The city of Thornton is currently seeking volunteers for the following programs.

55+ ADVISORY BOARD - ongoing, must be at least 55 yrs. old (Senior Services)

The 55+ Advisory Board assists the Senior Center with special events, fundraising, and other activities. All members of the 55+ Advisory Board must be age 55 or older and are voted to join by the boards' current members. The 55+ Advisory Board meets once per month, attends quarterly general member meetings, and assist with board sponsored activities. This is an ongoing opportunity and commitment. 

ARTS AMBASSADOR-must be at least 16 yrs. old, ONE YEAR committment (Arts and Culture)

Arts Ambassadors are members of the Thornton community that have a sincere interest in the growth and promotion of all arts and culture programs in the city. Arts Ambassadors will work with artists, musicians, performers and various community member to assist Arts and Culture staff and the Arts & Culture division to increase awareness of arts and culture, develop and install art exhibitions and participate in various events, festivals and programs.

An Arts Ambassador for Arts and Culture must possess fluid computer literacy skills including the use of Microsoft Office Suite and the Internet. Familiarity with social media platforms is preferred. The ideal candidate will also be extremely detail oriented and possess strong organizational and critical thinking skills. Arts Ambassadors will also have working knowledge of various arts, arts processes and feel comfortable working with others in these areas.

Arts Ambassadors must be at least 16 years of age with a cultural investment in the Thornton Community and willingness to promote cross-cultural involvement in the arts within the City of Thornton. 


This is a one-year commitment to the hours listed below. 

Hours/ Shifts:

Required monthly meetings and some evenings and weekends (depending on events).

CAROUSEL ATTENDEE - for Lions Club members only (Lions Club)

Lions Club members help run the carousel throughout the Summer (Memorial Day-Labor Day). Interested Lions Club members are required to fill out a Volunteer Thornton application as the position is a partnership between the city of Thornton and the Lions Club.

Applicants must a Lions Club Member.


Friday: 4 p.m.-7 p.m.  

Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

COURT-ORDERED COMMUNITY SERVICE - must be at least 18 yrs. old (Courts Division)

A limited number of City of Thornton Divisions will accept court ordered community service volunteers. Volunteers must be able to commit to at least one full day shift from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, in order to be placed within a volunteer position after Labor Day through the end of May. Seasonal hours dictate schedule changes June through September, where volunteers must commit to an eight hour shift from 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m., or a 10 hour shift from 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The city of Thornton does not offer any court ordered community service opportunities on weekends or after 5 p.m. All community service MUST be completed before applying for any other volunteer opportunities in the City of Thornton.

INTERNSHIPS (must be at least 16 yrs. old) (Various Departments )

An internship is any carefully monitored meaningful learning experience in which an individual has intentional professional goals and reflects actively on what they wish to accomplish throughout their experience. An internship program is an excellent strategy for investing in your  future successes, often leading to the discovery of future colleagues and leaders.

A typical internship:

  • Includes developing intentional learning objective goals that are structured into the experience and supervised by a professional with relevant and related background in the field. 
  • Promotes academic, career and/or personal development. 
  • Includes learning objectives, observation, reflection, and evaluation.
  • Balances the intern’s learning goals with the organization’s needs. 
  • Typically lasts three months. May be part‐time or full‐time. 
  • Involves industry related and soft skill development.
  • May be carefully monitored and evaluated for academic credit. 
  • Provides adequate supervision in a reasonably safe environment with the necessary tools to perform the learning goals agreed upon for the duration of the internship.

Depending on the department, you may be asked to submit a written proposal outlining your goals and intentions for an internship and may be called in for an interview.  

SENIOR CRAFT GROUP - ongoing, 55 yrs. and older (Senior Services)

Sponsored by the 55+ Organization, this seniors only group creates holiday and special event favors for Senior Center patrons and other nonprofit organizations. No craft-making experience is required. 

SPECIAL EVENTS (Community Services )

Special events are a fun way to get more involved in your community. The City of Thornton hosts many special events throughout the year that only get better with the help and support of volunteers! 

These events include: 

  • Thorntonfest (May 19, 2018)
  • Cottonwood Classic 5k (May 19, 2018)
  • Harvastfest (Sep. 8, 2018)
  • Trunk-or-Treat (TBD)
  • Winterfest (TBD)
  • Winterfest 5k (TBD)
  • Art receptions (Year around)
  • Community Projects (on going)

Just a few hours of your time can make a big difference. Volunteers will periodically be sent online sign-ups to pick shifts. These are a great opportunity for young residents looking to get involved in their community.  

STORM DRAIN MARKER PROGRAM-must be at least 16 yrs. old (Infrastructure)

Help reduce the pollutants in our rivers and lakes during the Spring/Summer. Volunteer to place markers that say 'No Dumping -Drains to River' on storm drains that run into our local rivers and lakes and distribute literature on pollutant awareness.

 Storm Drain Marker Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age with an interest in water conservation and willingness to help the environment.

 Physical Demands:  

  • Carry load of markers and literature for distribution.
  • Able to walk from inlet to inlet and to residential doors.
  • Able to kneel and bend in order to place markers.

Hours/ Shifts:

Flexible; 2 hour minimum commitment per shift

WATER AMBASSADOR-must be at least 16 yrs. old (Thornton Water)

Ambassadors help spread the water conservation message and inform neighbors about Thornton's conservation programs. Water Ambassadors must be at least 16 years of age with an interest in water conservation and willingness to learn about The City’s water efficiency campaign and programs to help customers save water.

 Ambassadors choose from a variety of activities that spark their interest: talking with water customers at City sponsored events, sharing information about Thornton's water conservation programs with neighbors and friends, presenting water conservation topics at local schools, volunteering at the Thornton Fire Station 5 water-wise garden, looking for water waste and offering solutions to stop the waste, sharing water efficiency messaging on social media sites, providing feedback on Thornton's current and future water conservation programs, and testing new water efficient products and reporting your observations.

 Applicants must be able to lift 20-50 lbs.


Flexible, with the commitment to attend quarterly meetings in order to share ideas and information (usually on Tuesday evenings)


The Water-Wise Demonstration Gardens Volunteer will help with the maintenance of the city’s Water Wise Demonstration gardens.  Duties include:

  • Work with staff members and city contractors on garden duties, including raking, weeding, watering, fertilizing, mulching, pruning, deadheading, planting, and removing plants as needed.
  • Other basic landscaping or gardening tasks as needed.
  • Collect and maintain garden-related data, including photographs, maps, schedules
  • Assist in volunteer recruitment
  • Assist in Water Resources Division Water Conservation events such as garden tours, educational classes, and city festivals

 The Water Wise Demonstration Gardens Volunteer must possess knowledge and experience in general gardening techniques, and have the ability to walk, stand, kneel bend, reach and perform light lifting. Knowledge of and experience with Xeriscape gardening principles, perennial maintenance, and irrigation systems, is preferred. The ideal candidate will also be detail oriented and possess organizational, time management and critical thinking skills.

Schedule: Flexible, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and some weekends=

Hours / Shift: Two hour per week minimum commitment, preferably for six months or more

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