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Volunteer opportunities with Boulder County Parks & Open Space
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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

We know these are trying times and we won’t be able to gather for trainings or projects in the near future. However, we are accepting applications for new volunteers to prepare for Parks & Open Space needs throughout the year. Training dates will be announced when they are scheduled. For immediate volunteer opportunities to help with COVID-19 efforts, we’ve listed links at the bottom of this email for more information.

Ongoing Opportunities

Native Seed Garden Steward

Assist plant ecologists in maintaining the Native Seed Garden. Your efforts will help increase the amount of seed available for use in ecological restoration.

Volunteers regularly visit the garden for weeding, monitoring seed development, and reporting any needed maintenance such as irrigation repair, and major herbivory.

For more information contact Carrie Cimo at ccimo@bouldercounty.org or 303-678-6329.

Applications are accepted on a continuing basis. 
Apply Now

Living History Demonstrator

Help visitors travel back in time to an 1880s ranch in the mountains. Learn fun and easy living history demonstrations to share at special events and weekday school field trips. It’s your chance to be a pioneer and give visitors an appreciation for the area’s past: dress in period costume, cook on a wood stove, give tours, chop wood, make shingles, churn butter, and do laundry with a washboard!

For more information contact Sheryl Kippen at skippen@bouldercounty.org or 303-776-8848.

Application deadline is May 1.  
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Mining Museum Guide

Do you love sharing stories, talking with people, and have a passion for history? Volunteers are needed to help visitors explore and learn about mining history at the Nederland Mining Museum and the James F. Bailey Assay Office Museum.

For more information, contact Sheryl Kippen at skippen@bouldercounty.org or 303-776-8848.

Application deadline is May 10.

Apply Now

Agricultural Heritage Center Livestock Caretaker

Livestock are a vital component of the programs at the AHC and need care twice a day, seven days a week. Volunteers feed and care for a wide variety of livestock on a consistent schedule (mornings and/or afternoons).

For more information, contact Jim Drew at drew@bouldercounty.org or 303-776-8688.

Apply Now

COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities

Before considering volunteering, ask yourself: Am I well enough to volunteer?

Your safety and limiting the spread of the coronavirus is our main priority! Boulder County and the local Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters continue to encourage everyone to adhere to Center for Disease Control and Boulder County Public Health instructions on how best to avoid COVID-19 at work, in the community, and at home:
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Distance yourself from others at least 6 feet if you must be in contact with others.
  • If you have a cough, fever, or any symptoms of feeling ill, stay home and self-quarantine.
If you are well enough and wish to volunteer, there are two channels in which you may be able to help!

HelpColoradoNow

The first is by contacting and registering with HelpColoradoNow.org.
As you register, you have the option to pay a nominal fee for a background check to be processed through the portal. Boulder County will be using mainly background-checked volunteers to help with delivery of food, goods, and services to the most vulnerable in our Boulder community.

There will be a need for many roles in the coming days including food collection, organization and delivery, and potentially small group childcare for essential workers who cannot afford private childcare. Some roles will be directly related to COVID-19 in medical and logistical support. Other roles for volunteers may be related to helping community organizations to keep normal services running.

Informal Help

The second way to help is by doing so informally in your own community.
If you know people in your neighborhood or community who may be vulnerable, and you can contact them safely (e.g. phone call, Facetime or video chat, text, drop note into door), help them out. Let your neighbor or community member know that you are available and can assist with shopping, etc.

As we know, isolation can foster depression and self-neglect. Showing someone you care and that they are on your radar goes a long way to help people who may not have much contact with the world in general.

Please do not assume that someone needs help or call directly to someone’s house unannounced. Some people may be very anxious about making face to face contact, particularly if they have a medical condition or are living alone.
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