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There are many volunteer opportunities around the state, so we recommend narrowing this list by location and/or interests.

How to search and apply:

  1. Narrow your search (optional)
    • If you want to volunteer at a specific location, select a Place. Otherwise, leave that field blank.
    • Consider selecting one (or more!) Interest Categories and/or specific Interests.
  2. Review opportunities available. Submit an application for each role that interests you.
    • The system will prompt you to create a user account if you don't already have one (name, email, phone, and password). Then the link should redirect you to the application to collect additional information and a signature on our Volunteer Waiver and Agreement.
    • Note: some volunteer roles may be seasonal or only accept applications when there are vacancies.


When you volunteer with CPW, you give back, get outside, meet people, and make friends. Volunteers serve in a variety of roles at a variety of locations, such as camp hosting, education and outreach, community science, habitat and trail work, maintenance and construction, wildlife projects, customer service, and much more!

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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

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.

We are also looking for a lead bluebird monitor to organize this team.  Person with interest in and familiarity with birds living throughout the Upper Arkansas River Valley (AHRA) to update AHRA bird list and monitor bluebird house/nesting sites.

 

Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Bluebird Monitoring volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Jeanette Lara
(719) 227-5204


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Campground Host

Our camp hosts are located at 8 campgrounds and several dispersed camping areas. They perform customer service and light maintenance at their assigned location. Our campgrounds are entirely self-service and spread over 75 miles, so park rangers may only visit once per day, making camp hosts our vital boots-on-the-ground customer service!

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Campground Hosts maintain a list of arrivals/departures, make sure each site is ready for the next camper, answer basic questions, inform guests of campground rules, and assist visitors in making reservations through the website or over the phone.
    • Hosts in dispersed camp areas don't manage reservations but do keep track of site availability and stay duration.
  • Maintenance duties include picking up litter, emptying fire rings, light weeding, and light restroom maintenance.

All hosts must have a fully self sufficient camping unit. No hookups of any kind are available.

Looking for 5-10 hosts for the 2023 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.

Elevation: Varies form 6,000 to 9,000 ft

For more information, please read the Campground Host Position Description.

Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Campground Host volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Glenn Cottone
(719) 539-7289


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CMC Partnership Program

This is a partnership program with Colorado Mountain College (CMC), introducing students to aspects of CPW.

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Weed Warriors

The position exists to help with weed management by cutting, pulling, and digging up invasive species and nuisance vegetation within our park. These practices promote a positive visitor experience and maintain a healthy native ecosystem. Volunteers may work on their own or with groups. Locations will be assigned by staff and work can be completed on the volunteer’s schedule.

For more information, please see the Weed Warrior Position Description.


Ready to get involved?


Barr Lake State Park

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

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Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Inspections

Aquatic Nuisance Species - Clean, Drain, Dry! Stop invasive species by helping inspect water vessels. 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.
Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Inspections volunteer role.


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Archery Program Assistance

Help us out! We are looking for volunteer help in the maintenace and operation of our archery range as well as teaching archery to visitors.
Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Archery Program Assistance volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Michelle Seubert
(303) 659-6005


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Entrance Gate Attendant

Greet guests at gate, provide information, and collect money for passes.
Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Entrance Gate Attendant volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Michelle Seubert
(303) 659-6005


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Friends of Barr Lake State Park

Help with mailings, attend meetings, and help spearhead friends activites.
Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Friends of Barr Lake State Park volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Michelle Seubert
(303) 659-6005


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Leave No Trace

The Leave No Trace initiative includes helping to implement the 7 principles in to all aspects of park operations.  This will include education via social media, displays and park brochures.  There are also opportunities to help with LNT education programs.
Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Leave No Trace volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Michelle Seubert
(303) 659-6005


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Maintenance

Assist with construction projects, plumbing, minor electrical work, snow plow, mowing, tractor operation, cleaning restrooms, landscaping and other maintenance projects.
Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Maintenance volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Justin Hansen
(303) 655-1495


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Naturalist

Facilitate naturalist programs and information, such as for school programs, displays, website/brochures, roving interpretation along the trail, and more.
Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Naturalist volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Michelle Seubert
(303) 659-6005


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Resident Volunteer

FULL HOOK-UPS (water, sewer, 50 and 30-amp service) for campground hosts. Conveniently located 25 minutes east of Denver, Barr Lake is famous for its bird watching opportunities, but there is more to the park than birds! Hiking trails, boating opportunities for small boats, and hand-propelled and sailing crafts make Barr Lake a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Denver. This park does not have campgrounds, but we are looking for volunteer park hosts. There are 4 park host sites located around the park. Hosts perform general maintenance around the park, serve at the nature center, the entrance station, and support aquatic nuisance species (ANS) boat inspectors.
Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Resident Volunteer volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Michelle Seubert
(303) 659-6005


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Retiree Program

Engaging State Park retirees to remain connected!
Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Retiree Program volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Michelle Seubert
(303) 659-6005


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Special Events and Projects

Serve at the front desk, assist with maintenance to keep the park beautiful and functional, dive in to weed control, or offer general housekeeping and more.
Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Special Events and Projects volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Michelle Seubert
(303) 659-6005


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Trail Ambassador

Walk trails to provide information to visitors. Volunteers must act as responsible and inclusive role models exhibiting a friendly face to the public, great personal trail etiquette, and leave no trace practices.
Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Trail Ambassador volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Michelle Seubert
(303) 659-6005


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Trail Ambassador - Mounted

Bring your horse out to patrol park trails, give out information, note maintenace issues, and be the eyes and ears of the park.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Trail Ambassador - Mounted volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Michelle Seubert
(303) 659-6005


Brush (Area 3)

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Brush (Area 3). Volunteer today!

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Wildlife Host - Jumbo Reservoir SWA

Located on the eastern plains, Jumbo Reservoir State Wildlife Area (SWA) is seeking a Campground Host (individual or pair). Located between the towns of Crook and Sedgwick, Jumbo Reservoir is host to a wide range of outdoor recreation opportunities, including fishing, boating, bird watching, waterskiing, hunting, hiking, nature photography, and much more. The property is 1,703 acres with approximately 100 designated primitive campsites spread out over 4 campgrounds. The water is home to one of the best walleye fisheries in the state and is an excellent place to catch crappie, bluegill, perch, and catfish.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist campers
  • Maintain Campsites
  • Clean bathrooms
  • Spray weeds
  • Pick up trash
  • Mow parking areas
  • Other tasks as assigned

Elevation: 3665 feet

Looking for 1-2 hosts for the 2023 season! Pairs and individuals welcome to apply. Hosts are permitted to have pets.

 

Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Wildlife Host - Jumbo Reservoir SWA volunteer role.


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Wildlife Host - Tamarack Ranch SWA

Located on the eastern plains, Tamarack Ranch State Wildlife Area (SWA) is seeking a Volunteer Host (individual or pair). Located by the town of Crook, Tamarack Ranch is a key property for wildlife habitat, and also provides recreation such as hunting, fishing, and birding. The property is 10,696 acres with limited campsites.

Tamarack is a mandatory check in/out site, and requires reservations, a mandatory Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) check station, and is the only campsite for hunters during the fall, other than Jumbo Reservoir.

Responsibilities:

  • Work the check station during the fall hunting season
  • Assist with answering questions for hunters, anglers, and campers
  • Maintain campsites
  • Clean restrooms
  • Other tasks as assigned

Elevation: ~3,800 feet

Looking for 1-2 hosts for the fall 2023 season! Pairs and individuals welcome to apply. Hosts are permitted to have pets.

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Not Accepting Applications

Applications are currently closed. We will open them if we have vacancies for this position.


Cameo Shooting and Education Complex

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Cameo Shooting and Education Complex. Volunteer today!

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Archival Assistance - Past and Present

This opportunity is specific to capturing the story of the Cameo Shooting and Education Complex via construction, events, history, and website advertising (graphic design, etc.). Help us collect and archive photography and written articles through the years of the construction process. Volunteers will "tell the story" of the development of CSEC from the beginning to completion of the site.
Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Archival Assistance - Past and Present volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Vallerie Kunz
(970) 464-1339


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Construction and Fabrication

Complete or assist with construction and fabrication activities at the Cameo facility, including but not limited to: target fabrication, earthwork, drainage, structures, utilities and landscaping. Complete or assist in the fabrication of material infrastructure, or devices necessary for the operation of the range or it's facilities.

Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Construction and Fabrication volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Vallerie Kunz
(970) 464-1339


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Event Support

Provide support in any capacity for scheduled events being held at the Cameo facility.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Event Support volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Vallerie Kunz
(970) 464-1339


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Maintenance

Participate in or complete regularly scheduled or as necessary maintenance activities, such as but not limited to: maintain UTVs, sorting brass, clean up, target and prop repair, weed control and road or drainage repairs.
Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Maintenance volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Vallerie Kunz
(970) 464-1339


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Range Ambassador

Provides tours to visitors and interested parties about the facility. Ambassadors are anyone who is or becomes qualified as a subject matter expert on subjects related to the Cameo Shooting and Education Complex and local history of the area.
Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Range Ambassador volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Vallerie Kunz
(970) 464-1339


Castlewood Canyon State Park

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

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Bluebird Monitoring

For those with an interest and familiarity of birds, volunteers will monitor Bluebird house/nesting sites located around the park.
Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Bluebird Monitoring volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Rachel Courtright
(303) 688-5242


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Climbing Committee

Castlewood Canyon Climbing Committee
Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Climbing Committee volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Rachel Courtright
(303) 688-5242


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Friends of Castlewood Canyon State Park

FRIENDS of Castlewood Canyon State Park is a nonprofit corporation that provides private support for critical fundraising and special project efforts of Castlewood Canyon State Park. FRIENDS will take a lead role in ensuring both the protection of Colorado's heritage and the provision of full outdoor opportunities for future generations.
Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Friends of Castlewood Canyon State Park volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Rachel Courtright
(303) 688-5242


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Leave No Trace

The Leave No Trace initiative includes helping to implement the 7 principles in to all aspects of park operations.  This will include education via social media, displays and park brochures.  There are also opportunities to help with LNT education programs.
Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Leave No Trace volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Rachel Courtright
(303) 688-5242


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Maintenance and Construction

Assist with contruction and maintenance projects at Castlewood Canyon State Park.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Maintenance and Construction volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Rachel Courtright
(303) 688-5242


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Naturalist

Become a Volunteer Naturalist at Castlewood Canyon and enjoy the unique beauty and history of the park! Volunteers have opportunities year-round to participate in educational workshops, hikes and social events. Volunteer Naturalists present educational programs to school groups and park visitors, hike the trails, work in the Visitor Center, work on special projects, complete trail projects, and monitor a variety of birds throughout the park. Volunteer Naturalists must enjoy working with people and have a love for the outdoors. Training is required to become a Naturalist at Castlewood Canyon and the first Naturalist training class will be on Saturday, January 25th.
Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Naturalist volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Rachel Courtright
(303) 688-5242


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Special Projects

This opportunity is for potential Castlewood Canyon State Park volunteers and for active volunteers who assist with a variety of tasks and projects to keep the park beautiful and functional!
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Special Projects volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Rachel Courtright
(303) 688-5242


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Trail Ambassador

*This opportunity is only open to volunteers that have attended Castlewood Canyon Volunteer Naturalist training* As a Volunteer Naturalist, rove the park to talk to visitors and help with resource issues on the park's trails. Volunteers must act as responsible role models exhibiting a friendly face to the public, great personal trail etiquette, and leave no trace practices.
Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Trail Ambassador volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Rachel Courtright
(303) 688-5242


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Trail Work

Assist park staff with creating, restoring, and maintaining trails throughout Castlewood Canyon State Park.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Trail Work volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Rachel Courtright
(303) 688-5242


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Visitor Services

Visitor Services is an important role in welcoming park visitors, answering questions, offering information and selling applicable pass and licenses.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Visitor Services volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Rachel Courtright
(303) 688-5242


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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 plumeless thistle and diffuse knapweed. Enjoy scenery, wildlife sightings, and the company of fellow volunteers while doing important and much-needed work.
Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Weed Warriors volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Rachel Courtright
(303) 688-5242


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Wildcat Canyon Bridge Project

Volunteers assist in various ways with the Wildcat Canyon Bridge Project.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Wildcat Canyon Bridge Project volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Rachel Courtright
(303) 688-5242


Chatfield State Park

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

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Ambassadors

PRESENCE, EDUCATION, ASSISTANCE. Our Boat Safety, Bike, Park, and Trail Ambassadors provide education and experience to the visitors on our park while implementing Leave No Trace principles to help with litter control and keeping our park clean! Do you enjoy riding your bicycle, boating, or being on the trails within Chatfield State Park? Do you enjoy chatting with people you meet along the way? How about picking up trash and advancing Leave No Trace practices? This might be the right opportunity for you! Boat Safety, Bike, Park and Trail Ambassadors assist park staff by boating on the reservoir, riding, or walking the non-motorized trails within the park to assist visitors and provide information about Chatfield State Park. We also ask Ambassadors to pick up trash and support Leave No Trace principles. Ambassadors are knowledgeable on park regulations, trail locations, plant and wildlife ID, and much more! Mandatory training is required. Must be 18 years of age of older. Boat Ambassadors must have their own watercraft. Bike Ambassadors must be able to provide your own bicycle and proper fitting helmet.

