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

Opportunities are available at state parks, state wildlife areas, fish hatcheries, offices, and with educational programs, and may vary by season and by region.

 

Volunteers are eligible to receive a one-year State Park Pass after completing and recording 48 hours of service within a consecutive 12-month period. You must be in good standing and have signed a Volunteer Agreement and Waiver.

Aquatic Programs - NW Region

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

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Aquatic Program Assistance


Description:
Assist with aquatic-related projects, such as willow planting, fish screens, fish shocking, stream enhancement projects, etc.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Assist aquatic staff with various projects.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Lori Martin: lori.martin@state.co.us, (970) 255-6186 or apply online to become a volunteer.

Aquatic Programs - SE Region

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


Description:
Assist biologists with miscellaneous aquatic projects including inventories, electro shocking, gillnetting, walleye spawn, and other projects around the southeast region.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Help support healthy waterways and sustainable fish populations

Ready to get involved?

Contact Jeanette Lara: jeanette.lara@state.co.us, (719) 227-5204 or apply online to become a volunteer.

Aquatic Programs - SW Region

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


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Assist CPW staff with at least 1 full day of spawning operations in October/November. 4-7 hour day.
Volunteer Benefits:
Support aquatic biology field work, opportunities to work with CPW staff/other volunteers

Ready to get involved?

Contact Catherine Brons: catherine.brons@state.co.us, (970) 375-6709 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Spawning Operations Area 16


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Most dates available in October; some in November. Full daily shift.
Volunteer Benefits:
Gain experience in aquatic biology work while supporting CPW fisheries conservation efforts.

Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

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


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Weekly monitoring with a seasonal committment of March-August.
Volunteer Benefits:
Enjoy a special connection with wildlife in the park.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Jennifer Crawford: Jennifer.R.Crawford@state.co.us, (719) 539-7289 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Boat Ambassador


Description:
Our ramp hosts play the important role of keeping the boat ramps functioning smoothly on busy summer days. AHRA has 31 boat ramps providing easy access to the river for hundreds of thousands of boaters every year. These ramps can get busy with commercial and private users backing in trailers, loading and unloading boats, gathering passengers, and launching. Boat Ramp Ambassadors help to ensure boaters use the limited space safely, effectively, and quickly. Primary locations are Ruby Mountain, Hecla Junction, and Salida East boat ramps. Volunteer Responsibilities: Provide high-quality customer service to all visitors. Answer basic informational questions about the park, area, and recreational opportunities. Limit ramp use to 15 minutes per vehicle. Ensure vehicles park in a space-efficient manner. Encourage visitors to be cautious on the ramp near backing vehicles. Inform Rangers of any issues that arise outside of the Ambassador duties/capabilities. Serve as an ambassador for CPW's mission and programs. Understand the commitments, responsibilities, and assignments before accepting them and fulfill them to the best of your abilities. Be honest and open with staff regarding your intent, goals, needs, and skills so that a good placement is possible. While volunteering, stay within the duties of the project assignment and accept supervision. Observe all policies and safety procedures set forth by CPW staff. Be prompt and reliable in reporting for service. Notify your staff contact as soon as possible if you are unable to fulfill your scheduled shift(s). Wear your volunteer uniform in an appropriate and professional manner for the position assigned. Keep an accurate record of the hours you worked on a project and report those hours in a timely manner directly in your online volunteer account or to CPW staff.  Preference is given to returning Ambassadors in good standing. Qualifications: Must be able to provide professional, welcoming customer service. Most of this position is interacting with customers. A passion for outdoor recreation and nature will help host connect with customers Self-motivated, able to self manage. Good, proactive communication skills.  Training, and Preparation: Volunteer and staff training days occur early-mid May to learn about park information and operations. In-person and in-field training is provided by park staff. Training and growth as a host is continuous throughout the season and over the years, staff are always willing to help Ambassadors continue growth.  Additional information: Ambassadors will use their personal vehicle to report directly to the work location/boat ramp Ambassadors are provided with any tools/equipment needed to do their volunteer role (reflective vest, uniform shirt, uniform hat, vest, nametag).  Must be willing to undergo a background check.
Time Commitment:
Flexible, but coverage needed during busy days and times, typically weekends and holidays midday.
Volunteer Benefits:
Provide safe recreation opportunities while interacting with visitors. Facilitate meaningful and memorable boating experiences for thousands of visitors. Support AHRA staff. Team building activities. Teamwork, friendship, and a sense of community. Training and networking opportunities.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Jeff Hammond: jeffrey.hammond@state.co.us, (719) 539-7289 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Campground Host


Description:
The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) is a 152-mile-long recreation area that runs between Leadville and Lake Pueblo State Park along the Arkansas River and is surrounded by 13,000-14,000 foot peaks. The park has eight campgrounds, with volunteer campground hosting opportunities available at Five Points, Vallie Bridge, Rincon, Point Barr, Salida East, Ruby Mountain, Hecla Junction, and Railroad Bridge. AHRA campgrounds are primitive: there is no electricity, water, or trash pickup. The host's camping units must be self-sufficient. The main recreational activities are commercial and private whitewater rafting and kayaking, hiking, biking, and fishing. Volunteer responsibilities include: assisting staff with fee collection, reservations, public information, and light maintenance of campground and restrooms.
Time Commitment:
20 hours per week, Memorial Day through Labor Day
Volunteer Benefits:
Reside onsite, share your knowledge and love of the park with visitors

Ready to get involved?

Contact Jeff Hammond: jeffrey.hammond@state.co.us, (719) 539-7289 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Citizen Task Force (CTF) Delegate


Description:
By agency appointment only! Applications are accepted in April/May on an annual basis. Volunteers sit on a 16-member board made up of eight different user groups. Board is a recommending body to AHRA on a variety of issues involving land use, water, recreation, and commercial outfitting. See this website for more information: http://bit.ly/AHRACTF.
Time Commitment:
2.5 hour meetings, 4-5 times a year
Volunteer Benefits:
Stay in-the-know on Park projects, and provide insight on how those projects might affect user groups.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Jennifer Crawford: Jennifer.R.Crawford@state.co.us, (719) 539-7289 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Maintenance and Trail Work


Description:
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. Trail support: Assist with regular trail maintenance of OHV track trails for grooming purposes, tractor skills are required. Additional support with crew members or crew leaders on trail construction, renovation, and maintenance as needed. Design or install trail signage.
Time Commitment:
1-2 hours depending on project needs
Volunteer Benefits:
Give back to the park.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Jennifer Crawford: Jennifer.R.Crawford@state.co.us, (719) 539-7289 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Naturalist


Description:
Present park interpretive programs: 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.
Time Commitment:
Flexible
Volunteer Benefits:
Educate new and future recreators on how to care for our public lands, and share your love of the many resources found within.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Jennifer Crawford: Jennifer.R.Crawford@state.co.us, (719) 539-7289 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Special Projects


