Member/Volunteer

Become a Member and a Volunteer

The Platte Valley Trolley is a community treasure that enhances quality of life by providing educational and cultural opportunities while preserving the heritage of Denver’s electric transit history. At least 20,000 people from across the state and country, as well as visitors from outside the United States, are expected to take a ride on the trolley 2014. Platte Valley Trolley volunteers will make that possible. Join us!

DTHS 2014 Volunteer Interest Form

2014 DTHS Membership Form

Benefits of volunteering with DTHS and the Platte Valley Trolley:

  • Help preserve Denver’s electric transit history.
  • Share Denver’s electric transit history with the community.
  • Provide a fun, exciting, and educational experience on the trolley for visitors of all ages.
  • Be an ambassador to visitors for the trolley, the Platte Valley area, and the city of Denver.
  • Enjoy the camaraderie of working with others on a heritage project that enhances the quality of life for individuals and families in the Denver metro area as well as tourists who visit.
  • Receive free rides and behind the scenes experience with one of Denver’s most interesting historic attractions.
  • Quarterly membership meeting.
  • Quarterly newsletter.
  • Annual awards banquet.
  • Volunteer recognition.

Requirements:

  • All volunteers must be members of the Society. Annual membership options: $20 (individual), $30 (family), and $100 (friend).
  • All volunteers must agree to and sign the Code of Conduct, which ensures a welcoming and friendly environment for all.
  • Operators must be 18 years or older and must be physically capable of carrying out operator duties.
  • Volunteers are asked to make a time commitment as described in each volunteer job description, understanding that this will vary from person to person.


Volunteer Opportunities

Education & Communications Committee: The Committee is responsible for promoting and enacting the educational mission of the organization, as well as the coordination of all internal and external communications including marketing efforts, website, newsletter, media and special events, graphics and printing associated with signage, rolling stock (e.g. vehicles moving on the railway), etc.

  • Need: Volunteers to serve on the Committee as well as to assist with carrying out the educational and communications plans established by the Committee. Volunteers are also needed to assist with organizing and hosting member and community events.
  • Skills: The Society seeks volunteers with interest and/or formal training in education, communications, and/or history.
  • Time Commitment: Committee members should plan to attend at least five two-hour committee meetings per year in addition to participating in the work of the committee. Committee volunteers should expect to average two hours per month.

Infrastructure Committee: Volunteers provide help with all aspects of trolley and track maintenance and rehabilitation. Specifically, the Committee is responsible for all projects in the development, construction and performance stages such as track extension, car barn, overhead wire, changes to existing property, new operating equipment acquisition or locating storage for existing equipment. In addition, the Committee manages all mechanical aspects of the equipment operated upon the rails of, or ancillary to, the operation of the Platte Valley Trolley, including the trolley and motorcar, track, tools and equipment in regard to safety, operability, efficiency, practicality, mechanical aesthetics, and preventive and on-going maintenance.

  • Need: Volunteers to assist with track and grounds maintenance (spring clean-up, tie replacement, platform conditioning and weed control along the beautiful South Platte River greenway), rehab and maintenance of the Society’s trolley and motorcar (including electrical systems, diesel engine, woodworking and refurbishing).
  • Skills: The Society seeks volunteers with knowledge and experience in track and trolley maintenance, as well as those interested in learning skills related to the Infrastructure Committee’s needs.
  • Time Commitment: Committee members should plan to attend at least five two-hour committee meetings per year. Committee volunteers should expect to average work days of between two and four hours’ duration per month depending on the time of year with more time spent during the regular operating season of May through October.

Operations Committee: Volunteers operate the trolley. Specifically, the Committee is responsible for the creation, implementation, monitoring and enforcement of all rules, regulations, guidelines, and operating procedures related to the operation of the Platte Valley Trolley and related programs, and the initial and on-going training of its volunteers.

  • Need: Volunteers to act as trolley and motorcar operators/conductors, and ticket tent staffers.
  • Skills: The Society seeks volunteers with a desire to operate the trolley, share the culture and history of the area with visitors, welcome people to the trolley as a ticket-seller, and who possess the physical capability to do this work; the Society provides required safety and operational training to trolley operators/conductors (operating the trolley is strenuous work requiring moderate levels of strength and mobility).
  • Time Commitment: Committee members should plan to attend at least five two-hour committee meetings per year. Ticket tent volunteers should plan to volunteer at least two times per month during the regular operating season (up to five hours per shift). Operators are asked to commit to operating a minimum of ten shifts (two- or four-hours) during the regular operating season

Revenue Committee: The Committee is responsible for planning and implementing the organization’s fundraising programs, including but not limited to membership development, corporate sponsorship, and other fund development opportunities. The Committee also works with the Education and Communications Committee to develop and implement the Society’s marketing plan.

  • Need: Volunteers to serve on the Committee as well as volunteers to assist in implementing special projects.
  • Skills: The Society seeks volunteers with interest and/or formal training in fund development and membership recruitment.
  • Time Commitment: Committee members should plan to attend at least five two-hour committee meetings per year in addition to participating in the work of the committee. Committee volunteers should expect to average two hours per month.

The operating season for the Platte Valley Trolley is 12:00-4:00 p.m., Friday through Sunday, May through October. During the Denver Broncos home games (pre-season through post-season), the PVT offers a football shuttle that runs from REI to Sports Authority Field at Mile High and back again after the game. The PVT also conducts operations associated with special events such as the Greenway Foundation’s bi-annual RiverSweep and the Children’s Museum of Denver’s “Trick-or-Treat Street.”