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Get Involved: Rifle Gap and Rifle Falls State Parks

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

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Bluebird Monitoring


Description:
Includes checking bluebird nest boxes every 7-14 days, counting chicks, counting survival, and entering information into NestWatch.com. Role could also include building and installing more boxes throughout Rifle Gap State Park (materials provided).
Time Commitment:
Varies
Volunteer Benefits:
Share your love of birds and nature by monitoring bluebird nests around the park.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Matthew Schuler, matt.schuler@state.co.us, (970) 625-1607 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Campground Host - Rifle Falls


Description:
Rifle Falls is a majestic and beautiful park nestled in a box canyon behind the grand hogback in western Colorado! A trio of waterfalls, lush vegetation and a series of small caves helped Rifle Falls State Park earn a reputation as one of Colorado's best parks. Volunteer camp hosts may help greet visitors and provide information, complete light maintenance (changing trash bags, cleaning sites and restrooms), and other special projects to support staff and visitors. Both Rifle Gap and Rifle Falls strive to provide the very best experience to the visitors possible, and we could not do that without our camp host volunteers! Our hosts are more of a family than anything else. Site elevation: 6,000-6,600 ft
Time Commitment:
20 hours per person per week, including weekends and holidays.
Volunteer Benefits:
Host at a majestic park alongside a great team of staff. Enjoy many recreational opportunities within minutes of the park.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Steven Stanton, steven.stanton@state.co.us, (970) 625-1607 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Campground Host - Rifle Gap


Description:
Rifle Gap and Rifle Falls State Parks offer visitors and volunteers a diverse, amazing, unique array of recreational opportunities on Colorado's western slope at the base of the San Juan Mountains. Rifle Gap has always drawn visitors because of its outstanding fishing and boating opportunities, but now the park has completed an $11,000,000 upgrade to include full hookups at some camp host campsites. A trio of waterfalls, lush vegetation and a series of small caves helped Rifle Falls State Park earn a reputation as one of Colorado's best parks. Both Rifle Gap and Rifle Falls strive to provide the very best experience to the visitors possible, and we could not do that without our camp host volunteers! Our hosts are more of a family than anything else. Camp Hosts Responsible for greeting visitors as they arrive, providing excellent customer service and upkeep of the restroom/shower facilities within each individual campground during their stay, and cleaning of the campsite(s) after their departure. Maintenance Hosts Responsible for changing trash bags, shuffling fleet vehicles for repairs, tree trimming, campsite cleaning, flower planting in the spring, self serve kiosk maintenance, fish screen cleaning, welding projects etc. Special Projects Volunteers Responsible for public information, gate work, general maintenance and carpentry, trail building and maintenance, and non-commissioned patrol. Visitor Center Attendant Collect fees for camping and daily entrance fees, bookstore items, boat registrations, etc. Site elevation: 6,000-6,600 ft Amenities Available: Full hookup Pets permitted? Maximum limit is 2 dog or cats per site.
Time Commitment:
24 hours per person per week Dates needed: March 31 - November 15 Minimum stay requirement: 4-6 weeks Schedule: 3 days on, 3 days off
Volunteer Benefits:
Host at an amazing state park in western Colorado close to many recreational opportunities.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Steven Stanton, steven.stanton@state.co.us, (970) 625-1607 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Campground Host (Winter)


Description:
Rifle Falls is a majestic and beautiful park nestled in a box canyon behind the grand hogback in western Colorado! A trio of waterfalls, lush vegetation and a series of small caves helped Rifle Falls State Park earn a reputation as one of Colorado's best parks. Volunteer camp hosts are needed in the winter time and may help greet visitors and provide information, complete light maintenance (changing trash bags, cleaning sites and restrooms), and other special projects to support staff and visitors. Both Rifle Gap and Rifle Falls strive to provide the very best experience to the visitors possible, and we could not do that without our camp host volunteers! Our hosts are more of a family than anything else. Site elevation: 6,000-6,600 ft
Time Commitment:
20 hours per person per week, including weekends and holidays.
Volunteer Benefits:
Host in a beautiful location in Western Colorado. Winter at Rifle Falls is wonderful - come and experience it for yourself!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Steven Stanton, steven.stanton@state.co.us, (970) 625-1607 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Maintenance


Description:
Maintenance projects at Rifle Falls State Park
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Share you knowlege and expertise on varying maintenance projects at the park.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Matthew Schuler, matt.schuler@state.co.us, (970) 625-1607 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Naturalist


Description:
A park naturalist can research and present programs to the general public including day and evening hikes or day and evening programs, staff an education table exhibit at Rifle Falls State Park on the weekends, lead school group programs on site, and greet and answer questions for park visitors
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Present programs to visitors using your skills and knowlede of the natural world.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Matthew Schuler, matt.schuler@state.co.us, (970) 625-1607 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Outdoors at the River Stop


Description:
Volunteers have opportunities to help serve at the nature center and assist with after school programs and larger events, including archery and fishing. The goal for Rifle Gap Outdoors is to create awareness of and support for stewardship of the Middle Colorado River Watershed region. The partnership between CPW and the Middle Colorado Watershed Council will provide programs focusing on water quality, the history of the area, outdoor recreation skills, wildlife, plants, and ecosystem services provided within the watershed. The program coordinator can work with volunteers' knowledge, skills, and abilities to find or develop programs suitable to the volunteers' areas of interest and/or expertise.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Provide programs to a broad audience about eveyrhing from watersheds to wildlife.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Matthew Schuler, matt.schuler@state.co.us, (970) 625-1607 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Resident Volunteer


Description:
The daily upkeep of a State Park is one of the most important tasks that we take on everyday! Our volunteer maintenance hosts are greatly appreciated in doing everything, big and small, from changing trash bags, shuffleing fleet vehicles for repairs, tree trimming, campsite cleaning, flower planting in the spring, self serve kiosk maintenance, fish screen cleaning, welding projects etc. If you have skills in any of these areas or just want to participate in a rewarding hour or two per week locally, please register for this opportunity! We would be happy to have you and Rifle Gap State Park looks like it does because of the dedicated volunteer service it receives each year. We can offer a full hookup campsite in exchange for your service. There are also opportunities for volunteers at the West Rifle Creek Shooting Range, located at the nearby West Rifle Creek State Wildlife Area.
Time Commitment:
20 hours per person per week. After Labor Day to November.
Volunteer Benefits:
Share your knowledge and expertise at a beautiful state park in early winter.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Matthew Schuler, matt.schuler@state.co.us, (970) 625-1607 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Special Projects


Description:
Opportunities may include: serving in the entrance gate, general maintenance and carpentry, trail building and maintenance, and volunteer patrol.
Time Commitment:
Varies
Volunteer Benefits:
Share you knowlege and expertise on varying projects at the park.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Matthew Schuler, matt.schuler@state.co.us, (970) 625-1607 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Trail Work


Description:
The trail crew cuts in new trails and cleans up after trail dozers.This is a physical volunteer role that involves the use of various hand tools such as rakes, shovels and chainsaws. Once a section of trail is complete, there is the need for ongoing maintenance and upkeep.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Share your knowledge and love of trails assisting with trail building and maintenance.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Matthew Schuler, matt.schuler@state.co.us, (970) 625-1607 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Visitor Services


Description:
This position at Rifle Gap State Park provides information to visitors about Rifle Gap and the surrounding area. Attendants collect fees for camping and daily entrance fees, bookstore items, boat registrations, etc.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Share your knowledge and love of the park with visitors.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Matthew Schuler, matt.schuler@state.co.us, (970) 625-1607 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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