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Get Involved: Ridgway State Park

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

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Campground Host


Description:

Do you enjoy camping/RV'ing, working outdoors, interacting with people, and have good customer service and communication skills? Become a volunteer Campground Host at Ridgway State Park! Located at the base of the spectacular San Juan Mountains in Western Colorado, and close to Telluride, Ouray, and Ridgway, make Ridgway State Park the gateway to a wide range of outdoor natural recreation opportunities including fishing, boating, golfing, hiking, alpine 4x4 roads, nature photography and much more. Ridgway State Park has 280 campsites, a 1000-acre reservoir, 15 miles of trails, a swim beach, a marina, picnicking areas, and a fly fishing stream. Our volunteer hosts assist campers, maintain the campsites, sell firewood, and help with reservations. Hosts may also help in other sections of the park depending on their skills and interests.

Amenities: Hosts receive a full hook-up campsite and will have access to a workstation at the Visitor Center, which is equipped with a telephone, computer and internet access.

Site elevation: 6,800 ft.

We are looking for couples or pairs, and will discuss with hosts on a case by case basis who have children or pets.

Time Commitment:

24 hours per week per person (minimum). Hosts will receive 2 consecutive days off per week, and are required to volunteer on weekends and holidays.

Time commitment is 4-5 months, depending on the season. Host opportunities are available year round at these intervals:

Winter - December-March

Spring - April-May

Summer - April or May-Labor Day

Fall - September-October

Volunteer Benefits:

Access to public land, historical mountain towns, and a large variety of outdoor recreation options. This is location is in high demand due to the natural beauty and amazing team atmosphere! Hosts also enjoy informal get togethers and are an integral part of the park's success.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Erin Vogel, erin.vogel@state.co.us, (970) 626-5822 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Customer Service Assistance - Marina


Description:
Provide excellent customer service to rental customers and visitors to the park. Ensure safety procedures are followed by customers and team members. Seek assistance as needed from emergency personnel. Serve as a team member in a positive and friendly manner that fosters a high level of success for the overall park operations and an enjoyable marina atmosphere. Ensure all proper financial and safety forms have been completed by the customers and forwarded to the finance department in timely manner daily. Inspect and maintain the rental slips, buoys, boating craft daily with fuel, cleaning and repairs as needed. Require all rental craft are ready for use prior to their reservations by customers. Be neat, presentable and in uniform. Operate computer for financial and administrative transactions.
Time Commitment:
May through Labor Day
Volunteer Benefits:
Full-service campsite provided. Intergral part of the parks success. Two consecutive days off.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kirstin Copeland, kirstin.copeland@state.co.us, (970) 626-5822 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Friends of Ridgway State Park


Description:
The Friends of Ridgway State Park (FRSP) is a non-profit group which supports Ridgway State Park in many ways. They are particularly involved in supporting the parks' education programs community relationships, and special projects. Friends members may also volunteer in other areas of the park.
Time Commitment:
Annual committment to be on the board, attend monthly meetings, and other time as needed to assist with fundraising, events, and projects.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kirstin Copeland, kirstin.copeland@state.co.us, (970) 626-5822 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Friends of Ridgway State Park - Board


Description:
Volunteers who serve on the Friends of Ridgway State Park Board are particularly involved in environmental education and interpretation, community relations and special projects. The Friends of Ridgway State Park (FRSP) is a non-profit group which supports Ridgway State Park in many ways. Board Members of the Friends of Ridgway State Park provide the leadership and guidance to the Friends group. The Friends Board meets monthly (except November-January) and determine what projects or programs they are working on and would like to support. They work collaboratively with the State Park staff and provide valuable community input, innovation, and enthusiasm about the park and the surrounding area.
Time Commitment:
Annual committment to be on the board, attend monthly meetings, and other time as needed to assist with fundraising, events, and projects.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kirstin Copeland, kirstin.copeland@state.co.us, (970) 626-5822 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Maintenance and Construction


