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Get Involved: Montrose (Area 18)

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Montrose (Area 18). Volunteer today!

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Area Assistance


Description:
General CPW staff support in the Montrose area. Volunteers may work with local district wildlife managers or other area staff on a variety of projects as needed.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Gain experience working with and supporting CPW staff in a variety of roles and projects.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Darlene Trainor, darlene.trainor@state.co.us, (970) 252-6002 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Bluebird Monitoring


Description:
This volunteer role ‘adopts’ local nest boxes at a specific site in the Montrose/Ridgway area and assists with cleaning and monitoring bluebird houses. You may also help build and mount new bluebird houses.
Time Commitment:
Early Spring through August. By April boxes need to be checked every 10 days to 2 weeks.
Volunteer Benefits:
Help monitor the vitality of local bluebird populations and provide important data information from 'the field'.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Darlene Trainor, darlene.trainor@state.co.us, (970) 252-6002 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Deer Trapping


Description:
Assist the Area Terrestrial Biologist with deer-related projects. These may include trapping and collaring efforts around Montrose and on the Uncompahgre Plateau, or survey work. This role can be strenuous and sometimes dangerous.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Gain experience working with CPW staff and support wildlife conservation projects.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Catherine Brons, catherine.brons@state.co.us, (970) 375-6709 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Wildlife Host - Dan Noble SWA


Description:

Dan Noble State Wildlife Area (SWA) with Miramonte Reservoir is located in a rural setting surrounded by mountains that are very attractive to local residents and non-residents alike. People travel from the far corners of Colorado and from out of state to Dan Noble SWA to recreate, especially to catch the trophy Rainbow Trout, with its distinct pink meat, and abundant crayfish during the summer and ice fish in the winter. The SWA also provides strong economic value to local communities (Norwood, Nucla and Naturita). 

Camp host responsibilities include: Maintain/clean campgrounds and day use areas and outhouses; provide maintenance to buildings, outhouses and picnic tables; complete a daily log of camping use by visitors; provide information to visiting public and people wanting to fish; clean and maintain outhouse at Woods Lake SWA (about 85 miles to the east) once a week. Hosts must be able to live in a remote area and enjoy meeting and interacting with people from all walks of life. Must be able to perform basic maintenance on the campground and facilities. Should be able to lift 60-70 pounds and pull heavy (and, we admit, sometimes smelly...) trash bags from barrels and place in dump trailer.

Amenities: Electric (30 amp), sewage, AT&T cell service. We are working on a water source at the camp host site.

Site elevation: 7,500 ft.

We are looking for a couple/pair. Children and pets are considered on a case by case basis.

Time Commitment:

20-25 hours per week. Time commitment is 3-4 months, May - September.

Volunteer Benefits:

CPW staff in this area cover a very large geographic area, and we wish we could be in two (or three, or four) places at once! A camp host greatly contributes to staff capacity, keeps a friendly presence for visitors, and helps the natural and recreational spaces stay clean and beautiful.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Melody Miller, melody.miller@state.co.us, (970) 252-6004 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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