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Ready to get involved?


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Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Inspections

Do you have a passion for keeping Colorado waters clean of invasive species? We want you to join our team! Training will be provided and is REQUIRED prior to starting as an ANS volunteer. Volunteers will be trained to become certified Aquatic Nuisance Species inspectors and will assist Chatfield State Park staff with vessel inspections and the statewide seal and receipt program.

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.
  • Accurate counting and recording of all boat inspections.

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.

Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Inspections volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Karsen Krier


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Naturalist

Join the Chatfield State Park Naturalist Team! If you have a passion for sharing the outdoors with others, we want you to come volunteer with us! Lead a hike of school students along the South Platte River as they learn about the ecosystem. Demonstrate the powerful strength of a carnivore's jaw with a table of animal fur and skulls to campers at the Chatfield Amphitheater. Enjoy a quiet, solo walk in the Plum Creek Nature area while you document your scientific discoveries on the iNaturalist smart phone app. You can do all of these things while meeting people with similar interests, spending more time outdoors, and accruing hours to earn a free Colorado State Parks Annual Pass. Special note: Some pre-approved volunteers in this role may also conduct bird observations and provide data to the park.

Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Naturalist volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Ben Sharp - Staff
(303) 791-7275


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Park Maintenance

Volunteers serve with trained crew leaders on specific work days and/or individually at any time. Please email a Park Resource Technician to coordinate timing. Help with weed management by cutting, pulling, and digging up invasive species within our park. Work on general maintenance projects such as trash clean-ups, trail work, painting, etc. Enjoy scenery, wildlife sightings, and the company of fellow volunteers while doing important and much-needed work.

Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Park Maintenance volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Jeremy Clayton
(303) 791-7275


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Visitor Services

Assist visitors in Chatfield State Park's offices and gates by sharing information; selling passes, registrations, firewood, and retail merchandise; answering telephones; monitoring radio communications; entering data; other opportunities as available.

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Volunteer Host

Resident volunteers assist Chatfield's Visitor Services and Campground Maintenance Departments with the day-to-day operations of our Campground Office, Park Entrance Gates, and Campground Maintenance program. In exchange for volunteer hours, Resident Volunteers receive a full hook-up campsite (water sewer, and electric {20, 30, & 50 amp service}, volunteer appreciation events, and a free State Parks pass after volunteering 48 hours.

Chatfield offers complimentary public WiFi, coin laundry, and a beautiful place to call home.

Site Elevation: 5,500 ft

This location is full for the 2023 season but you may apply to be put on a waitlist. 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. Computer skills to help in the gates/office is always a bonus.

After registering, staff will review your application and put you on the contact list for future openings!

Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Volunteer Host volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Timothy Abt - Staff
(970) 732-9082


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.

Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Inspector volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Luke Stucker
(303) 766-6573


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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.

Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Campground Office Attendant volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Katrina Bowns
(720) 602-6463


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Court Ordered (ASW)

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.



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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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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Dog Off Leash Area Assistance volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Travis McKay
(303) 766-6583


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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.

Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Entrance Gate Attendant volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Vylan Than
(303) 766-6577


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General Maintenance

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.

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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 below for the Naturalist volunteer role.

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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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Park Ambassador volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Levi Reisinger


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Resident Volunteer - 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 below for the Resident Volunteer - Gate Attendant volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Vylan Than
(303) 766-6577


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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 below for the Special Projects volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Vylan Than
(303) 766-6577


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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?

Apply below for the Weed Warriors volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Vylan Than
(303) 766-6577


Cheyenne Mountain State Park

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

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Campground Host

Cheyenne Mountain lies nestled at the base of its namesake, which provides a stunning backdrop to the campground. The park offers a remote location atmosphere, but is only minutes to nearby shopping in downtown Colorado Springs. In 45 minutes or less you can reach popular attractions like the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Garden of the Gods, and Pikes Peak.

Volunteer Campground Hosts are an important liaison between park visitors and park staff. Responsibilities are varied and may include some or all of the following:

  • Provide excellent customer service through direct interaction with park visitors.
  • Reside on park to assist with after-hour situations and report any issues/safety hazards to rangers immediately.
  • Complete daily site reservation checks (morning and noon).
  • Assist in operation of the entrance station and light maintenance including bathroom checks and minor cleaning when maintenance is unavailable.
  • Sell firewood.
  • Provide logistical help with special events and educational programs as needed.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned and agreed upon.

Successful hosts are willing and able to clean campsites, cabins, restrooms; answer visitor questions; help run park entrance gate; and are friendly and willing to work with a wide variety of people. Prior camp host experience and knowledge of IPAWS software are preferred but not required.

Site elevation: 6,300 ft.

Looking for three hosts for the 2023 season. Folks who are solo, pairs, families with children, and those working remotely are welcome to apply. Hosts are permitted to have pets, but please note that a lot of our hiking trails and sections of the park do not allow pets.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Campground Host volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Michael Ivis
(719) 540-5563


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Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park

The Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park (CMSP) is a 501c3 with a mission to support and advocate for park goals. The all-volunteer board is elected annually and works closely with park management to ensure that we are working in collaboration to effectively and efficiently accomplish the mission. Don't have the time to commit to being a board member? You can still become a "Friend" through annual membership and offer support during their fundraising events!

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Jasmine Wolcott
(719) 576-2016


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Garden Crew



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Special Events or One-Time Projects

Share your special skills with the park! Projects are open-ended and provide an opportunity for creativity and suggestions for projects and/or assignments that are outside the realm of naturalist work, maintenance details or trails crew. Assist with clerical duties in the Visitors Center; work on the website, Facebook and other media; clean, organize, rearrange supplies within any of the park's facilities; newsletter compilation and editing. Assist with park events and other projects.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Special Events or One-Time Projects volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Jasmine Wolcott
(719) 576-2016


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Timber Tigers: Fuel Mitigation Assistance

Join the Timber Tigers, a dedicated bunch of volunteers who remove dead brush and trees, create mitigation lines for wildland fire prevention and remove dead or dangerous trees as needed. Safety equipment and training are provided.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Timber Tigers: Fuel Mitigation Assistance volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Jasmine Wolcott
(719) 576-2016


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Trail Ambassador

Trail Ambassadors walk, hike, or bike sections of the trails within the park to greet other visitors, answer questions, remind them of safe and responsible trail etiquette, and share unique historical and natural features of the park as situations prompt. Volunteers must act as responsible role models exhibiting a friendly face to the public, great personal trail etiquette, and leave no trace practices.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Trail Ambassador volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Michael Ivis
(719) 540-5563


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Trail Dogs: Trail maintenance

Become a Trail Dog! Assist with the design, building and maintenance of park trails, retaining walls, steps, and erosion control methods to provide sustainable trail opportunities for visitors. Serve as crew members or crew leaders on trail construction, renovation, and maintenance. Design or install trail signage as needed.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Trail Dogs: Trail maintenance volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Jasmine Wolcott
(719) 576-2016


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Colorado Natural Areas Steward

Established by statute in 1977, the Colorado Natural Areas Program (CNAP) is a statewide program focused on the recognition and protection of areas that contain at least one unique or high-quality natural feature of statewide significance. Designated State Natural Areas contain a wide representation of Colorado’s rare plants and animals, unique plant communities, rich fossil locations, and geological features. State Natural Areas are found on public or private land and are designated through voluntary land management agreements with landowners. Examples of landowners include the Bureau of Land Management, State Land Board, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Forest Service, Local governments, and more. To learn more about CNAP, please visit our website where you will also find information about specific State Natural Areas located throughout the state. 

Volunteers for CNAP are assigned a State Natural Area based on their interests and experience, and will be provided with detailed access and site information by staff. Please note that the many of our Natural Areas are located in remote areas without trails, paved roads, cell service, or other infrastructure. Many sites will require a 4WD, high-clearance vehicle as well as several miles of hiking on steep, uneven terrain.

CNAP volunteers independently monitor their assigned State Natural Area at least once a year, but more often if desired. Volunteers observe and record conditions on the site including, but not limited to, natural disturbances, noxious weed occurrences, and observations of rare flora and fauna. Volunteers submit an annual report and photos to CNAP staff, who passes these on to the appropriate landowner.

Volunteers that are able to commit to long-term site stewardship and with a background in botany, natural resources, vegetation monitoring, geology, or other related fields are encouraged to apply. 

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Colorado Natural Areas Steward volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Colorado Natural Area Program
(303) 291-7267


Colorado Springs (Area 14)

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Colorado Springs (Area 14). Volunteer today!

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Area Assistance

Assist Colorado Springs area staff with wildlife surveys, habitat improvement, carcass transport, and miscellaneous projects.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Area Assistance volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Jeanette Lara
(719) 227-5204


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Bear Aware Colorado Springs

The goal of the Bear Aware team is to teach human responsibility in removing attractants in order to reduce conflicts with black bears in Colorado. The volunteer team may respond to assist officers on active bear calls or distribute black bear information in neighborhoods as sightings occur. Other tasks may include posting signs, making bear unwelcome mats, and helping at CPW booths throughout El Paso County. Training is mandatory.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Bear Aware Colorado Springs volunteer role.


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Bear Aware Teller County

The goal of the Bear Aware team is to teach human responsibility in removing attractants in order to reduce conflicts with black bears in Colorado. Team may respond to assist officers on active bear calls or distribute black bear information in neighborhoods as sightings occur. Other tasks may include posting signs, making bear unwelcome mats, and helping at CPW booths throughout Teller County. Training is mandatory.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Bear Aware Teller County volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Travis Sauder


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Bluebird Monitoring

For those with an interest and familiarity of birds, volunteers will monitor Bluebird house/nesting sites located around El Paso County.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Bluebird Monitoring volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Jeanette Lara
(719) 227-5204


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Wildlife Transport

Transport sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife to rehabilitators or vets across SE Colorado. Training mandatory for first time transporters. Volunteers use their own vehicles for transportation.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Wildlife Transport volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Jeanette Lara
(719) 227-5204


Crawford State Park

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

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Education Program Assistance

Assists with interpretation, education, and/or outdoor skills stations for student field trips as needed. Program information/outlines and education kits are made available when appropriate for activities.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Education Program Assistance volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Scott Rist
(970) 921-5721


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Friends of Crawford State Park

Volunteers improve park structures and grounds through grant writing and fundraising; increase park attendance by holding approved activities; serve as park advocates in legislative and other issues; and, contribute volunteer hours in ways that complement the needs of the park.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Friends of Crawford State Park volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Scott Rist
(970) 921-5721


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Maintenance and Construction

Repair and construct fence; clean up park grounds and facilities; complete special or seasonal maintenance tasks such as boat dock repair; do carpentry, remodeling or other construction projects; provide landscape design expertise; make park information signs; and/or assist with minor vehicle/boat/equipment repairs and maintenance. Assist with the construction and maintainence of trails at Crawford State Park.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Maintenance and Construction volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Scott Rist
(970) 921-5721


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Visitor Services

Assist in a variety of clerical and office support duties Assist with a variety of clerical, general office support duties, or fee collection. This position is perfect for volunteer who enjoys interacting with people, has good customer service & communication skills, and who enjoys retail sales environment; answer phones, greet & assist park visitors with park and local area info as well as campsite reservations. Sell park passes, registrations & Department of Wildlife licenses; monitor radio communications; sales in outlet store; restocking of fliers; filing and data entry. Assist with special events as needed.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Visitor Services volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Scott Rist
(970) 921-5721


Durango (Area 15)

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Durango (Area 15). Volunteer today!

