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Volunteer Opportunity

Altona School Volunteer

Opportunity Type: Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity
Department: Parks & Open Space
Category: Open Space, Environment, and Gardening
Time Commitment & Minimum Age: Minimum commitment of three field trip programs or open houses per year. Volunteers must be at least 14.

The Altona School at Heil Valley Ranch, near Boulder.

Program Summary:

Volunteers will lead fun and educational programs at the recently restored Altona Schoolhouse at Heil Valley Ranch.

Benefits to volunteers

  • Opportunity to meet and work with people with similar interests.
  • Training sessions and field trips; receive monthly Cultural History Corner newsletter.
  • Sharing your knowledge of and enthusiasm for Boulder County’s history with all ages.
  • Access to volunteer resource libraries at the Agricultural Heritage Center in Longmont and Nederland Mining Museum.
Duties and Responsibilities:

Volunteers will:

  • Present one room school programs to groups visiting the Altona School. Requested program group leaders may choose from an 1880s school experience, a World War II school experience, or learn about hard rock mining with an artifact trunk.
  • Share schoolhouse history, artifacts, and quick activities with drop-in visitors at Altona School Open Houses.
  • Set up and clean props and activity areas.
  • Research, develop, and lead period-appropriate crafts, games, and possibly songs.
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Must be at least 14 years old (volunteers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult parent/guardian during training and volunteer shifts).
  • Minimum commitment of three programs and/or Open Houses per year.
  • Passionate about local history.
  • Comfortable speaking to a wide range of ages and audiences.
  • Computer, tablet, or a smart phone are required for scheduling and recording volunteer hours and for easier communication with staff and volunteer colleagues.
  • Must have personal transportation.
  • Pass criminal background check.
Training Dates and Information:
  • Attend a new volunteer training course (two sessions, approximately two hours each)

Contact Sheryl Kippen at 303-776-8848 or

Unpaid Internship: This is an Unpaid Internship
Application Process:

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