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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


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.
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Bluebird Monitoring


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.

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Deer Trapping


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.
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Wildlife Host - Dan Noble SWA


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). 

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • 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 sometimes smelly...) trash bags from barrels and place in dump trailer.

Experience with maintenance and carpentry beneficial but not required. Great interpersonal skills are required for communicating with the public.

Site elevation: 7,500 ft.

Looking for 1-2 hosts for the 2023 season!  We are looking for a couple/pair although individuals will be considered. Hosts are allowed pets as long as set rules are followed.

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Apply online to become a volunteer.

Questions? Contact Melody Miller
(970) 252-6004


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