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Volunteer Opportunities

When you volunteer with the City of Boulder, you become an invaluable part of our team, helping us provide valued programs and services for our communityWhile giving back, you also gain valuable skill and meet diverse people.  

We value our volunteers and hope you will join us! 


Volunteer for COVID-19 response 

Most volunteer needs and requests  related to  the  cornoavirus outbreak  in Colorado  are being funneled through the State of Colorado’s  Help Colorado Now  website at this time The website has information for  individuals looking to volunteer  and  organizations in need of volunteers .  

City of Boulder Immediate Volunteer Needs  

COVID-19 Recovery Center 

The COVID-19 Recovery Center (CRC) is seeking volunteers to assist with various duties.  A team from the City of Boulder, the City of Longmont, and Boulder County, has developed a plan and initiative to house individuals amid COVID-19 concerns in the new COVID-19 Recovery Center. This plan includes housing vulnerable individuals who show symptoms of the virus or have tested positive and are currently experiencing homelessness. The response team works under the direction of the Emergency Operations Center for Boulder County.  Please    read the full details on the initiative    to find out more and sign up.   

NEW! Small Garden, Big Change Mentors

Have a green thumb and experience germinating seeds? We’re looking for gardeners to support self-isolating older adults  to grow native plants from seed using a kit provided to the seniors by Small Gardens, Big Change. These seedlings will be collected in the fall and planted by the community to expand pollinator habitat. Not only will you help support the transformation of Boulder into a pollinator haven, you will provide a connection to older adults during this time of uncertainty.

Give back to your local park 

We need your help now more than ever to keep community parks and public spaces beautiful and clean for recreation. Become a Park Champ and care for a site you adopt. The tasks for each site differ but may include weeding, invasive species removal, trail maintenance, graffiti removal, etc. Create an account in Count Me In to learn more or fill out the Park Champ Application. Have questions? Check out the Park Champ FAQs pdf.

NEW! Shovel - a - Spot

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 please click here.

Ready to volunteer? Learn more and sign up on Count Me In Boulder for all city volunteer positions.


Volunteer across the city

Looking for community service opportunities? Boulder Parks and Recreation along with Open Space and Mountain Parks welcomes community service volunteers Check out this list pdf​ for more details. 

Boards and Commissions

Serve on an Advisory Board

Volunteers appointed to serve on a board or commission help City Council examine issues and, in turn, shape the future of Boulder. Applications to serve on advisory boards are open in January and February each year.

Learn more about boards and commissions.

Boulder Police Department

Help Strengthen Public Safety

From advocating for victims to assisting detectives, Boulder Police Department has a variety of volunteer opportunities at any given time. Volunteers help police be their best. Please note, recruitment for victim's advocates occurs in January and March each year. 

Learn more volunteering with Boulder Police Department.

Boulder Public Library

Empower Learning at Your Library

Library volunteers contribute more than 20,000 hours of valuable service annually. Volunteer opportunities are available at the Main library in addition to the four branches, offering positions for adults and teens. We have a variety of placement areas to choose from, and our programs can utilize a diversity of interests, skills and schedule.

Learn more about volunteering with Boulder Public Library

Climate Mobilization Action Plan

Plug into Boulder's Climate Strategy

This community-centered process will result in a new climate strategy in response to renewed climate urgency. This strategy is called the Climate Mobilization Action Plan, or CMAP. Fully addressing climate change will require immediate, system-scale action to create an equitable future, rapidly reduce emissions and accelerate technological innovation.

Learn more about volunteering with the Department of Climate Initiatives.

Housing and Human Services

Serve Our Community

Housing and Human Services welcomes volunteer support to fulfill our mission of providing safe, quality and affordable housing opportunities while building a healthy, socially thriving and inclusive community. 

Open Space and Mountain Parks

Give Back to Boulder's Open Space

Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Volunteer Services provides a variety of programs, projects, and events to community members and organizations year-round. Learn how you can give back to the land in meaningful ways.

Learn more about volunteering with OSMP.

Parks and Recreation

Lend a Hand at Local Parks

Give Back To Your Local Park!

We need your help now more than ever to keep community parks and public spaces beautiful and clean for recreation. Become a Park Champ and care for a site you adopt.

The tasks for each site differ but may include weeding, invasive species removal, trail maintenance, graffiti removal, etc. Create an account in Count Me In to learn more or fill out the Park Champ Application. Have questions? Check out the Park Champ FAQs pdf.

Volunteers are an integral element to the Parks and Recreation Department. People of all ages help contribute to varied projects at facilities, parks and natural areas throughout Boulder.

Learn more about volunteering with Parks and Recreation.

Public Works

Beautify Boulder by Adopting an Area

Community members and organizations to adopt an area in the city to keep debris-free. This Public Works Department program provides an opportunity for groups of any size to regularly volunteer and set their own schedule. Apply to adopt a specific median, multi-use path, road, bus stop or pocket park for a period of one year.

Learn more about adopting an area.


Volunteers make a difference

In 2019, 7,000 total volunteers contributed 80,057 hours to volunteer efforts, with an estimated financial impact worth $2.2 million.  Check out the new Volunteer Impact webpage and 2018 annual report pdf to learn more about the tremendous impact volunteers have on the Boulder community.

Left: Volunteer award winners at the 2019 citywide volunteer appreciation event for the Alber Lifetime Achievement Award and Outstanding Departmental Volunteer Award.




Volunteer Photo Gallery

2019 Volunteer Appreciation


What is the Volunteer Cooperative?

The City of Boulder’s Volunteer Cooperative is composed of volunteer coordinators and staff from all city departments who work with community volunteers. We work together to enhance community engagement, increase collaboration and ensure the highest quality volunteer experience possible.

Our mission is to support a community of service. Our vision is an integrated network of resources and opportunities to strengthen community stewardship.   

Thanks to the Boulder community, the Volunteer Cooperative is helping the city become more resilient in the face of future challenges and continuing to highlight the city’s spirit. Take a moment to review our Strategic Plan pdf to get a better sense of current and future plans. And check out the City of Boulder Volunteer Handbook, pdf where you will find all the information you need. 

If after checking out this webpage and the Count Me In Boulder site you still have questions,  please email the Volunteer Cooperative at  [email protected] .  


Service Enterprise Certified

The City of Boulder was the second municipal government to receive Service Enterprise  certification and  join ed  the top 11 percent of organizations in the country in volunteer management and organizational performance .  

Boulder's Volunteer Cooperative has been certified by Points of Light as a Service Enterprise A Service Enterprise is an organization that fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills throughout their organization to successfully deliver on its social mission. To earn this honor, Volunteer Cooperative staff completed an extensive assessment, over 20 hours of training and consulting, extensive internal planning and change to better integrate volunteers in our day-to-day operations. By achieving this level of excellence and certification, the Volunteer Cooperative is now better equipped to leverage the time and talent of volunteers and better meet our mission.