Volunteering

The volunteers of the Colorado Railroad Museum are an important and dedicated group crucial to our operations, archives, educational programs and visitor experience. Volunteers play an important role in helping to tell Colorado’s narrow-gauge history and the impact of the railways on the development of our great centennial state. Whether it’s helping run our large fundraising events such as Day Out With Thomas and The Polar Express, working behind the scenes of a new exhibit, or inspiring school kids to explore railroad history, we have a variety of opportunities to use your special skills to bring the Colorado Railroad Museum to life.

Educational Programming Volunteer

Each summer the Colorado Railroad Museum expands its educational programming to offer hands on turntable demonstrations, diesel engine simulations, crafts, and pop-up exhibits showcasing our amazing artifacts. We continue our programming on Saturdays all year long.

We are always looking for volunteers who want to work with our visitors and young families, give tours of the museum, staff our interpretive stations and share the wonder of the railroad museum for future generations.

All of our positions are created with the safety of both our volunteer staff and visitors in mind.
Positions include:
Thrilling Thursdays: Thursdays, Mid May – Mid August
Friday Tours: Fridays, Mid May – Mid August
Touring the Rails: Weekends, Mid May – Mid August/ Saturdays – All year long

• Must be at least 16 years of age (12-15 if accompanied by an adult)
• Interested in working with the public, children and families, outgoing, and willing to adhere to general volunteer safety standards and codes of conduct.

Child Pushes Turntable with Volunteer

One-Time Event Volunteer – Day Out With Thomas

The Colorado Railroad Museum depends on dozens of one-time event volunteers to sign up for Day Out With Thomas in September.
We are looking for helpers to help with set-up, direct pedestrian traffic, staff will-call stations, manage lines, help with boarding, and work in the merchandise tent. All of our positions are socially distanced and created with the safety of both our volunteer staff and visitors in mind.

Day Out With Thomas Dates in 2022
Set-Up: Sept 7, 8, 9
Weekend Event Shifts: Sept 10-11, 17-18, 24-25
Tear-Down: Sep 25, 26, 27
• Must be at least 16 years of age (12-15 if accompanied by an adult)
• Interested in working with the public, children and families, outgoing, and willing to adhere to general volunteer safety standards and codes of conduct

One-Time Event Volunteer – POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride™

Each Christmas season, the Colorado Railroad Museum brings the magic of the Polar Express alive in a one-of-a-kind immersive theatrical experience including a real, live steam train ride to the North Pole. The set-up process begins early in October as we build props & set pieces, and create large-scale decorations for the event. The two weeks prior to opening night, we bring all hands on deck to help us decorate our Train Cars, Grounds, Pavilion, Welcome Tent, North Pole and Depot. Once the show opens, the work isn’t over yet. Each evening the event runs, volunteers act as Greeters, Hot Chocolate Attendants, Santa Line Managers, and Ushers.

All of our positions are created with the safety of both our volunteer staff and visitors in mind.

Polar Express Dates in 2022
Set-Up: Oct 25th through Nov 4th
Evening Usher Shifts: Nov 5th through Dec 23rd
Tear-Down: Jan 3rd through 14th
• Must be at least 16 years of age (12-15 if accompanied by an adult)
• Interested in working with the public, children and families, outgoing, and willing to adhere to general volunteer safety standards and codes of conduct.

Restoration and Operations Volunteers

To keep the Colorado Railroad Museum steaming on, we are seeking out volunteers who would like to participate on a regular or long-term basis in our Operations Department, Restoration Department and Track Crew. These advanced positions involve additional interviews, training, and schedule commitments.

• Must be at least 18 years of age
• Commit to 84 hours of volunteer service a year
• Adhere to general volunteer safety standards and codes of conduct
To see a list of available Full-Time Volunteer Positions, Check out our Opportunity Directory Here.

Benefits of becoming a regular volunteer at CRRM

• A Hostler Membership Colorado Railroad Museum
• A monthly online volunteer newsletter, RailFriends
• Annual volunteer recognition events
• Gaining knowledge and expertise on Colorado’s Railroad history
• Meeting and working with a diverse group of people
To apply, click here & fill out a Specialized Volunteer Application.

To learn more about available volunteer positions please email the Museum Volunteer Coordinator or call 720 274-5145.

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