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Get Involved: Cherry Creek State Park

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Cherry Creek State Park. Volunteer today!

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Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Inspector


Description:
A customer service based position that involves inspecting for invasive Zebra/Quagga Mussels, Milfoil or other noxious species on boats and personal watercraft at an inspection point on the park. This is an important position for the protection of natural resources from non-native species that threaten wildlife, drinking water/irrigation and all water related outdoor recreation in the State of Colorado. Daily interaction with park visitors requires effective communication and public relations skills. Specific volunteer responsibilities may include: • Serve in the park ANS (aquatic nuisance species) inspection station. • Conduct physical boat inspections and boater interviews. • Provide information and assistance to the boating public (distributes brochures, promotes ANS education, educates about State Park regulations, etc.) • Cleaning and light maintenance duties of interior and exterior of ANS inspection areas, including maintenance of facilities and grounds. • Accurate counting and recording of all boat inspections. • Photo-copying and filing. • May document and report visitor complaints. • Other responibilities as assigned. REQUIREMENTS: • Must be at least 18 years of age. • Must possess and maintain a valid drivers' license and provide a current motor vehicle report. • Must be able to volunteer outdoors and on weekends, holidays, and varied shifts. • Must be able to climb in and out of vessels and under trailers. • Training in boat inspection methods will be provided. • May need to undergo criminal background investigation. • Possess strong interpersonal communication skills (written and oral). • Ability to volunteer with little supervision. • May be required to serve at the ANS station for an 8 hour shift and take lunch at the station. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: • The position will perform physical activities that require considerable use of arms and legs, as well as whole body movement. These activities include but are not limited to climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping and handling materials. Ability to discern color differences and to hear in-person and radio communications is required. This volunteer opportunity does not offer on-park housing. This means that the applicant lives in or around the area and will commute to the park for their volunteer service.
Time Commitment:
Regular commitment for scheduling purposes
Volunteer Benefits:
Allows you to get outside and chat with boaters about anything ranging from boat operation to the best fishing spots! Learn a lot about boats! Learn all about aquatic nuisance species!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Luke Stucker, luke.stucker@state.co.us, (303) 766-6573 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Campground Host


Description:

RESPONSIBILITIES: Cherry Creek State Park offers 135 campsites, including basic, full-hookup, and group camping opportunities. As a Camp Host, responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: greet arriving campers, offer check-in assistance, perform minor maintenance tasks and promote interpretive/educational activities, cleaning grounds and facilities, trimming and watering of trees and lawns, clerical tasks to include working in the campground office, and providing park information to visitors.

A full time resident volunteer will receive a full hook up (Electric, sewer, water) site in exchange for their volunteer service.

NOTE: This is an ongoing opportunity at the park and applications will be accepted any time. Actual availabilities varies at all times. Once registered, you will be placed on a waiting list and we will contact you as positions open up. We receive a high volume of applications for these positions. Please be patient with us and we will contact you as needed.

Time Commitment:

In the busy summer season, we require a 3 month commitment, and prefer volunteers who can cover the entire season from May through September. Serving on weekends and holidays are required. Winter options available November - April. SUMMER REQUIREMENTS: Individual volunteers who will be living on park by themselves must donate a minimum of 32 hours a week. For each resident volunteer site that is occupied by two people but only one person will be working/contributing hours to the park is required to serve 40 hours per week. When two volunteers reside in the same site and both are volunteering (pairs), 24 hours per person, per week is required. WINTER REQUIREMENTS: Individual volunteers who will be living on park by themselves must donate a minimum of 24 hours a week. For each resident volunteer site that is occupied by two people but only one person will be working/contributing hours to the park is required to serve 32 hours per week. When two volunteers reside in the same site and both are volunteering (pairs), 24 hours per person per week is required.

Volunteer Benefits:

Receive full hook up (electric, sewer, water) site in exchange for volunteer service.

Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.


