Join a growing team of individuals invested in creating a better tomorrow! 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with CSU Spur! Volunteers are so important to ensuring that students and visitors feel welcome, connect to educational opportunities, and leave CSU Spur inspired!

CSU Spur is looking for volunteers who want to have a direct impact on their community and the future. CSU Spur volunteers will lead the way in connecting children, families, and community members to hands-on science, and real world solutions. 

Ready to start volunteering?

Please complete an application if you are interested in beginning the formal process of becoming a CSU Spur volunteer. For general interest, you may fill out an interest form.


Volunteer program informational webinars

Sign up to learn more about volunteering with CSU Spur, including volunteer roles, benefits, and how volunteers support daily engagement of visitors and school groups on-site.  

  • Thursday, June 15, 6-6:45 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 6, 11-11:45 a.m.
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New volunteer training on-site!

Join us for an in-person training on July 26 from 6-8 p.m. to take a tour, learn about volunteer opportunities, and learn the ins and outs of volunteering with CSU Spur.

CSU Spur is a new educational destination in Denver with a focus on food, water, and health — volunteers bring Spur to life!

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In the Vida building, volunteers connect visitors and schools with animal and human health. Volunteer roles may include assisting Spur education staff in interpreting experiences like live veterinary procedures with the Dumb Friends League, equine-assisted services with the Temple Grandin Equine Center, and equine rehabilitation therapies with CSU Equine Sports Medicine.  

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In the Terra building, volunteers work with partners in programs related to controlled agriculture, food systems, urban gardening, nutrition, and food development processes. Volunteers can also engage with visitors in exhibit hall activities and demonstrations to deepen learning experiences.

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In the Hydro building, volunteers partner with Denver Water experts to provide experiences around water conservation, quality, and water systems. Programming includes exhibit interpretation, activities, and demonstrations, and the use of an outdoor backyard garden space that connects to the South Platte River for riparian ecosystem exploration and programming.  

Volunteer benefits:
  • Professional development opportunities; learn skills
  • Access to scientists, researchers, and on site partners
  • Meet new people and grow your network
  • Discounts for CSU Spur and CSU System campus gear
  • Discounts at the on-site café (opening in Hydro in January 2023)
  • Recognition events
  • Admission and discounts to partner organizations, such as the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, History Colorado
Volunteer requirements:
  • Commit to volunteering at CSU Spur for a minimum of one year, with a minimum of 60 hours of service   
  • Volunteer roles are for individuals ages 18 and up, unless otherwise indicated
  • Complete and pass a criminal background check
  • Attend an orientation (dates vary throughout the year); additional training as required  
  • Be passionate about inspiring curiosity and learning, and dedicated to providing excellent visitor service 

CSU Spur serves all learners and visitors; bilingual and multilingual individuals are encouraged to apply.

Volunteer opportunities

There are many ways to become a volunteer with CSU Spur that will continue to grow as we open throughout 2022. Watch for additional opportunities.

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Welcome people to the CSU Spur campus and orient visitors to site activities and events; share maps and informational materials. Individuals who speak Spanish or other languages are encouraged to apply.

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Tour Guide

Lead small group tours throughout CSU Spur. Answer visitor questions and inspire visitors to stay connected through the variety of programs, activities, and offerings available.

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Special Event Support Volunteer

Support set-up, clean-up, and day-of event logistics. Specific roles vary depending on the event.

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Education Program Support Facilitator

Support education staff with programming for school groups, including preparing activities for groups, escorting groups, greeting buses, supporting hands-on experiences, and set-up and clean-up.

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Exhibit Facilitator

Become a content expert on educational exhibit materials, activities, and demonstrations, and assist visitors and school groups as they engage with exhibits.

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Virtual Reality Facilitator

Support education staff with VR programs, and assist drop-in visitors in virtual reality experiences in the VR Classroom within the Vida building.

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Group Volunteers

Bring your colleagues for a day of service at CSU Spur! Opportunities include river cleanup, biological surveying, gardening/weeding, and more.

Youth Volunteers (14 years +)

Opportunities will be announced soon!

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Apply to volunteer at CSU Spur

Once you’ve submitted your application, our volunteer manager will reach out with next steps within 3 business days.  

Questions? For more information, please email or download the flyer. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you.