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Get Involved: City of Fort Collins Engage

Please use the directory below to find the perfect opportunity for you. When you are ready to register for an opportunity you will be asked to complete our standard volunteer application. Please note some opportunities will require you to answer additional questions.

Community Development & Neighborhood Services

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of the Neighborhood Services Department. Volunteer today!

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Adopt-A-Neighbor

JOB DESCRIPTION  

The City of Fort Collins seeks willing volunteers to assist their neighbors through a variety of tasks. Volunteers will be paired with neighbors who are in need of assistance with tasks such as grocery shopping and delivery, basic errands, snow shoveling, lawn mowing, yard work, outdoor pet care/dog walking, minor outdoor home repair, and more. Volunteers can choose to perform one-time tasks with different neighbors or can commit to an ongoing relationship with a neighbor in need.   

LOCATION  

  • Will vary dependent on the location of the neighbor you are assigned to.   

PRIMARY ACTIVITIES  

  • Connect with a neighbor in need.  
  • Confirm a list of tasks that your neighbor would like help with.   
  • Conduct errands or tasks to assist assigned neighbors.  
  • Initiate and report all visits through Engage.  
  • Perform all tasks with COVID and safety precautions in mind, as outlined in the Adopt-A-Neighbor course.   

EXPECTATIONS  

  • Completion of an initial online training through Engage.   
  • High level of professionalism in every interaction.  
  • High attention to safety standards.  
  • Detailed reporting through Engage, including volunteer hours.  
  • If unable to help a neighbor or fulfill an assignment, volunteers must notify the City of Fort Collins with as much time as reasonably possible.  

SAFETY   

  • The work that you commit to is vital, but your personal health and safety are always of primary importance and should not be compromised.  
  • Volunteers and neighbors are not permitted to enter each other's homes or vehicles.   
  • In the process of becoming an Adopt-A-Neighbor volunteer you will be assigned a required course which will include additional safety information.   

TIME COMMITMENT AND AVAILABILITY  

Time commitment will vary depending on availability and need. Both long-term, short-term, and episodic volunteer opportunities may be available.  

BENEFITS TO VOLUNTEER  

  • Making a positive impact on someone in need in your community.  
  • Development of customer service skills.  
  • Free use of MAX and Transfort while actively volunteering.  
  • Limited access to City personal and professional development opportunities.  
  • Access to City job application system and select volunteer opportunities.  

LICENSES OR CERTIFICATES REQUIRED  

This is a position of trust, therefore, a background check required. 

SPANISH TRANSLATION 

DESCRIPCIÓN DEL PUESTO  

La ciudad de Fort Collins está en busca de voluntarios dispuestos a ayudar a sus vecinos con una variedad de tareas. Los voluntarios se asignarán a vecinos que necesiten ayuda con tareas como compra y entrega de alimentos, diligencias básicas, remoción de nieve, corte de césped, trabajos de jardinería, cuidado de mascotas fuera de la casa y paseo de perros, reparaciones menores en el exterior de la casa, etc. Los voluntarios pueden optar por realizar una única tarea para diferentes vecinos o pueden comprometerse a mantener una relación continua con un vecino que necesite ayuda.  

UBICACIÓN 

  • Variará en función de la ubicación del vecino al que se le asigne. 

ACTIVIDADES PRINCIPALES 

  • Ponerse en contacto con un vecino que necesite ayuda. 
  • Confirmar una lista de las tareas con las que su vecino desee recibir ayuda. 
  • Realizar diligencias o tareas para ayudar a los vecinos asignados. 
  • Iniciar e informar de todas las visitas a través de Engage. 
  • Realizar todas las tareas teniendo en cuenta las precauciones respecto a la COVID y a la seguridad, tal y como se indica en el curso Adopt-A-Neighbor (Adopte un vecino).

