Volunteer Opportunities

Turquoise Trail Volunteer Fire District

Offers professional level training in fire fighting and the opportunity to train as an EMT Basic.
Once qualified as a firefighter 1 or EMT-basic, get a response payment. Also opportunities for various support roles.

Dan Coyne  (505) 438-2678
District Chief appointed on January 18, 2022.
SFCFD Technical Rescue Team
County Med Units 20 & 30
SFCFD Mobile Vaccination Unit.

The two volunteer fire districts in this area, Turquoise Trail and Madrid, are in need of additional volunteers. Becoming a volunteer does not mean that you are signing up to run into a burning building. We have need for administrative assistance, mechanical assistance, grant writing, fund raising, and a variety of other non-firefighting roles. Filling these positions allows the trained and qualified firefighters and EMT’s to devote their time to calls for emergency services. Of course, if you do want to don bunker gear and breathing apparatus and get face-to-face with the dragon,  or if you just can’t wait to deliver emergency medical care on the double-yellow centerline of NM 14  at 3:00 a.m., we have that option available for you.

As an aside, if you want to step into the shoes of a SFCFD volunteer without ever leaving your armchair, pick up a copy of Firefighter Zen, the highly acclaimed guidebook for life written by Hondo Firefighter/EMT Hersh Wilson.



Turquoise Trail Charter School

Address: 13 San Marcos Loop, Santa Fe, NM 87508

Phone: (505) 986-4000

District: Santa Fe Public Schools

Head Administrator: Chris Eide

Middle School Principal: Harry Phillips

Elementary School Principal: Christie Berg

Director of Special Education: Toeni Tillman

Director of Operations: Danielle Garcia

Community Outreach Coordinator: Roberta Cole



It’s somewhat difficult to volunteer to work directly with kids as tutor or mentor, but well worth the effort. You have to get fingerprinted at State Police on Cerrillos Road and the district will do a background check. TTCS annually does a science fair and you can volunteer to judge projects at TTCS. Alternatively, contact Santa Fe Alliance for Science and get trained to be a judge or mentor for all of the schools . Contact Diane Smogor (Executive Director) at http://www.sfafs.org/default.asp


Cerrillos Hills State Park

Lots of roles here, including trail maintenance (an ongoing and perpetual task) and working int the shop.

Amigos de Cerrillos Hills State Park

PO Box 460

Cerrillos, NM 87010


Tel: (505) 474-0196


Peter Lipscomb, Park Manager

37 Main Street

P.O. Box 460

Cerrillos, NM 87010


Tel: (505) 474-0196



Local Organizations

Become a participating member of the San Marcos Association. Contact Dennis Kurtz and visit the website at https://thesanmarcosassociation.org/about/

Aging and Long-Term Services Dept.

Volunteer Opportunities for retirees and more



Subject line: Ready to Help

Opportunities range from Benefits Counselor, Foster Grandparents Program, Long-term Care Ombudsman, Senior Companion Program and more.

Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Santa Fe

Contact Kristin Slater-Huff or (505) 955-4760

website at www.rsvpsantafe.org

RSVP sets up volunteers over age 55 in a local network that reimburses travel expenses and offers rewards and a network of friends. County residents participate with those in the City of Santa Fe, including contacts with organizations such as Kitchen Angels, Food Depot, Hospice, Santa Fe Conservancy (walking program), Railyard Park and more.


Santa Fe Botanical Garden

See: https://www.santafebotanicalgarden.org

(505) 471-9103

Many opportunities include volunteering at the Garden site on Museum Hill (greeter, docent, special events) or at the La Cienega Leonora Curtin Wetland, on the I-25 Frontage Road. Training programs apply to becoming a site docent and to helping your home garden. Year-round activities including the holiday Glow program and a nature book club.