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Campground Maintenance


Description:
All resident volunteer positions with CPW are unpaid volunteer positions. RESPONSIBILITIES: The resident volunteer program is one of our most popular volunteer opportunities. As a resident volunteer serving in the campground maintenance section, you will perform maintenance tasks throughout the campground. These responsibilities include but are not limited to: responsible for all general campground maintenance and cleaning of public facilities including restrooms, showers, toilets, campsites, picnic areas, mowing, weed control, build and maintain trails, operates and performs routine maintenance on State owned vehicles and equipment. Provides and ensures quality customer service and facility maintenance, repair and cleanliness and provides information and assistance to visitors. May also assist with carpentry, plumbing, masonry, electrical work, general landscape duties and transporting materials and supplies and performs other duties as assigned. A full time resident volunteer will receive a full hook up (electric, sewer, water) site in exchange for their volunteer service. In the winter, Resident Volunteers are needed to help serve in the Visitor Center and as Gate Attendants. This is a full-time volunteer role, and full hook-ups sites are provided. Please apply for Winter Resident Volunteer position if this is for you. DURATION OF OCCUPANCY: Duration of Occupancy of resident volunteer/host assignments is temporary and not meant to provide semi-permanent homes for individuals in state park campgrounds. Resident volunteers may service a maximum of nine (9) months annually and must have a minimum of three (3) consecutive months off park prior to occupying a host or resident site. REQUIREMENTS: Must be at least 18 years of age Must pass a background check Willing to volunteer outside during inclement weather Must be able to lift 50-100 pounds repeatedly during the course of a single workday Knowledge of power tools and hand tools preferred Knowledge of small engine and other equipment maintenance and repair preferred Must be able to volunteer for various shifts, including weekends and holidays Must possess strong interpersonal communication skills Ability to volunteer with little or no supervision In the winter, Resident Volunteers are needed to help work in the Visitor Center and as Gate Attendants. This is a full-time position, and full hook-ups sites are provided. Please apply for Winter Resident Volunteer position if this is for you. NOTE: This is an ongoing opportunity at the park and applications will be accepted any time. Actual availabilities varies. Once registered, you will be placed on a waiting list and we will contact you as positions open. We receive a high volume of applications for these positions. Please be patient with us and we will contact you as needed.
Time Commitment:
We prefer a minimum 6 month commitment; however, that can be discussed. Individual volunteers who will be living on park by themselves, must donate a minimum of 24 hours a week. For each resident volunteer site that is occupied by two people but only one person will be working/contributing hours to the park is required to serve 32 hours per week. When two volunteers reside in the same site and both are volunteering (pairs), 24 hours per person per week is required. Serving on weekends and holidays are required.
Volunteer Benefits:
Receive full hook up (electric, sewer, water) site in exchange for volunteer service.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Jess Eller, jess.eller@state.co.us, (720) 688-1085 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Campground Office Attendant


Description:

Come be a Cherry Creek State Park Campground Office Attendant! Attendants are needed year-round to support, explore, and enjoy this Denver area gem. All campground attendant/resident volunteer positions with CPW are unpaid volunteer positions. RESPONSIBILITIES: A customer service based position that involves greeting visitors, selling parks passes and permits, answering phones, counting cash receipts, enter data into computer, providing information to the public, and light cleaning. Daily interaction with park visitors requires effective communication and public relations skills. Service is completed primarily indoors in the campground office. A full time resident volunteer will receive a full hook up (Electric, sewer, water) site in exchange for their volunteer service. Duration of Occupancy of resident volunteer/host assignments is temporary and not meant to provide semi-permanent homes for individuals in state park campgrounds. Resident volunteers may service a maximum of nine (9) months annually and must have a minimum of three (3) consecutive months off park prior to occupying a host or resident site. NOTE: This is an ongoing opportunity at the park and applications will be accepted any time. Actual availabilities varies. Once registered, you will be placed on a waiting list and we will contact you as positions open. We receive a high volume of applications for these positions. Please be patient with us and we will contact you as needed.

