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. 

9 NEWS HEALTH FAIR - must be 18 yrs. or older - Recruiting year-round - Health Fair is in May (Health )

9Health Fair is truly a volunteer-driven organization. Over 15,000 volunteers come together every year to provide free and low-cost health awareness and educational screenings throughout the state! We have a number of volunteer opportunities, available to match your skills and interests. Must be at least 18 years old to volunteer. Health Fair is in May at Carpenter Recreation Center. 

ADOPT A STREET - all ages welcome, minors with guardian (Infrastructure)

Families, groups, and individuals can participate in litter control and beautification of a Thornton street by adopting a street! This is an ongoing opportunity and commitment. 

ARTS AMBASSADOR-must be at least 18 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 will attend monthly meetings. These meetings are for planning, updates, learning opportunities. Attendance at monthly meetings is strongly encouraged.

BOARDS & COMMISSIONS - 18 yrs. and older (City of Thornton)

Want to be involved in the decisions made in your community? If so, consider applying for a position on a Thornton Board or Commission. Current vacancies include Building Code Advisory Board, Businesses of Thornton Advisory Committee, Development Permit and Appeals Board, Thornton Arts, Sciences and Humanities Council Board of Directors, and Senior Citizen Advisory Board (Ward 4 only)

Break a Leg Community Theatre (Arts and Culture)

TASHCO’s Break –a-Leg community theatre program is so popular with volunteers and audiences
alike, we are going to expand the program to an outdoor venue in 2017. The city of Thornton’s outdoor amphitheater has
proved to be popular for the summer Twist and Shout Concert Series, often times reaching an audience of 600+
participants and we would like to extend its use as a unique theatre space. 
We offer school students and the Adams County community at large excellent drama workshops and fun live theatrical productions in the summer
of 2017. Five Saturday workshops will inspire the talents of young actors and culminate with performances of short skits
for student's family and friends. The summer 2017 theatrical production will span eight weeks, culminating in three
performances. Performances will be free to the public in Thornton's outdoor amphitheater at the Carpenter Recreation

We are seeking volunteers to help with all aspects of the program, from backstage to set creation to workshop help and day of performance operations.

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

Lions Club members help run the carousel throughout the summer. 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.

CERT (Community Emergency Response Training) - must be 18 yrs. or older (Risk Management)

Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) is a volunteer opportunity for all interested residents above the age of 18 . The CERT Program educates residents about disaster preparedness for all types of hazards and teaches basic skills in disaster response, volunteer management, fire safety, basic first aid, and team development. In addition to the CERT Basics Classes, quarterly trainings will be held to teach topics like advanced first aid and CPR, shelter operations, damage assessment, and more. CERT Members will have multiple opportunities to volunteer at Thornton special events and potentially respond during an actual disaster. The CERT program is managed by the City of Thornton Fire Department and Emergency Management. 

COTTONWOOD CLASSIC 5K - must be 14 yrs. or older (Special Events)

The Cottonwood Classic 5K is a family friendly event for racers and volunteers alike! Volunteers provide direct support to runners, race-walkers, and recreational walkers of all ages and ability levels. Several positions are available, including course marshals, split timers, water station attendants, registration table attendants, and food servers.

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.

FIRE DEPT. OFFICE ADMINISTRATION (non-firefighter position) - must be 18 yrs. or older (Fire Department)

The City of Thornton Fire Department does not utilize volunteer firefighters; however, opportunities exist to assist the Fire Department with administrative tasks and other support services.

FIRE HYDRANT PAINTING PROJECT - all age groups, adult guardians for minors (Neighborhood Services)

Liven up the fire hydrants in our community! Groups of five or more people that paint at least five fire hydrants can receive supplies through the Neighborhood Services Division year round. Learn more about the Fire Hydrant Painting Project and get involved by completing the Neighborhood Project Registration Form

Girls Softball Coach (Recreation)

The city of Thornton Girls Fast Pitch Recreational Softball Program is seeking volunteer head and assistant coaches for teams in the following age divisions: 4-5 (tee ball), 6-7 (coach pitch), 8-9 (player pitch), 10-11, 12-13, and 14-16. The Program runs from the first week in May through the last week of July, with practices and games on weeknights at various locations in Thornton.

GOLF PLAYER ASSISTANT - position opens in January 2018, must be over 18 yrs. old (Recreation)

Thorncreek Player Assistants provide our customers with excellent customer service, including the enforcement of golf course rules and regulations, monitoring pace of play, retrieving golf balls, raking bunkers, staging and cleaning golf carts, and assisting with tournament setup and cleanup. Volunteers must possess a general knowledge of golf, excellent communication skills, a calm demeanor, and the ability to work both weekdays and weekends.

GYMNASTICS VOLUNTEER PROGRAM AIDE - 13 to 18 yrs. youth only (Recreation)

Volunteers will be assigned a Saturday (3:15-4:45 pm) or Sunday (10:15 am -2:45 pm) birthday party shift. During their scheduled shift they will help the instructor:

  1. Organize and plan age-appropriate activities and games in the gymnastics room.
    1. Set up and tear down gymnastics circuits.
  2. Supervise groups of 12-15 children in the age range 3-12 years old.
  3. Communicate and enforce gymnastics room (and facility) rules.
  4. Lead group from lobby to gymnastics room and back up to party room.
  5. Provide customer service by interacting with participants and/or parents to answer questions.
  6. Report any issues and/or concerns to the Gymnastics Instructor or other supervisor.