Description:
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. Provide equipment or expertise on special projects. Design and create puppets, historical costumes, and more.
Time Commitment:
Varies
Volunteer Benefits:
Use your skills, talents, and hobbies to better your State Park.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Jennifer Crawford: Jennifer.R.Crawford@state.co.us, (719) 539-7289 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Visitor Services - Poncha Springs


Description:
Volunteers assist with various duties at the Poncha Springs Visitor center in partnership with AHRA.
Time Commitment:
Varies
Volunteer Benefits:
Support the local area by helping visitors at the Crossroads of the Rockies.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Jennifer Crawford: Jennifer.R.Crawford@state.co.us, (719) 539-7289 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Regular commitment for scheduling purposes
Volunteer Benefits:
Feel great about helping keep Colorado's waters clean! Allows you to get outside and chat with boaters about anything ranging from boat operation to the best fishing spots! Learn a lot about boats! Learn all about aquatic nuisance species!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Brian Phillips: brian.phillips@state.co.us, (303) 655-1495 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Archery Program Assistance


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Varies
Volunteer Benefits:
Teach archery shooting and safety and help maintain the range for future shooters!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Michelle Seubert: michelle.seubert@state.co.us, (303) 659-6005 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Entrance Gate Attendant


Description:
Greet guests at gate, provide information, and collect money for passes.
Time Commitment:
Scheduled 4 hour shifts
Volunteer Benefits:
Work closely with the public visiting the park as well as staff at the park!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Michelle Seubert: michelle.seubert@state.co.us, (303) 659-6005 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Friends of Barr Lake State Park


Description:
Help with mailings, attend meetings, and help spearhead friends activites.
Time Commitment:
Annual committment to be on the board, attend monthly meetings, and other time as needed to assist with fundraising, events, and projects.
Volunteer Benefits:
Help support Barr Lake

Ready to get involved?

Contact Michelle Seubert: michelle.seubert@state.co.us, (303) 659-6005 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Leave No Trace


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Ongoing
Volunteer Benefits:
Helping people understand the importance of Leave No Trace

Ready to get involved?

Contact Michelle Seubert: michelle.seubert@state.co.us, (303) 659-6005 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Maintenance


Description:
Assist with construction projects, plumbing, minor electrical work, snow plow, mowing, tractor operation, cleaning restrooms, landscaping and other maintenance projects.
Time Commitment:
Varies
Volunteer Benefits:
Help keep Barr Lake safe and everything in working order!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Justin Hansen: justin.hansen@state.co.us, (303) 655-1495 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Naturalist


Description:
Facilitate naturalist programs and information, such as for school programs, displays, website/brochures, roving interpretation along the trail, and more.
Time Commitment:
Varies
Volunteer Benefits:
Enjoy teaching guests about the wildlife and the habitat.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Michelle Seubert: michelle.seubert@state.co.us, (303) 659-6005 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Resident Volunteer


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
20 hours per week
Volunteer Benefits:
Live on site in exchange for volunteer service!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Michelle Seubert: michelle.seubert@state.co.us, (303) 659-6005 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Retiree Program


Description:
Engaging State Park retirees to remain connected!
Time Commitment:
Varies
Volunteer Benefits:
Stay engaged with the agency!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Michelle Seubert: michelle.seubert@state.co.us, (303) 659-6005 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Special Events and Projects


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Varies
Volunteer Benefits:
Try out multiple volunteer opportunities!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Michelle Seubert: michelle.seubert@state.co.us, (303) 659-6005 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Trail Ambassador


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Varies
Volunteer Benefits:
Get outdoors and chat with park visitors!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Michelle Seubert: michelle.seubert@state.co.us, (303) 659-6005 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Trail Ambassador - Mounted


Description:
Bring your horse out to patrol park trails, give out information, note maintenace issues, and be the eyes and ears of the park.
Time Commitment:
Varies
Volunteer Benefits:
Meet people, work with staff and enjoy the park!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Michelle Seubert: michelle.seubert@state.co.us, (303) 659-6005 or apply online to become a volunteer.

Boyd Lake State Park

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

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Resident Volunteer


Description:
Support staff at this amazing state park by serving at the entrance gate and selling passes, providing information about the park, offering office support, and more! A campsite is provided for the summer in exchange for working a certain number of hours (as agreed upon by the Park Manager and Resident volunteer supervisor). Volunteers will be working with money, computer systems, and interacting with the public, so a background check will be required.
Time Commitment:
1-9 months
Volunteer Benefits:
Full hook up camp site in exchange for hosting at Boyd Lake.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Derek Holden: derek.holden@state.co.us, (970) 883-2208 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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


Description:
Located on the eastern plains, Jumbo Reservoir State Wildlife Area is seeking a Campground Host/couple for the 2021 Season. Located between the towns of Crook and Sedgwick, Jumbo Reservoir State Wildlife Area is host to a wide range of outdoor natural recreation opportunities including fishing, boating, bird watching, waterskiing, hunting, hiking, nature photography, and much more. Jumbo Reservoir SWA is a 1703-acre property with approximately 100 designated primitive campsites spread out over 4 campgrounds, 1578 water acres are home to one of the best walleye fisheries in the state as well as an excellent place to catch crappie, bluegill, perch, and catfish. Jumbo SWA has one boat ramp, 5 vault toilets, multiple picnic sites, and several shade shelters for our visitors to use. Our hosts assist campers, maintain the campsites, clean the bathrooms, spray weeds as needed, pick up trash as needed, and mow parking areas on the property. Hosts may also help in other sections of the property depending on their skills and interests. Hosts are required to serve a minimum of 10-20 hours per week and are required to serve on weekends and holidays as needed. Each host/pair will receive 2 consecutive days off per week. In return, all hosts/pairs will receive a designated campsite with sewer and power. Potable water is available at another location and a vehicle with a tank will be provided to transport the water to the campsite. Preferred applicants have the ability to operate riding lawnmowers and weed whips, ability to use handheld and ATV mounted sprayers, and a clean driving record. Total Hosts Needed: 1 host or pair over the summer Trailer Size Limitations: None Hosts expected to clean restrooms? Yes, we have a hot water power washer to aid in cleaning as well as a vehicle to aid in maintenance on the property Amenities available: Water, sewage, electric (30 and 50 amp), cell service
Time Commitment:
Minimum of 10-20 hours per week and are required to serve on weekends and holidays as needed. Approximately May 1 - Sep 15, 2021. Prefer the entire 2021 Summer Season, but offer some flexibility.

Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

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


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
As Needed; event specific
Volunteer Benefits:
Interact with event participants, staff, and other volunteers while capturing historical data at CSEC.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Vallerie Kunz: vallerie.kunz@state.co.us, (970) 464-1339 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Construction and Fabrication


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Varies
Volunteer Benefits:
Utilize volunteers' skills and expertise at CSEC.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Vallerie Kunz: vallerie.kunz@state.co.us, (970) 464-1339 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Customer Service Assistance


Description:
Assist with customer service at the Cameo range office.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Interact with customers, meet people and share knowledge of the facility.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Vallerie Kunz: vallerie.kunz@state.co.us, (970) 464-1339 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Education Program Assistance


Description:
Provide or support scheduled educational activities at the Cameo facility. Volunteers lead classes for the public, such as reloading, gun cleaning, fly tying, and more.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Share with your expertise and knowledge with others.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Vallerie Kunz: vallerie.kunz@state.co.us, (970) 464-1339 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Event Support


Description:
Provide support in any capacity for scheduled events being held at the Cameo facility.
Time Commitment:
Specific to each event
Volunteer Benefits:
Opportunity to be involved in different shooting competitiions and expand your knowledge about different events offered at CSEC.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Vallerie Kunz: vallerie.kunz@state.co.us, (970) 464-1339 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Maintenance


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Ongoing
Volunteer Benefits:
Utilize volunteers' skills and expertise at CSEC.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Vallerie Kunz: vallerie.kunz@state.co.us, (970) 464-1339 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Range Ambassador


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Ongoing
Volunteer Benefits:
Share your public relations skills, story telling abilities and knowledge of CSEC with guests and visitors.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Vallerie Kunz: vallerie.kunz@state.co.us, (970) 464-1339 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Training Coordinator


Description:
Provide or support scheduled training events at the Cameo facility. Provide training through their expertise and knowledge to other volunteers. Assist with range ambassador classes, Range Safety Officer (RSO) classes, first aid/CPR, lab radar/chronograph, sporting clays orientation.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Share your expertise and knowledge with other volunteers to assist them with becoming subject matter experts in differing areas of range operations.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Vallerie Kunz: vallerie.kunz@state.co.us, (970) 464-1339 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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


Description:
For those with an interest and familiarity of birds, volunteers will monitor Bluebird house/nesting sites located around the park.
Time Commitment:
2 hours per week, April through August

Ready to get involved?

Contact Rachel Courtright: rachel.courtright@state.co.us, (303) 688-5242 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Campground Host


Description:
Castlewood Canyon is a quiet park located just east of Castle Rock, CO. Centered around Cherry Creek, the canyon has a diversity of natural resources that astound most who visit. With a visitor center, picnic areas, and fourteen miles of trails, the park is a hidden treasure for those who love nature. This park is a day-use park, operating from sunrise to sunset, so hours vary with the change of the season. We are currently building an RV site with a tentative completion date of Summer 2022.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Rachel Courtright: rachel.courtright@state.co.us, (303) 688-5242 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Climbing Committee


Description:
Castlewood Canyon Climbing Committee
Time Commitment:
Varies

Ready to get involved?

Contact Rachel Courtright: rachel.courtright@state.co.us, (303) 688-5242 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Friends of Castlewood Canyon State Park


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Annual committment to be on the board, attend monthly meetings, and other time as needed to assist with fundraising, events, and projects.
Volunteer Benefits:
Help support Castlewood Canyon State Park!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Rachel Courtright: rachel.courtright@state.co.us, (303) 688-5242 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Leave No Trace


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Ongoing
Volunteer Benefits:
Helping people understand the importance of Leave No Trace

Ready to get involved?

Contact Rachel Courtright: rachel.courtright@state.co.us, (303) 688-5242 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Maintenance and Construction


Description:
Assist with contruction and maintenance projects at Castlewood Canyon State Park.
Time Commitment:
Varies

Ready to get involved?

Contact Rachel Courtright: rachel.courtright@state.co.us, (303) 688-5242 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Naturalist


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Varies

Ready to get involved?

Contact Rachel Courtright: rachel.courtright@state.co.us, (303) 688-5242 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Special Projects


Description:
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!
Time Commitment:
Varies

Ready to get involved?

Contact Rachel Courtright: rachel.courtright@state.co.us, (303) 688-5242 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Trail Ambassador


Description:
*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.
Time Commitment:
Varies

Ready to get involved?

Contact Rachel Courtright: rachel.courtright@state.co.us, (303) 688-5242 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Trail Work


Description:
Assist park staff with creating, restoring, and maintaining trails throughout Castlewood Canyon State Park.
Time Commitment:
Varies

Ready to get involved?

Contact Rachel Courtright: rachel.courtright@state.co.us, (303) 688-5242 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Visitor Services


Description:
Visitor Services is an important role in welcoming park visitors, answering questions, offering information and selling applicable pass and licenses.
Time Commitment:
Varies

Ready to get involved?

Contact Rachel Courtright: rachel.courtright@state.co.us, (303) 688-5242 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Weed Warriors


Description:
Volunteers serve with trained crew leaders and individually to help restore balance to this beautiful natural area by cutting, pulling, and digging nasty invaders like plumeless thistle and diffuse knapweed. Enjoy scenery, wildlife sightings, and the company of fellow volunteers while doing important and much-needed work.
Time Commitment:
Varies

Ready to get involved?

Contact Rachel Courtright: rachel.courtright@state.co.us, (303) 688-5242 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Wildcat Canyon Bridge Project


Description:
Volunteers assist in various ways with the Wildcat Canyon Bridge Project.
Time Commitment:
Varies

Ready to get involved?

Contact Rachel Courtright: rachel.courtright@state.co.us, (303) 688-5242 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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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Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Inspections


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Regular commitment for scheduling purposes
Volunteer Benefits:
Allows you to get outside and chat with boaters about anything ranging from boat operation to the best fishing spots! Learn a lot about boats! Learn all about aquatic nuisance species! Spend your time with a welcoming team environment!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Steven Veaughn: steven.veaughn@state.co.us, (303) 791-7275 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Bike and Trail Ambassador


Description:
PRESENCE, EDUCATION, ASSISTANCE Our Bike 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 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! Bike and Trail Ambassadors assist park staff by 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. Bike Ambassadors must be able to provide your own bicycle and proper fitting helmet.
Time Commitment:
Flexible
Volunteer Benefits:
Grab some excercise and enjoy the beautiful outdoors while fielding visitor questions, providing resources, and educating!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Steven Veaughn: steven.veaughn@state.co.us, (303) 791-7275 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Dog Off Leash Area Assistance


Description:
Do you love dogs? Are you looking for a great way to earn a Parks Pass while hanging out with a human's best friend? We are in need of volunteers to help with the maintenance and upkeep of our dog off leash area here at Chatfield State Park. Take a stroll around our approximately 70 acre fenced area and help with bag disposal, restocking, and educating fellow park goers.
Time Commitment:
None
Volunteer Benefits:
Great way to contribute back to the park and be surrounded by man/woman's best friend.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Steven Veaughn: steven.veaughn@state.co.us, (303) 791-7275 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Naturalist