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Area Assistance

General CPW staff support in the Durango area. Volunteers may work with local district wildlife managers or other area staff on a variety of projects as needed.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Area Assistance volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Leland Flores
(970) 375-6744


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Interpretive Guide or Host

Volunteers support the Wildlife Museum to provide activities and tours of the facility. Must enjoy working with children and people. No experience is necessary; training will be provided.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Interpretive Guide or Host volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Leland Flores
(970) 375-6744


Education

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

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Friends of Colorado State Parks

The Friends of Colorado State Parks is building a network of everyday people who work to protect and care for the places in which they play, recreate, and adventure. We accomplish this by providing support for local Friends groups affiliated with individual State Parks across Colorado. Now more than ever before, our State Parks need the support of Friends. As a Friends of Colorado State Parks board member, you help train and educate local State Park Friends groups in nonprofit management and unite these groups in our collective mission to protect and enhance Colorado’s most important resources. We are especially excited to connect with committed volunteers who have experience in any of the following areas: • Volunteer engagement • Fiscal management best practices • Accounting • Fundraising • Strategic planning • Community and youth engagement • Marketing • Social media outreach • Nonprofit board member recruitment/retention best practices Statewide "Friends" members attend board meetings, act as a liaison to contact and support local Friends, organize two annual Friends Rendezvous to bring together Friends groups from across the state to share successes, challenges, and offer training on topics of interest. Friends of Colorado State Parks is a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit, but board member time counts toward CPW volunteer hours. If you are interested in joining the Friends of Colorado State Parks Board, please send a resume and cover letter to info@friendsofcoloradostateparks.org. The Board will review your submission, take a vote at a board meeting, and get back in touch with you.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Friends of Colorado State Parks volunteer role.


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Interpretation & Wildlife Viewing Assistance

Support the Statewide Interpretation/Wildlife Viewing program through various projects, such as: equipment maintenance; construction projects; purchasing materials; photography/videography assignments; continuing education for professional certifications; office assistance, meetings and trainings; and other duties as needed.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Interpretation & Wildlife Viewing Assistance volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Mary McCormac
(303) 291-7252


Eldorado Canyon State Park

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

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Eldo Trail, Stewardship, Maintenance Volunteers

If you want to help take care of Eldorado Canyon, stewardship volunteering is the place for you. We monitor and control invasive weeds, improve forest health, build and maintain trails, and help keep facilities clean and safe for visitors. All ability and fitness levels are welcome. 

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Eldo Trail, Stewardship, Maintenance Volunteers volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Mike McHugh
(303) 494-0659


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Park Ambassador

If you are outgoing and enjoy talking to people, this position is for you! This position focuses on supporting the Visitor Center and Entrance Station by greeting visitors, orienting guests to the park, selling park passes and retail merchandise and answering phone inquiries. If desired, volunteers may also spend a small portion of their time hiking trails, educating visitors about local flora and fauna and park regulations, picking up trash and assessing trail conditions. This position supplies essential help for park staff by ensuring our visitors have an enjoyable and safe experience! Required training will be provided.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Park Ambassador volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Stephanie Sisnroy
(303) 494-3943


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Trail Patrol

If you've ever dreamed of becoming a park ranger, this position is ideal for you! The purpose of the Trai Patrol program is to assist Park Ranger staff with quality visitor management through patrolling trails, helping with capacity, participating in resource protection, providing information regarding programs/special activities in the park, informing visitors about local and natural history, alleviating management issues (e.g. dogs off leash), and assisting with emergency situations within level of training. This position allows for greater staff presence throughout the park during our high-use season and helps enhance visitors' experiences by increasing visitor access to information, helping with emergency situations and the overall safety of our guests, and assisting staff with caring for and protecting this amazing resource.


Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Trail Patrol volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Lisa Gill
(303) 494-3943


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Weed Warriors

This position exists to help with weed management in identifying, monitoring, mapping, and removing non-native invasive & noxious weed species from Eldorado Canyon State Park. Volunteers will be trained to identify, map, and effectively remove select non-native invasive & noxious species. Volunteer Weed Warriors do not apply herbicides to weeds. Come dig in the dirt with us! 

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Eleven Mile and Spinney State Park

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

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Naturalist

We are looking for people who love how they recreate and are willing to share their knowledge and skills to foster a love for the outdoors for current and future generations. Volunteer naturalists coordinate with the park rangers and interpreter to develop fun and exciting workshops, clinics, and programs. They may also assist the park staff in delivering programs to the public, helping to advertise, engaging on social media, and helping to set up programs. This is an exciting opportunity to share your passion and help leave a legacy!
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Naturalist volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Kelli Lewis
(719) 748-3401


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Special Projects

Assist park staff by recruiting and training other volunteers; photograph or video tape park programs, special events or resources; provide equipment, donated funds or expertise on special projects.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Special Projects volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Kelli Lewis
(719) 748-3401


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Trail Work

Trails Support/Trail hosting. Assist with the design, building and maintenance of park trails. Perform as crew members or crew leaders on trail construction, renovation, and maintenance. Design or install trail signage.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Trail Work volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Kelli Lewis
(719) 748-3401


Glenwood Springs (Area 8)

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Glenwood Springs (Area 8). Volunteer today!

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Area Assistance

Provide general assistance to the staff in the Glenwood Springs area, such as fence work, habitat improvement projects, and more.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Area Assistance volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Darren Chacon
(970) 947-2968


Golden Gate Canyon State Park

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

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Campground Office Assistant

This volunteer position is for our Reverend's Ridge Campground office. The responsibilities consist of selling passes, giving out park information, and general customer service. Light cleaning as well as a flexible schedule are required. Ideally, volunteers are able to fill in when needed and even help out with campfire programs and spur of the moment interpretative programs for families in the campground. The focus will be on pass sales as well as reservation check in's.

This is not a host position. A camping spot is NOT provided for this position.


Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Campground Office Assistant volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Jon Meats
(303) 582-3707


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Maintenance

Park Maintenance & Construction Volunteers assist park staff with a wide variety of projects and tasks related to enhancing the park's facilities, grounds, trails, equipment, and infrastructure. Volunteers with construction, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, cleaning, painting, trail maintenance, and landscaping skills are encouraged to apply.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Maintenance volunteer role.


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Naturalist

Present park interpretive program, such ass: 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.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Naturalist volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Adam Bliss
(303) 582-3707


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Park Patrol - Backcountry

Conduct back country patrol via three modes of transportation: horses, hiking, or mountain biking. Volunteering for this section includes contacting park visitors, checking trail conditions, light trail maintenance, and cleaning back country campsites.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Park Patrol - Backcountry volunteer role.


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Special Projects

Do you have a special skill that could benefit the park? This volunteer opportunity is for you. Some of the special projects that people have helped with in the past include: 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. Train other volunteers. Provide equipment, donated funds, or expertise on special projects. Design and create puppets, historical costumes, and more.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Special Projects volunteer role.


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Trail Work

Assist with our trails team in various trails projects.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Trail Work volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Jake Murray
(303) 582-3707


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Weed Warriors

Volunteer Weed Warriors assist park staff in identifying, monitoring, mapping, and removing non-native invasive & noxious weed species from Golden Gate Canyon State Park. Volunteers receive training in correctly identifying, mapping, and effectively removing select non-native invasive & noxious species. Volunteer Weed Warriors do not apply herbicides to weeds.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Weed Warriors volunteer role.


Grand Junction (Area 7)

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Grand Junction (Area 7). Volunteer today!

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Area Assistance

Provide general assistance to the staff in the Grand Junction area, such as fence work, habitat improvement projects, and more.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Area Assistance volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Kirk Oldham
(970) 255-6178


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Chronic Wasting Disease Data Collection

We are looking for 1-2 volunteers to assist in collecting Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) data, answering questions, and tagging deer and elk heads during big game hunting season at CWD collection site.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Chronic Wasting Disease Data Collection volunteer role.


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Maintenance - West Rifle Creek Shooting Range

CPW volunteers assist staff with maintaining the shooting range, including trash pick up, plywood target replacement, and vault toilet maintenance.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Maintenance - West Rifle Creek Shooting Range volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Jake Stanton


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Rifle Creek Fish Screen Cleaning

The fish screen on Rifle Creek below Rifle Gap reservoir was constructed in order to prevent undesirable fish from entering the creek and then eventually migrating down to the Colorado River. The screen has proven to be very effective in capturing fish and not allowing them to enter the watershed. Aquatic vegetation builds up on the screen, causing it to become ineffective and allowing water to flow through. The screen needs to be cleaned daily in the summer months, and a volunteer to assist staff with this task is highly desired. The cleaning is not particularly difficult, but it can be strenuous at times with leaning and lifting. Tools will be provided to assist with screen cleaning. Training will also be provided.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Rifle Creek Fish Screen Cleaning volunteer role.


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Wildlife Host - West Rifle Creek SWA/Range

Volunteer responsibilities include mowing, weed eating, picking up trash, fence maintenance and cleanup/maintenance at the shooting range. The person or persons should be in reasonably good physical condition so that they are able to do the above mentioned duties. Preferred experience with ATVs, fencing tools, and power tools. *The RV spot is within minutes of Rifle where there are lots of urban type activities. The location is within one hour or less of the Flat Tops for hiking, hunting and fishing type activities. There are also three State Parks within 15 minutes. Excellent fishing opportunities abound at the state parks and along the Colorado River.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Wildlife Host - West Rifle Creek SWA/Range volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Jake Stanton


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Wildlife Transport

Respond to injured, orphaned, and nuisance wildlife calls from the public. Provide wildlife education and solutions to the public. Transport wildlife to rehabilitators and/or CPW offices.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Wildlife Transport volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Albert Romero
(970) 255-6154


Gunnison (Area 16)

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Gunnison (Area 16). Volunteer today!

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A16 - SW - Bear Aware

(Cedaredge and surrounding North Fork Valley Area):

Bear Aware is a network of trained Colorado Parks and Wildlife volunteers who help their neighbors and communities reduce conflicts and co-exist with black bears. Through this proactive educational wildlife program, volunteer efforts aim to teach human responsibility to help prevent problems between humans and bears. This role can involve answering questions and offering practical advice.

Volunteers may distribute information to the public in areas where conflicts occur, post signs, go door to door talking to neighbors, meet with campers/ organizations/clubs, support educational programs, and volunteer at information booths and parades.

 

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the A16 - SW - Bear Aware volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Catherine Brons
(970) 880-0627


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Area Assistance

General CPW staff support in the Gunnison area. Volunteers may work with local district wildlife managers or other area staff on a variety of projects as needed.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Area Assistance volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Kathaleen Dixon
(970) 641-7063


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Education/Outreach Support (Archery)

Taylor Challenge is a multi-day outdoor recreation and team-building program that serves every 8th grader at Gunnison Middle School. This annual event is a three-day overnight field trip that occurs during the first week of school every year. Utilizing the outdoors as a unifying theme, the goal of the Taylor Challenge program is to build and promote community, trust, confidence and healthy life choices within the entire grade class (90-120 students). Over three days, the students navigate several activity stations. Colorado Parks and Wildlife assists with the archery (NASP) and leads the fly fishing stations, with the help of staff and volunteers. This volunteer role assists with the archery station in small group settings to cover just the basics. A NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) certified teacher from the Middle School leads this station with assistance from CPW staff and volunteers. The station covers eye dominance, the 11 steps to archery success, string bow, and target shooting using whistle command. The students utilize the remaining time to practice shooting.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Education/Outreach Support (Archery) volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Catherine Brons
(970) 880-0627


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Education/Outreach Support (Fly Fishing)

Taylor Challenge is a multi-day outdoor recreation and team-building program that serves every 8th grader at Gunnison Middle School. This annual event is a three-day overnight field trip that occurs during the first week of school every year. Utilizing the outdoors as a unifying theme, the goal of the Taylor Challenge program is to build and promote community, trust, confidence and healthy life choices within the entire grade class (90-120 students). Over three days, the students navigate several activity stations. Colorado Parks and Wildlife assists with the archery (NASP) and leads the fly fishing stations, with the help of staff and volunteers. This volunteer role assists with the fly fishing station in small group settings to cover just the basics. The station breaks students into two groups: one to cover macroinvertebrates (a discussion and searching/examining using nets), followed by clinch knot tying and different types of flies to tie on. Meanwhile the second group covers trout identification and casting. Then, both groups come together to fish at two small ponds (stocked with large rainbows and browns).
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Education/Outreach Support (Fly Fishing) volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Catherine Brons
(970) 880-0627


Hatcheries

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

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Mt. Shavano Hatchery Host

Mt. Shavano Hatchery, one of the largest hatcheries in the state, produces approximately 550,000 catchable (10 inch) trout and 1-2 million sub-catchable fish (2-5 inches) per year. Species such as Rainbow Trout, Snake River Cutthroat Trout, Cutbow Trout, and Kokanee Salmon are raised at the unit. Mt. Shavano Hatchery is located along the shore of the Arkansas River and lies between the Sawatch and Sangre De Cristo Mountain Ranges, approximately 2 miles from downtown Salida and within Chaffee County.