EXPECTATIVAS 

  • Completar una capacitación inicial en línea a través de Engage. 
  • Alto nivel de profesionalismo en cada interacción. 
  • Apego total a las normas de seguridad. 
  • Informes detallados a través de Engage, incluyendo el número de horas de voluntariado. 
  • Si no pueden ayudar a un vecino o cumplir con una tarea, los voluntarios deben notificarlo a la ciudad de Fort Collins con la mayor antelación posible. 

SEGURIDAD  

  • El trabajo al que usted se compromete es vital, pero su salud y seguridad personales son siempre lo más importante y no deben verse afectadas. 
  • No se les permite a los voluntarios y a los vecinos entrar en las casas o vehículos del otro. 
  • Durante el proceso para convertirse en voluntario de Adopt-A-Neighbor se le asignará un curso obligatorio que incluirá información adicional sobre seguridad.  

COMPROMISO Y DISPONIBILIDAD DE TIEMPO 

El compromiso en cuanto al tiempo variará en función de la disponibilidad y las necesidades. Es posible que haya oportunidades de voluntariado a largo plazo, a corto plazo y ocasionales. 

BENEFICIOS PARA LOS VOLUNTARIOS 

  • Hacer un impacto positivo en alguien que lo necesita en su comunidad. 
  • Desarrollo de habilidades de servicio al cliente.•Uso gratuito de MAX y Transfort mientras sea voluntario activo. 
  • Acceso limitado a oportunidades de desarrollo personal y profesional en la ciudad. 
  • Acceso al sistema de solicitud de empleo de la ciudad y oportunidades de voluntariado selectas. 

LICENCIAS O CERTIFICADOS REQUERIDOS 

Este es un puesto de confianza, por lo tanto, se requiere una verificación de antecedentes. 


Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Adopt-A-Neighbor volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Emily K Olivo
(970) 510-6638


Gardens on Spring Creek

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of the  Gardens on Spring Creek. Volunteer today!

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Butterfly House Volunteer

Volunteering in our Butterfly House is both educational and rewarding! Butterfly House volunteers are responsible for maintaining USDA containment standards, helping to ensure excellent guest experience, and enhance guest takeaways through interpretation and education.

Responsibilities:

• Welcome all guests, give them a short orientation to the Butterfly House rules and keep track of tickets.

• Make sure the butterflies stay in the house as per the Butterfly House training

• Check guests’ jackets and belongings as they leave to make sure there are no butterflies sneaking out

• Ensure guests are staying on the path and not disturbing the plant material

• Make sure guests are not leaving the House with butterflies

• Helpful and resourceful in meeting guests needs.

• Excellent customer service skills

• Provide interpretive education in the Butterfly House

• Enthusiasm for sharing a love of gardening and the natural world with people of all ages

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Butterfly House Volunteer volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Hannah Krikorian
(970) 416-2482


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Gardens Volunteer

The Purpose of The Gardens on Spring Creek Volunteer Program is to enrich lives of volunteers and community members through our beautiful, curated gardens and outstanding education programs and events; create a financially sustainable workforce; and educate volunteers and guests about environmental stewardship through gardening.

Primary Activities:

  • Perform gardening tasks at a moderate activity level including weeding, mulching, planting, propagating, etc.
  • Assist with special events through various moderate level tasks including ticket scanning, greeting, wayfinding, interacting with public, etc. 
  • Take direction from gardens staff regarding garden and/or greenhouse work
  • Work together as a part of a volunteer team on garden projects or garden events
  • Volunteer opportunities are also available in youth/adult education and butterfly house. Additional training and a background check may be required. 

Expectations:

  • Enthusiasm for sharing a love of gardening and the natural world.
  • Participate in orientation, training programs, and program evaluations.
  • Treat visitors with courtesy and respect.
  • Act in a professional manner, which includes respecting confidences.
  • Be accountable to and supportive of the work at The Gardens on Spring Creek.
  • Verbal communication skills
  • Desire to learn about horticulture
  • A positive attitude
  • Must be able to spend days in inclement weather, on feet, and sometimes lifting objects
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Not Accepting Applications

New Volunteer Applications for 2022 Gardens Volunteers are no longer being accepted. Please check back in March 2023 when our Volunteer onboarding will resume. If you are interested in volunteering with the Gardens this fall or winter, please check out our Special Events Volunteer opportunities


Information Technology

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of the IT Department. Volunteer today!

