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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


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.

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 responsibilities 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).
  • Daily interaction with park visitors requires effective communication and public relations skills.
  • 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.

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Questions? Contact Vylan Than
(303) 766-6577


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Campground Host


Cherry Creek State Park offers 135 campsites, including basic, full-hookup, and group camping opportunities.

Responsibilities:

  • Greet campers
  • Light maintenance
  • Promote interpretive programs
  • Clean grounds and facilities
  • Mowing lawns and watering trees
  • Clerical tasks
  • Provide park information
  • Other tasks as assigned 

Elevation: 5403 feet

Looking for one host for the 2024 season! Pairs, individuals, families with children, and people who are still working/in their careers (e.g. working remotely) are welcome to apply. Hosts are permitted to have pets.

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Apply online to become a volunteer.

Questions? Contact Travis McKay
(303) 766-6583


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Dog Off Leash Area Assistance


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.

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Questions? Contact Arland Huff
(303) 766-6584


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Entrance Gate Attendant


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.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

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 daily/annual parks passes and gift certificates.  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.

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Friends of Cherry Creek State Park


Help create and implement a Friends of Cherry Creek State Park to help support the state park in recreation, education, volunteers and conservation projects.

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General Maintenance


All volunteer hosts 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.

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Apply online to become a volunteer.

Questions? Contact Arland Huff
(303) 766-6584


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Naturalist


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 will be provided.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

Questions? Contact Levi Reisinger


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Park Ambassador


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.

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Apply online to become a volunteer.

Questions? Contact Clayton Boeke
(720) 520-2671


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Special Events


Become a volunteer for special events held at Cherry Creek State Park! From fishing clinics, to Bald Eagle festivals, to our most popular event of the year Trunk or Treat!

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Special Projects


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.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

Questions? Contact Joel Pincomb
(303) 766-6584


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Volunteer Host - Campground Office Attendant


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. 

DURATION:

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.

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Volunteer Host - Gate Attendant


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.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist and inform visitors
  • Sell park passes/gift cards
  • Collect revenue/balance shift box
  • Document and report visitor complaints
  • Clean entrance station
  • Other tasks as assigned

Elevation: 5400 Feet

Looking for 6 volunteers for the 2023 season!  Pairs/Couples preferred. Hosts are permitted to have pets.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

Questions? Contact Lauren Shaw
(720) 584-4419


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Weed Warriors


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.

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Ready to get involved?

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Questions? Contact Jon Kingery


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