Time Commitment:

In the busy summer season, we require a 3 month commitment, and prefer volunteers who can cover the entire season from May through September. Serving on weekends and holidays are required. Winter options available November - April. SUMMER REQUIREMENTS: Individual volunteers who will be living on park by themselves must donate a minimum of 32 hours a week. For each resident volunteer site that is occupied by two people but only one person will be working/contributing hours to the park is required to serve 40 hours per week. When two volunteers reside in the same site and both are volunteering (pairs), 24 hours per person, per week is required. WINTER REQUIREMENTS: Individual volunteers who will be living on park by themselves must donate a minimum of 24 hours a week. For each resident volunteer site that is occupied by two people but only one person will be working/contributing hours to the park is required to serve 32 hours per week. When two volunteers reside in the same site and both are volunteering (pairs), 24 hours per person per week is required.

Volunteer Benefits:

Receive full hook up (electric, sewer, water) site in exchange for volunteer service.


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Court Ordered (ASW)


Description:
Court ordered community service. No need to set up a time. Just arrive at the Park Office look for the community service sign next to the parking lot. There are two shifts for community service. The first shift is from 08:00AM to 12:00PM. Second shift from 1:00PM to 5:00PM. Can work both shifts if you need to.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Travis McKay, travis.mckay@state.co.us, (303) 766-6583 to become a volunteer.


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Dog Off Leash Area Assistance


Description:
Our goal is to establish a group of willing volunteers to assist in sustaining and improving the Dog Off Leash Area (DOLA) at Cherry Creek State Park - a highly used area of the park and Denver metro residents! Volunteers assist in various projects ranging from, but not limited to: habitat restoration, landscaping, and trail and fence projects. Depending on the projects that need to be completed, the physical demands can range from easy to moderate and will mostly take place on weekends. This volunteer opportunity are for those who do not require on-park housing. This means that the applicant lives in or around the area and will commute to the park for their volunteer service.
Time Commitment:
Varies
Volunteer Benefits:
Working closely with staff to help maintain the Dog Off Leash Area.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Travis McKay, travis.mckay@state.co.us, (303) 766-6583 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Entrance Gate Attendant


Description:
This is a customer service based position that serves in an entrance station and greet visitors. Daily interaction with park visitors requires effective communication and public relation skills. Specific responsibilities may include but are not limited to: - Provide information and assistance to visitors (distributes maps/brochures, orients visitors to park facilities and amenities, promotes education programs, educates on State Park regulation, educates on State Park regulations, etc.) - Sell parks passes. - May sell gift certificates, search and rescue cards, boat registrations, OHV registrations and snowmobile registrations, fishing and hunting license at some locations. - Ability to operate a cash register. - Collect revenue, complete shift report and balance shift box at end of each shift. - May document and report visitor complaints. - Clean and maintain interior and exterior of entrance station. - Other projects as assigned. The park will provide training, uniform shirts, hats and name tags. This volunteer opportunity are for those who do not require on park housing. This means that the applicant lives in or around the area and will commute to the park for their volunteer work.
Time Commitment:
Flexible, as long as volunteers are willing and able to commit to a schedule.
Volunteer Benefits:
Assist staff with manning the entrance stations and visitor interactions.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Vylan Than, vylan.than@state.co.us, (303) 766-6577 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Gate Attendant