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Technical

Assist in the development of a comprehensive technology knowledge base for City employees within the IT Service Management (ITSM) system. The articles in the knowledge base will allow employees to quickly and easily search for answers to their technical needs, promoting self-service. Assist in the creation of standard practices to be used when developing knowledge articles, focusing on quality over quantity and ensuring the technical information is conveyed in a way that is easily understood by users at all levels of technical capabilities 

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Technical volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Savannah Leamon
(970) 207-7885


Parks

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of the Parks Department. Volunteer today!

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Ambassadors

The City of Fort Collins Forestry Division maintains over 56,000 trees on public property along streets, and in parks, cemeteries, golf courses and other City facilities. The City is seeking skill based Urban Forest Ambassadors to assist with updating inventory data, perform urban forest health assessments, tree planting events, and engage the community in spreading the value and importance of our community’s urban forest! Urban Forest Ambassadors will perform a variety of tasks including updating the inventory, assessing for structural defects or insect and disease and engaging with the Fort Collins Community. The volunteers will help us update the public tree inventory on a more frequent basis. These efforts will include the use of an iPad or smartphone, diameter tape, and educational material to complete tasks as assigned by Forestry staff. Urban Forest Ambassadors are an integral part of urban forest management that will help continue health and longevity of the urban forest for generations to come.

 

 

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Ambassadors volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Carrie Tomlinson


Recycling Ambassadors

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of the Recycling Ambassadors Department. Volunteer today!

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Recycling Ambassador

Three R Enthusiasts, read on! This is the ONLY volunteer opportunity on the Front Range where you will: 

BENEFITS 

  • Make an important contribution to our community's recycling efforts.
  • Receive valuable and hands-on learning about recycling - through action, educational tours and meetings.
  • Have the opportunity to pass on your knowledge to others in the community.

EXPECTATIONS AND TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

  • Public relations and communication skills, including the ability to interact and work effectively and courteously with people from varying social, cultural, and economic backgrounds.
  • Interest in, and knowledge about (will be provided at training) Waste Reduction and Recycling issues.
  • One-hour site tour, and site training (usually an hour or two)
  • Fill out a Shift Feedback Form after every shift.
  • Check-ins: “Coffee Catch-up” meetings with other RA's every other month. Emailing the Coordinator regarding updates.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • This is a position of trust: a yearly background check is required.
  • You must have an email address and basic computer skills (some exceptions may be allowed)
  • You must be 16 (with parental approval if younger than 18) or older to apply for this position.
  • To apply for the Recycling Ambassadors Program, submit an application (on the right side of your screen). 
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Recycling Ambassador volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Adam Egger


Senior Center

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of the Senior Center Department. Volunteer today!

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General

Three opportunities!

Pool and Billiards Room Maintenance

Light maintenance and cleaning of Pool and Billiards Room. Vacuuming of pool tables, cleaning whiteboards, maintaining supplies, washing supplies, etc. 

Guest Services

Greeting participants, giving tours, walking the facility hourly to do headcounts.

AV Assistance

Set up and run AV equipment during various programs, movies, etc. at our Senior Center. Includes working sound system, lights, power point presentations, video conferencing, all things technical.  Training provided.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the General volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Ashley Ruffer
(970) 224-6033


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Guest Services

Help out at the front desk at the Senior Center. Duties may include answering phones, greeting and taking participants counts throughout the building every hour.

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Ski Bus

We need one or two volunteers who might be interested in being a ski bus host!  The ski bus will start running again on Jan 25, once a week and goes to either Winter Park or Copper Mtn. (alternating weeks).  We will need the volunteer/s identified by AT LEAST 2 weeks earlier so they can be trained).  The benefit of riding the bus is that the host gets to ride for free ( $75.00 for other riders).  However,  lift ticket, lunch, or other necessities are not provided.  This is an ideal volunteer opportunity for someone who might have a season pass already! 