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
1 day per week preferred
Volunteer Benefits:
Flex your brain and help inspire future generations to become stewards of our natural resources.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Steven Veaughn: steven.veaughn@state.co.us, (303) 791-7275 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Weed Warriors


Description:
Volunteers serve with trained crew leaders on specific work days and/or individually at any time. Please email the Park Resource Technician to coordinate timing. Help with weed management by cutting, pulling, and digging up invasive species within our park. Enjoy scenery, wildlife sightings, and the company of fellow volunteers while doing important and much-needed work.
Time Commitment:
Flexible
Volunteer Benefits:
Enjoy scenery, wildlife sightings, and the company of fellow Volunteers while doing important and much-needed work.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Jeremy Clayton: Jeremy.Clayton@state.co.us, (303) 791-7275 or apply online to become a volunteer.

Cherry Creek State Park

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

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Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Inspector


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

Ready to get involved?

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

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Campground Host


Description:
All campground host/resident volunteer positions with CPW are unpaid volunteer positions. RESPONSIBILITIES: The campground host and resident volunteer program is one of our most popular volunteer opportunities. As a Camp Host, responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: greet arriving campers, offer check-in assistance, perform minor maintenance tasks and promote interpretive/educational activities, cleaning grounds and facilities, trimming and watering of trees and lawns, clerical tasks, and dispensing park information. 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 work in the Visitor Center and as Gate Attendants. This is a full-time position, and full hook-ups sites are provided. Please apply for Winter Resident Volunteer position if this is for you. 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. NOTE: This is an ongoing opportunity at the park and applications will be accepted any time. Actual availabilities varies at all times. Once registered, you will be placed on a waiting list and we will contact you as positions open up. We receive a high volume of applications for these positions. Please be patient with us and we will contact you as needed.
Time Commitment:
Hosts are needed year round. In the summer season, we require a minimum commitment of 6 months, and prefer hosts who can cover the entire season from April through September. Each resident site that is occupied by one individual volunteer (or only one person of a pair is volunteering) is required to serve 32 hours per week. When two volunteers reside in the same site and both are volunteering (pairs), 24 hours per person per week is required. Serving on weekends and holidays are required.
Volunteer Benefits:
Receive full hook up (electric, sewer, water) site in exchange for volunteer service.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Andrew Frothingham: andrew.frothingham@state.co.us, (303) 766-6572 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Court Ordered (ASW)


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

Ready to get involved?

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

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Dog Off Leash Area Assistance


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

Ready to get involved?

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

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Entrance Gate Attendant


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

Ready to get involved?

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

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Naturalist


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

Ready to get involved?

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

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Park Ambassador


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

Ready to get involved?

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

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Resident Volunteer - Campground Maintenance


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

Ready to get involved?

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

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Resident Volunteer - Campground Office Attendant


Description:
Come be a Cherry Creek State Park Campground Attendant! Attendants are needed year-round to support, explore, and enjoy this Denver area gem. All campground attendant/resident volunteer positions with CPW are unpaid volunteer positions. RESPONSIBILITIES: A customer service based position that involves greeting visitors, selling parks passes and permits, answering phones, counting cash receipts, enter data into computer, providing information to the public, and light cleaning. Daily interaction with park visitors requires effective communication and public relations skills. Service is completed primarily indoors in the campground office. A full time resident volunteer will receive a full hook up (Electric, sewer, water) site in exchange for their volunteer service. Duration of Occupancy of resident volunteer/host assignments is temporary and not meant to provide semi-permanent homes for individuals in state park campgrounds. Resident volunteers may service a maximum of nine (9) months annually and must have a minimum of three (3) consecutive months off park prior to occupying a host or resident site. NOTE: This is an ongoing opportunity at the park and applications will be accepted any time. Actual availabilities varies. Once registered, you will be placed on a waiting list and we will contact you as positions open. We receive a high volume of applications for these positions. Please be patient with us and we will contact you as needed.
Time Commitment:
In the busy summer season, we require a 3 month commitment, and prefer volunteers who can cover the entire season from May through September. Serving on weekends and holidays are required. Winter options available April - November. Individual volunteers who will be living on park by themselves, must donate a minimum of 24 hours a week. For each resident volunteer site that is occupied by two people but only one person will be working/contributing hours to the park is required to serve 32 hours per week. When two volunteers reside in the same site and both are volunteering (pairs), 24 hours per person per week is required.
Volunteer Benefits:
Receive full hook up (electric, sewer, water) site in exchange for volunteer service.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Andrew Frothingham: andrew.frothingham@state.co.us, (303) 766-6572 to become a volunteer.

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Resident Volunteer - Gate Attendant


Description:
All resident volunteer positions with CPW are unpaid volunteer positions. RESPONSIBILITIES: The resident volunteer program is one of our most popular volunteer opportunities. As a resident volunteer gate attendant, you serve in one of three entrances of the park. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Provide information and assistance to visitors (distributes maps/ brochures, orients visitors to park facilities and amenities, promotes education programs, educates on State Park regulations, etc.), selling park passes at entrance stations, collects revenue, completes shift report and balances shift box at end of each shift, greeting campers, give out brochures and information, answering phones and radio, filing and data entry. These duties will require a moderate level of computer skills and operation. Cherry Creek State Park is a very busy park and so this position can be fast paced. 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 work in the Office and as Gate Attendants. This is a full-time volunteer position, and full hook-ups sites are provided. DURATION OF OCCUPANCY: Duration of Occupancy of resident volunteer/host assignments is temporary and not meant to provide semi-permanent homes for individuals in state park campgrounds. Resident volunteers/hosts may serve a maximum of nine (9) months annually and must have a minimum of three (3) consecutive months off park prior to occupying a host or resident site. REQUIREMENTS: - Must have a valid drivers' license or reliable transportation. - Must be able to serve weekends, holidays, and varied shifts. - Previous experience handling money and working with the public is helpful. - Computer experience is very helpful. - Must pass a background check. - Possess strong interpersonal communication skills. - Ability to volunteer with little supervision. Will be required to volunteer at the entrance station for an 8 hour shift and take lunch in the station. NOTE: This is an ongoing opportunity at the park and applications will be accepted any time. Actual availabilities varies. Once registered, you will be placed on a waiting list and we will contact you as positions open. We receive a high volume of applications for these positions. Please be patient with us and we will contact you as needed.
Time Commitment:
Volunteers who will be putting in service hours as a single person AND who will be living on park by themselves, must donate a minimum of 24 hours a week in the summer. Winter season (September - March): 16-24 hours minimum. For each resident volunteer site that is occupied by two people but only one person will be working/contributing hours to the park is required to serve 32 hours per week. For each resident volunteer site that is occupied by two people and BOTH occupants will be working/contributing hours to the park, 24 volunteer hours per week, per person is required in the summer. Winter season (September - March): 16-24 hours minimum. Serving weekends and holidays are also required. We prefer a minimum 6 month commitment but that can be discussed further.
Volunteer Benefits:
Receive full hook up (electric, sewer, water) site in exchange for volunteer service.