Description:
As a gate attendant for Cherry Creek State Park, you will manning one of three entrance stations throughout the park. The entrance stations are the visitor's first stop before entering the park. Attendants will greet visitors, sell park passes, and provide any information visitors might need for their visit. Cherry Creek State Park is a busy urban based park that sees over 2 million visitors every year so this position can be fast paced. This also means that you might be the only park staff that the visitor interacts with during their visit to the park so customer service skills is must. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Provide information and assistance to visitors (distributes maps/ brochures, orients visitors to park facilities and amenities, promotes education programs, educates on State Park regulations, etc.), selling park passes at entrance stations, collects revenue, completes shift report and balances shift box at end of each shift, greeting campers, give out brochures and information, answering phones and radio, filing and data entry. These duties will require a moderate level of computer skills and operation. This volunteer opportunity is available for both people who live around the area that would like to provide a service for the park and for people who would like to provide their time and service in exchange for a full hook up campsite. Volunteers wishing to work in exchange to live on park and a full hook up campsite are called Resident Volunteers. All resident volunteer positions with CPW are unpaid volunteer positions and are needed all year round (pending availability). A full time resident volunteer will receive a full hook up (Electric, sewer, water) site in exchange for their volunteer service. DURATION OF OCCUPANCY: Duration of Occupancy of resident volunteer/host assignments is temporary and not meant to provide semi-permanent homes for individuals in state park campgrounds. Resident volunteers/hosts may serve a maximum of nine (9) months annually and must have a minimum of three (3) consecutive months off park prior to occupying a host or resident site. REQUIREMENTS: - Must have a valid drivers' license or reliable transportation. - Must be able to serve weekends, holidays, and varied shifts. - Previous experience handling money and working with the public is helpful. - Computer experience is very helpful. - Must pass a background check. - Possess strong interpersonal communication skills. - Ability to volunteer with little supervision. Will be required to volunteer at the entrance station for an 8 hour shift and take lunch in the station. NOTE: This is an ongoing opportunity at the park and applications will be accepted any time. Actual availabilities varies. Once registered, you will be placed on a waiting list and we will contact you as positions open. We receive a high volume of applications for these positions. Please be patient with us and we will contact you as needed.
Time Commitment:
For local volunteers (who do not require to live on park): there is no minimum set amount of hours. We will work with your schedule and availability. For Resident Volunteers: The year is broken up into two seasons, summer and winter. Both have different requirements and are listed below. SUMMER REQUIREMENTS (April - October): In the busy summer season, this position requires a minimum of 6 month commitment, and we prefer volunteers who can cover the entire season from May through September. Serving on weekends and holidays are required. Individual volunteers who will be living on park by themselves must donate a minimum of 32 hours a week. For each resident volunteer site that is occupied by two people but only one person will be working/contributing hours to the park is required to serve 40 hours per week. When two volunteers reside in the same site and both are volunteering (pairs), 24 hours per person, per week is required. WINTER REQUIREMENTS (November - March): Individual volunteers who will be living on park by themselves must donate a minimum of 24 hours a week. For each resident volunteer site that is occupied by two people but only one person will be working/contributing hours to the park is required to serve 32 hours per week. When two volunteers reside in the same site and both are volunteering (pairs), 24 hours per person per week is required.
Volunteer Benefits:
Receive full hook up (electric, sewer, water) site in exchange for volunteer service.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Vylan Than, vylan.than@state.co.us, (303) 766-6577 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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General Maintenance


