Volunteer with NSCD

The driving force behind the NSCD is a team of more than 1,300 hands-on volunteers who dedicate over 30,000 hours annually to helping people with a disability to ski, snowboard, kayak, rock climb, play team sports and achieve their personal best.

Spring/Summer Mountain Volunteer Opportunities
Spring/Summer Metro Volunteer Opportunities
Fall/Winter Mountain Volunteer Opportunities
Fall/Winter Metro Volunteer Opportunities

How to Volunteer?

Interested in volunteering? Fill out the volunteer interest form to the right and we’ll get in contact with you to talk about the best opportunities available for you. Also, you can email volunteer@nscd.org.


Upcoming Opportunities

PrintBroncos Back to Football 7K
The 2015 Broncos Back to Football 7K is scheduled for September 6, 2015. Volunteers are needed on race day (9/6) and to help with packet pickup at the Stadium Store on 9/4 and 9/5. Specific job assignments will be determined closer to race day.

Click here to sign up for volunteer opportunities: Sign Up

DATE: Sunday September 6, 2015
LOCATION: Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium


Spring/Summer Mountain Volunteer Opportunities

During the spring and summer, the NSCD offers a wide range of volunteer opportunities in Winter Park and surrounding areas. Whether it is sailing or horseback riding, we’re bound to have something that’s right for you.

Therapeutic Horse Riding: 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. Sessions are Tuesday-Saturday.
Session I: June 5- July 7
Session II: July 17- August 18
Session III: August 21- September 22
Location: YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch

Resort Activities: Spend a day exploring the base area activities at Winter Park Resort. You and your participant will have the opportunity to ride the longest alpine slide in Colorado, get lost in the giant human maze, spring to the sky with the leaps and bounds bungee and more!
Dates: June-September
Location: Winter Park Resort

Shuttle Driver: Shuttles the NSCD van during Rafting Trips. Shuttle Driver Volunteers spend their day relaxing in the sun and ensuring the NSCD van is safe and ready to pick up volunteers/staff/participants after rafting.
Dates: June – August
Location: Kremmling, CO – Pump House to Radium

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Spring/Summer Metro Volunteer Opportunities

The NSCD has a wide range of volunteer opportunities based in Denver throughout the beautiful Spring and Summer months, including: kayaking, ability camps, Summit Colorado Club, rock climbing, adventure sampler camps and special events.

Kayaking/Canoeing: For indoor pool sessions, volunteers work with participants on their basic kayaking skill, including but not limited to: wet entry and exit, rolling and paddling. On the river, volunteers assist participants while floating down the Colorado River through some of the most spectacular scenery in the West. Trips range from half-day floats to overnight stays on the banks of the river. Shuttle drivers needed!
Outdoor: June – August
Indoor: Year round
Location: varies between Golden, Kremmling, Sloan’s Lake and Highlands Ranch
Shuttle drivers needed!

Ability Clinics: Volunteers supervise participants as they enjoy interactive sports drills adapted to individuals ages 6+, who have any type of disability. For Ability Clinic Dates click here.

Adventure Sampler Camp: Volunteers assist participants with a wide range of activities, from rock climbing to horseback riding.
Dates: August 4th – 7th. Volunteers can assist any number of days during this event
Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High

Rock Climbing: Experience the thrill of climbing in Eldorado Canyon and Clear Creek Canyon west of Denver. Volunteers will teach participants the basic skills of rock climbing and assist staff members with safety procedures as well as equipment.
Dates: May – September
Location: Clear Creek Canyon & Eldorado Canyon

Summit Colorado Club: Volunteers assist staff members as participants train to climb a 14er. Practice Hikes: June 7, 14, 21, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14, 21, 28 Time: 5 – 7 p.m. Summit Day: June 30, July 27, August 31 Time: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Group Volunteer Opportunities: The NSCD works with groups from 2-15 to help fulfill their need for adventure and desire to serve. Youth groups, families, Alternative Spring Break groups, and more help meet the volunteer needs of the NSCD during our peak operation times both in the summer and winter.

If you have a group that is interested in getting involved, please contact the Volunteer Office at volunteer@nscd.org or 303-316-1546. We would love to set something up that works for you.

