I certify that the information given in this volunteer application is true and correct and has been given voluntarily. I understand that this information may be disclosed to any party with legal interest, and I release Denver Botanic Gardens from any liability whatsoever for supplying such information. Volunteer placement is a selective process and not all applicants are accepted into the program. Denver Botanic Gardens reserves the right to place volunteers in an area best suited to the applicant’s skills and the needs of the organization. No volunteer position is guaranteed and positions may be terminated at the Gardens’ sole discretion.
I understand that I will not be paid for my services as a volunteer, and I will adhere to volunteer program guidelines stated in the volunteer handbook.
Authorization for Background Check
As an applicant for a volunteer position with Denver Botanic Gardens, I realize that a thorough background investigation is conducted to qualify me for volunteering. I understand that Denver Botanic Gardens must verify my date of birth and social security number. I hereby authorize the release of any information relating to my criminal history and any additional specific information relating to the position that I’m applying for, unless restricted by law. This authorization is made voluntarily, for the purposes of volunteering only, and information should be given only in response to an authorized request from Denver Botanic Gardens.
Volunteer Waiver and Release
Denver Botanic Gardens is not responsible for an injury or accident that may occur during my participation as a volunteer in any activity or event. I understand by checking the “I agree” box below that I assume full responsibility for any injury or accident that may occur during my participation as a volunteer, at either the York Street or Chatfield location, and I hereby release and hold harmless and covenant not to file suit against Denver Botanic Gardens, employees and any affiliated individuals (“releasees”) associated with my participation from any loss, liability or claims I may have arising out of my participation, including personal injury or damage suffered by me or others, whether caused by falls, contact with participants, conditions of the facility, negligence of the releasees or otherwise. I understand that in the course of volunteering I may participate in or create intellectual property on behalf of the Museum. I understand that all such property, and all rights to its use, belong exclusively to the Museum. I shall exercise due diligence in ascertaining the ownership of any non-Museum intellectual property prior to its use by the Museum, and shall work with appropriate Museum personnel to protect Museum intellectual property.” If I do not agree to these terms, I understand that I am not allowed to participate in the volunteer program.
I hereby give permission for my images, captured during regular and special Denver Botanic Gardens activities through video, photo or other depictions, to be used in all forms of media and in all manners, for advertising, trade, or any other lawful purpose. I waive the right to inspect or approve the finished product, including copy that may be created in connection therewith. I also waive any rights of compensation or ownership thereto.
I agree to hold harmless Denver Botanic Gardens from any claims for damage, libel, slander or invasion of privacy.
COVID 19 Prevention and Vaccine Policy
Denver Botanic Gardens (DBG) is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for volunteers. Accordingly, DBG is implementing this COVID-19 Prevention and Vaccination Policy, effective October 15, 2021. This follows the policy adopted by the City and County of Denver regarding mandatory vaccination for employees and contractors.
When all volunteers get the COVID-19 vaccine, we will each do our part to protect our volunteers, their families, and members of our community against the coronavirus (COVID-19). DBG believes vaccination is an important measure to protect the health and safety of volunteers, visitors, clients, family members, and those who visit our institution from serious COVID-19 infection. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing you from getting seriously ill with COVID-19. The benefits of COVID-19 vaccines include:
- COVID-19 vaccinations have been shown to be highly effective at preventing you from getting sick with COVID-19 and may prevent you from experiencing the most severe consequence of the disease and spreading the virus to others.
- COVID-19 vaccinations are an important tool in helping to stop the pandemic.
- COVID-19 vaccines are currently free.
- COVID-19 vaccines currently approved or in development in the U.S. do not contain the COVID-19 virus and will not make you sick with COVID-19.
- Getting the COVID-19 vaccine will not make you test positive for COVID-19.
- COVID-19 vaccines do not alter your DNA.
More information about COVID-19 vaccines and the vaccines’ safety and efficacy is available and frequently updated on the CDC’s website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/
Denver Botanic Gardens requires all volunteers to obtain and maintain up-to-date COVID-19 vaccinations, when available. DBG believes this is an important measure to protect the health and safety of employees, volunteers, customers, clients, family members, and those who visit the workplace from COVID-19 infection.
All volunteers must maintain and provide written proof that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon becoming eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. Volunteers must complete a DBG COVID Vaccination Form and be fully vaccinated prior to October 15, 2021. Adequate proof of vaccination includes proof that the volunteer is fully vaccinated as documented by DBG COVID Vaccination Form. Full vaccination is defined as two weeks following the complete dose of the vaccine – namely, two weeks following the one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccination, or two weeks following the second of the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations.
COVID-19 Prevention Policy
In addition to other measures adopted by DBG to protect the health and safety of workplace and visitors to the workplace, including DBG employees and volunteers, DBG adopts the following mask policies for all volunteers:
Volunteers who provide adequate proof that they are fully vaccinated (“adequate proof” and “fully vaccinated” as previously defined) may volunteer at any DBG location without wearing a mask. Fully vaccinated volunteers may choose to wear a mask for personal or medical reasons, and DBG encourages all volunteers to wear a mask if doing so feels more comfortable.
Volunteers who choose to not provide adequate proof that they are fully vaccinated (“adequate proof” and “fully vaccinated” as previously defined) by October 15, 2021, will be asked to take a leave of absence from the DBG Volunteer Program until the COVID 19 situation improves.
All volunteers must comply with the provisions of this policy. Non-compliance will not be tolerated, and breach of any provision of this policy may result in a necessary leave of absence from DBG Volunteer Program or disciplinary action including and up to dismissal from the Volunteer Program.
Future Amendments to Policy
The circumstances relating to COVID-19 transmission and infection rates are rapidly evolving and DBG is working hard to keep its employees, volunteers, vendors and visitors safe and healthy while at DBG or conducting DBG business. Accordingly, DBG reserves the right to alter this policy at any time for any reason, or for no reason. This includes, but is not limited to, the right to change the requirements relating to masking and/or vaccination as DBG deems appropriate.
By checking the box below I am acknowledging that I have read the above policy and the information I have provided is accurate to the best of my ability.
If a volunteer is found to have knowingly provided false information or to have made false representations to DBG regarding the applicability of these guidelines, the volunteer may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.