Description:
All resident volunteer positions with CPW are unpaid volunteer positions. RESPONSIBILITIES: The resident volunteer program is one of our most popular volunteer opportunities. As a general maintenance resident volunteer you will perform maintenance tasks throughout the park. These responsibilities include but are not limited to: responsible for all general park maintenance and cleaning of public facilities including restrooms, showers, toilets, campsites, picnic areas, mowing, weed control, build and maintain trails, etc. Operates and performs routine maintenance on State owned vehicles and equipment. Provides and ensures quality customer service and facility maintenance, repair and cleanliness and provides information and assistance to visitors. May also assist with carpentry, plumbing, masonry, electrical work, general landscape duties and transporting materials and supplies and performs other duties as assigned. A full time resident volunteer will receive a full hook up (Electric, sewer, water) site in exchange for their volunteer service. In the winter, Resident Volunteers are needed to help serve in the Visitor Center and as Gate Attendants. This is a full-time volunteer position, and full hook-ups sites are provided. Please apply for Winter Resident Volunteer position if this is for you. DURATION OF OCCUPANCY: Duration of Occupancy of resident volunteer/host assignments is temporary and not meant to provide semi-permanent homes for individuals in state park campgrounds. Resident volunteers/hosts may service a maximum of nine (9) months annually and must have a minimum of three (3) consecutive months off park prior to occupying a host or resident site. REQUIREMENTS: - Must be at least 18 years of age - Must pass a background check - Willing to volunteer outside during inclement weather - Must be able to lift 50-100 pounds repeatedly during the course of a single workday - Knowledge of power tools and hand tools preferred - Knowledge of small engine and other equipment maintenance and repair preferred - Must be able to work various shifts, including weekends and holidays - Must possess strong interpersonal communication skills - Ability to volunteer with little or no supervision NOTE: This is an ongoing opportunity at the park and applications will be accepted any time. Actual availabilities varies. Once registered, you will be placed on a waiting list and we will contact you as positions open. We receive a high volume of applications for these positions. Please be patient with us and we will contact you as needed.
Time Commitment:
Volunteers who will be putting in service hours as a single person AND who will be living on park by themselves, must donate a minimum of 24 hours a week. Each resident site that is occupied by a single volunteer (or only one person is volunteering in a couple situation) is required to donate 40 volunteer hours per week. When two volunteers reside in the same site and both are volunteering (couples), 24 volunteer hours per week, per person is required. Serving weekends and holidays are also required. We prefer a minimum 6 month commitment however that can be discussed further.
Volunteer Benefits:
Receive full hook up (electric, sewer, water) site in exchange for volunteer service.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Steven Sorensen, steven.sorensen@state.co.us, (303) 766-6582 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Naturalist


Description:
The interpretation/education program at Cherry Creek State Park is in need of Naturalist volunteers to bring the program to its full potential! Naturalists create and implement programs for all age groups. Do you have a special skill you wish to contribute, like bird watching, biking, or story telling? We would love to work together to create programs that will bring more visitors out to enjoy all the resources available at the park! Naturalists assist with operating the Nature Center, located at the swim beach. Being in such a busy part of the park, Naturalists also provide park information to visitors and present interpretive programs. Some programs include campfire talks, nature walks, multimedia shows to schools or private groups, as well as assisting with large events such as Lake Appreciation Day and Trunk or Treat. All training provided.
Time Commitment:
1 day per week
Volunteer Benefits:
Learn about park history and wildlife, work side by side with park staff on programs, become a community scientist.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Christian Holloway, christian.holloway@state.co.us, (303) 766-6575 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Park Ambassador


Description:
Cherry Creek State Park offers 4,000 acres of recreational opportunities for boaters, fishermen, campers, bicyclists, equestrians, swimmers, hikers, and picnickers alike! Our 850 acre reservoir provides all kinds of water related activities such as paddle boarding, sailing, water skiing, jet skiing, and more! During the summer, color masts from sailboats dot the lake against a backdrop of the Rockies. Cherry Creek State Park offers a fast getaway for city dwellers to unwind. Park Ambassadors are inspired people who serve at entrance stations and walk the trail system, representing Cherry Creek State Park by sharing their knowledge of the park and promoting good stewardship. Ambassadors educate visitors on regulations, sell parks passes, pick up litter, greet guests, present naturalist programs, and notify park staff of any issues. Training will be provided.
Time Commitment:
Flexible
Volunteer Benefits:
Educate visitors on a topic that they are passionate about. If not then there are already pre-made programs ready to go. A great way to interact with the public and also explore on their own.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Christian Holloway, christian.holloway@state.co.us, (303) 766-6575 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Resident Volunteer-Dog Off Leash Area Maintenance


