day volunteer projects throughout the year, offering groups, individuals and businesses the opportunity to help keep their park and community beautiful.

Projects could include:

• graffiti removal
• trash and debris removal
• mulching trees and shrub beds
• planting flowers, shrubs
• tree planting (Spring & Fall)
• gardening
• playground maintenance

If interested, please fill out and return the application to tina.myers@denvergov.org; or fax it to 303.698.5501.

Upon receipt of your application, the volunteer office will review your application and determine if there are any volunteer opportunities that match your areas of interest indicated.  You will be contacted either by phone or email with information regarding your potential volunteer placement with 24 hours of receipt in our office. 

Volunteer materials:

DPR volunteer guidelines
DPR volunteer application

Applications and questions should be sent to tina.myers@denvergov.org or 303.698.4904