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. 

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

The Thornton Adopt-A-Street program encourages citizens to take an active role in their community by helping to keep our streets free of litter. Show you care about Thornton and help the environment by volunteering to Adopt-A-Street.

By volunteering to Adopt-A-Street, individuals, groups, or organizations agree to remove litter from a selected street for a period of one year. Volunteers are asked to conduct their cleanups once a month, weather permitting. The City will provide volunteers with 10 trash bags, 3 safety vests, and will also post a sign  indicating the name of the adopting group at their section of adopted street.


Flexible, with the commitment to pick up litter once a month for one year.

Hours/ Shifts:

Flexible; one year 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).

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)

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.

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. CERT Basic Training is done once a year,usually during the Fall/Winter months. Trainings  are held one night a week for 8 weeks (for 3 hours). Applicants must complete all 24 hours and one full/half day exercise as a graduation requirement. 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. 

It is recommended that applicants be able to perform under stress, able to lift 40 pounds from a standing position, and walk for 60 minutes or more.  Job tasks can be altered to accommodate physical abilities.

There are no minimum qualifications for this training; however, interest or experience in the fields below are highly preferred:

  • Volunteer management.
  • Disaster response.
  • Public safety.
  • Medical field/public health.  
  • Communications, or other related professional fields.  
  • Graduate of Fire or Police Citizens Academies

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.

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

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. 

SNOWBUSTERS (Arts and Culture)

If you love the snow and you are looking for a way to give back to your community, be a Snowbusting hero!

Snowbuster volunteers make an incredible difference in the lives of senior/disabled Thornton residents who are unable to pay for snow and ice removal from their walkways. Snowbusters help make it possible for their neighbors to safely go in and out of their homes as well as receive their meals and medication deliveries.

Volunteer Thornton pairs volunteers with those in need of Snowbusters through an application process and background check. Every year there is a waitlist of people in need of a Snowbuster. 

Snowbusters commit to remove snow/ice from their residents sidewalks and pathway 24 hours after a snowfall.  

This year, enjoy the season by becoming a Snowbuster and helping a neighbor in need.


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

THORNTON CITIZENS' POLICE ACADEMY - must be at least 18 yrs. old (Police Department )

The Citizens' Police Academy provides community members with an inside look at law enforcement. This Academy will acquaint citizens with the Police Department’s role in the criminal justice system and to provide increased understanding of the tasks Police Officers face in their daily work. The Academy meets once a week for 14 weeks and is designed to give citizens an overview of the police department’s function and operational procedures. The curriculum and teaching methods are similar to the traditional Police Academy; however, the weekly sessions are not designed to train the participant as a police officer. Officers, supervisors and personnel assigned to a particular division conduct each instructional block giving the participants first-hand information. In addition, this class is a hands-on and interactive program that will include an opportunity for the student to ride along with a Thornton Police Officer during his or her patrol shift. Upon successful completion of the academy, students will be honored at a graduation ceremony.

Applicants, but be at least 18 years old. Although there are no minimum qualifications for this training, interest or experience in the fields below are highly preferred:

  • Criminal Justice.
  • Disaster response.
  • Public safety. 
  • Communications, or other related professional fields.  

Due to the sensitive nature of some subjects being presented in the Thornton Police Citizens’ Academy, a criminal history background check will be conducted on all individuals applying for attendance into the Academy. Individuals found to possess a criminal history will be individually evaluated as to the appropriateness of their attendance in the Academy. Attendance by individuals possessing a felony conviction will be denied. The Thornton Police Department reserves the right to deny attendance based upon adverse criminal history information, or for any other reason


 Volunteers that have completed the 14 week  Thornton Citizens Police Academy training  are  qualified for a range of volunteer positions within the Police Department. TCPAAA volunteers have the opportunity to continue their service in over 50 exciting and diverse positions and trainings. Opportunities range from low impact office work to intense role-playing officer training such as:

  • Swat.
  • Shoot, don’t shoot scenarios.
  • Crisis negotiation.
  • Felony stops.
  • Crowd control.
  • Active shooter training.
  • Police Records Department assistant.
  • Detective Department assistant (transferring and or shredding files).
  • Detective Department assistant (follow up on missing persons).
  • Fingerprinting.
  • 911 call center support (transferring and downloading portions of calls for court cases).


All volunteers must have completed Citizen's Academy Class successfully and be an active member of the Alumni

Note: Some volunteer opportunities require volunteers to be agile and have been trained to receive SIMS rounds.

VICTIM ADVOCATE-must be at least 21 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 on scene response.

 Applicants must be able to:

  • Pass full background and criminal background check.
  • Pass computer voice stress analyses truth verification.
  • Complete 40 hour training in Victim Advocacy and commit to three 12-hour shifts per month, preferably for one year.

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age. There are no minimum qualifications for this program; however, interest or experience in the fields below are highly preferred:

  • Psychology.
  • Criminal Justice.
  • Social Work.

Hours/ Shifts:

Three 12-hour shifts per month; 5am-5pm or 5pm-5am,preferablyfor one year or longer.

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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