Description:
All campground host/resident volunteer positions with CPW are unpaid volunteer positions. As a resident volunteer working for the DOLA (Dog Off Leash Area) section, responsibilities may include but are not limited to: responsible for all dog off leash area and park office maintenance and cleaning of public facilities including restrooms, toilets, picnic areas, mowing, weed control, build and maintain trails, etc. Operates and performs routine maintenance on State owned vehicles and equipment. Provides and ensures quality customer service and facility maintenance, repair and cleanliness and provides information and assistance to visitors. May also assist with carpentry, plumbing, masonry, electrical work, general landscape duties and transporting materials and supplies and performs other projects as assigned. A full time resident volunteer will receive a full hook up (Electric, sewer, water) site in exchange for their volunteer service. In the winter, Resident Volunteers are needed to help serve in the Visitor Center and as Gate Attendants. This is a full-time volunteer position, and full hook-ups sites are provided. Please apply for Winter Resident Volunteer position if this is for you. DURATION OF OCCUPANCY: Duration of Occupancy of resident volunteer/host assignments is temporary and not meant to provide semi-permanent homes for individuals in state park campgrounds. Resident volunteers/hosts may service a maximum of nine (9) months annually and must have a minimum of three (3) consecutive months off park prior to occupying a host or resident site. REQUIREMENTS: - Must be at least 18 years of age - Must pass a background check - Willing to volunteer outside during inclement weather - Must be able to lift 50-100 pounds repeatedly during the course of a single workday - Knowledge of power tools and hand tools preferred - Knowledge of small engine and other equipment maintenance and repair preferred - Must be able to volunteer for various shifts, including weekends and holidays - Must possess strong interpersonal communication skills - Ability to volunteer with little or no supervision NOTE: This is an ongoing opportunity at the park and applications will be accepted any time. Actual availabilities varies. Once registered, you will be placed on a waiting list and we will contact you as positions open. We receive a high volume of applications for these positions. Please be patient with us and we will contact you as needed.
Time Commitment:
Volunteers who will be putting in service hours as a single person AND who will be living on park by themselves, must donate a minimum of 24 hours a week in the summer. Winter season (September - March): 16-24 hours minimum. Each resident site that is occupied by a single volunteer (or only one person is volunteering in a couple situation) is required to donate 40 volunteer hours per week. When two volunteers reside in the same site and both are volunteering (couples), 24 volunteer hours per week, per person is required in the summer. Winter season (September - March): 16-24 hours minimum. Serving weekends and holidays are also required. We prefer a minimum 6 month commitment but that can be discussed further.
Volunteer Benefits:
Receive full hook up (electric, sewer, water) site in exchange for volunteer service.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Travis McKay, travis.mckay@state.co.us, (303) 766-6583 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Special Projects


Description:
Cherry Creek State Park is a huge park and we can use all of the help we can get! Special projects that volunteers support is generally limited to a well-defined project, usually a one-time project or over several well-organized visits (instead of an ongoing length time period). Volunteers do a variety of unique tasks that benefit you as well as the park! Although we do not have set schedules for when projects get done, there are always ongoing opportunities, such as picking up trash along the shoreline or removing invasive plants like Mullein weed and Russian Olive trees. When registered under this opportunity, you will also be added to our Special Projects mailing list. This means that we will send out an ask for help whenever a section of the park needs a few extra hands for a project. Projects range from trail maintenance to chipping wood to cleaning up the Dog Off Leash Area (DOLA). No qualifications or requirements. To find the right project for you or your organization, we'll need to know the number of people and how many hours you or your group wants to volunteer. Knowing what your group is capable of and making sure they're prepared for the project will help to make for an enjoyable experience.? Examples of Partner Organizations who may be a good fit are: Scout troops, local businesses, service organizations, or community and school groups. This volunteer opportunity are for those that do not require on park housing. This means that the applicant lives in or around the area and will commute to the park for their volunteer work.
Time Commitment:
Projects range from several hours in one day to a year-long project. It is all dependent on your schedule! Volunteers are needed year-round, though projects are more plentiful during the summer (May - October).

Ready to get involved?

Contact Vylan Than, vylan.than@state.co.us, (303) 766-6577 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Weed Warriors


Description:
Volunteers serve with trained crew leaders and individually to help restore balance to this beautiful natural area by cutting, pulling, and digging nasty invaders like thistle and mullein. Enjoy scenery, wildlife sightings, and the company of fellow volunteers while doing important and much-needed work.
Time Commitment:
Flexible
Volunteer Benefits:
Help the park tackle an invasive weed problem!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Vylan Than, vylan.than@state.co.us, (303) 766-6577 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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