Ready to get involved?

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

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Resident Volunteer - General Maintenance


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

Ready to get involved?

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

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Resident Volunteer-Dog Off Leash Area Maintenance


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

Ready to get involved?

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

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Special Projects


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

Ready to get involved?

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

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Weed Warriors


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

Ready to get involved?

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

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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Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park


Description:
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!
Time Commitment:
Annual committment to be on the board, attend monthly meetings, and other time as needed to assist with fundraising, events, and projects.
Volunteer Benefits:
Support Cheyenne Mountain State Park and work closely with park management to achieve shared goals

Ready to get involved?

Contact Monique Mullis: monique.mullis@state.co.us, (719) 540-5565 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Fuel Mitigation Assistance


Description:
Assist with removal of dead brush and trees, create mitigation lines for wildland fire prevention.
Time Commitment:
Flexible
Volunteer Benefits:
Preventing wildfires is an important aspect for public safety.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Monique Mullis: monique.mullis@state.co.us, (719) 540-5565 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Fuel Mitigation Sawyers


Description:
Certified sawyers lead a crew to safely remove dead or overgrown brush and trees, will create mitigation lines for wildland fire prevention. Sawyer training provided, but committment to project completion is required.
Time Commitment:
Minimum of 40 hours over a two year period.
Volunteer Benefits:
Preventing wildfires is an important aspect for public safety.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Monique Mullis: monique.mullis@state.co.us, (719) 540-5565 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Naturalist


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Training required. Programs and event times vary.
Volunteer Benefits:
Share your love of nature with others.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Monique Mullis: monique.mullis@state.co.us, (719) 540-5565 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Special Projects


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Varies
Volunteer Benefits:
Share your special skills and give back to the park.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Monique Mullis: monique.mullis@state.co.us, (719) 540-5565 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Trail Ambassador


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Hours are flexible but there are expectations to commit to a number of Ambassador days spent over the course of a year.
Volunteer Benefits:
For those stewards who want to share their love and passion with others, this is a great way to enjoy the park's trails while also educating others.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Monique Mullis: monique.mullis@state.co.us, (719) 540-5565 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Trail Work


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Varies
Volunteer Benefits:
Care for the trails you love and provide sustainable trails for all visitors.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Monique Mullis: monique.mullis@state.co.us, (719) 540-5565 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Visitor Services


Description:
Visitor Services is an important role in welcoming park visitors, answering questions, offering information and selling applicable pass and licenses. Great people skills are a must with previous cash handling experience preferred! Tasks will include answering phones and learning the IPAWs point of sale system. Other office support may include creating displays and bulletin boards to market and advertise park programs. Write and edit newsletters, brochures, and fact sheets, produce artwork or graphic design for publications, signs, flyers, or exhibits.
Time Commitment:
4-8 hour shifts, with a weekly or biweekly committment. Preferred availability on the weekends and for some holidays is desired.
Volunteer Benefits:
People-Person? This role is for you! Greeting incoming visitors can be quite the treat as they head to their campsites, are out for a family stroll, or return to share their pictures of an exciting wildlife sighting!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Monique Mullis: monique.mullis@state.co.us, (719) 540-5565 or apply online to become a volunteer.

Colorado Natural Areas Program

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

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Colorado Natural Areas Steward


Description:
There are 95 designated Natural Areas in Colorado! Volunteers visit an assigned Natural Area, preferably during the growing season, at least once a year but more often if desired. Volunteers observe and record conditions on site including, but not limited to, human impacts, animal impacts, natural event impacts, observations of flora and fauna, and weeds. Retake photo-monitoring points at the same location each year and submit these to staff. Take pictures of rare plants/animals, erosion areas, impacts from animals or humans, infestations of weeds or other management concerns. Follow all access instructions provided by CNAP staff, which may require carrying a permit and contacting the landowner or manager before visits. If any management concerns are observed, volunteers will notify CNAP staff who will contact the appropriate land owner/manager. Volunteers will fill out the provided field form and submit with pictures to CNAP staff by December of each year. Report may include species lists if the steward is inclined. Volunteer should try to attend meetings and training events.
Time Commitment:
Volunteers commit to making at least one visit per year, but are welcome to visit more often. The time spent will vary depending on Natural Area location and where the volunteer lives - you may spend a few hours to many days including overnight stays. We prefer that our volunteers commit to visiting their site annually for at least three years.
Volunteer Benefits:
Volunteers will develop skills as a naturalist and will get to see firsthand some of the most special, senstitive, and scenic places in the state of Colorado. Volunteers benefit from knowing that they are playing a crucial role in the ongoing monitoring

Ready to get involved?

Contact Colorado Natural Area Program: dnr_cnap@state.co.us, (303) 291-7267 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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


Description:
Assist Colorado Springs area staff with wildlife surveys, habitat improvement, carcass transport, and miscellaneous projects.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Gain experience for those wanting a career in wildlife management.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Tim Kroening: tim.kroening@state.co.us, (719) 227-5281 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Bear Aware Colorado Springs


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Flexible but commitment to the season from March to November is required.
Volunteer Benefits:
Help educate the public to keep bears wild

Ready to get involved?

Contact Cassidy English: Cassidy.english@state.co.us, (719) 227-5287 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Bear Aware Teller County


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Flexible but commitment to the season from March to November is required.
Volunteer Benefits:
Help educate the public to keep bears wild

Ready to get involved?

Contact Tim Kroening: tim.kroening@state.co.us, (719) 227-5281 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Bluebird Monitoring


Description:
For those with an interest and familiarity of birds, volunteers will monitor Bluebird house/nesting sites located around El Paso County.
Time Commitment:
Weekly monitoring with a seasonal committment of March-August.
Volunteer Benefits:
Enjoy birding while collecting important data about the health and success of nesting bluebirds

Ready to get involved?

Contact Jeanette Lara: jeanette.lara@state.co.us, (719) 227-5204 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Chronic Wasting Disease Assistance


Description:
Assist CPW biologists with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) sample collection and processing as needed. Volunteers may assist with transporting biological samples to Wildlife Health Lab.
Time Commitment:
Time to complete required training. Season runs September through December.
Volunteer Benefits:
Hands on Knowledge and Experience with sample collection, disease management

Ready to get involved?

