Volunteer Program

The mission of the National Western Volunteer Program is to assist management and staff of the National Western in providing top quality service for exhibitors, patrons, and guests in the continued effort to be the top combination livestock show, horse show and rodeo in the world. We are a year round facility and often shows renting our facility request National Western volunteers to assist with their shows.

Volunteers have the opportunity to volunteer in many areas including the Kids Activity Pavilion, Coors Western Art Room, Guest Relations, Horse and Livestock Show Assistants, Educational Programs, Information Booths, Photography, Ticket Taking, Administrative Support and many other special events during the year. Click below to learn more about the National Western Volunteer benefits and requirements.

Join us for one of the two following volunteer round-up information sessions scheduled for Wednesday November 4, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday December 6, 2015 at 12:00 p.m – noon. More information will be sent when an application has been completed.

If you are 16 years and older and interested in becoming a new National Western volunteer then join us at our New Volunteer Recruiting Round-up Open House to learn about the volunteer program, its mission and meet current National Western Volunteers and complete a short interview. You will also find out how to become a year-round volunteer and talk with staff and volunteers about the many volunteer opportunities available to you.

Fill out a NEW Volunteer application here 


Our next New Volunteer Recruiting Round-Up is Wednesday November 5, 2014. More information will be sent when an application has been completed.

Are you already a National Western Volunteer?

Current/Active volunteers click here to access your schedule and update your profile for the 2015 show.

Dates for the Stock Show Royalty application process:

Royalty Application

COORDINATORS…Please be aware:  If all local rodeo royalty (LRR),  registration requirements are not met, LRR may not be able to volunteer for the 2016 NWSS.  

September 1- October 1: EACH LRR, queen, LIW, attendant, princess, etc. MUST REGISTER by completing an on-line application. Coordinator information is required and all * entries- Click continue to submit.

October 1 – October 15: NWSS REQUIRED VOLUNTEER AGREEMENT/WAIVER FORMS will be sent to Coordinator’s email address for each LRR’s submitted application.

November 1: NWSS REQUIRED SIGNED VOLUNTEER AGREEMENT/WAIVER FORMS are due for each LRR.   Please write your Rodeo Name at the top of each form. Submit via email to: volunteer@nationalwestern.com or mail to NWSS 4655 Humboldt, Denver, CO 80216 Attn: Priscilla Schnell. ONCE REQUIRED SIGNED VOLUNTEER AGREEMENT/WAIVER FORMS ARE RECEIVED for each LRR, an access password will be sent to Coordinator’s email for each LRR volunteer in order to input volunteer date selection.

***Distance Rodeos; Please register early to insure your dates. We will be unable to secure dates for you this year, however, please contact Priscilla at prischnell@aol.com, with questions. We will do our best to accommodate you selections.

November 12: ON LINE SCHEDULING BEGINS. There are limited daily slots available; schedule early to receive desired volunteer dates.   One-week day is suggested. The Parade is Jan. 7th; sign up for that date too. Individual LRR parade entries applications are available at the NWSS web site.

December 1: Registration on line date selection will CLOSE. Date selections after this date; please contact our scheduler Diana Duncan at reknits@q.com or call 720-454-8912 or 303-659-7686.

December 15: Once ALL the above application process is completed, packets containing pin(s) for Royalty, 2 grounds passes per volunteer day for chaperones, and vouchers for 30 hours of volunteer service will be sent to Coordinator’s mailing address noted on this NWSS application.

December 31: LRR Schedule and LRR Handbook/Guideline Booklet will be sent to Coordinator email address, however only to organizations completing the entire NWSS LRR registration process.


