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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.

Commitment:

  • Bronze Volunteers **CLOSED until January 2019** Please note, we are currently not recruiting new Bronze volunteers for the remainder of the year. We will reevaluate our volunteer needs in January 2019, and may start accepting new Bronze volunteers at that time. Please check back with us then if you are interested in volunteering at this level. 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 Resort (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 4 on-mountain training sessions their first season and a total of 5-6 within a calendar year. 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 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 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Programs operate 7 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 | Winter Park, CO

Requirements:

  • 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 – complete and email to volunteer@nscd.org
  • Liability waiver – complete and email to volunteer@nscd.org

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 paddle sports (kayaking, SUP and canoeing) programs. Volunteers will also assist with set-up and breakdown of all activities.

Schedule:

  • Variable

Location:

  • Various locations in the Denver metro area, including the Denver PAL, Carmody Recreation Center, Gold Crown Field House, Douglas H. Buck Community Recreation Center and much more.

Requirements 

*Note: Please only fill out 1 volunteer application for the NSCD, or you will be added to our system multiple times. Inter in multiple volunteer opportunities can be indicated at the bottom of your application.


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

Requirements:

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