Responsibilities:

  • Volunteer hosts live on site and your primary responsibility is to give tours to visitors of Mt. Shavano Hatchery. The number of visitors can total around 1,000 per month June-August.
  • Volunteers also show a short video and lead visitors on a tour of the facilities, serve in the visitor's center, and provide grounds and maintenance (such as restocking printed materials and upkeep of visitor's center).

Applicants should enjoy meeting people and be physically fit and healthy.

Site elevation: 7,000 ft.

Looking for 2 hosts for the summer! Pairs, individuals, families with children, and people who are still working/in their careers (e.g. working remotely) are accepted. Hosts are permitted to have pets at the RV site but not at the hatchery.

Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Mt. Shavano Hatchery Host volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Bryan Johnson
(719) 539-6877


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Wray Hatchery Assistance

Opportunities for volunteering at the Wray Fish Hatchery vary greatly, depending on the time of year, but opportunities could include:

  • Equipment and grounds maintenance
  • Cleaning raceways and tanks
  • Feeding fish
  • Vegetation removal
  • Stocking or spawning fish
Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Wray Hatchery Assistance volunteer role.


Highline Lake State Park

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

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Friends of Highline Lake State Park

The Friends of Highline Lake State Park support conservation, encourage environmental education, and enhance recreation opportunities for visitors of the park.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Friends of Highline Lake State Park volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Pamela Jackson
(970) 858-7208


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Naturalist

This is a customer service based position that involves facilitating park interpretive and environmental education programs. Develop and present natural resources/historical related programs to park visitors. Specific responsibilities may include: • Schedule, plan and present Junior Ranger programs • Schedule, plan and present school and group programs • Schedule, plan and present campfire programs and guided hikes • Schedule, plan and present outreach programs • Provide roving interpretation in campgrounds and day use areas • Collaborate with individual and groups of volunteers • Collaborate with other State, Federal and local agency naturalists • Market and promote attendance at programs • May develop brochures and other written materials • May assist with special events or programs within the park • Other projects as assigned

Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Naturalist volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Pamela Jackson
(970) 858-7208


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Trail Ambassador

Walk, bike or run the 9+ miles of trails at Highline Lake, circling the lake itself, or taking one of the interesting loops. Help keep the trail system clean by cleaning up trash along the way and contact the Visitor Center or a Park Ranger if there is something that needs our attention. Maintenance and/or occasional re-positioning or modification of the trail system is always appreciated. This position is best scheduled for weekday mornings. Volunteers are asked to serve at least 5 hours per month to remain active.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Trail Ambassador volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Pamela Jackson
(970) 858-7208


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Visitor Services

Assist visitors in Highline Lake State Park's beautiful Visitor Center by sharing information; selling passes, registrations, firewood, and retail merchandise; answer telephones; monitor radio communications; data entry; other opportunities as available.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Visitor Services volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Pamela Jackson
(970) 858-7208


Hot Sulphur Springs (Area 9)

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Hot Sulphur Springs (Area 9). Volunteer today!

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Area Assistance

Provide general assistance to the staff in the Hot Sulphur Springs area, such as fence work, habitat improvement projects, and more.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Area Assistance volunteer role.


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Chronic Wasting Disease Sample Transport

Transport chronic wasting disease (CWD) samples from the Hot Sulphur Springs office to the Steamboat Springs office or other locations as needed during big game seasons.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Chronic Wasting Disease Sample Transport volunteer role.


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Customer Service Assistance

Provide administrative assistance to office: filing, typing, answering phones, making copies and various other duties. Training provided.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Customer Service Assistance volunteer role.


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Shooting Range Maintenance

Volunteers needed to help keep range clean of trash and debris. Assistance with range maintenance and enhancement efforts when available.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Shooting Range Maintenance volunteer role.


Hunter Outreach - NW Region

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Hunter Outreach - NW Region. Volunteer today!

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Archery Program Assistance

Assist with maintenance and repair of archery equipment as well as with teaching Field Archery and/or Archery in the Schools programs.

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Not Accepting Applications

While this program may be accepting new volunteers, there is no region-specific volunteer application. Please click here to apply to volunteer for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Hunter Outreach program.


Hunter Outreach - SE Region

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Hunter Outreach - SE Region. Volunteer today!

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Hunter Outreach Program Assistance

Assist with CPW led hunts or shooting skills clinics.

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Not Accepting Applications

While this program may be accepting new volunteers, there is no region-specific volunteer application. Please click here to apply to volunteer for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Hunter Outreach program.


Hunter Outreach - Statewide

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Hunter Outreach - Statewide. Volunteer today!

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Hunter Outreach Program Assistance

Support an individual hunt or the Hunter Outreach program at large. Examples of support include: equipment maintenance or loading, pre-hunt meal preparation, or general office support. Must be registered as a CPW volunteer and attend volunteer orientation. This position functions as a support role and does not participate on hunts, seminars, or skills clinics.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Hunter Outreach Program Assistance volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Bryan Posthumus
(303) 291-7248


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Huntmaster

Huntmasters are needed to plan, run and organize youth and novice hunts/events for the program. Once the Huntsman has completed their three evaluated events, one of which must be from an overnight hunt, and has been approved by the Hunter Outreach Coordinator, they are now ready to attend a two day Huntmaster Course which will focus on the education and skills needed to plan, organize and run an event.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Huntmaster volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Bryan Posthumus
(303) 291-7248


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Huntsman

Mentor youth and novice hunters. Lead and manage hunts across the state. This volunteer opportunity requires additional training and certification. Please register here: http://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/OutreachHuntsmaster.aspx

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Huntsman volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Bryan Posthumus
(303) 291-7248


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Senior Huntmaster

Senior Huntmasters assist in management of the program by serving on policy boards, providing recommendations for program improvement and assisting with instruction of student Huntsman/Huntmasters. To become eligible for Senior Huntmaster, a Huntmaster must have organized and run a minimum of five hunts/events as lead Huntmaster. They must also have taught a minimum of one skills clinic/seminar, or a Huntsman Course and be certified as in instructor in a minimum of two skills disciplines. He/she must then be formally recommended by a current Senior Huntmaster. The recommendation will then be sent to and voted on by the rest of the Senior Huntmasters. If approved, the State or Regional Outreach Coordinator will then give final approval based upon the recommendations and the performance of the Huntmaster in the field.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Senior Huntmaster volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Bryan Posthumus
(303) 291-7248


Hunter Outreach - SW Region

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Hunter Outreach - SW Region. Volunteer today!

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Hunter Outreach Conejos Assistance

Conejos Youth Camp is an annual three day camp for youth in Conejos County. Youth can earn their hunter education card as they learn hunting, fishing, and outdoor skills as well as wildlife information. Volunteers assist with overseeing groups and/or instructing at station rotations- ranging from archery, fishing, wildlife identification, first aid, and shooting sports. Experience teaching these skills is highly preferred, as is a status as a Hunter Education Instructor.

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Hunter Outreach Program Assistance

Asisst with hunter outreach events including mentored hunts, seminars, and webinars.

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Not Accepting Applications

While this program may be accepting new volunteers, there is no region-specific volunteer application. Please click here to apply to volunteer for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Hunter Outreach program.


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Shooting Range Maintenance - Conejos Range

This volunteer role collaborates with CPW staff to support the Conejos County Public Shooting Range with upkeep and maintenance.

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Not Accepting Applications

While this program may be accepting new volunteers, there is no region-specific volunteer application. Please click here to apply to volunteer for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Hunter Outreach program.


Jackson Lake State Park

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

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Special Projects

Projects can be discussed as opportunities arise. Examples may include: provide equipment, donated funds, or expertise on special projects.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Special Projects volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Anthony Ibarra


James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park. Volunteer today!

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Maintenance and Construction

Maintenance volunteers serve directly with the Park Resource Technician on daily projects and tasks. This position will be responsible for all general campground maintenance and cleaning of public facilities and picnic areas including cleaning, showers, toilets, and picking up trash.  Landscaping to include mowing, weed trimming, watering and weed control. Provide and ensure quality customer service, facility maintenance, repair, cleanliness. Provide information and assistance to visitors.  May also assist with carpentry, plumbing, masonry, electrical work, transporting materials, supplies and perform other duties as assigned.  This position has the opportunity to be a resident volunteer with a full-hookup site with 50 amp electricity provided.  Primary residency will be at the Fruita section however, volunteers may assist with work at any location- Fruita, Connected Lakes, Corn Lake/SWA or Island Acres.  Please reach out to Bob Morris with interest in the position.  Bob.morris@state.co.us

Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Maintenance and Construction volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Eric Los
(970) 858-9188


John Martin Reservoir State Park

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

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Nursery Tree Care

Sustain nursery and tree plantings at Point campground
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Nursery Tree Care volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Sami Colvin
(719) 829-1801


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Special Projects

Share your special skills with the park! Special Projects may include: write and develop outdoor interpretive signs for self-guiding trails or roadside exhibits. Recruit other volunteers. Eagle Scout Projects. 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.

Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Special Projects volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Sami Colvin
(719) 829-1801


Lake Pueblo State Park

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

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Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Inspections

A customer service-based position that involves inspecting for invasive Zebra/Quagga Mussels, Milfoil or other plant 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. Training in boat inspection methods will be provided. REQUIREMENTS: - Must be at least 16 years of age with reliable transportation. - 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. - Ability to volunteer with little supervision. - 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. 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. • Accurate counting and recording of all boat inspections.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Inspections volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Erin Steinman
(719) 561-9320


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Boat Safety Ambassadors

This volunteer role is a public outreach effort to share boating safety information, best practices, rules, and regulations with park visitors. While personal boating experience is not necessary, the desire to learn the rules and educate others on boat safety is!

Reports indicate that over 3,000 injuries, and 767 deaths occurred in 2020 due to boating accidents. Our goal is to decrease that number and help our visitors enjoy the waters of CO safely!

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Boat Safety Ambassadors volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Erin Steinman
(719) 561-9320


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Campground Host

Lake Pueblo, rated a fishing “hot spot,” provides over 4,600 surface acres of water, 60 miles of shoreline and almost 10,000 acres of land. 

Responsibilities:

  • Answer visitor questions
  • Sell firewood
  • Turn firewood money into visitor center
  • Clean fire pits
  • Upkeep campsites
  • Keep campground litter free
  • Additional tasks as needed

Site elevation: 4,700 ft.

Looking for 4 hosts for the 2023 season! Pairs, individuals, families with children, and people who are still working/in their careers (e.g. working remotely) are all accepted. Hosts are permitted to have pets.

Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Campground Host volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Mark Dunnington
(719) 561-9479


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Garden Care

Weed, plant, water and help keep our native Colorado xeriscape garden beautiful. The team gets together for garden work as needed, which is usually weekly in the spring and when working on larger projects, and bi-weekly or monthly during the summer.  Shifts are currently during the week in the morning.  

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Garden Care volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Erin Steinman
(719) 561-9320


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Maintenance

Volunteers help with a wide variety of projects throughout Lake Pueblo State Park. Projects may include: general clean up efforts, tree wrapping to protect from beavers, and general campground maintenance to keep the park in good operating condition.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Maintenance volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Shane Ewing
(719) 561-9320


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Special Projects

Share your special skill with the park! Special Projects may include but are not limited to: Writing and developing outdoor interpretive signs for self-guiding trails or roadside exhibits. Recruit other volunteers. Photograph or video tape park programs, special events, visitors, or resources

Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Special Projects volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Erin Steinman
(719) 561-9320


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Trail Work

Help with Trail maintenance around the South shore trail system. 

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Trail Work volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Joshua Klosheim
(719) 252-2242


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Visitor Services

Volunteer responsibilities for Visitor Center/Office Support may include but are not limited to: Answering phones; word processing and data entry on the computer; file; or perform other clerical tasks. Help to raise funds and write grant proposals. Provide computer training; trouble-shooting or computer program design. Staff a visitor center information desk or sales outlet. Design and prepare exhibits, displays, and bulletin boards. Market and advertise park programs. Write and edit newsletters, brochures, fact sheets, and manuals. Produce artwork or graphic design for publications, signs, flyers, or exhibits.

Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Visitor Services volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Erin Steinman
(719) 561-9320


Lamar (Area 12)

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Lamar (Area 12). Volunteer today!