  • By committing to 30 hours or more per year, volunteers have a choice of either 2 horse show tickets or 2 rodeo tickets on specific dates which will be issued during credential pick-up at the Volunteer Kick Off Party.
  • Volunteers receive a grounds admittance badge. This must be worn at all times.
  • Volunteers will receive a name badge to be worn on the volunteer uniform at all times.
  • Volunteers will receive “years of service” bar at 5-year intervals at the Volunteer Appreciation Party.
  • A parking permit is provided in designated lots during hours of volunteer service.
  • Participation in training sessions depending on volunteer service area.
  • Discount meal coupons are available in the Volunteer Center.
  • Invitation to the Kick-Off and Appreciation Parties.
  • Liaisons will recognize deserving volunteers within their service area.

Gifts for volunteering a certain amount of hours in January during the Stock Show and rewards for a certain amount of hours for volunteering National Western Stock Show Complex Shows during the rest of the year.  See below for specific volunteer reward hours.

  • Required Yearly Volunteer hours (30 Hours)
  • Accrue from January 1 thru December 31st
    Off Season Awards (starting February 1, 2014)
  • Off Season (other than Stock Show dates) (February 1st – December 31)
  • Volunteers who volunteered 60 hours between February 1 – December 31st will receive an award at Stock Show Kick Off Party.
    Stock Show Awards (January 1 – January 31st – Volunteer Priority Hours)
  • Volunteers who contribute 30 hours will receive a gift.
    Volunteers who contribute 45 hours will receive a gift.
    Volunteers who contribute 60 hours will receive a gift.

Volunteers who contribute 16 hours during the last week of Stock Show (Jan 18 – Jan 25) will receive a gift.

*Stock Show award rules:

Volunteers will receive an automated message when they sign-in to Volgistics advising they have earned a gift.
Once volunteers receive a message that say they have an award waiting, then pick-up awards in the Volunteer Center.

NWSS2014 (128)AMES ACTIVITY PAVILION – There are a wide variety of kids activities in the Big Top heated tent, including helping set up & checking in kids for the Stick Horse Rodeos and cheering them on! Activities are scheduled seven days a week throughout the days, so hours are flexible.

 NWSS2012-001COLISEUM SUPPORT – The Coliseum Support area is the welcome and check in support team to the rodeo contestants, Mutton Busters and their families.  They offer a food service and provide an overall welcoming atmosphere in the contestant area.

NWSS2013 Volunteers (21)COORS WESTERN ART EXHIBIT AND SALE – This dynamic group of volunteers are the work force that staff the art gallery for the nationally recognized Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale. Volunteers in this area greet and work with artists, and the public and are responsible for art sales, and the daily operations of the gallery. No art background is required. Volunteers will work with a team including NWSS staff, the show Curator, and senior volunteers to share this extraordinary exhibit with guests. Details of the day-to-day functions will be covered during volunteer training sessions. Extra training will be required for volunteers working in this area.  [read more about Coors Art]

NWSS2014 (121) GUEST RELATIONS / TICKET TAKERS – Ticket Taker volunteers will greet guests upon entrance with a smile and welcome them to the show. They will provide the primary level of guest assistance at the venue entrances, admit guests into the venue that present valid ticket/credentials and deny access to those who do not.

Guest Relations volunteers respond to guest questions, act upon all comments/complaints in a prompt and friendly manner and track lost and found items.


NWSS2014 (37) HORSE SHOW – Horse Show volunteers provide support to the NWSS staff and exhibitors for all events within the Events Center.  You will assist the horse show manager with arena and paddock gates, doors, and gators to ensure smooth operations of all equine classes and other major events.


SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES INCIDENT REPORTING – The Incident Reporting group provides assistance to NWSS staff by responding to and preparing detailed reports on incidents, which include personal injuries, property damage, vehicle accidents and thefts. You will be working with NWSS staff, Denver Police Officers, Paramedics, livestock exhibitors, commercial vendors, the general public, as well as other Incident Reporting team members. This job involves responding to incidents within the entire NWSS complex, including all parking lots, as well as the Coliseum in a timely manner, therefore may involve extensive walking. Must be detail oriented, a team player, empathetic to people in stressful situations, and possess superior customer service skills. Ability to function in stressful situations and remaining calm is crucial.