Contact Tim Kroening: tim.kroening@state.co.us, (719) 227-5281 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Visitor Services


Description:
Assist with customer service at front desk including answering phones and general questions and assist with issuing licenses and selling other CPW products.
Time Commitment:
Typical shifts are M-F from 10am-2pm. Can be flexible but a regular committment of weekly or biweekly is needed.
Volunteer Benefits:
Great hands on experience to learn about CPW products and regulations while helping our customers

Ready to get involved?

Contact Tim Kroening: tim.kroening@state.co.us, (719) 227-5281 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Wildlife Transport


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Respond to calls as needed. Committment with flexible availability is preferred.
Volunteer Benefits:
Help Wildlife

Ready to get involved?

Contact Jeanette Lara: jeanette.lara@state.co.us, (719) 227-5204 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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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Campground Host


Description:
Enjoy the mountainous terrain and the geological wonders, featuring Needle Rock, Castle Rock, Sleeping Indian, and Saddle Mountain - all picturesque landmarks visible from Crawford State Park. This scenic park offers camping, fishing, water sports and other leisure activities within the parks natural environment. Crawford State Park boundaries include 337 land acres and a 400-acre reservoir, with two separate campgrounds. Our volunteer hosts assist campers, maintain campsites, sell firewood, and help with reservations. Hosts may also help in other sections of the park depending on their skills and interests. The park provides three campground host sites with electrical, water, and sewer hookups to a holding tank that holds 500 gallons. They are pumped as needed. Our hosts can also enjoy internet and laundry facilities for their use.
Time Commitment:
Mid-May until Mid September. Hosts are required to serve a minimum of 24 hours per person per week.
Volunteer Benefits:
Full hook-up site.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Scott Rist: scott.rist@state.co.us, (970) 921-5721 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Education Program Assistance


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Volunteers may sign up for any event, and there are typically 10-14 school events at the park each year. Each event requires 6 hours.
Volunteer Benefits:
Support outdoor education for youth in local community. Opportunity to attend local CPW Education trainings.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Scott Rist: scott.rist@state.co.us, (970) 921-5721 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Friends of Crawford State Park


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Monthly meetings and events.
Volunteer Benefits:
Support and become an ambassador for a State Park in your local community.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Scott Rist: scott.rist@state.co.us, (970) 921-5721 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Maintenance and Construction


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
The amount of time required to complete a project.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Scott Rist: scott.rist@state.co.us, (970) 921-5721 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Visitor Services


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Mid-May until Mid September

Ready to get involved?

Contact Scott Rist: scott.rist@state.co.us, (970) 921-5721 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Gain experience working with and supporting CPW staff in a variety of roles and projects.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Leland Flores: leland.flores@state.co.us, (970) 375-6744 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Interpretive Guide


Description:
Volunteers support the Education Center and Museum to provide activities and tours of the facility. Must enjoy working with children and people. No experience is necessary; training will be provided.
Time Commitment:
Attend group training (opportunities for 'shadowing' more experienced volunteers during first shifts). Determined at beginning of each season; shifts are 6 hours on both weekdays/weekends. Volunteers are typically asked to commit to a certain number of dates on a calendar at the begining of the season, a minimum of at least 8 shifts is most helpful.
Volunteer Benefits:
Give back to your community while inspiring excitement of local wildlife and habitats, gain community with other volunteers with similar outdoor interests, become a valuable ambassador of wildlife management and CPW, enjoy opportunities for natural resour

Ready to get involved?

Contact Stephen Souva: stephen.souva@state.co.us, (970) 247-0855 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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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Colorado Birding Trail Project


Description:
Update, maintain, and verify the integrity of the information contained in the online Colorado Birding Trail Website. Responsibilities include: verify and update outdated information, add new information, upload and add photos, write blogs and/or articles, and conduct site visits to check trail conditions, accessibility, and take photos for the website.
Time Commitment:
8 hours per month is preferred; however, that is flexible.
Volunteer Benefits:
Volunteers will receive training on Word Press, the software used to maintain the online Birding Trail website and will be involved with keeping the Birding Trail updated. Volunteers will have the opportunity to write blogs and articles to help guide and provide information to new Colorado Birders. Volunteers will have the opportunity to conduct site visits to check on current trail conditions, accessibility, signage, and if desired to take photos to upload on the website. Volunteers can earn hours towards annual recognition.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Donna Forrest: donna.forrest@state.co.us, (303) 291-7355 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Family Nature Night Assistant


Description:
The Schools and Outdoor Learning Environments (SOLE) program has one mission: connect kids to the outdoors! In a typical year, volunteers with the SOLE program help in our outreach/engagement efforts at Family Nature Nights or similar events but daytime and state parks focused called Family Fun Days. Family Nature Nights are hosted at each SOLE school (over 50 schools around Colorado)! These events bring together outdoor-related partners to offer a fun, festival style event for families of 4th graders. This event is designed to give families a hands-on opportunity to become familiar with the many exciting educational and recreational activities our partners and state parks offer. We are working hard to create new learning opportunities for our students as well as new ways for volunteers to support our programs. Please contact The SOLE team for more information. Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us!
Time Commitment:
One Family Nature Night or similar program per year (3 hour commitment per event). Volunteers are welcome to volunteer for as many Family Nature Nights as you would like.
Volunteer Benefits:
Connect youth and their families to the great outdoors of Colorado! When you volunteer with SOLE at our Family Nature Nights you'll get the opportunity to work directly with students and their families to teach them about wildlife and outdoor recreation.

Ready to get involved?

Contact SOLE Staff: dnr_cpwsole@state.co.us, (720) 666-9941 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Friends of Colorado State Parks


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
5 hours per month

Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

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Interpretation & Wildlife Viewing Assistance


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Volunteers will have the opportunity to assist with a variety of projects involving CPW interpretation and wildlife viewing programs. Volunteers will have the opportunity to attend/advance interpretation skills.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Mary McCormac: mary.mccormac@state.co.us, (303) 291-7252 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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SOLE Program Assistance


Description:
Support our SOLE programs by helping us develop educational materials and virtual learning opportunities. This role is best filled by someone with experience in education. Our audience are 4th grade students so an understanding of the reading and comprehension levels of this age group is recommended. The tasks will vary but most likely can be completed from your home and on your computer. Ability to use a computer and basic word processing programs are desired. Examples of opportunities include: developing lesson plans, creating worksheets for students, writing thank-you cards to teachers, or providing feedback on educational programs. Opportunities come up depending on the interests and needs of schools and may be limited if our SOLE schools are fully in-person for the 2021-22 school year.
Time Commitment:
Varies
Volunteer Benefits:
If you're a creative person who is eager to contribute to the development of environmental education in Colorado, this opportunity is for you. You'll work directly with SOLE staff to help improve our programming and learn more about K-12 Colorado Academic Standards, environmental education opportunities and school assessments.

