Participate Volunteer

Junior Volunteer: Age 14-17

Kati_StandThis program is a fantastic way for the next generation of volunteers to get involved and helps high school students investigate the professional world of teaching, recreation or therapeutic recreation, rehabilitation services, volunteer management, or special education!

Alpine Ski and Ride Junior Volunteer

We train you to work with adaptive students and equipment. Training begins in November and continues through December. Volunteering with participants begins in January. Junior Instructors will always have an experienced volunteer with them as they hit the slopes! Lunch is usually spent with the student and/or group


  • Bronze Volunteers are also known as assistants to the instructors, as their primary purpose is to ASSIST other staff and volunteer instructors with lessons. Bronze volunteers must be 15 years or older. If you are 14, you must be turning 15 during the ski season. Bronze volunteers commit to a ½ day of training, and 2-full days of volunteering (pass provided*). For every 2-full days of volunteering, a Bronze volunteer will receive 1-day of free-skiing at Winter Park (if they do not already own/purchase a season pass)*.
  • Junior Silver Volunteers are fully trained NSCD instructors that commit to 5+ instructing days per season (16 years – 18 years old). New volunteer instructors to the winter program are required to complete FOUR on-mountain training sessions their first season, and a total of 5-6 within a calendar year. Returning volunteers are only required to complete one refresher training. Silver volunteers will receive a limited season pass to Winter Park Resort, which will cover all training and teaching days, plus 5 free days.*
  • Junior Gold Volunteers are also trained NSCD instructors, though they commit to 10+ instructing days per season (16 years +). Gold level volunteers will receive an unlimited Winter Park Resort Season Pass. Training for volunteers is the same as a Silver volunteer.*

* Note: NSCD issued Winter Park Resort day and season passes are issued to volunteers who do not own a pass of their own that includes Winter Park Resort.

Schedule: The average volunteer day is from 8:30 to 4:00 p.m. Programs operate seven days a week. We have 5-week programs that begin the first weekend in January and run for 5-weeks at a time throughout the winter season. In addition, we have custom groups that are scheduled on varying dates and durations. Typically a volunteer picks the same day each week to volunteer throughout season or can volunteer on various days with custom groups.

Location: Winter Park Resort


  • Must provide your own ski/snowboard equipment (NSCD provides rentals for a fee and on an ‘as available basis’ after ensuring participants have the equipment they need)
  • Must be an intermediate skier/rider (or advanced-beginner)
  • Gold or Silver Jr. Volunteers must be turning 16 during the current ski season
  • Bronze Jr. Volunteers must be turning 15 during the current ski season
  • Volunteer fees range from $15 to $60
  • Volunteer application
  • Privacy and confidentiality agreement
  • Liability waiver

Junior Sports Program Volunteer

Support the NSCD staff and other volunteers in paddle sports, rock climbing, team sports and more! Please bring food and water when necessary. Volunteers will assist with set up and breakdown of all activities


  • Variable


  • Denver metro area, locations vary with program


  • Must be 16 years old
  • Must provide own athletic clothing/shoes
  • Volunteer Application
  • Privacy and confidentiality agreement
  • Liability waiver

Junior Therapeutic Riding Volunteer

Catch, groom, tack, play recreational games or, take your participant on the ride of his/her life! Our volunteers play an integral role for our participants, providing support, encouragement and enthusiasm throughout the lesson. You do not need to have experience riding horses to volunteer for this program, we will teach you what you need to know!

As a volunteer you will assist with:

  • Prepping and cleaning the horses before and after the lessons
  • Assisting participants with riding the horse
  • Leading the horse during the lesson
  • Helping the participant to follow the instructions from the instructor
  • Feeding, watering and general horse care
  • Miscellaneous ranch duties and activity preparation

Schedule: Tuesdays – Saturdays, June through September

Location: YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch, Granby, CO


  • Must be 14 years or older
  • Must be able to stand on your feet for long periods of time, be able to walk on various terrain (sand, dirt, rock, etc.) and be prepared to work in all weather conditions.
  • Volunteer application
  • Privacy and confidentiality agreement
  • Liability waiver

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