Description:
Assist Ridgway State Park with maintaining the beauty and safety of the park by helping with building and grounds maintenance, special construction projects, equipment maintenance and repair, and trail support. Park maintenance, construction, and trails support volunteers are responsible for: Cleaning park grounds and facilities; Completing special or seasonal maintenance tasks as needed; irrigation duties, carpentry, remodeling, or other construction projects; Providing landscape maintenance and design expertise; Building and installing park and trail signs; Assisting with vehicle/boat/equipment repairs and maintenance; Building, renovating, and maintaining park trails. Successful applicants who require accommodation will be provided with a full hook up campsite in exchange for 32 hours of volunteer time a week. On-site volunteers will be expected to serve on weekends and any holidays that fall during their commitment period.
Time Commitment:
Varies. 32 hours per week for on-site volunteers.
Volunteer Benefits:
Full-service campsite provided. Intergral part of the parks success. Two consecutive days off.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kirstin Copeland, kirstin.copeland@state.co.us, (970) 626-5822 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Naturalist


Description:
Put your passion for interpretation and environmental education to use by helping kids of all ages become more aware of the world around them while encouraging them to become active stewards of our precious resources. Naturalist/Education volunteers assist the park interpreter with assigned programs and projects. Responsibilities may include but are not limited to: Preparing and presenting park interpretive programs including campfire talks, nature walks, arts and crafts children's activities. Assisting with multi-media shows and living history programs. Assisting with special park programs and events. Preparing and conducting Jr. Ranger programs and assisting with fishing days and archery clinics. Help prepare and conduct school and group programs. Conducting roving interpretive patrols in campgrounds, on park trails, and at park facilities. Producing artwork or graphic designs for publications, signs, flyers, or exhibits. Marketing and advertising park programs. Assisting with writing and editing newsletters, brochures, fact sheets, and manuals. Volunteers may live in the local community or stay on-site if park has the sites available.
Time Commitment:
May through Labor Day

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kirstin Copeland, kirstin.copeland@state.co.us, (970) 626-5822 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Special Projects


Description:
Do you have a specialized expertise, skill, or interest that you would like to share with Ridgway State Park? If so please contact us and share your ideas. We are always willing to discuss any potential volunteer projects on the park. In the past we have worked with many talented people that have offered assistance and expertise on many special projects and assisted with building and maintaining many of the programs run by Ridgway State Park. In the past Special Interest / Program Support volunteers have: Completed research projects; Completed Eagle Scout projects; Worked on park photography and completed other art projects; Assisted with water quality monitoring; Completed and assisted with fish & wildlife biology projects; Assisted with the park recycling program; Completed, assisted, and provided technical guidance on weed, forestry, GIS, geology, mapping, and historical projects; Helped with public safety and awareness issues; Assisted with boating, snowmobiling, and OHV safety and registration programs; Provided training or other technical assistance to park staff and other volunteers; Assisted with special events.
Time Commitment:
May through Labor Day. Other dates depending on project needs.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kirstin Copeland, kirstin.copeland@state.co.us, (970) 626-5822 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Trail Work


Description:
Assist with design, construction, and maintenance of park trails. Serve as crew member or crew leader on trail construction. Renovation and maintenance. Design or install trail signage. Participate in prearranged trail or maintenance days.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Get to know the park trails and give back.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kirstin Copeland, kirstin.copeland@state.co.us, (970) 626-5822 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Visitor Services


Description:
Assist Ridgway State Park with a variety of clerical, general office support duties, or fee collection. This position is perfect for a volunteer who enjoys interacting with people, has good customer service and communication skills, and who enjoys working in a retail sales environment. Visitor Center / Office/ Entrance Station Support volunteer responsibilities include but are not limited to: Answering phones; Greeting and assisting park visitors with park and local area information as well as campsite reservations; Selling parks passes, registrations, and licenses; Monitoring radio communications; Staffing the Visitor Center information desk, park entrance stations, and the sales outlet store; Selling store merchandise, firewood, and ice; Assisting with restocking and inventorying retail store merchandise; Word processing and data entry on computers; Filing and other clerical tasks as needed; Design and prepare bulletin boards; Marketing and advertising park programs; Assisting with writing and editing newsletters, brochures, fact sheets, and manuals; Producing artwork or graphic designs for publications, signs, flyers, or exhibits; Assist with special events as needed. Successful applicants who require accommodation will be provided with a full hook up campsite in exchange for 28 hours of volunteer time per week. On-site volunteers will be expected to serve on weekends and holidays that fall during their commitment period.
Time Commitment:
April-Labor Day
Volunteer Benefits:
Full-service campsite provided. Intergral part of the parks success. Two minimum consecutive days off.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kirstin Copeland, kirstin.copeland@state.co.us, (970) 626-5822 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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