Junior Volunteer: Age 14-17
This program is a fantastic way for the next generation of volunteers to get involved and it helps high school students investigate the professional world of teaching, recreation or therapeutic recreation, rehabilitation services, volunteer management or special education!
Alpine Ski and Snowboard 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. Alpine Ski and Snowboard Junior Volunteers must be 15 years of age or older.
Schedule: The average volunteer day is from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Programs operate 7 days a week. We have two 5-week sessions 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 duration. 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 | Winter Park, CO
- Bronze Volunteers (15 years or older) are also known as assistants to the instructors, as their primary purpose is to ASSIST other staff and volunteer instructors with lessons. If you are 14, you must be turning 15 during the ski season. Bronze volunteers commit to 1 full day of training and a minimum of 2 full days of volunteering. For every 2 full days of volunteering, a Bronze volunteer will receive 1 day of free skiing at Winter Park Resort (if they do not already own/purchase a season pass).
- Junior Silver Volunteers (16 years or older) are fully-trained NSCD instructors that commit to 5+ instructing days per season. New volunteer instructors to the winter program are required to complete 5 on-mountain training sessions. Returning volunteers are only required to complete 1 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 (16 years or older) are also trained NSCD instructors, though they commit to 10+ instructing days per season. Gold level volunteers will receive an unlimited Winter Park Resort Season Pass. Training for Gold volunteers is the same as a Silver volunteer.
*Gold and Silver Volunteers must be 16 years or older. If you are currently 15, you must be turning 16 during the ski season in order to be a Gold or Silver Volunteer.
Please Note: The 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. Additionally, NSCD passes are only for the volunteer and are not transferable to others.
- 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
- We are not currently accepting new Winter Junior volunteer applications. Please check back next season!
Junior Sports Program Volunteer
Experience the world of adaptive sports first-hand by helping the NSCD run a variety of sports programs! Most of these activities will be held in camp or clinic-type settings in the Denver metro area. Junior volunteers can also support the NSCD staff by assisting with rock climbing and water sports; canoe, kayak, stand-up paddle board (SUP) and canoeing programs. Volunteers will also assist with set-up and breakdown of all activities.
- Varies depending on the season and the programs offered.
- Various locations in the Denver metro area, including Carmody Recreation Center, Gold Crown Field House, Salvation Army Red Shield and much more.
- Must be 16 years of age or older
- Must provide own athletic clothing/shoes
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.