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Area Assistance

Assist Lamar area staff with wildlife surveys, habitat improvement, carcass transport, and miscellaneous projects.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Area Assistance volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Todd Marriot
(719) 336-6603


Lathrop State Park

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

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Campground Host

Lathrop State Park is located near the exceptionally scenic Sangre de Cristo Mountains in southern Colorado and has a great view of the Spanish Peaks. Located near Walsenburg and La Veta, Lathrop State Park offers a wide range of outdoor natural recreation opportunities including, fishing, boating, golfing, trails, archery range, photography and much more. 

Responsibilities:

  • Greet visitors
  • Clean campsites
  • Clean bathrooms
  • Collect trash
  • Light maintenance and landscaping
  • Other tasks as assigned

Elevation: 6500 feet

Looking for 2 hosts for the 2023 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.

Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Campground Host volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Stacey Koury
(719) 738-2376


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Friends of Lathrop State Park

Do you care about Lathrop State Park and want to support your local park and community? What better way to prove your love by stepping up and forming a Friends of Lathrop State Park organization! Attempts have been made to establish a Friends group, but efforts have not remained consistent over the years and we are seeking dedicated individuals with great organizational skills, grant writing capabilities, and other professional management skills. Collaborate closely with park management to achieve shared goals. Responsibilities vary.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Friends of Lathrop State Park volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Stacey Koury
(719) 738-2376


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Garden Care

Water new planted trees and shrubs, prune, weed, and remove litter from garden area. Generally help keep garden maintained and beautiful!  Contact Stacey at stacey.koury@state.co.us to sign up for shifts

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Garden Care volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Stacey Koury
(719) 738-2376


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Maintenance

Assist with park maintenance, construction, and repair. Construct fence. Cleanup 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.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Maintenance volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Stacey Koury
(719) 738-2376


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Naturalist

Assist park staff with education programs on weekend evenings.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Naturalist volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Stacey Koury
(719) 738-2376


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Park/Boat Safety Ambassador

If you enjoy interacting with people while being outdoors, this may be the opportunity for you!  Lathrop State Park is recruiting park/boat safety ambassadors for the 2023 summer season to answer questions, share information, and be the eyes of the park on weekends in our popular day use areas.  Shifts will be listed for 4 hours, but there is no minimum number of hours required on a shift.  Any amount of time spent on the park is helpful.  Volunteer shirt/hat and training will be provided.  

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Park/Boat Safety Ambassador volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Stacey Koury
(719) 738-2376


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Vegetation Management



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Visitor Services

Visitor Center/Office Support. Greet visitors, answer phones, and questions. Sell park passes and licenses and perform other clerical tasks. Staff a visitor center information desk or sales outlet. Coordinate a special event. Design and prepare exhibits, displays, and bulletin boards. Market and advertise park programs. Write and edit newsletters, brochures, fact sheets, and manuals. Produce artwork or graphic design for publications, signs, flyers, or exhibits.

Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Visitor Services volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Stacey Koury
(719) 738-2376


Lory State Park

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

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Bike Park Maintenance

Become a general maintenance technician for our Corral Center Bike Park. This includes vegetation management, cleaning out ditches and ruts, sweeping pump track and jump lines, etc.  This is a labor intensive position that will require the use of tools (both hand and power) and machinery. This is a year round volunteer position. 

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Bike Park Maintenance volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Roy McBride
(970) 493-1623


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Butterfly Monitoring

Since 2013 Lory State Park has participated in a long-term community science project that monitors butterfly populations in various locations throughout Colorado. Lory State Park has two trails certified by the Butterfly Pavilion in Denver. Join our butterfly monitoring team and learn how to Identify local butterflies, learn about them and collect data. This volunteer opportunity is only available from May through September or October, depending on the first freeze. This opportunity requires a six month commitment with a weekly schedule. Training is provided to all monitors. Monitor Requirements: - Willing to follow a Lead Monitor. - Able to commit to a weekly or bi-monthly monitoring schedule. - Able to hike 2 miles in 2 hours.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Butterfly Monitoring volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Volunteer Coordinator
(970) 493-1623


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Butterfly Monitoring Lead

Since 2013 Lory State Park has participated in a long-term community science project that monitors butterfly populations in various locations throughout Colorado. Lory State Park has two trails certified by the Butterfly Pavilion in Denver. Join our butterfly monitoring team and learn how to Identify local butterflies, learn about them and collect data. This volunteer opportunity is only available from May through September or October, depending on the first freeze. This opportunity requires a six month commitment with a weekly schedule. Training is provided to all monitors. Lead Monitor Requirements: - Willing to lead the weekly monitoring survey and other volunteers. - Able to identify local butterflies quickly. - Able to record collected data. - Able to monitor on a weekly schedule. - Able to hike 2 miles in 2 hours.
Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Butterfly Monitoring Lead volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Dylan Jandreau
(970) 493-1623


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Naturalist

Present park interpretive programs, such as: 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 on park trails, at park facilities, or in the back country. These programs are typically done between April and October, and very little is done between November and March. There may be long delays in staff communication during these winter months.

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Naturalist volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Dylan Jandreau
(970) 493-1623


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Special Projects

Lory State Park is always looking for volunteers to help with the many needs of the park. This opportunity covers all areas of the park and will receive emails when a opportunity is active and we need assistance. Activities can include invasive plant management, trail maintenance, general upkeep, event prep and many others.
Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Special Projects volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Dylan Jandreau
(970) 493-1623


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Trail Work

This opportunity is to help with trail building and maintenance at Lory State Park.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Trail Work volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Dylan Jandreau
(970) 493-1623


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Visitor Services

Serve in our visitor center selling park passes, merchandise, answering phone calls, and costumer service. This opportunity requires training on using the IPAWS system for selling park passes or licenses. Good costumer service skills, basic knowledge of computers, and cash handling skill are encouraged but not required.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Visitor Services volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Dylan Jandreau
(970) 493-1623


Loveland/Boulder (Area 2)

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Loveland/Boulder (Area 2). Volunteer today!

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Bear Aware Boulder Sitters

Serve with and support District Wildlife Managers when bears are in city limits to restrict public gatherings at bear's location and reduce human-wildlife conflict.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Bear Aware Boulder Sitters volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Lori Morgan - Staff
(303) 291-7369


Mancos State Park

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

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Maintenance and Construction

Park maintenance and construction responsibilities may include but are not limited to: - Cleanup park grounds and facilities. - Complete special or seasonal maintenance tasks as needed. - Carpentry, remodeling or other construction projects. - Provide landscape design expertise. - Make park information signs. - Assist with minor vehicle/equipment repairs and maintenance
Learn more...

Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Maintenance and Construction volunteer role.


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Visitor Services

This position involves general assistance in the Mancos State Park Customer Service Station. Responsibilities include light clerical work, answering phones, filing, completion of boat, snowmobile and off-highway vehicle registrations, and other projects as assigned. Additional projects will vary based on the skills and interests of the volunteer but may include writing media releases and coordinating other public relations activities, participation in management of the office bookstore, hosting open houses, etc.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Visitor Services volunteer role.


Meeker (Area 6)

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Meeker (Area 6). Volunteer today!

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Area Assistance

Provide general assistance to the staff in the Meeker area, such as fence work, habitat improvement projects, and more.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Area Assistance volunteer role.


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Customer Service Assistance

Provide administrative assistance to office: filing, typing, answering phones, making copies and various other duties. Training provided.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Customer Service Assistance volunteer role.


Monte Vista (Area 17)

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Monte Vista (Area 17). Volunteer today!

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Area Assistance

General CPW staff support in the Monte Vista area. Volunteers may work with local district wildlife managers or other area staff on a variety of projects as needed.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Area Assistance volunteer role.


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Frisco Creek Animal Care

Volunteer alongside CPW staff and assist with daily care of injured and orphaned wildlife. Primarily this entails cage/pen cleaning, feeding and occasional animal transport. Training in several areas is required in advance.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Frisco Creek Animal Care volunteer role.


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Frisco Creek Maintenance

Volunteer alongside CPW staff on maintenance and construction projects around the Frisco Creek Wildlife Facility. Projects can include anything from spraying weeds and shoveling snow to fence construction and maintenance/construction of animal pens and cages. Advanced experience with maintenance and construction is helpful.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Frisco Creek Maintenance volunteer role.


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Maintenance and Construction

Help keep up Russell Lakes State Wildlife Area! Pick up shot gun shells and trash, upkeep restrooms, keep head gates cleaned out, and more.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Maintenance and Construction volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Catherine Brons
(970) 880-0627


Montrose (Area 18)

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Montrose (Area 18). Volunteer today!

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Area Assistance

General CPW staff support in the Montrose area. Volunteers may work with local district wildlife managers or other area staff on a variety of projects as needed.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Area Assistance volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Darlene Trainor
(970) 252-6002


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Bluebird Monitoring

This volunteer role ‘adopts’ local nest boxes at a specific site in the Montrose/Ridgway area and assists with cleaning and monitoring bluebird houses. You may also help build and mount new bluebird houses.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Bluebird Monitoring volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Darlene Trainor
(970) 252-6002


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Deer Trapping

Assist the Area Terrestrial Biologist with deer-related projects. These may include trapping and collaring efforts around Montrose and on the Uncompahgre Plateau, or survey work. This role can be strenuous and sometimes dangerous.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Deer Trapping volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Catherine Brons
(970) 880-0627


Mueller State Park

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

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Angler Outreach

Share your love and passion for reel and/or fly fishing with others. Assist with school groups, large events for all ages, and fishing derbys. We have an annual need for assembling, fixing, and rigging fishing poles and other equipment maintenance. Must have good people skills with the ability to represent the agency in a professional manner.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Angler Outreach volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Linda Groat
(719) 687-2366


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Bluebird Monitoring

For those with an interest and familiarity of birds, volunteers will monitor Bluebird house/nesting sites located around the park.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Bluebird Monitoring volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Linda Groat
(719) 687-2366


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Campground Host

Located in the mountain community of Divide, Colorado. Mueller State Park is accepting applications for Campground Host Volunteers for the 2021 summer and fall/winter season. The volunteers will be provided with a full hookup campsite - water, sewer, and electric - in exchange for working 20 hours per week (per person for couples). Days off vary. Some responsibilites include (but are not limited to): cleaning of a flush toilet facility, cleaning campfire grills, trash collection, rental cabin housekeeping, greeting campers, selling firewood, and other projects to fulfill the 20-hour per week agreement. Winter: 1 position/couple is needed January through April to assist with cabin cleaning duties. Summer: 3 positions/couples are needed May through October. One position will be provided a campsite in the campground and help with hosting and maintenance duties. Two positions will be provided campsites in a non-public area and will help with cabin cleaning and other maintenance duties.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Campground Host volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Linda Groat
(719) 687-2366


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Friends of Mueller State Park

The Friends of Mueller State Park (FoMSP) is a non-profit 501c3 public charity that raises money to fund youth programs, park improvements and interpretive exhibits to enhance the experience of every visitor who enters the park. Assist as a board member or volunteer with special events and fund raisers for the Friends of Mueller State Park organization. https://friendsofmuellersp.com/
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Friends of Mueller State Park volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Linda Groat
(719) 687-2366


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Maintenance

Common tasks include clean-up and maintenance of the park grounds and facilities; completing special and/or seasonal maintenance tasks as needed; carpentry, remodeling and construction projects; assisting with minor equipment repairs.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Maintenance volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Linda Groat
(719) 687-2366


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Naturalist

Present park interpretive programs, such as: campfire talks, nature walks, multi-media shows, living history programs, evening programs and others. Lead school group programs on-site. Visit local students (or other groups) in their classrooms 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. Help at large special events.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Naturalist volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Linda Groat
(719) 687-2366


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Special Projects

Special Projects' is open-ended and provides an opportunity for some creativity and suggestions for projects and/or assignments that are outside the realm of naturalist work, maintenance details or trails crew: Assist with clerical duties in the Visitors Center; work on website, Facebook and other media; cleaning, organizing, rearranging within any of the park's facilities; newsletter compilation and editing. Assisting with park events and other projects.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Special Projects volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Linda Groat
(719) 687-2366


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Trail Work

Help preserve the park's trails system and backcountry by performing maintenance on current trails such as: creating water bars; clearing trees; posting, removing, redoing signs; raking and brushing trails; replacing, repairing and maintaining water culverts. Also, occasional fence removal from the park's undeveloped areas.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Trail Work volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Kristine Velez
(719) 687-2366


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Visitor Services

Greet and interact with visitors looking for information or needing assistance; answer phones; perform clerical tasks; sell passes, permits and hunting/fishing licenses; work at the visitor center information desk, front entrance gate, and sales outlet; assist staff with special events; write and edit brochures, fact sheets and manuals; organize and stock materials and retail items; some light cleaning.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Visitor Services volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Linda Groat
(719) 687-2366


Navajo State Park

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

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Boat Ramp Shuttle Driver

Navajo State Park's shuttle driver program is one of the most popular of volunteer activities in the park! Service includes driving a passenger utility vehicle between the overflow parking lots and the marina. The shuttle service is free to the public from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. A full-service campsite is provided for 18-20 hours of service per driver per week. A machine/park orientation is required.
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Not Accepting Applications

All of our positions have been filled. Please check back as our availability changes periodically.


