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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!

Greeter Table


Description:

This is an unpaid volunteer position assisting the Development Review Center staff as they serve customers who have questions relating building permits, contractor licensing or need guidance navigating other Community Development and Neighborhood Services departments.  Customer service is provided with integrity and efficiency, treating each individual with courtesy and respect.

Time Commitment:

Our hours for this table are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm.  The two most important hours of the day are 8-9 am and 4-5 pm.  This is when the building is open to the public for access to Neighborhood Services and FC Moves, but the gates are closed for service activities in Engineering and the Development Review Center.  We need 5+ volunteers to staff this table full-time (45 hrs. total). 

Documents:

https://www.fcgov.com/volunteer/files/greeter-table-job-description.pdf


Ready to get involved?

Contact Shar Gerber, sgerber@fcgov.com, (970) 221-6767 or apply online to become a volunteer.

Natural Areas

By becoming a volunteer with the with us, you are joining a long history of community commitment to conservation. Since its inception, the Natural Areas Department has engaged volunteers on every level, from education to stewardship to leadership. Volunteers help extend outreach and strengthen community involvement. We believe that volunteers are one of our most valuable resources.

Volunteer today!

Master Naturalist


Description:

Volunteer Description Overview City of Fort Collins Master Naturalists are volunteers who:

  • provide programs including school field trips and community programs,
  • welcome visitors to natural areas,
  • share practical stewardship tips for these special places.

Master Naturalists care about natural areas and have fun sharing their enthusiasm with others. During the training presentations by a variety of experts, field trips to natural areas, and opportunities to practice techniques provide naturalist trainees with the skills they need to lead fun, fact-filled, and meaningful field trips for all ages.

Those admitted to the training must attend the following training dates:

  • Tuesday, April 2, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 4, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 6, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 9, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 11, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 13, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 16, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 18, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 23, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 25, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 27, 8 a.m.-noon 
  • Tuesday, April 30, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 2, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The application will close on Friday, March 22.

Time Commitment:
  • Activities are scheduled well in advance. You will have the opportunity to sign up for those that interest you and fit your schedule.
  • Mandatory training of approximately 70 hours.
  • Commit to at least two years of volunteer service.
  • Present a minimum of two programs by the end of the training calendar year and donate at least fifty hours within two years of training.
  • Attend at least two qualified continuing education programs, field trips, or workshops per year. These are sponsored/provided by the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department and are provided free of charge; some exceptions may apply.
Documents:

Read the full job description here.


Ready to get involved?

Contact Charlotte Norville, cnorville@fcgov.com, (970) 416-4245 or apply online to become a volunteer.

Photographer


Description:

Compelling images help tell the story of the natural areas in communications materials ranging from printed publications to online resources.  Volunteers who donate their photography work are important to the success of natural areas.  Volunteer photographers are credited for their work where practicable.

Time Commitment:

 Take photographs on your own schedule and within Natural Areas regulations.

Documents:

Read the full job description here. 


Ready to get involved?

Contact Charlotte Norville, cnorville@fcgov.com, (970) 416-4245 or apply online to become a volunteer.

Volunteer Ranger Assistant


Description:

FULL for the 2019 Season! Volunteer Ranger Assistants (VRAs) serve as a visible presence in the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas and at Larimer County Parks and Open Spaces to enhance the experiences of trail users by providing information, site monitoring, and visitor assistance. VRAs work through the Ranger programs to respond to questions and inquiries, monitor trails, parks, open spaces and natural areas for visitor safety and resource protection, assess timing and types of recreational uses, administer user surveys, and alert rangers to situations that require staff attention. VRA’s may hike, bike, or ride their own horse.

Time Commitment:
  • Complete 20 hours of volunteer patrol during a calendar year.
  • The need for the VRA is highest between May and October on weekday evenings and weekends.
  • Assist Larimer County Natural Resources and the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas rangers with at least one special event or patrol a year which may be included in the 20 hour requirement.
Documents:

Read the full job description here.


Ready to get involved?

Contact Rhonda C Peckham, rpeckham@fcgov.com, or apply online to become a volunteer.

Parks

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

Gardener


Description:

Anyone with interest in gardening is welcome to join a gardening team at Twin Silo Park. Tasks will require regular bending, stooping, lifting, digging, etc. All training is provided, just come open to learning!  

Time Commitment:

Thursday 9-11 AM, come on your own schedule.


Ready to get involved?

Contact Bryan Fischer, brfischer@fcgov.com, to become a volunteer.

Visitor Surveys


Description:

Parks is looking for volunteers to help with Visitor Surveys at various locations around town. We'll train you how to use an iPad and invite visitors to give the City feedback on Parks. 

Time Commitment:

2 hour shift

View all available shifts here: https://engage.fcgov.com/ActivityVolunteerRegistration/9e06ef92-8696-482b-a667-230e7683a51b


Ready to get involved?

Contact John Litel, jlitel@fcgov.com, (970) 221-6875 to become a volunteer.

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!

Recycling Ambassador


Description:

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). 
Time Commitment:
  • Commit to at least one, two-hour shift per week for at least six months.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Maureen McCarthy, mamccarthy@fcgov.com, or apply online to become a volunteer.

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!

General


Description:

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. 

Prairie Sage Dance Assistance 

Assist with our bi-monthly, Monday night Senior Dances. Includes greeting, ticket taking, assisting with snacks, and cleanup. 

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.

Time Commitment:

Pool and Billiards Room Maintenance

1x week, on your own schedule, generally a 3 hour time commitment

Prairie Sage Dance Assistance 

Every other Monday night/flexible Monday nights, generally a 4 hour time commitment 

AV Assistance

Times vary based on scheduling of various movies, shows, presentations and events.  Volunteers would be provided with 1-2 month schedule of when these take place, though movies do take place  every other Friday and one Wednesday/month.  Volunteers may select which opportunities work best for them. Most opportunities require a two hour time commitment. Training provided.


Ready to get involved?

Contact Betsy Emond, Bemond@fcgov.com, (970) 224-6030 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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!

Tour Volunteers


Description:

Join us for school field trips and fun at The Farm!  We are looking for energetic adults who would like to share the wonders of the farm with local children.

Time Commitment:

Must be available during the work day. Dates and times will vary.


Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

Transfort

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

Transfort Volunteer


Description:

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

Time Commitment:

Commit to at least 10 hours of volunteer service per year. Schedule varies based on event requests (busiest seasons are spring and summer).

Documents:

View the volunteer description here 


Ready to get involved?

Contact Anna Russo, arusso@fcgov.com, (970) 416-2642 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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