Adopt-a-Garden

Ongoing Applications

  • Volunteer TypeGreat Outdoors

Parks volunteer positions are filled each spring. An application will be available in Spring 2020 — please check back then.


This volunteer position will assist park staff with maintenance of the xeric/pollinator gardens and other flower gardens throughout the City of Lakewood. 

A volunteer plants during Earth Day.

Position Description

Department
Community Resources
Division
Parks
Committee
Adopt-a-Garden

If you are passionate about natural resources and making a difference, consider investing your time with City of Lakewood Parks.

Our mission: We are committed to providing high quality park, recreation, family and cultural service and facilities that inspire enjoyment, learning and wellness in the lives of those who live, work and play in Lakewood.

We value INTEGRITY, COMMUNICATION AND CONNECTION, LEADERSHIP, ADAPTABILITY, and DIVERSITY. Under these guiding principles we have created an open and diverse organization that thrives on new ideas and people passionate about creating a better outdoor recreation and natural world for the next generation. So what are you waiting for? 

Purpose

Volunteers will assist with maintenance, upkeep and planting of the xeric and pollinator gardens at the Bear Creek Lake Park Visitor Center and Kendrick Lake Park.

Volunteers may assist with other garden sites or plantings as needed (tree watering). 

Responsibilities

  • Monitor the garden regularly, watering and weeding.
  • Monitor plant species throughout the year.
  • Help maintain a high standard of garden appeal.
  • Notify staff of major issues, need for supplies or tools, etc.
  • Help with projects like new planting or clearing overgrown areas. 

Schedule

Adopt-a-Garden volunteers must be willing to commit to a varying seasonal schedule. During the peak summer months (June, July and Aug) volunteers will need to commit to a minimum of two hours per week. During the shoulder season volunteers will need to commit to two hours per month, with little or no work during the winter months.  

Qualifications

The volunteer must be able to prove the following ability to:

  • Gardening experience helpful.
  • Ability to bend, kneel and tolerate sun and heat.
  • Ability to work individually or as part of a team.  
  • Work in variable weather.
  • Enter all volunteer hours in the City’s Volgistics and reporting systems.  

Age Requirement

There is no minimum age for this committee. Volunteers under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult while performing volunteer service.  

Training

An approximately 1 hour basic park orientation will be required, along with specific adopt-a-garden training which will be less than half a day long. Additional educational enrichment and job shadowing will be offered throughout the year.  

Work Environment

Outdoor – This committee is mainly active in the summer, with occasional off-season work days. The changing Colorado weather is a strong factor.  

Benefits

As a volunteer for City of Lakewood Parks there is a potential for many benefits including, but not limited to:

  • A Bear Creek Lake Park Annual Pass
  • Education and trainings
  • Obtaining skills for future employment
  • Networking