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Campground Host

Navajo State Park is looking for volunteer camp hosts. Located midway between Durango and Pagosa Springs on the New Mexico border, Navajo Reservoir is 15,600 surface acres of aquatic fun!

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain Clean Campsites
  • Sell Firewood
  • Answer visitor questions
  • Shuttle drive visitors to and from boat ramp with UTV
  • Other tasks as assigned

Site elevation: 6,100 ft.

Looking for one more host couple for the 2023 season! Couples are preferred, but individuals are also accepted. Hosts are permitted to have dogs as long as they are kept leashed and/or contained/under control.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Campground Host volunteer role.


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Maintenance and Construction

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.
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Not Accepting Applications

All of our positions have been filled. Please check back as our availability changes periodically.


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Special Projects

These volunteers perform general park support functions, such as: maintenance, visitor center, environmental education, dock/marina store attendant or other responsibilities, depending on skill and preferences. Maintenance includes: litter control, landscaping, grounds keeping, cleaning of park facilities. Visitor center includes: pass sales, revenue collection and dispensation of information. There are also opportunities in Environmental Education which includes: development and presentation of environmental programs as well as networking with local entities for guest programs.
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Not Accepting Applications

All of our positions have been filled. Please check back as our availability changes periodically.


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Visitor Services

Answer phones; do word processing and data entry on the computer; file; or perform other clerical tasks. Fundraise and write grant proposals. Provide computer training; trouble-shooting or computer program design. Staff a visitor center information desk or sales outlet. Coordinate a special event. Design and prepare exhibits, displays, and bulletin boards. Market and advertise park programs. Write and edit newsletters, brochures, fact sheets, and manuals. Produce artwork or graphic design for publications, signs, flyers, or exhibits. Train staff or volunteers in desktop publishing software and techniques.
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Not Accepting Applications

All of our positions have been filled. Please check back as our availability changes periodically.


Northeast Region Outreach

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Northeast Region Outreach. Volunteer today!

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Angler Outreach

Volunteers are needed to help teach novice anglers of all ages how to fish. Teach classes on aquatic ecology, fish identification, handling, casting, and knot tying.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Angler Outreach volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Andre Egli
(303) 291-7512


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NE Region New Volunteers - Wildlife Interest

Interested in helping with wildlife projects across the Northeast Region?  This is the place to start!

Some examples include walleye spawn, electrofishing, angler outreach, hunter outreach, interpretation and education, customer service, festivals/booths, habitat improvement and wildlife transport.

These projects tend to be seasonal so we will be in touch with more details!

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the NE Region New Volunteers - Wildlife Interest volunteer role.

Questions? Contact NE Region Volunteer Coordinator
(303) 291-7369


Northwest Region Outreach

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Northwest Region Outreach. Volunteer today!

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Education Program Assistance

Assist education staff with multiple programs and on-site education at schools and at events.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Education Program Assistance volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Kathleen Mawhinney
(970) 255-6181


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Watchable Wildlife Assistance

Assist with watchable wildlife education, activities, and office assistance.

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Pueblo (Area 11)

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Pueblo (Area 11). Volunteer today!

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Area Assistance

Assist Pueblo area staff with wildlife surveys, habitat improvement, carcass transport, and miscellaneous projects.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Area Assistance volunteer role.


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Bear Aware

The goal of the Bear Aware team is to teach human responsibility in removing attractants in order to reduce conflicts with black bears in Colorado. Volunteers distribute black bear and mountain lion information in neighborhoods where sightings have occured. Other tasks may include posting signs, making bear unwelcome mats, and helping at CPW booths around the town of Beulah.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Bear Aware volunteer role.


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Wildlife Transport

Transport sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife to rehabilitators or vets across SE Colorado. Training mandatory for first time transporters. Volunteers use their own vehicles for transportation.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Wildlife Transport volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Jeanette Lara
(719) 227-5204


Raptor Monitoring

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

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Raptor Monitoring

Responsibilities and Qualifications: 1.) Must become trained as Raptor Monitor by CPW Resource Stewardship and able to make at least a 1-year commitment 2.) Intermediate raptor identification skills and access to necessary equipment such as binoculars or a spotting scope required. 3.) Become familiar with a particular State Park and observe raptors during both the winter and the summer nesting season twice per month. 4.) Use email and computers to enter data and communicate with the project managers. 5.) During the winter, travel around the park on a regular basis, visiting winter monitoring points and following a standardized monitoring protocol to observe and record raptor activity. During the summer, identify and monitor raptor nests. Follow a standardized monitoring protocol to observe and record raptor nesting activity. Complete raptor monitoring datasheet for every formal observation and enter data in online database. 6.) Attend meetings and training events. 7.) Have a good time and get recognized for your efforts! QUALIFICATIONS DESIRED - Have own transportation and be willing to travel to site - Ability to walk the site. Length and level of difficulty of getting to site varies by park. Some require only minimal walking. Others require traversing sometimes difficult and unmarked terrain (such as at State Forest, Mueller, Spinney/Eleven Mile, Staunton, Eldorado, and Golden Gate).

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Raptor Monitoring volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Jeff Thompson
(303) 291-7282


Resource Stewardship

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

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Dark Sky Monitoring

Assist state parks in learning more about the quality of the night sky by collecting measurements of light pollution at night. CPW is working to document sky brightness in State Parks through the Dark Sky Monitoring community science program. We connect volunteers with tools to collect dark sky data that can be used to help preserve and protect the nighttime environment and our heritage of dark skies. Help us identify parks for recognition of their Dark Sky quality so that astronomers, campers, and nighttime photographers know where to see the Milky Way, escape to true nighttime, and enjoy the natural night sky! Using a smart phone or printed star charts, our Dark Sky monitors take a few minutes on moonless nights to document how many stars can be seen with the naked eye. Observations can be made year round in different moon phases (new moon is best). To fully document a park's night sky quality, multiple measurements need to be taken, depending on the size of the park the time commitment would vary. Observations may be made in any state park that allows overnight recreation - please check the state park website before visiting! No experience needed.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Dark Sky Monitoring volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Community Science Technician
(303) 291-7166


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Reptile and Amphibian Monitoring

We are attempting to build a volunteer reptile and amphibian monitoring program! The goal is to contribute to community science and management decisions at Colorado's State Parks. Roles and responsibilities are loose right now, with a hope of formalizing the program and building from the ground up. Volunteers should have a keen knowledge of reptiles and amphibians and be able to identify species that exist in the desired state park. Contact staff to see how you could help build this program!
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Reptile and Amphibian Monitoring volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Community Science Technician
(303) 291-7166


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State Parks NatureFinder

Help collect data on the biodiversity of state parks! iNaturalist is a mobile app and online network where you can record what you see in nature, meet other nature enthusiasts, and learn about the natural world. The Resource Stewardship Program at CPW manages the State Parks NatureFinder project, which provides volunteers, staff, and visitors the opportunity to assist in ecological monitoring. To participate, simply download the free iNaturalist app on your mobile device or visit iNaturalist.org to set up a free account, then join the State Park NatureFinder project by visiting https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/state-parks-naturefinder and clicking "Join this project" in the upper right corner. Observations or identifications need to be within the boundaries of a Colorado State Park. State Parks NatureFinder Project Terms & Rules: - Remember to always be respectful of wildlife and keep these viewing and photography guidelines in mind. By following these guidelines you are helping promote conservation of wildlife and their habitats, as well as the safety of yourself and others! - Wildlife should be viewed/photographed from a safe and respectful distance. - Use binoculars, spotting scopes, zoom lenses, and viewing blinds to avoid disturbing species. - Avoid getting close to nests or dens - your presence can disturb breeding and alert predators to nest/den locations. - Never post locations of nests/dens. - Stay on trails and roads, tread lightly, and leave plants and animals where you find them. - Do not use recorded animal calls to attract wildlife. - If an animal shows any sign of stress, move away. - Keep pets on leash at all times. - Do not feed wildlife.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the State Parks NatureFinder volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Community Science Technician
(303) 291-7166


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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Accessibility Volunteer

Colorado Parks and Wildlife values the right of every visitor to experience our state's natural beauty. To provide this opportunity to the disabled community, Ridgway State Park offers the use of the Action Track Chair, floating wheelchair, and inflatable wheelchair paddle board, which allows visitors to explore designated trails in the park. 

The chair allows access to gorgeous park features, sweeping views of the San Juan Mountain Range, a wide variety of fauna, geological and water features and spectacular views of the Cimarron Range. As a volunteer your responsibilities will be to hike alongside Track Chair participants and ensure they have a safe and educational trip! Training will be provided. Year round opportunities available for summertime and autumn strolls, fall hunts, and snow packed trails on occasion (snowshoes provided). Please contact us for more information.

The floating wheelchair and inflatable wheelchair paddle board are available at our Marina office. They can be reserved just like the track chair. As a volunteer your responsibilities will be to prep, store, and show individuals and families how to operate the equipment at the park.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Accessibility Volunteer volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Erin Vogel
(970) 626-5822


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Campground Host

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.

Site elevation: 6,800 ft.

2 openings for summer 2023. We are looking for couples or pairs, and will discuss with hosts on a case by case basis who have children or pets.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Campground Host volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Makayla Ogden
(970) 626-5822


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Citizen Science

Ridgway State Park values the data collection needed to know about current flora and fauna populations at the park. Butterfly monitoring happens annually April-September to capture which butterfly species are migrating and how many are passing through. You would be assigned a monitoring station at the park.

Bird banding happens each September for two weeks and is part of the Audubon's national research. The park hosts school groups during bird banding and at times gives educational training to elementary to high school aged students to participate in the research. Training will be provided. No prior experience needed. 

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Citizen Science volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Makayla Ogden
(970) 626-5822


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Customer Service Assistance - Marina

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.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Customer Service Assistance - Marina volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Makayla Ogden
(970) 626-5822


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Events Coordinator

Ridgway State Park is fortunate enough to have a Group Events Facility and an Overlook at the park that is rented May-September for 1-4 events each weekend. Event types range from company picnics, weddings, wedding receptions, birthday parties, family reunions, celebration of life ceremonies, and more. The group sizes range from 10-250 people at each event. Group Event Facilities can be rented any day 9am-9pm and the Overlook/Conference Room can be rented anytime during business hours. This position would greet the group, answer questions, go through a check-in/check-out procedure, and at times, sell day passes for groups in the Visitor Center parking lot. No clean up or set up duties. 

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Events Coordinator volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Makayla Ogden
(970) 626-5822


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Events Set Up/Tear Down Support

Support the set up/tear down of large education events at the park where school groups or partner organizations come to the park for a day. 

 

 

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Events Set Up/Tear Down Support volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Makayla Ogden
(970) 626-5822


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Field Archery Instructor

Support public outreach through archery programs. Work one-on-one with all ages to teach introductory archery skills. Must attend at least one instructor course.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Field Archery Instructor volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Makayla Ogden
(970) 626-5822


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Friends of Ridgway State Park

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.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Friends of Ridgway State Park volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Johnathon Freeborn
(970) 626-5822


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Friends of Ridgway State Park - Board

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.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Friends of Ridgway State Park - Board volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Johnathon Freeborn
(970) 626-5822


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Maintenance and Construction

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.

Responsibilities:

  • Clean grounds and facilities
  • Special and seasonal maintenance
  • Construction projects
  • Vehicle repairs
  • Trail maintenance

Elevation: 6800 feet

Looking for 2 hosts for the 2023 season! Couples/Pairs preferred.  Individuals, families with children, and people who are still working/in their careers (e.g. working remotely) will still be considered. Hosts are permitted to have pets.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Maintenance and Construction volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Makayla Ogden
(970) 626-5822


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Naturalist

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.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Naturalist volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Makayla Ogden
(970) 626-5822


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Special Events & Booth Volunteer

This volunteer position would support Ridgway State Park presence at community outreach events to answer questions about Colorado Parks and Wildlife and build community relationships. 

