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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.

City Manager's Office

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

Open Data Project


Description:

Are you a data geek? Can you take raw data and tell a story? Can you translate data in a way that makes it understandable and interesting to your non-data friends?  If so, the City needs you! Help the City by creating visualizations utilizing data the City currently collects.

Time Commitment:

Flexible time commitment.  

Documents:

Data Visualization Creation (unpaid)

JOB DESCRIPTION

This is an unpaid volunteer creating visualizations within the City Open Data portal. Visualizations will be created using existing data sets and tools provided within the Socrata platform with a goal of making the data more accessible for a wide-range of resident interests.

LOCATION

  • 215 N. Mason Street, 3rd Floor, IT. Could also be done remotely.

PRIMARY ACTIVITIES

  • Creating an Open Data account.
  • Determine which Open Data datasets would be the most interesting for visualizations.
  • Create visualizations using existing Socrata tools.
  • Save visualizations within the Open data Portal.

EXPECTATIONS

  • Create easy to understand charts, graphs, and visualization to help tell a story using existing data sets.

TIME COMMITMENT AND AVAILABILITY

  • This assignment is very flexible.
  • Five visualizations a week preferred.

BENEFITS TO VOLUNTEER

  • Valuable learning opportunity reviewing City data sets.
  • Development of data analysis skills.
  • Limited access to City personal and professional development opportunities.
  • Access to City job application system and select volunteer opportunities.

LICENSES OR CERTIFICATES REQUIRED

  • None

 

To apply for the Data Visualization Creation, submit an Application, letter of interest and resume to Tim Campbell, ticampbell@fcgov.com. Your letter of interest should address your experience and abilities related to the PRIMARY ACTIVITIES and EXPECTATIONS listed in this description.

Thank you for your interest. To learn more about Open Data and the Open Data portal, visit https://www.fcgov.com/opendata


Ready to get involved?

Contact Tim Campbell, ticampbell@fcgov.com, (970) 221-6379 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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 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!

Skills Based Volunteer


Description:

Are you interested in giving your professional-level expertise to help natural areas? Skills Based Volunteers help complete projects including data analysis, web design, writing, and more. Find your project and apply to help this September through December! To apply, please list the project title you are interested in helping with on the application, and explain how your experience and skills match the project description.

Time Commitment:

Fall 2019 Cohort - September-December 2019, Projects range from 30-120 hours for this fall's cohort.

A cohort of Skills Based Volunteers will meet monthly (5-6:30 p.m., September 3, October 1, November 5, December 3) to learn more about the Natural Areas Department and receive support. Each volunteer is assigned a main staff contact who oversees the technical side of the project. 

Documents:

https://www.fcgov.com/naturalareas/skills-based-volunteers

https://www.fcgov.com/naturalareas/files/skills-based-volunteer-descriptions.pdf?1563304487


Ready to get involved?

Contact Charlotte Norville, cnorville@fcgov.com, (970) 416-2480 or apply online to become a volunteer.

Recreation

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

Water Safety Aide


Description:

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?

Contact Sophie Anders, sanders@fcgov.com, or apply online to become a volunteer.

Youth Instructor Assistants


Description:

Assist Recreation Instructors with youth classes.

Time Commitment:

Time commitment varies depending on class.


Ready to get involved?

Contact Lisa Freeman, lfreeman@fcgov.com, (970) 416-2528 or apply online 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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