Volunteer Opportunity

Juvenile Assessment Center Staff Assistant – 2 interns needed – Boulder

Application or Registration Deadline: 05/05/2022
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 4 hour shifts per week including evenings and weekends, for 9-12 months. Unpaid internship.

Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC)

Boulder County Justice Center
1777 6th St., Boulder

Program Summary:


These may be filled at any time. Start dates depend on student’s ability to commit to at least 6 months minimum.

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:

Interns 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 liaising with courts and outside agencies on behalf of detained youth.

Qualifications and Requirements:

This is a 24/7 facility. Availability on weekends, and evenings is required (staff will work with your individual school and work schedule.)

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

Minimum age is 21 on start date. (You may apply if your birthday falls on or before the start date). We prefer that you have an interest in, and some knowledge of and/or experience with troubled at-risk youth.

Desire to work in criminal justice/psychology/youth programming strongly 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 intern needs and schedule.

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.

Unpaid Internship: This is an Unpaid Internship
Application Process:

Please email Mary Eldred, coordinator, at:

JSVP@bouldercounty.org 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.

Send a completed on-line application form: this includes 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 including a screening interview and formal interview with JAC staff, prior to selection. Shadowing staff will occur prior to a decision being made. Once selected, fingerprinting is required.