Volunteering at Greater & Greener

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Greater & Greener 2019 will bring together more than 1,000 urban park leaders, city planning and design professionals, public officials, advocates, funders, and innovators from across the world for four days of wide-reaching discussions, dynamic dialogue, and energizing workshops on ways to keep parks at the forefront of innovation, civic priority, and public engagement. 

Greater & Greener 2019 volunteers will be the heart and soul of the Conference, providing welcome assistance, key information and expert guidance to all Conference participants and guests.  Whether assisting with indoor breakout sessions, outdoor mobile workshops and tours, helping with Conference and Event registration or providing general support to Conference organizers, our Conference Volunteers will be the face of the Conference and will serve as the foundation upon which the success of Greater & Greener 2019 will be built.

Volunteer Qualifications

  • Must have a passion for and interest in the goals and objectives of the Greater & Greener 2019 Conference
  • Must be enthusiastic and have a friendly outgoing personality
  • Should possess excellent communication skills and be comfortable working with people of all backgrounds, ages, and professions
  • Dedication, commitment, reliability, and professionalism are essential
  • Familiarity with Denver neighborhoods, logistics & offerings is desired
  • Expertise with specific topics addressed in individual Conference programs and offerings is a plus
  • Additional languages spoken also a plus


Volunteer Requirements

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Access to a cell phone (smart-phone preferred) required
  • Attendance at a brief mandatory training session prior to the Conference
  • Minimum commitment of at least one (1) four-hour block.  Full-day (eight-hour) or multiple day commitments are welcome
  • Ability to work indoors and out of doors in all variety of weather


Individual assignments might have additional requirements as indicated in the Volunteer Opportunities section below.

Volunteer Opportunities

Tour Assistants: Greater & Greener 2019 offers more than 40 weekend tours and mobile workshops over five days. Tour Assistants work in conjunction with the Tour Leader to ensure that participants are comfortable and remain with the larger group. Tour Assistants will move the group to/from the tour/workshop location either by conference bus or mass transit. Tour Assistants "check" people into the tour using mobile scanners. The volunteer assignment is for the entire length of the tour plus 30 minutes prior to the start of the tour and 30 minutes after the tour as needed. Tour Assistants serve as a vital communications link between the tour leader, participants and conference organizers. 

Educational Assistants: Greater & Greener 2019 indoor breakout sessions are available for continuing education credits and will require an educational assistant to publicize and enforce the requirements of CEU credits; instructions are provided during volunteer training. Educational assistants must "check" people into the session using mobile scanners. Additionally, educational assistants will support room operations and will provide a key link to Conference organizers. As part of your role, you will have the opportunity to listen to panelists and learn about the featured topic. Educational Assistants must be at the room location 15 minutes prior to the start of the session and must remain in the session until all participants have left. Educational Assistants are encouraged to volunteer for at least two assignments.

Administrative Support (Runners and Information Assistants): Keynote, plenary, and select breakout sessions will take place at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Additional breakout sessions will take place at CU Denver and other off-site locations. Runners and floor captains are needed to keep participants moving and to provide administrative support (escorting people to rooms, messaging, and people management) on an as-needed basis. Runners are required to have a smartphone to access the conference mobile app to provide room locations and times. Runners and Information Assistants must commit, at minimum, to a four-hour continuous assignment.

Administrative Support (Registration): Registration (check-in) takes place at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Registration assistants are needed to greet participants, assist in the electronic check-in process, and give participants their conference badge and materials. Registration assistants are the first "point of contact" for attendees. Registration volunteer assignments are a minimum of four hours and volunteers in this role are encouraged to multiple shifts as it requires specialized training.

Way-Finding Assistants: Greater & Greener 2019 is a campus concept utilizing multiple venues. To effectively move a large number of participants between buildings and locations, we need high-energy individuals with knowledge of the downtown campus to provide way-finding services. You must be outgoing and an extrovert as you will need to capture attention in the general public domain. Four-hour minimum assignment is required.
Event Support: We are looking for a limited number of individuals to assist us with badge verification/check-in at our opening and closing receptions. Volunteers in this role must be willing to remain at the registration desk throughout the event.

Volunteer Benefits

Though working on and contributing to the success of one of the world’s preeminent urban parks conferences is hopefully a reward unto itself, we hope that the benefits listed below will underscore Greater & Greener 2019’s gratitude and profound appreciation.

For ten hours or more of Volunteer Service

  • Priority Volunteer Assignment Selection (on a first-come, first served basis)
  • Conference meals as provided on days of assignment
  • Option to attend the Opening Reception (pending availability and the completion of at least seven hours volunteer service prior to the reception)
  • Option to attend the Closing Reception (pending availability and the completion of more than ten volunteer hours prior to reception)
  • Option to attend Keynote and/or plenary sessions (pending availability and only on day(s) of chosen assignment(s)
  • Volunteer T-Shirt
  • Eligibility to participate in Volunteer Appreciation Raffle

For at least six but fewer than ten hours of Volunteer Service

  • Option to attend Keynote and Plenary Sessions (pending availability and only on day of volunteer assignment)
  • Option to volunteer at a break-out session that interests you (assignments filled on a first-come/first-served basis)
  • Volunteer T-shirt
  • Eligibility to participate in Volunteer Appreciation Raffle


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