“We reached new heights with our NSCD athletes this week. Thank you NSCD for an amazing, perspective changing week. You all do amazing work, and we were lucky to be part of it!”
Nicole Mahobian, Group Leader for Colorado Young Leaders

Administrative Volunteer: Volunteers are needed to assist with orientations, registrations, clinic check-ins, data entry, correspondence with individual donors gifts, making phone calls, compiling information for newsletters and research for grant proposals, mailings and event preparation. Hours and days are flexible.
Location: Winter Park and Denver

Special Events Volunteer: Special Events Volunteers are needed for the wide array of Special Events held throughout the year. Events for which volunteers are needed can be found on the NSCD Events Page.
Location: Winter Park and Denver

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Fall/Winter Mountain Volunteer Opportunities

Ski and Snowboard Volunteer Instructors: Ski and snowboard instructors work with students who have a range of cognitive and/or physical disabilities. Instructors are paired with participants and spend their day on the slopes teaching and improving skills in their chosen snow sport. We ask that volunteers have at least intermediate ski/ ride skills and are able to commit to either 10 or 5 days of volunteering. No previous knowledge of adaptive skiing is needed. Here at the NSCD we have a variety of ways to get involved. Simply pick the best option for you!

Nordic Volunteer: The Nordic Program provides a relaxed atmosphere at Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort. Students will either ski on waxless cross-country skis, Nordic sit-skis, or snowshoe. Participants have developmental disabilities, blindness or low vision, spinal cord injuries, and/or emotional/behavioral disabilities. Lessons take place on Wednesdays-Sundays with one group in the morning and another in the afternoon. There are also a few treks into the woods for overnight hut trip adventures! Instructors must provide their own equipment and should have advanced cross-country skiing skills. Aerobic fitness is a must as some groups are very energetic and can ski over 9 miles in 90 minutes! Here at the NSCD we have a variety of ways to get involved. Simply pick the best option for you!

Group Volunteer Opportunities: The NSCD works with groups from 2-15 to help fulfill their need for adventure and desire to serve. Youth groups, families, Alternative Spring Break groups, and more help meet the volunteer needs of the NSCD during our peak operation times both in the summer and winter. If you have a group that is interested in getting involved, please contact the Volunteer Office at volunteer@nscd.org or 303-316-1546. We would love to set something up that works for you.

“We reached new heights with our NSCD athletes this week. Thank you NSCD for an amazing, perspective changing week. You all do amazing work, and we were lucky to be part of it!” Nicole Mahobian, Group Leader for Impact edVentures

Equipment Room Volunteer: The NSCD Equipment Shop is a high-volume rental shop specializing in adaptive ski equipment. Volunteers should exhibit a congenial and helpful attitude while distributing and collecting adaptive equipment. A typical day in the equipment room begins at 8:30am and continues until 4pm. A one-hour lunch break provides the opportunity to work on personal ski equipment or to experience some fun on the slopes. Equipment volunteers are welcome to attend NSCD ski clinics. Volunteers must commit to the Black Diamond Level of 12 days during the winter season.

Youth Volunteer- Junior Instructor Program—16+: The purpose of this program is to train the next generation of volunteers and to help high school students investigate the professional world of teaching, recreation or therapeutic recreation, rehabilitation services, volunteer management, or special education. This program serves as an opportunity for high school student to complete their community service hours required for graduation. With the assistance of experienced volunteers, Junior Instructors work with students who have a range of cognitive and/or physical disabilities to help develop their ski or ride skills.

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Must Provide own ski/snowboard equipment
  • Must possess at a minimum, an intermediate level of skiing or snowboarding
  • Must commit to the Black Diamond Level of 10 days during the winter season for a season pass
  • Benefits:
  • Season pass to Winter Park Resort for 10 days or more of volunteering
  • Pro deals on equipment
  • Lodging discounts in Winter Park
  • Fees: Range from $25 for Administrative Volunteers to $60 for On-the-hill volunteers
  • To sign up please fill out an application or for more information: 303.316.1546 | 970.726.1546 |

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Fall/Winter Metro Volunteer Opportunities

Kayaking: Mid-January through June – in an indoor pool, volunteers work with blind participants on their basic kayaking skill, including but not limited to: wet entry and exit, rolling and paddling. June through August – Volunteers assist participants while floating down the Colorado River through some of the most spectacular scenery in the West. Trips range from half-day floats to overnight stays on the banks of the river. Shuttle drivers needed!

Ability Camps: Volunteers supervise participants as they enjoy interactive sports drills adapted to individuals ages 6+, who have any type of disability. Ability Clinic Dates

Rock Climbing: Experience the thrill of climbing in Eldorado Canyon and Clear Creek Canyon west of Denver. Volunteers will teach participants the basic skills of rock climbing and assist staff members with safety procedures as well as equipment.

Administrative Volunteer: Volunteers are needed to assist with orientations, registrations, clinic check-ins, data entry, correspondence with individual donors gifts, making phone calls, compiling information for newsletters and research for grant proposals, mailings and event preparation. Hours and days are flexible.

Special Events: Volunteers are needed for the wide array of Special Events held throughout the year. Events for which volunteers are needed can be found on the NSCD Events page

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