Volunteer

Prairie Volunteers Open the Doors to Discovery

As a volunteer at the PCC you meet the most interesting characters...from the pronghorn on the prairie to the sodbusters of the 1880's.  The PCC needs your help in preserving the natural and cultural history of the high plains and sharing it with our visitors. Volunteers can help as Living History Guides, Volunteer Educators, Visitor Center Facilitators, gardeners, special events staff and much more.

 

Individual Volunteers

Are you a friendly, prairie-loving person?  Do you want to help introduce visitors to our local and cultural history?  Join a crew of dedicated volunteers and help make a difference in a community close to home, yet worlds apart.

A Note about Volunteering with the Plains Center:
We appreciate the contributions of all of our committed volunteers, and we know we could not successfully meet our mission and achieve our vision without the dedication of ALL of you!  Each new volunteer is asked to complete a volunteer application, set up a meeting with the Volunteer Coordinator, sign a liability waiver, read the volunteer handbook, and attend a quarterly new volunteer training.  Also, as an organization serving thousands of young children each year, we have a responsibility to insure that youth visiting our sites and participating in our programs are safe.  To meet this end, we must do our due diligence to make sure that our staff and volunteers are responsible adults and will not knowingly pose a threat to children.  It is in this spirit that we are ethically and morally bound to implement a policy to complete criminal background checks on all Plains Center staff and volunteers (this will include a check of the sex offender registry).

Individual Volunteer Application

 

Upcoming Trainings

Volunteer Educator

Do you want to help introduce school children to their local cultural and ecological history?  We are seeking dynamic individuals to join our volunteer education team to help us instill a love of the natural world in the thousands of youth who visit our site annually.  A free three-week training will be offered on April 2, 9, 16  from 9am-3pm.  For more information, please view the position description via the link below.  For additional questions, or to sign up for the training, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Volunteer Coordinator at asedlak@plainscenter.org.

Volunteer Educator Position Description

 

Group Volunteers

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity for your group?  Come join us on the prairie for volunteering with a view!  Your group will engage in hands-on leadership and learning while helping us with various projects throughout the site.    

Group Volunteer Application

 

Youth Volunteers (under the age of 18)

We genuinely appreciate the motivation and desire of youth to give back to their community.  Volunteering is an important opportunity to promote leadership, character development, and responsibility.  If you are interested in volunteering as a youth volunteer, we request that you volunteer with an adult chaperone unless alternate arrangements have been made with the Volunteer Coordinator.  You might also consider becoming a part of our Junior Counselor program.  Additional information about the Junior Counselor program can be found in the Upcoming Trainings section above.  In addition, we are unable to accept Eagle Scout Projects at this time.

Individual Volunteer Application

 

Unique Volunteer Opportunities

Living History Guide:  Do you enjoy sharing and learning about the unique cultural history on the prairie?  As a Historical Interpreter, you are empowered to engage daily visitors and school children about the homesteading lifestyle in the 1800’s or, the Cheyenne Indian culture.  You can also contribute as a member of our 1st Saturdays program by helping staff in our replica homestead and farm or Cheyenne camp, engaging visitors about the cultural heritage of the Eastern Plains.

Volunteer Educator:  At the Plains Conservation Center we engage thousands of program participants throughout the year.  A program leader seeks to learn and share knowledge about our cultural and ecological history with audiences of all ages.  A specific training program is provided for those interested in gaining a solid foundation in ways to interact with program groups and become a master of prairie ecology and history.  

Visitor Center Facilitator:  A friendly smile is a great way to greet our visitors!  We are always looking for charismatic and positive individuals to welcome, orient, and share upcoming opportunities with our drop-in visitors.

Facilities/Maintenance:  From road maintenance to fence building, there are always things needing repair and refurbishing on the prairie.  If you enjoy working outdoors and you know your way around a garage, we could use your handy skills.

Artifact Repair and Creation:  As an organization seeking to share our cultural heritage, we utilize various artifacts and replicas to help us bring our history to life.  Sadly, as children love our artifacts, some fall into disrepair, and we need individuals to bring new life to these valuable teaching tools.  If you are crafty and enjoy a challenge, help us keep our artifacts in the hands of our visitors.

Garden/Farm Care:  Tomatoes, eggplants, and chickens, oh my!  Our replica homestead is a working farm with a seasonal heirloom garden and livestock.  Throughout the year we look for individuals to help us plant, weed, water, and harvest our garden, and ensure our farm animals are loved.  If you have a heart for farming, this is the position for you.  

Administrative: Welcome to the glamorous world of data entry, and office support.  Our wonderful administrative volunteers help us ensure our office tasks are up to date and maintained.  An individual who is computer savvy and enjoys an office atmosphere is perfect for this position.

Junior Counselor (ages 13-18):  Our Junior Counselors have the most fun!  Junior Counselors help us with our scout programs, day camps, and special events throughout the year.  This is the perfect opportunity for youth looking for a great leadership experience.   

 

Current PCC Volunteers

If you are already a part of our dedicated volunteer crew,  click here for more info and to access your personalized Volunteer Information Center.

 

For more information on Plains Center's Volunteer Program, please contact Adrienne Sedlak at asedlak@plainscenter.org or call 303-693-3621 ext. 108.

Visit the Center

We welcome drop-in visitors
Monday – Saturday year-round.
Monday - Saturday 8 am - 4 pm
no admission fee.