Livestock ShowsLIVESTOCK -volunteers are vital to the success of all the livestock events by helping to direct and control flow of livestock and people. During the processing of Junior Livestock volunteers help with the collection of samples for testing to assure fair competition among exhibitors. They are the liaisons between the National Western, the exhibitors and guests of the 100’s of events.


NWSS2014 (18) LOCAL RODEO ROYALTY – Local Rodeo Royalty (LRR) volunteers are current fair and rodeo titleholders across Colorado. The primary goals of this program are to promote the National Western Stock Show their organization, rodeo, and youth development.  Their duties vary from assisting at children’s activities, presenting horse show ribbons, meeting and greeting NWSS guests and more.

NWSS2014 (153)MEDIA & SPONSOR SUPPORT – Volunteers for this energetic team will partner with NW staff to provide the best possible service to local and regional media and the invaluable corporate partners and sponsors of the National Western Stock Show. You will assist the media department with media correspondence, credential distribution, Media Appreciation Party and be a host and resource to media in the Media & Sponsorship Lounge throughout NWSS.  These volunteers will also assist the Sponsorship department with sponsorship fulfillment such as checking sponsor banners throughout the grounds, review of rodeo sponsor scripts as well as being a host and resource to sponsors in the Media & Sponsorship Lounge.  The Lounge will provide a comfortable atmosphere for our media and sponsors, plus offer great guest services, answering visitors’ questions and sharing knowledge about the 2016 NWSS and the future National Western Center.


NWSS2014 (111) PHOTO & VIDEO SUPPORT – If you have been a fan of the National Western Stock Show and wish to enjoy the show from a different aspect come volunteer with the Photo & Video Support Group! Many volunteers are needed to capture both still and video images, help with image reviewing, and to assist with administrative duties.  For more information on the Photo and Video Support Volunteer Service area please click the following link. https://sites.google.com/site/nwssphoto/.

 NWSS2014 (76)SCHOOL VISITS – Part of the National Western’s mission is to educate youth in agriculture and the School Visits program is a crucial part of obtaining and preserving this mission. Volunteer help ensure a positive visit for students and teachers by greeting busses delivering thousands of students to the Stock Show, assist in organizing and preparing the classes for a smooth departure and providing guidance and direction to classes as they tour the Stock Show grounds.

During the “Pre School Visits” volunteers have hands on experience promoting agriculture by partnering with staff to teach a lesson at schools!

NWSS2014 (53)TRADE SHOW & INFORMATION BOOTHS –  Volunteers working at the Information Booths greet guests with a winning smile and flexibility is a must!They will become very knowledgeable about all activities occurring at the complex. They will be asked a variety of questions and must be able to communicate special requests to event staff. Guest Relations Ambassador skills are very important. Volunteers will be provided with all relevant information, including a map and information binder.

Trade Show volunteers help move in/out all vendors so it is essential that you love to give directions so the vendors can maneuver their vehicles through the complex. It’s busy and requires standing the entire shift.

NWSS2012-157VIP DRIVERS – The primary duty of a VIP Driver is to transport Judges, Royalty and other passengers to and from destinations in a comfortable, safe and efficient manner.

 NWSS2014 (46)VOLUNTEER CENTER – The Volunteer Center is the hub for all volunteer operations during the Stock Show. Positions are available for Greeters and Radio Dispatch.Greeters love to smile and have fun saying “howdy” when checking in volunteers! They assist with general volunteer questions, answering phone questions from the public, and some clerical tasks.

Radio Dispatch volunteers maintain radio communications to ensure proper response to all types of fun questions!

  • School Visits

  • Local Royalty

  • Cowboy Hospitality

  • Livestock Shows

The 2016 NW Stock Show is approaching and we need you!

Sign up now for the 2016 NWSS Volunteer Program!

Contact Us

  • 303-299-5562

  • 303-292-1708

  • volunteer@nationalwestern.com

  • National Western Stock Show
    Attn: Volunteer Program
    4655 Humboldt St.
    Denver, CO 80216

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