Volunteer Opportunity

Juvenile Assessment Center Staff Assistant – 2 interns needed – Boulder

Application or Registration Deadline: 08/20/2022
Opportunity Type: Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity
Department: Community Services
Category: Criminal Justice and Public Safety
Time Commitment & Minimum Age: Must be 21 years old to apply. Two 5 hour shifts per week including FRIDAY EVENINGS or weekends, for 9-12 months. Unpaid internship.

Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC)

Boulder County Justice Center
1777 6th St., Boulder

Program Summary:


The Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) is a 24 hour facility in downtown Boulder that provides intake booking, assessment and bonding services as well as secure lodging for up to 20 youths who have been taken into temporary custody. Youth from Longmont, Erie, Lafayette, Boulder and anywhere in Boulder County are brought here by law enforcement. This is a temporary holding site prior to court dates. Most youth are housed here for a just few hours to a few days depending on the circumstance.

Hands-on training is provided. The interns benefit from working side by side with experienced professional staff on motivational interviewing, bond paperwork, court interaction, working with parents, counseling staff and court staff. Daily interaction with youth is essential and invaluable experience for those interested in juvenile criminal justice and youth development.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Volunteers assist staff in daily operations including conducting intake assessments, pre-trial release planning, supervision of youth in daily tasks & activities and escorting youth to court. Other duties include accurate maintenance of record keeping systems and liaison with outside agencies on behalf of detained youth.

Qualifications and Requirements:

AVAILABILITY ON FRIDAY EVENINGS and morning, afternoon and evening WEEKENDS REQUIRED for the current openings.

Maturity, honesty, ability to take direction and follow protocols, ability to set appropriate boundaries and strong communication skills are essential.

Minimum age is 21. Prefer some knowledge and/or experience with troubled at-risk youth.

Desire to work in criminal justice/psychology/youth programming preferred.

Ability to work well with diverse populations and work within a team. All volunteers must pass a criminal background check and fingerprinting.

No one will be accepted who has a DUI/DWAI/MIP conviction within the last five years.

Training Dates and Information:

First week training includes the intake/release process, security policies, crisis intervention/prevention and motivational interviewing. Ongoing on-the-job training is given specific to volunteer needs.

Additional Information:

JAC intern shifts are every day of the week – 8:00 am-1:00 pm, 12:00 noon-5:00 pm and 4:00-9:00 pm. Once offered the position, interns will create a schedule with supervisory staff.

College students wishing to earn credit for an internship must commit to two 5-hour shifts each week for 9 months, preferably longer. These positions are typically filled in May or August/September. Positions are open until filled – apply now!


Contact: Mary Eldred at JSVP@bouldercounty.org to receive an online application link and instructions, or to request more information.

Application Process:

Please email Mary Eldred, coordinator, at:


to request an application. Volunteers who meet minimum requirements and commit in writing to at least 9 months will be emailed an application link and instructions.

NOTE FOR STUDENTS IN THE INTERNSHIP CLASS AT CU: Although the CU course may be for one semester, fall or spring, this position requires a firm commitment of TWO semesters or 9 contiguous months to be considered. Therefore a senior graduating in May will not be considered for a Spring (January) placement. Must be a mature 21 years old to begin interning.

Send a completed on-line application form, including your resume and 3 reference contacts and their relationship to you. Background check happens immediately. Once references are received, the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you about further steps. These may include a screening interview and formal interview with JAC staff, prior to selection. Shadowing staff will occur prior to a decision being made.