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Special Events & Booth Volunteer volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Makayla Ogden
(970) 626-5822


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Special Projects

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.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Special Projects volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Makayla Ogden
(970) 626-5822


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Trail Work

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.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Trail Work volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Makayla Ogden
(970) 626-5822


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Visitor Services

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.

Responsibilities:

  • Answer phones
  • Assist visitors
  • Sell park passes
  • Retail sales
  • Restocking inventory
  • Other tasks as assigned

Elevation: 6800 feet

Looking for 2 hosts for the 2023 season! Couples/Pairs preferred.  Individuals, families with children, and people who are still working/in their careers (e.g. working remotely) will still be considered. Hosts are permitted to have pets.

 

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Visitor Services volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Makayla Ogden
(970) 626-5822


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

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).
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Bluebird Monitoring volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Matthew Schuler
(970) 625-1607


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Campground Host - Rifle Falls

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

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Campground Host - Rifle Falls volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Steven Stanton
(970) 625-0391


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Campground Host - Rifle Gap

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 greet visitors as they arrive, provide excellent customer service and upkeep of the restroom/shower facilities within each individual campground during their stay, and clean the campsite(s) after their departure.

Maintenance Hosts change trash bags, shuffle fleet vehicles for repairs, trim trees, clean campsites, plant flowers in the spring, maintain self serve kiosk, clean fish screens, welding projects etc.

Special Projects Volunteers provide public information, gate work, general maintenance and carpentry, trail building and maintenance, and non-commissioned patrol.

Visitor Center Attendants collect fees for camping and daily entrance fees, bookstore items, boat registrations, etc.

Site elevation: 6,000 ft

Stay tuned for 2023 host openings! In the meantime, feel free to apply and be put on a waiting list. Couples or individuals accepted, including those with children and pets. Maximum limit is 2 dogs or cats.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Campground Host - Rifle Gap volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Steven Stanton
(970) 625-0391


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Campground Host (Winter)

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

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Campground Host (Winter) volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Steven Stanton
(970) 625-0391


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Maintenance

Maintenance projects at Rifle Falls State Park
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Maintenance volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Matthew Schuler
(970) 625-1607


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Naturalist

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
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Naturalist volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Matthew Schuler
(970) 625-1607


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Special Projects

Opportunities may include: serving in the entrance gate, general maintenance and carpentry, trail building and maintenance, and volunteer patrol.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Special Projects volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Matthew Schuler
(970) 625-1607


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Trail Work

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.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Trail Work volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Matthew Schuler
(970) 625-1607


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Visitor Services

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.
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Apply below for the Visitor Services volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Matthew Schuler
(970) 625-1607


River Watch

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

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River Watch Monitors

River Watch is a statewide volunteer monitoring program that generates water quality data on rivers around the state and utilizes this high value data to educate individuals and inform decision makers about the condition of Colorado’s waters. Those who can participate include individual volunteers, teachers, school groups, and conservation organizations. Real People, Real Science, Real Purpose.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the River Watch Monitors volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Megan McConville
(303) 291-7323


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River Watch Program Assistance

River Watch is a program that provides equipment to schools and adult groups to monitor rivers in their community. This data is used in water management decisions. The program manages lots of equipment and data and needs assistance at CPW Denver Headquarters. We are looking for a one year commitment that equates to 3-4 hours per month to help process samples and manage inventory, equipment, and data. Work at CPW Denver Headquarters must be done on weekdays but can be flexible each month as long as consistent. No experience necessary, and all training will be provided. Additionally, we manage data from macroinvertebrate analysis to chemical data and routinely update reports summarizing the data by watershed. We are looking for volunteers able to work remotely 5-10 hours per month on data analysis, report writing and website updates (wordpress). Basic microsoft excel experience preferred, all other training will be provided. Please sign up, and then email Megan McConville to take the next step to volunteer. Thank you.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the River Watch Program Assistance volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Megan McConville
(303) 291-7323


Roxborough State Park

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

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Park Maintenance

Come protect our natural and cultural resources by helping maintain the facilities and grounds. Trail Team constructing and maintaining trails, Weed Warriors pulling noxious invasive weeds, native plant garden maintenance and upkeep, and facilities maintenance are all available opportunities!

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Park Maintenance volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Aelin Logue - Staff
(303) 973-3959


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Visitor Services

Welcome visitors entering the park and at the Visitor Center, while providing information and selling passes and merchandise. Answer phone calls at the Visitor Center and give trail condition updates and recommendations. Be a friendly face providing customer service and education for the park. Both Entrance Station Attendant and Visitor Center Attendant are available opportunities!

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Visitor Services volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Aelin Logue - Staff
(303) 973-3959


Salida (Area 13)

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Salida (Area 13). Volunteer today!

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Area 13 Volunteer Host

At 7,000 feet in elevation, Salida is a small mountain town of 5,300 people and is known for arts and outdoor activities. Chaffee County is home to more mountains over 14,000 feet in elevation than any other county in Colorado.

The Area 13 (Salida) maintenance office is located along the Arkansas River and lies between the Sawatch and Sangre de Cristo Mountain Ranges. The maintenance office is also on the same property as the Mt. Shavano Fish Hatchery, one of the largest hatcheries in the state, produces approximately 550,000 catchable (10 inch) trout and 1-2 million sub-catchable fish (2-5 inches) per year.

Responsibilities:

Support the local wildlife technician with important irrigation work to manage water and improve wildlife habitat.

  • Change irrigation tarps 2-4 times per day (daily)
  • Walk irrigation ditches to monitor and maintain
  • Check and adjust headgates as needed (twice a week)
  • Clean out obstructions and plugs when they exist

Qualifications: 

  • Ability to lift/pull 30-50 pounds regularly
  • Ability to walk ~1 mile per day in irrigation boots
  • Ability to bend and twist
  • A fair amount of walking and physical exercise is required.

Looking for 1 host (solo or a pair) for the 2023 summer season! Start date is as soon as possible through Labor Day.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Area 13 Volunteer Host volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Kail Glenn
(719) 530-5534


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Area Assistance

Assist Salida area staff on habitat improvements, fencing and construction projects, adopt-a-trail ambassadors, invasive species removal, irrigation and planting projects.
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Apply below for the Area Assistance volunteer role.


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Bluebird Monitoring

For those with an interest and familiarity of birds, volunteers will adopt local nest boxes throughout the Upper Arkansas River Valley to monitor Bluebird house/nesting sites.

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Apply below for the Bluebird Monitoring volunteer role.


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Chaffee County Shooting Range Ambassador

Volunteer help is needed to do regular maintenance projects such as picking up trash, changing out targets, and cleaning restrooms, once or twice per month.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Chaffee County Shooting Range Ambassador volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Kail Glenn
(719) 530-5534


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Irrigation Ditch Maintenance

Maintain ditches, irrigate fields, clear obstructions. A fair amount of walking and physical exercise is required.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Irrigation Ditch Maintenance volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Kail Glenn
(719) 530-5534


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Trail Ambassador - Frantz Lake SWA

Volunteers adopt a section of trail to trim trees, mow and weed eat, pick up trash, and other general maintenance. Also maintain signage.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Trail Ambassador - Frantz Lake SWA volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Kail Glenn
(719) 530-5534


Southeast Region Aquatic Programs

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Aquatic Programs - SE Region. Volunteer today!

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Aquatic Program Assistance

Assist biologists with miscellaneous aquatic projects including inventories, electro shocking, gillnetting, walleye spawn, and other projects around the southeast region.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Aquatic Program Assistance volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Jeanette Lara
(719) 227-5204


Southeast Region Outreach

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Southeast Region Outreach. Volunteer today!

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Angler Outreach

Volunteers are needed to assist with fishing events throughout SE Colorado, including Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Lamar and Salida. Assist with school groups, large events for all ages, and fishing derbys. We have an annual need for assembling, fixing, and rigging fishing poles and other equipment maintenance. Must have good people skills with the ability to represent the agency in a professional manner.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Angler Outreach volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Tracy Predmore
(719) 227-5207


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Education Program Assistance

Assist with School programs, general education programs for the public, and other education equipment maintenance support. Must have good public speaking skills. Must be comfortable teaching all ages, including young children.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Education Program Assistance volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Tracy Predmore
(719) 227-5207


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Festival Ambassador

CPW Festival Ambassadors assist with tables, booths, and other community outreach events. Topics and themes vary, such as bighorn sheep, birding festivals, utilizing skins and skulls, trivia wheel, and other engagement tools. Events may occur on State Properties or at other community venues. Must have great people skills with the ability to represent the agency in a professional manner.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Festival Ambassador volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Jeanette Lara
(719) 227-5204


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Field Archery Instructor

The CPW archery program teaches international-style target archery to members of the public using steps that are safe and encourage success. Volunteer archery instructors teach events and class participants, both youth and adults, archery using CPW established curriculum. Archery events for CPW include structured classes, school programs, and large scale, free-flowing events where participants are only engaged for a few minutes. Volunteer instructors usually work as a team with other instructors.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Field Archery Instructor volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Tracy Predmore
(719) 227-5207


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NASP Archery Instructor

Volunteer archery instructors teach students archery using the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) curriculum. This utilizes international-style target archery, focusing on steps that are safe and encourage success. Archery events for CPW include structured classes within the schools or school programs at other locations. Volunteer instructors usually serve as a team with other instructors.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the NASP Archery Instructor volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Tracy Predmore
(719) 227-5207


Southwest Region Aquatic Programs

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Aquatic Programs - SW Region. Volunteer today!

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Spawning Operations Area 15

Volunteers assist with CPW's kokanee salmon spawning operations in Durango and Dolores. The work is 'light duty' in nature- assisting with gathering fish, washing eggs, and counting the number of kokanee spawns. Those assisting should bring a sack lunch, water, sunscreen, & warm clothes (including rain gear, hat, gloves, etc.). Volunteers will need to provide their own transportation. The crew usually gets started around 10 am and finish around 2 pm (with travel, Dolores tends to be 9 am to about 4 pm from Durango). For Dolores spawning operation the group will meet in Durango at 9 am at the Area Service Center located at 151 E. 16th Street (the Fish Hatchery just North of Main Street Bridge). Typically 3-4 volunteers are needed per day. For Lake Nighthorse the group will meet at the Durango Area Service Center at 9:30 am or at the entrance gate located 1.7 miles on CR 210 at about 9:45 am. Typically 3-4 volunteers per day are needed.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Spawning Operations Area 15 volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Catherine Brons
(970) 880-0627


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Spawning Operations Area 16

Support aquatic biology staff within the Gunnison area - most often assistance with kokanee spawning operations in the raceways at Roaring Judy Hatchery. On the spot training; no experience required. Waders, a rain jacket, and gloves will be provided if needed.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Spawning Operations Area 16 volunteer role.


Southwest Region Outreach

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Southwest Region Outreach. Volunteer today!

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Education Program Assistance

Support CPW Staff and the Outdoor Understanding for Teachers (OUT) professional development program in the Southwest Region. Volunteers may assist in leading a variety of CPW education/outreach programs for teachers and/or students during the school year. Programs may include school field trips, academic programs, interpretive programs, and/or outdoor skill programs (such as archery and fishing). Year-round support may include educational or logistical assistance at teacher trainings and/or community outreach events.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Education Program Assistance volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Catherine Brons
(970) 880-0627


St. Vrain State Park

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

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Special Projects

Special Projects. Annual Events. Assist with Interpretation/Education.
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Apply below for the Special Projects volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Sean Dunlavy
(303) 485-0186


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Visitor Services

Volunteer will help in managing the park by offering administrative, resource management and customer service to visitors of the park.
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Apply below for the Visitor Services volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Goldman
(303) 678-9402


Stagecoach State Park

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

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Campground Host

Stagecoach State Park is a hidden gem in the Yampa Valley only 20 minutes South of Steamboat Springs and 10 minutes West of Oak Creek. Our staff is a great team that is easy to work with and there are plenty of opportunities to learn and participate in other areas of the park including, but not limited to, education, boating and wildlife viewing. All volunteer host applicants should have good customer service and people skills, general clerical skills, and general RV and camping knowledge. Park staff will provide training on specific duties and policies as needed. Hosts are responsible to walk their loop twice per day when on duty. Responsibilities include: greeting guests, providing information or offering other assistance to park visitors, and validating reservations. Hosts will clean campsites after they are vacated and perform basic landscaping duties. Hosts will also report incidents or situations requiring ranger attention to on duty law enforcement staff as needed. All maintenance issues will be reported in writing to the park resource technician. Hosts will also advertise, maintain a change fund, keep records of and sell firewood to campers on behalf of the Stagecoach Friends Group. Campground hosts will, under direction from the park resource technician, maintain the Day Use Area closest to their site to include collecting trash, cleaning fire grills, trail maintenance, mowing and weed control as required.

