The city of Thornton is currently seeking volunteers for the following programs.

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.

INTERNSHIPS (must be at least 16 yrs. old) (Various Departments )

An internship is any carefully monitored meaningful learning experience in which an individual has intentional professional goals and reflects actively on what they wish to accomplish throughout their experience. An internship program is an excellent strategy for investing in your  future successes, often leading to the discovery of future colleagues and leaders.

A typical internship:

  • Includes developing intentional learning objective goals that are structured into the experience and supervised by a professional with relevant and related background in the field. 
  • Promotes academic, career and/or personal development. 
  • Includes learning objectives, observation, reflection, and evaluation.
  • Balances the intern’s learning goals with the organization’s needs. 
  • Typically lasts three months. May be part‐time or full‐time. 
  • Involves industry related and soft skill development.
  • May be carefully monitored and evaluated for academic credit. 
  • Provides adequate supervision in a reasonably safe environment with the necessary tools to perform the learning goals agreed upon for the duration of the internship.

Depending on the department, you may be asked to submit a written proposal outlining your goals and intentions for an internship and may be called in for an interview.  

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. 

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


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

Volunteer Applications