You will be responsible for welcoming riders, marking off attendance, handing out emergency contact forms and liability waivers and assisting with loading equipment.  You will remind riders of the schedule and make sure that everyone gets back on the bus.  Further details can be provided upon application.

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The Farm at Lee Martinez Park

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of the The Farm & Northside Aztlan Community Center Department. Volunteer today!

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Tour Volunteers

Do you love animals? Do you enjoy interacting with children?  Do you have a special interest in agriculture education?  The Farm at Lee Martinez Park is seeking an enthusiastic volunteer for guided educational farm tours for our visiting school groups.

 

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Tour Volunteers volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Kristen Shope
(970) 221-6665


The Lincoln Center

Without our amazing Volunteers, we couldn't do what we do!  We love our Volunteers and can't wait to welcome you into our phenomenal program.  Apply today!

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Educational Experiences

The Lincoln Center provides opportunities for educational experiences for local students and teachers.  If you would like to set up an Informational Interview, a Tour, Job Shadow, Volunteer Experience, or a High School Capstone Project, please contact our Front of House Coordinator, Tyler Davis, at tdavis@fcgov.com or (970) 221-6260.  



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Lincoln Center Intern

This position allows High School and College students in the greater Fort Collins area to observe and participate in the management of a Performing Arts Venue including Volunteer Management, House Managing, Theater Operations, Administration, and Client Coordination.  The purpose of this position is to assist students looking to work in a Performing Arts Venue or as a Volunteer Manager to gain critical experience and knowledge that can help guide their career path and find work in their chosen field. 


Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Lincoln Center Intern volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Tyler Davis


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Performance Volunteers

Volunteers are an extremely important and essential part of the Lincoln Center family.  We rely on our Volunteers to be our eyes and ears and to assist patrons in navigating and participating in the many performances and events we offer.  Volunteers get exposed to a wide array of artistic and professional endeavors including theatrical performances, dance productions, art gallery installations, concerts, and community events.  While Volunteers get to enjoy a majority of the presentations that they work, the emphasis is providing our patrons with a professional and enjoyable experience that makes them want to return time and time again.  

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Performance Volunteers volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Tyler Davis


Transfort

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of the Transfort Department. Volunteer today!

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Transfort Volunteer

Volunteers will work closely with the Transfort Travel Training Coordinator to help educate the community about Transfort services including MAX and FLEX.   

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Transfort Volunteer volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Anna Russo
(970) 416-2642


Volunteer Services

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Volunteer Services. Volunteer today!

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Citywide Community Engagement

Community Engagement Volunteers are trained in education and outreach techniques to support staff in disseminating information and gaining feedback from the community on department-specific programs. Volunteers will be trained as content experts on various City priorities to answer questions and facilitate meaningful discussions at City-sponsored events.

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HR Admin Volunteer

Assist Human Resources in daily admin tasks such as answering phones and greeting visitors

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Special Events Volunteer

The City of Fort Collins hosts a number of events throughout the year with the goal of engaging the community in fun, family-friendly experiences. Special events generally consist of activity booths, educational activities, vendor sales, music, etc. Special Event Volunteers will assist with all aspects of event management including set up/tear down, hosting booths, running activities, assisting with refreshments, and/or offering shuttle service. Due to the similarity of Special Events, volunteers can move easily between departments for a wide variety of experiences.

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Youth Programs

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of the Recreation Youth Education Department. Volunteer today!

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Water Safety Aide

Assist instructors with swim lessons by creating a fun learning environment for participants.  This is a great opportunity for youth volunteers 14 and older.


Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Water Safety Aide volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Sophie Anders


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Youth Instructor Assistants

Assist Recreation Instructors with youth classes.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Youth Instructor Assistants volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Lisa Freeman
(970) 416-2528


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