We hope to grow this volunteer role and incorporate it into our gymnastics classes. Eventually the volunteers will help the gymnastics instructor:

  1. Organize and plan level/age appropriate gymnastics circuits for the purpose of teaching properly progressive gymnastics skills.
    1. Set up and tear down gymnastics circuits.
  2. Supervise 6-8 children while they perform the skills in said circuits.
  3. Assist in minor spotting of children (after being properly trained).

HARVEST FEST - 12 yrs. and older (Special Events)

Thornton Harvest Fest is designed to build on the community spirit of our residents and business leaders.

There are several positions available.

Set up

Tear down

Activities leaders in 2 and 2.5 hour shifts

HOOK & LADDER ACADEMY - 15-18 yr. olds (Fire Department)

A one week program for youth that are interested in learning more about a career in the fire service and what it takes to become a firefighter. Must be approved to apply. Link to application

POLICE RECORDS ASSISTANT-must be at least 18 yrs. old (Police Department)

If you're interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice or police administration or you just want to learn a little more about what goes on behind the scenes of the Police Department, a great place to start is as a Police Records volunteer. Interested applicants must be 18 years of age or older and possess a willingness to learn fingerprinting services as well as file, sort, and audit police reports and scanning.The ability to use standard office equipment and software applications, including Microsoft Office, and other database management programs is required; however, some basic training will be provided.

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. The Senior Craft Group meets every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.

SNOWBUSTERS (Arts and Culture)

Enjoy the winter while helping someone in need. As snowbuster, volunteers shovel snow for elderly and disabled residents so that they can safely receive their mail, prescriptions, and meals. Snowbusters shovel for one or more residents within 24 hours after each storm. Available for minors IF accompanied by an approved Snowbuster adult.


Help reduce the pollutants in our rivers and lakes. Volunteer to place markers that say 'No Dumping -Drains to River' on storm drains that go to our local rivers and lakes. You can also help by limiting the use of fertilizers, avoiding chemicals pesticides, recycling used motor oil and car batteries, pickup up pet waste, and washing your car on the lawn.


The Thornton Police Department provides a 14-week Citizens Academy to familiarize interested community members to the city's Police Department. Academy alumni are then qualified for a range of volunteer positions within the Police Department. The TCPAAA volunteers have the opportunity to continue their service in over 50 exciting and diverse positions. Opportunities range from low impact office work to intense role-playing officer training.   

TRUNK OR TREAT-must be at least 16 yrs. old (Special Events)

The City of Thornton Trunk or Treat festival is an annual celebration of spooktacular fun. Volunteers assist with a variety of festival tasks, including tombstone decoration, dressing up in costume for the Garden of the Ghouls walk, and event set-up.

Set up and tear down require a high degree of physical labor. Volunteers are needed for trunk decorating and handing out candy as well. High school students are encouraged to apply to volunteer for haunting activities day of. 

VICTIM ADVOCATE-must be at least 18 yrs. old (Police Department)

The Thornton Police Department Victim Service Unit is a shared effort between the cities of Thornton and Northglenn. Victim Advocates offer support, assistance, and counseling to victims of crime. Volunteers provide 24-hour crisis intervention and must complete 40 hours of training and commit to three 12-hour shifts per month.


Ambassadors help spread the water conservation message and inform neighbors about Thornton's conservation programs. Examples of activities include helping out at the festival water conservation booths, providing water conservation kits to neighbors and publishing articles in their homeowners association newsletters.


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


Workplace Address:       Infrastructure Maintenance Center

                                         12450 Washington Street

                                         Thornton, CO  80241


Qualifications: 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.


Benefits: Water Resources staff will work closely with the Water Wise Demonstration Gardens Volunteer. Benefits of the position include obtainment of transferable job skills, a casual work environment, on the job accident insurance, participation in an annual volunteer recognition event, and letters of recommendation.

WINTERFEST (Special Events)

From the opening Winterfest 5K race to the grand finale fireworks show, there are many opportunities for volunteers to become involved in Winterfest set-up, presentation, and tear down.


The Yesteryear Singers is comprised of veteran and novice volunteer singers who wish to give back to their community by way of voice. The Yesteryear Singers rehearse every Monday at 9:30 a.m. and perform at venues throughout the Denver Metro Area from September through June. The Yesteryear Singers is limited to senior volunteers and all levels of experience are welcome.

YOUTH AND TEEN VOLUNTEER CORPS-for ages 11 to 18 only (Community Services)

Join a summer volunteer program designed to cultivate responsibility in Thornton youths, ages 11-18. Volunteers assist with craft activities, supervise younger children participating in the Adventure Club at the Thornton Community Center, and oversee portable playground equipment and activities. The volunteers also experience various outings across the state. They have volunteered at nursing homes, park clean-ups, trail building and special events (Adams County Fair and KidsSpree).


The Youth Swim Team volunteer assists coaches during swim meets hosted by the Recreation Division. Youth Swim Team Volunteers provide assistance with timing events, running cards, and working concessions. Summer meets are held at the Park Village Pool and fall and winter meets are held at Veteran's Memorial Aquatics Center. Meets are normally held on Saturdays throughout the year.

Volunteer Applications