Amenities: Full hookup, water, sewage, electric (50 amp), computer and internet access at the office.

Site elevation: 7,250 ft.

Couples with children are considered, and hosts are permitted to bring pets.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Campground Host volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Kelsey Kehm
(970) 736-2436


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Customer Service Assistance

Revenue and customer service volunteers will serve three, 8-hour shifts per week at the Park Office or Park Entrance Station. Responsibilities include: answering phones; greeting and assisting park visitors with park and local area information as well as campsite reservations; selling parks passes, camping permits, registrations, and wildlife licenses; balancing shift boxes as needed; counting self serve revenue; monitoring radio communications; serving at the Park Office information desk; assisting with word processing and data entry on computers; filing and other clerical tasks as needed; design and prepare displays for bulletin boards; marketing and advertising park programs; assisting with writing and editing brochures, fact sheets, and manuals; producing artwork or graphic designs for publications, signs or flyers and assisting with special events as needed.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Customer Service Assistance volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Kelsey Kehm
(970) 736-2436


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Friends of Stagecoach State Park

The Friends of Stagecoach State Park support conservation, encourage environmental education, and enhance recreation.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Friends of Stagecoach State Park volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Craig Preston
(970) 736-2436


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Maintenance and Construction

Park Maintenance, Construction and Weed Control volunteers perform the following tasks: Oversee the environmental weed control program, spray trails and picnic pads, repair and construct fences, groom the winter cross-country trails, trail maintenance, cleanup park grounds and facilities, complete special or seasonal maintenance tasks as needed. (For example: boat dock repair), carpentry, remodeling or other construction projects, provide landscape design expertise, make park information signs, assist with minor vehicle/boat/equipment repairs and maintenance.

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Apply below for the Maintenance and Construction volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Kelsey Kehm
(970) 736-2436


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Resident Volunteer

Maintenance: assist campground hosts completing their responsibilities and fill in, in the event of a host departure or unavailability. Under direction from the park resource technician, perform maintenance such as weed control, tree, and trail maintenance projects in designated areas of the park. You may also assist with other maintenance and landscaping projects which may include, but are not limited to; painting fences and buildings, erecting new park signage, maintaining park tools and machinery, washing vehicles and cleaning bathrooms. Entrance Gate: serve three, eight hour shifts per week at the Park Office or Park Entrance Station. Responsibilities include: answering phones; greeting and assisting park visitors with park and local area information as well as campsite reservations; selling parks passes, camping permits, registrations, and wildlife licenses; balancing shift boxes as needed; counting self serve revenue; monitoring radio communications; serving at the Park Office information desk; assisting with word processing and data entry on computers; filing and other clerical tasks as needed; design and prepare displays for bulletin boards; marketing and advertising park programs; assisting with writing and editing brochures, fact sheets, and manuals; producing artwork or graphic designs for publications, signs or flyers and assisting with special events as needed. Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS): inspect for invasive Zebra/Quagga Mussels, Milfoil or other plant 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. Serve at the park ANS 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 duties as assigned. Invasive Weed Removal: oversee the environmental weed control program, spray trails and picnic pads, repair and construct fence, trail maintenance, cleanup park grounds and facilities, complete special or seasonal maintenance tasks as needed. Weed removal may require killing weeds by several types of methods, such as wearing a backpack and using chemical spray or physically removing them by hand. Trailer size limitation: 40 ft Amenities Available: Vary by site. Include Water, Sewage, Electric (30 and 50 amp). Wi-Fi available at the Gate/Park/Office/Marina. Very limited cell service.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Resident Volunteer volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Kelsey Kehm
(970) 736-2436


State Forest State Park

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

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Entrance Gate Attendant

Assist the park's Visitor Services Section by serving in the entrance station(s), selling passes and permits, dispensing information, and answering questions.
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Apply below for the Entrance Gate Attendant volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Tony Johnson
(970) 723-8366


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Special Projects

Write and develop outdoor interpretive signs for self-guiding trails or roadside exhibits. Recruit other volunteers. Photograph or video park programs, special events, visitors, or resources. Assist in planning volunteer recognition or social events. Train other volunteers. Provide equipment, donated funds, or expertise on special projects. Design and create puppets, historical costumes, and more.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Special Projects volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Tony Johnson
(970) 723-8366


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Trail Work

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.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Trail Work volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Tony Johnson
(970) 723-8366


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Vacation Volunteer Host

  • Come volunteer for a weekend in exchange for a free campsite at State Forest State Park! As a 'Vacation Volunteer', you'll have the opportunity to give back to your favorite parks and spend time recreating (even if all reservations are full). Help keep State Forest beautiful by cleaning and restocking restrooms in exchange for a free, full hook-up stay. This is a new volunteer opportunity occurring only in specified parks/locations. Help us pilot this new program! Anyone is welcome to apply (individuals, couples, families, or friends). Upon your arrival, we will provide keys, a broom, a pressure washer, toilet paper, and a checklist, along with instructions and directions to your assigned restrooms. When you’re complete each day (in 2-3 hours), return and check out with the seasonal ranger. Then go play!
  • If observed that the work wasn’t completed according to expectations, park staff reserve the right to ask you to leave the provided site.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Vacation Volunteer Host volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Tony Johnson
(970) 723-8366


Statewide Trails Program

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Statewide Trails Program. Volunteer today!

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Land & Water Conservation Fund Project Inspectors

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a federal program that was created in 1965 to support the nation’s public outdoor recreation areas. In order to receive federal funding, sponsors must agree that the project site will be maintained for public outdoor recreation in perpetuity, and must comply with site inspections at least once every five years. Volunteers assist with these inspections, which require driving to project sites, walking, hiking, or biking the encumbered area, completion of forms and photography of the area.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Land & Water Conservation Fund Project Inspectors volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Chrystal Read
(303) 791-1957


Staunton State Park

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

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Angler Outreach

Assist anglers with their fishing skills. Clinics are offered multiple times a year, and sometime specifically requested by groups coming to the park.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Angler Outreach volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Dale Specht
(303) 816-5183


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Archery

Assist archers with their bow skills. Clinics are offered multiple times a year, and sometime specifically requested by groups coming to the park.



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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Climbing Volunteers volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Zach Taylor
(303) 816-5180


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Friends of Staunton State Park

Friends of Staunton support fundraising and special projects for the state park.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Friends of Staunton State Park volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Zach Taylor
(303) 816-5180


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Mountain Bike Team

Trail host, assist visitors, report trail conditions, and be a good example on the trails! Essential Duties & Responsibilities • Riding trails / Trail hosting • On-Trail bike mechanical assistance • Inform visitors of Park rules • Report visitor / trail issues • Minor trail maintenance / repair • Trail condition reporting (All Seasons) • Trail etiquette & safety education • Other duties specifically around coordination of special events, or as assigned • Ability to provide minor first aid (or CPR) is NOT required, but desired Requirements • Ability to ride mountain bike on Park multi-use trails for 2-5 hours • Eagerness to assist and interact with park visitors! • Must be dependable and punctual • Be courteous & personable when dealing with Park visitors • Follow Park rules and represent the Park and CPW in a professional manner • Complete initial and recurring State Park volunteer training sessions • Wear CPW volunteer patch and nametag when volunteering • Ability to ride fat bikes (4”+ wide tires) when trails experience winter conditions is not required but desired Training & Supervision • General volunteer orientation and ride with team leader / group Evaluation • All State Park volunteers must complete a background check before volunteering

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Mountain Bike Team volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Dale Specht
(303) 816-5183


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Special Projects

This category includes all volunteer tasks not listed in another category, including assisting with maintenance tasks, our chipping team, assisting with landscaping, working with our parking team on busy weekends, and trail hosting.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Special Projects volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Dale Specht
(303) 816-5183


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Track Chair Program

Colorado Parks and Wildlife values the right of every visitor to experience our state's natural beauty. To provide this opportunity to the disabled community, Staunton State Park offers the use of the Action Track Chair, which allows visitors to explore designated trails in the park. The chair allows access to gorgeous park features, including high grassy meadows, a wide variety of fauna, geological and water features and spectacular views of Pikes Peak, Lions Head & Mount Rosalie. As a volunteer your responsibilities will be to hike alongside Track Chair participants and insure they have a safe and educational trip! Trainings usually occur in late spring, and trips run end of May through November on Fridays-Sundays. Please contact us for more information.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Track Chair Program volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Track Chair Program Manager
(303) 816-5182


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Visitor Services

As a Visitor Services Technician, you will help staff the Visitor Center at Staunton State Park. You will greet visitors, answer questions and provide maps. It also includes selling annual and day park passes, retail items and OHV/Boat/Snowmobile registrations. Our Visitor Center/Entrance Window are combined in our new Visitor Center that opened in May of 2019. It is the hub of the park, and the staff who work it are critical! We try to staff the Visitor Center 8-4 Friday-Monday through the winter, but if we get enough volunteers we will keep it open every day of the week. During the summer we still need help on days we are low on staff.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Visitor Services volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Dale Specht
(303) 816-5183


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Weed Management

Help rid the park of invasive weeds! Please never pull weeds on your own without permission from park staff. This group hosts work days to work on specific areas within the park.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Weed Management volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Dale Specht
(303) 816-5183


Steamboat and Pearl Lake State Parks

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Steamboat and Pearl Lake State Parks. Volunteer today!

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Bluebird Monitoring

Monitor bluebird populations in our bird houses on the State Park property. Record data. Clean boxes when needed.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Bluebird Monitoring volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Julie Arington
(970) 879-3922


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Special Projects

Some special projects may include but are not limited to: Writing and developing outdoor interpretive signs for self-guiding trails or roadside exhibits. Recruiting other volunteers. Photographing or video taping park programs, special events, visitors, or resources. Assisting in planning volunteer recognition or social events. Training other volunteers. Providing equipment, donated funds, or expertise on special projects. Designing and creating puppets, historical costumes, and more.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Special Projects volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Julie Arington
(970) 879-3922


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Trail Grooming

The Steamboat Lake Snow club grooms the 150 miles of snowmobile trails and 15 KM of ski trail in the park, all of the members are volunteers. You must be a member of the Steamboat Lake Snow Club to join this volunteer group.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Trail Grooming volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Julie Arington
(970) 879-3922


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Visitor Services

Visitor Center/Office Support volunteer responsibilities may include but are not limited to: Answering phones, word processing and data entry on the computer; file; or perform other clerical tasks. Fundraise and write grant proposals. Provide computer training; trouble-shooting or computer program design. Staff a visitor center information desk or sales outlet. Design and prepare bulletin boards. Market and advertise park programs. Write and edit newsletters, brochures, fact sheets, and manuals. Produce artwork or graphic design for publications, signs, flyers, or exhibits. Train staff or volunteers in desktop publishing software and techniques etc.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Visitor Services volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Cecilia Garza
(970) 879-3922


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Winter Wildlife Monitor

Volunteers have the opportunity to document wildlife activity by photographing wildlife, their tracks and assisting with the trail camera program. Most observations will be documented through iNaturalist, a smartphone application that parks staff will train volunteers to use.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Winter Wildlife Monitor volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Julie Arington
(970) 879-3922


Steamboat Springs (Area 10)

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Steamboat Springs (Area 10). Volunteer today!

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Area Assistance

Provide general assistance to staff in the Steamboat Springs area. Projects may include game animal hazing, fence work, habitat work, and more.
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Shooting Range Maintenance - Hayden Range

Volunteers needed to help keep range clean of trash and debris. Assistance with range maintenance and enhancement efforts when available.
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Shooting Range Maintenance - Herold Range/Yampa

1-3 volunteers needed to help keep range clean of trash and debris. Assistance with range maintenance and enhancement efforts when available.
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Apply below for the Shooting Range Maintenance - Herold Range/Yampa volunteer role.


Sweitzer Lake State Park

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

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Special Projects

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. Train other volunteers. Provide equipment, donated funds, or expertise on special projects. Design and create puppets, historical costumes, and more.
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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Special Projects volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Scott Rist
(970) 921-5721


Sylvan Lake State Park

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

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Maintenance

Assist staff with cabin and toliet cleaning, light maintenance of buildings, grounds and equipment.

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Ready to get involved?

Apply below for the Maintenance volunteer role.

Questions? Contact Abbe Batten