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Public Works Volunteer Programs

Public Works Volunteer Programs

In recognition of the benefits of community involvement and engagement, and in coordination with the City of Boulder’s broader volunteer initiatives, the Public Works Department is a member of the Volunteer Cooperative and offers several year-round volunteer opportunities to community members and organizations looking to give back in meaningful ways.

Learn more below about the ways to volunteer! 

Upcoming Volunteer Needs

Hey Boulder! Can we count  on you?
Data matters! Ever wanted to know how many people use your favorite multi-use path? Help us find out!

The City of Boulder Transportation division is seeking volunteers to help us count pedestrians and bicyclists on various paths around town. With as little as a two-hour commitment, you can help us collect better data that will inform transportation decisions in the future.  

Time slots include:

- Mandatory Training session: Wednesday, Sept. 4, 6-7:15 p.m. Register here!

- Tuesday, September 10 (7-9 a.m., noon to 2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.)

- Thursday, September 12 (7-9 a.m., noon to 2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.)

- Saturday, September 14 (noon to 2 p.m.)

Select the links for both the training session as well as the date/time that works for you!

Volunteers for the 2019 Bicycle and Pedestrian Count will: 1) Commit to at least one 2-hour shift during the week of September 9th - 14th (mornings/evenings/weekends available); 2) Complete a volunteer orientation before the beginning of September; 3) Gather important data on demand and trends in active transportation that will better inform the future of transportation planning in Boulder.


Count Me In Boulder

The city recently launched Count Me In Boulder — a one-stop solution for citywide volunteer coordination and event management. The cloud-based system will save staff members, volunteers and patrons time and energy with intuitive features like automated hour tracking, self-reported site visits with impact-related measures, eLearning, activity registration, highly customizable reporting, world class training and support, and more.

Click on the tab below and take a minute to sign up and get started — all that's needed is your name and email address. 

Ongoing Volunteer Programs


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.

The city has a list of medians and right-of-ways that are eligible for adoption, available to view here Click to view a map.

Click on the tab below and take a minute to sign up and get started 

Sponsor’s Responsibilities: 

  • Commit to a one-year adoption period
  • Visit the sponsored location at least monthly, weekly for Transit Stops 
  • Provide people-power to pick up debris, weed, prune, trim and report observable problems
  • Notify Transportation Maintenance of planned cleanup dates for the arrangement of supplies and trash pick-ups
  • Report back to staff the number of volunteers and the number of hours contributed for each visit through Count Me In site visit reports.
  • For more information, see our Policies, Procedures & Rules pdf
  • Review our City of Boulder Volunteer Handbook Volunteer Handbook pdf

Public Works Provides:

  • A sign recognizing the individual or group as an Adopt-A-Spot sponsor (based on available funds, and location)
  • Safety and procedures training
  • Clean up supplies including bags, safety vests and work gloves
  • Trash pick-up afterward (for Medians, Bikeways, Streets and Pocket Parks)

One-Day Volunteer Projects

Interested in volunteering to clean up an area, but don’t want to commit to a year?

One-day cleanups are a great way to organize a group team-building event and give back to the community. One day cleanups are available for:

  • Multi-use paths
  • Pocket parks
  • Other right-of-ways maintained by the city

Please fill out the form below and someone from Public Works staff will be in touch within a few days. 


"Boulder's multi use path system is an expanding wonder of interconnections across the Boulder community.  As such it is used by all the diverse groups who live, work and visit our city. Being a member of Shared Paths Boulder encourages me to do my part to keep the paths clear and friendly, and gives all users a sense that there is a shared community responsibility to do the same." - Stephen Colby of Shared Paths, for the adoption program

Request a Volunteer Project

Looking to give back in other ways? We value and encourage new ideas and innovative ways to keep Boulder beautiful, please submit your ideas to: [email protected] and a Public Works staff member will get in touch to discuss.