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Get Involved: Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area. Volunteer today!

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Bluebird Monitoring


Description:
Looking for volunteers with an interest in and familiarity of birds living throughout the Upper Arkansas River Valley (AHRA) to update AHRA Bird list and monitor Bluebird House/Nesting sites.
Time Commitment:
Weekly monitoring with a seasonal commitment of March-August.
Volunteer Benefits:
Enjoy a special connection with wildlife in the park.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Jennifer Crawford, Jennifer.R.Crawford@state.co.us, (719) 539-7289 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Bluebird Monitoring Lead


Description:
Person with interest in and familiarity of birds living throughout the Upper Arkansas River Valley (AHRA) to update AHRA Bird list and monitor Bluebird House/Nesting sites. As a lead monitor, additional responsibilities include site assignments, communicating maintenance needs for boxes, being a point of contact for other volunteers for data entry into the NestWatch website.
Time Commitment:
Weekly monitoring with a seasonal committment of March-August. Additional time required to coordinate and lead other monitors.
Volunteer Benefits:
Enjoy a special connection with wildlife in the park.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Jennifer Crawford, Jennifer.R.Crawford@state.co.us, (719) 539-7289 to become a volunteer.


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Boat Ambassador


Description:
Our ramp hosts play the important role of keeping the boat ramps functioning smoothly on busy summer days. AHRA has 31 boat ramps providing easy access to the river for hundreds of thousands of boaters every year. These ramps can get busy with commercial and private users backing in trailers, loading and unloading boats, gathering passengers, and launching. Boat Ramp Ambassadors help to ensure boaters use the limited space safely, effectively, and quickly. Primary locations are Ruby Mountain, Hecla Junction, and Salida East boat ramps. Volunteer Responsibilities: Provide high-quality customer service to all visitors. Answer basic informational questions about the park, area, and recreational opportunities. Limit ramp use to 15 minutes per vehicle. Ensure vehicles park in a space-efficient manner. Encourage visitors to be cautious on the ramp near backing vehicles. Inform Rangers of any issues that arise outside of the Ambassador duties/capabilities. Serve as an ambassador for CPW's mission and programs. Understand the commitments, responsibilities, and assignments before accepting them and fulfill them to the best of your abilities. Be honest and open with staff regarding your intent, goals, needs, and skills so that a good placement is possible. While volunteering, stay within the duties of the project assignment and accept supervision. Observe all policies and safety procedures set forth by CPW staff. Be prompt and reliable in reporting for service. Notify your staff contact as soon as possible if you are unable to fulfill your scheduled shift(s). Wear your volunteer uniform in an appropriate and professional manner for the position assigned. Keep an accurate record of the hours you worked on a project and report those hours in a timely manner directly in your online volunteer account or to CPW staff.  Preference is given to returning Ambassadors in good standing. Qualifications: Must be able to provide professional, welcoming customer service. Most of this position is interacting with customers. A passion for outdoor recreation and nature will help host connect with customers Self-motivated, able to self manage. Good, proactive communication skills.  Training, and Preparation: Volunteer and staff training days occur early-mid May to learn about park information and operations. In-person and in-field training is provided by park staff. Training and growth as a host is continuous throughout the season and over the years, staff are always willing to help Ambassadors continue growth.  Additional information: Ambassadors will use their personal vehicle to report directly to the work location/boat ramp Ambassadors are provided with any tools/equipment needed to do their volunteer role (reflective vest, uniform shirt, uniform hat, vest, nametag).  Must be willing to undergo a background check.
Time Commitment:
Flexible, but coverage needed during busy days and times, typically weekends and holidays midday.
Volunteer Benefits:
Provide safe recreation opportunities while interacting with visitors. Facilitate meaningful and memorable boating experiences for thousands of visitors. Support AHRA staff. Team building activities. Teamwork, friendship, and a sense of community. Training and networking opportunities.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Jeff Hammond, jeffrey.hammond@state.co.us, (719) 539-7289 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Campground Host


Description:
The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) is a 152-mile-long recreation area that runs between Leadville and Lake Pueblo State Park along the Arkansas River and is surrounded by 13,000-14,000 foot peaks. The park has eight campgrounds, with campground hosting opportunities available at Five Points, Vallie Bridge, Rincon, Salida East, Ruby Mountain, Hecla Junction, and Railroad Bridge; as well as Point Barr, which used to be a dispersed camping area but is now a campground. Point Barr is relatively isolated and the road wouldn't allow for anything much over an 18ft trailer and certainly not a full-size motorhome. AHRA campgrounds are primitive: there is no electricity, water, sewer, or trash pickup. Wifi is not available. The hosts’ camping units must be self-sufficient. The main recreational activities are commercial and private whitewater rafting and kayaking, hiking, biking, and fishing. Job duties include assisting staff with fee collection, reservations, public information, and light maintenance of campground and restrooms. Hosts are expected to work 20 hours per week.
Time Commitment:
20 hours per week, Memorial Day through Labor Day
Volunteer Benefits:
Reside onsite, share your knowledge and love of the park with visitors

Ready to get involved?

Contact Jeff Hammond, jeffrey.hammond@state.co.us, (719) 539-7289 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Maintenance and Trail Work


Description:
Repair and construct fence. Clean up park grounds and facilities. Complete special or seasonal maintenance tasks as needed. (For example: boat dock repair). Do carpentry, remodeling or other construction projects. Provide landscape design expertise. Make park information signs. Assist with minor vehicle/boat/equipment repairs and maintenance. Trail support: Assist with regular trail maintenance of OHV track trails for grooming purposes, tractor skills are required. Additional support with crew members or crew leaders on trail construction, renovation, and maintenance as needed. Design or install trail signage.
Time Commitment:
1-2 hours depending on project needs
Volunteer Benefits:
Give back to the park.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Jennifer Crawford, Jennifer.R.Crawford@state.co.us, (719) 539-7289 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Naturalist


Description:
Present park interpretive programs: campfire talks, nature walks, multi-media shows, living history programs, evening programs and others. Lead school group programs on-site. Visit local students in their classrooms (or other groups) and conduct interpretive programs off-site. Conduct public workshops or classes. Conduct roving interpretive patrols in campgrounds, on park trails, at park facilities, or in the backcountry.
Time Commitment:
Flexible
Volunteer Benefits:
Educate new and future recreators on how to care for our public lands, and share your love of the many resources found within.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Jennifer Crawford, Jennifer.R.Crawford@state.co.us, (719) 539-7289 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Special Projects


Description:
Write and develop outdoor interpretive signs for self-guiding trails or roadside exhibits. Recruit other volunteers. Photograph or video tape park programs, special events, visitors, or resources. Assist in planning volunteer recognition or social events. Provide equipment or expertise on special projects. Design and create puppets, historical costumes, and more.
Time Commitment:
Varies
Volunteer Benefits:
Use your skills, talents, and hobbies to better your State Park.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Jennifer Crawford, Jennifer.R.Crawford@state.co.us, (719) 539-7289 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Visitor Services - Poncha Springs


Description:
Volunteers assist with various duties at the Poncha Springs Visitor center in partnership with AHRA.
Time Commitment:
Varies
Volunteer Benefits:
Support the local area by helping visitors at the Crossroads of the Rockies.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Jennifer Crawford, Jennifer.R.Crawford@state.co.us, (719) 539-7289 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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