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 PavilionCoors Western Art RoomGuest RelationsHorse and Livestock Show AssistantsEducational ProgramsInformation BoothsPhotographyTicket TakingAdministrative Support and many other special events during the year. Click below to learn more about the National Western Volunteer benefits and requirements.

Come learn more about the National Western Stock Show volunteer program by attending our 2017 information sessions scheduled for Wednesday, September 20th OR Saturday, November 4th.  More information will be sent after filling out a volunteer application HERE 

If you are 16 years and older and interested in becoming a new National Western volunteer then join us at our  Volunteer Informational Session to learn about the volunteer program, its mission and meet current National Western Volunteers. 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 
Are you already a National Western Volunteer?

Current/Active volunteers click here to access your schedule and update your profile for the 2017 show.

Dates for the Stock Show Royalty application process:

Royalty Application


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 LRR volunteer date selection.

Download Forms here: 2018 Volunteer Release  |   Royalty Minors Release

***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. 5th; sign up for that date also.  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 Priscilla Schnell 720-530-8305 or Jill Stuebner 303-263-9151

December 15:  Once ALL the above application process is completed pin(s) for Royalty, 2 grounds passes per volunteer day for chaperones, and vouchers for 30 hours of volunteer service will

be available for pick up at the NWSS complex

December 31:  LRR Handbook/Guideline Booklet will be sent to Coordinator email address, ONLY organizations completing the entire NWSS LRR registration process will receive information.



  • 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 1st)
  • 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.

*Stock Show award rules:
Please come to the Volunteer Center when you have reached your volunteer award hours.

NWSS2014 (128)AMES ACTIVITY PAVILION – There are a wide variety of kids activities in the Big Top heated tent. We emphasis the NWSS Mission of preserving the western lifestyle through the children’s point of view.  The programs are designed for animal education, entertainment, and agriculture.  Some of the activities are Top Hogs, stick horse rodeos, tractor pedal races, sheep shearing, super dogs pat and chat.  Duties include helping with the set up, checking in kids, cheering them on, crowd control and changing the floor layout for the specific shows.  Some lifting might be involved or other lighter weight duties are available.  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.  [ learn more about volunteering in the Coors Art Room ]

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, horse show exhibitors and guests for horse show events through various positions and areas. Volunteer assistance is vital to ensuring horse show operations are smooth and provide a positive experience for guests, vendors, sponsors and horse show exhibitors alike. They assist with arena and paddock gates, doors, gators, arrivals and check in, In The Barn experience, hospitality, awards, event set up and ticketed special events.

Horse Show Job Decriptions


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. Extensive walking will be involved and may be for extended periods during the entire shift in all weather conditions. 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.
Click Here to Apply

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. This area also supports the annual Stock Show Parade and other special events during the year. [ learn more about volunteering for Media & Sponsor ]


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.

[ learn more about volunteering for School Visits ]


Trade Show Information Booths – Do you enjoy helping people? Then the Information Booth may just be the perfect place for you. We are ambassadors for the NWSS and Metro Denver.  As Colorado’s Western hospitality we are providing information on the metro area and share the most current information on the stock show.  We assist our visitors by answering questions from, ‘Where is the nearest restroom?” to “Has this vendor returned this year?” “How do I find…” and so many more. We have information booths throughout the NWSS complex each is provided a guide notebook full of stock show schedules, food guides, events, location directions and more to help answer our guests. Our goal is to assist NWSS guests to have the best experience possible. And don’t worry about knowing it all.  Each booth has an in depth information book to assist you in answering the questions guests have.  Whether you are a new volunteer, of have volunteered for years, working in an information booth is one of the best ways to learn all the facets and the layout of the stock show.

Trade Show Package Delivery and Move In/Out:   Let us not forget that many of the vendors at the NWSS are guests to our city and state.  As volunteers in the Trade Show Package Delivery and Move In/Out we want to make them feel welcome to this great place!  Package Delivery volunteers assist the NWSS staff with the delivery of packages that arrive for the vendors to replenish their stock or refill their promotional materials.  While it is a small crew, they are most important to vendors needing supplies.  Please note that volunteers may be asked to lift packages as heavy as 50lbs.  Maybe the heavy lifting isn’t for you.  Then try Move In/Out.  No, we don’t help the vendors unload their trucks, we direct the vendors where to drive their truck in the complex!  That’s right, we let them drive into the building to unload their trucks.  All a volunteer needs to do is greet vendors with a smile and assist them with directions to their booth.  This is a great way to see the inner workings of the NWSS and see how it all comes together.

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!

Volunteer Committee

Volunteer Chair, Brent Pick
Assistant Volunteer Chair, Sue Young
Assistant Volunteer Chair, Ann Bengtson
Staff, Ron Rohr, VP of Admin
Staff, Kellie Lombardi, Director of Volunteer Services

  • School Visits
  • Local Royalty
  • Cowboy Hospitality
  • Livestock Shows

The 2017 NW Stock Show is approaching and we need you!
Sign up now for the 2017 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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