Ready to get involved?

Contact SOLE Staff: dnr_cpwsole@state.co.us, (720) 666-9941 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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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Park Ambassador


Description:
If you are outgoing and enjoy talking to people, this position is for you! This position focuses on providing support in the Visitor Center and/or Entrance Station through greeting visitors, orienting guests to the park, selling park passes and bookstore 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.
Time Commitment:
Varies
Volunteer Benefits:
Helping Eldorado Canyon State Park out

Ready to get involved?

Contact Lisa Gill: lisa.gill@state.co.us, (303) 494-3943 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Park Patrol


Description:
If you've ever dreamed of becoming a park ranger, this position is ideal for you! The purpose of the Park 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.
Time Commitment:
Varies

Ready to get involved?

Contact Lisa Gill: lisa.gill@state.co.us, (303) 494-3943 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Resident Volunteer


Description:
Eldorado Canyon State Park is offering a unique opportunity to park your RV for a while and live in our historic 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom in exchange for volunteering with us! We are looking for a 2-person team to help sell passes, answer visitor questions, and/or clean bathrooms and facilities.
Time Commitment:
24 hours per week for 3-6 months. Will offer a minimum of 2 days off together so you can enjoy the local area.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Lisa Gill: lisa.gill@state.co.us, (303) 494-3943 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Stewardship Volunteers


Description:
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 welcome.
Time Commitment:
The time commitment varies. For trail projects, you can help for a day, or a week, or a month, ... For ongoing projects like invasive weed mapping and removal, we'll train you and then you can volunteer as you have time. For opportunities like facilities maintenance or volunteer wrangling, we're looking for a steady commitment in order to make the best use of your time and ours.
Volunteer Benefits:
The main benefit of stewardship volunteering at Eldorado Canyon is seeing long-lasting, positive impacts on the land and the park's visitors. It's an amazing feeling to build a trail and know that thousands of people will have a safer, happier day in the park; see native species bloom after invasive weeds are removed, or know that the park's forests are healthier and more resilient. There is a lot of hands-on training available for those ready to learn.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Mike McHugh: mike.mchugh@state.co.us, (303) 494-0659 to become a volunteer.

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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Campground Host


Description:
This high meadow park with large reservoir is located at 8600 feet in elevation. Volunteer hosts assist with day-to-day park functions, including but not limited to: checking campers in, fee collection, maintaining clean campgrounds and facilities (campsites & bathrooms), providing first aid when necessary, light-duty maintenance and trash pickup, and alerting park staff to problems or suspicious situations. Hosts must be able to lift up to 75lbs. Good public relations skills are required. Campground host sites are equipped with 30 amp electrical service, water, and sewer hookups.
Time Commitment:
20 hours per person per week. Hosts are needed mid-April through end of September.
Volunteer Benefits:
Full hook up camp site

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kelli Lewis: kelli.a.lewis@state.co.us, (719) 748-3401 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Naturalist


Description:
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!
Time Commitment:
Flexible

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kelli Lewis: kelli.a.lewis@state.co.us, (719) 748-3401 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Resident Volunteer - Maintenance


Description:
Clean up park grounds and facilities. Repair fence. Complete special or seasonal maintenance tasks as needed. Carpentry, remodeling or other construction projects (i.e. boat dock repair). Provide landscape design expertise. Make park information signs. Assist with minor vehicle/boat/equipment repairs and maintenance.
Time Commitment:
20 hours per week

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kelli Lewis: kelli.a.lewis@state.co.us, (719) 748-3401 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Special Projects


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Varies

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kelli Lewis: kelli.a.lewis@state.co.us, (719) 748-3401 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Trail Work


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Flexible

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kelli Lewis: kelli.a.lewis@state.co.us, (719) 748-3401 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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


Description:
Provide general assistance to the staff in the Glenwood Springs area, such as fence work, habitat improvement projects, and more.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Learn on-the-job experiences at the Area level while shadowing staff and learning about the agency.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Darren Chacon: darren.chacon@state.co.us, (970) 947-2968 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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 Host


Description:
Volunteer host duties are cleaning and tidying up campsites. Other responsibilities include providing information to the public, assisting in the campground office when needed, maintenance and cleaning (such as restrooms, cabins, yurts, campsites, and grounds), and other projects based on individual skills. Full hookups are available at host campsite. Please note: this is a mountain park; altitude ranges from 8,200 to 9,200 feet, and these host positions are physically demanding due to type of tasks, terrain, and altitude. Cell phone and internet reception in the area is unreliable. Satellite reception is dependent upon set-up/provider.
Volunteer Benefits:
Camphost site for the season.

Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

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Campground Office Assistant


Description:
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 online to become a volunteer.

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Maintenance


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Flexible

Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

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Naturalist


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Flexible

Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

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Park Patrol - Backcountry


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
None

Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

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Resident Volunteer - Visitor Services


Description:
Visitor center hosts greet visitors in Golden Gate's visitor center and help orient them to the park, its natural and cultural features, rules and regulations, and available programs. Distribute park maps and brochures, in addition to answering phones and performing other clerical tasks (cleaning and light maintenance duties as assigned). Volunteers sell parks passes, permits, firewood, and gift store items, and they assist with campground reservations, special events and other park programs. Attention to detail and customer service experience is desirable. Host site available for this period with electricity, water, and sewer hook ups. Please Note: This is a mountain park; altitude ranges from 8,200 to 9,200 feet. Cell phone and internet reception in the area is unreliable. Satellite reception is dependent upon set-up / provider.
Time Commitment:
40 hours per week from mid-May through Labor Day. Hours can be split between volunteers.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kim Thompson: kim.thompson@state.co.us, (303) 582-3707 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Special Projects


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Flexible

Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

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Trail Work


Description:
Assist with our trails team in various trails projects.
Time Commitment:
None

Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

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Weed Warriors


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
None

Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

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


Description:
Provide general assistance to the staff in the Grand Junction area, such as fence work, habitat improvement projects, and more.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Learn on-the-job experiences at the Area level while shadowing staff and learning about the agency.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kirk Oldham: kirk.oldham@state.co.us, (970) 255-6178 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Bluebird Monitoring


Description:
Assist with cleaning out and monitoring bluebirds boxes in Mesa and Garfield counties. Bird identification abilities preferred.
Time Commitment:
Varies
Volunteer Benefits:
Assist with conserving an iconic western bird species.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Scott Hoyer: scott.hoyer@state.co.us, (970) 255-6100 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Chronic Wasting Disease Data Collection


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
August - April. 4 hours per day. Daily support needed.
Volunteer Benefits:
Interact with customers and assist field staff. Learn how to extract CWD samples and check-in harvested animals.

Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

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Maintenance - West Rifle Creek Shooting Range


Description:
CPW volunteers assist staff with maintaining the shooting range, including trash pick up, plywood target replacement, and vault toilet maintenance.
Time Commitment:
4 hours per day, 3 days per week, October through April
Volunteer Benefits:
If you are shooting range user, you know how important it is to have a safe, clean place to practice your sport. Assist our staff with this huge endeavor!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Brian Gray: brian.gray@state.co.us, (970) 255-6157 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Outdoor Wilderness Lab


Description:
OWL is a partner project with School District 51. Hosted at the Gateway School, all 6th graders from the district attend the camp for 1 - 2.5 days.
Time Commitment:
6 hours per day during camp (spring or fall)
Volunteer Benefits:
Share your knowledge of conservation with 6th graders in Mesa County Valley School District 51 in a beautiful outdoor setting.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Bob Morris: bob.morris@state.co.us, (970) 255-6100 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Rifle Creek Fish Screen Cleaning


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
May 1 through September 30. Volunteer commitment is at least two hours, one time per week, performing a thorough cleansing of the screen.
Volunteer Benefits:
Assist staff with maintaining a fish screen below Rifle Gap Reservoir.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Brian Gray: brian.gray@state.co.us, (970) 255-6157 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Wildlife Host - West Rifle Creek SWA/Range


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
20 hours per person per week, April 1-October 15
Volunteer Benefits:
Host at a unique setting in western Colorado and enjoy being nearby many outdoor recreational opportunities.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Brian Gray: brian.gray@state.co.us, (970) 255-6157 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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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Area Assistance


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Gain experience working with and supporting CPW staff in a variety of roles and projects.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kathaleen Dixon: kathaleen.dixon@state.co.us, (970) 641-7063 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Education/Outreach Support (Archery)


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Travel time to site (if applicable). Commit to 1-3 days of helping with archery or fly fishing stations (2 stations per day, 4 hours each). This annual event occurs during the first week of school every year.
Volunteer Benefits:
The opportunity to teach 'the next generation' of young recreationist outdoor skills while enjoying a rewarding and reinforcing experience with CPW staff in a beautiful outdoor setting

Ready to get involved?

Contact Catherine Brons: catherine.brons@state.co.us, (970) 375-6709 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Education/Outreach Support (Fly Fishing)


Description:
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).
Time Commitment:
Travel time to site (if applicable). Commit to 1-3 days of helping with archery or fly fishing stations (2 stations per day, 4 hours each). This annual event occurs during the first week of school every year.
Volunteer Benefits:
The opportunity to teach 'the next generation' of young recreationist outdoor skills while enjoying a rewarding and reinforcing experience with CPW staff in a beautiful outdoor setting

Ready to get involved?

Contact Catherine Brons: catherine.brons@state.co.us, (970) 375-6709 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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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Chalk Cliffs Hatchery Host


Description:
Chalk Cliffs Hatchery raises about 700,000, ten-inch rainbow trout each year! Fish are raised in concrete raceways and seven dirt ponds. Waters are stocked along the Front Range, from Loveland to the New Mexico border, and east almost to the Kansas border. More information can be found in the Chalk Cliffs Rearing Unit Brochure. Volunteer hosts live on site and have responsibilities to serve in the visitor center and greet visitors as they arrive at the hatchery, record the number of visitors, answer questions, and provide information about hatchery operations, including showing a video if the visitors would like to see it. Our visitor center is a garage shop bay with the overhead door open, so hosts are not actually 'inside' with visitors, and personal contact is not needed to fulfill the position. Additional responsibilities include grounds maintenance, such as mowing grass or watering lawn areas for a couple hours per day. While individual volunteer hosts are welcome, pairs are helpful so one person can be mowing while the other covers the visitor center. Chalk Cliffs Hatchery is located outside Nathrop in the central part of Colorado. The Hatchery sits at the foot of Mt. Princeton at 7950 feet in elevation. Amenities include: electric, water, and sewer.
Time Commitment:
Volunteer schedule is 5 days on, from 9am-4pm daily, and 5 days off. Preferred stay of 3 months.
Volunteer Benefits:
Beautiful location near the epic chalk cliffs. Opportunities to explore the outdoors. Gain experience working at a hatchery. Great opportunity to give back and be apart of enhancing and conserving Colorado's fisheries. Work in an environment with CPW staf

Ready to get involved?

Contact Chris Hertrich: chris.hertrich@state.co.us, (719) 395-2378 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Mt. Shavano Hatchery Host


Description:
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. 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. Volunteer hosts live on site and your primary responsibility is to give tours to visitors of Mt. Shavano Hatchery. 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 building maintenance. Applicants should enjoy meeting people and be physically fit and healthy.
Time Commitment:
3 days on, 10am-4pm, and 3 days off. Memorial Day - Labor Day.
Volunteer Benefits:
Camp pad able to accomidate any size motorhome or trailer. Hookup for water, sewer, and electricity. Laundry and shower available. Opportunities to explore the outdoors. Gain experience working at a hatchery. Great opportunity to give back and be apart of

Ready to get involved?

Contact Bryan Johnson: bryan.johnson@state.co.us, (719) 539-6877 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Pitkin Hatchery Assistance


Description:
Volunteers at the Pitkin Hatchery assist with a variety of responsibilities and projects. You may assist with, but not limited to, the following projects: - Feeding fish by hand and by truck-mounted feed blower - Cleaning raceway screens - Cleaning fish excrement from tanks, nurseponds and raceways using brooms and gas-powered trash pumps - Removing dead fish and eggs from tanks - Set up / take down raceway dam boards and screens - Crowding and netting fish - Spawning cutthroat trout - Cleaning fish eggs - Assisting with fish health assessments - Mowing and trimming grass - Cutting woody vegetation - Sweeping, mopping and other general cleaning duties - Painting exterior of buildings using brushes, rollers and sprayers - Light carpentry and plumbing - Shoveling snow - Conducting interpretive tours to the public Requirements: - Volunteer must be able to lift 75 lbs. - Must be able to work in inclement weather at high elevation (9,200 ft) including snow, rain, sleet, wind, and subzero temperatures. - Must be willing to wade in water during all inclement weather. Waders and gloves will be provided. - Must exhibit safe practices and follow all safety Standard Operating Procedures. - Must wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (provided).
Time Commitment:
Most projects require a minimum time commitment of 2 hours.
Volunteer Benefits:
Get hands-on experience with fish. Support angling and conservation in Colorado. Work in an environment with staff who are passionate about wildlife.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Chip Lamar: chip.lamar@state.co.us, (970) 641-0265 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Pueblo Hatchery Host


Description:
The Pueblo State Fish Hatchery is the only cold and warm water facility in Colorado. We raise fry, fingerlings, and catchables of rainbow trout. We also raise crappie, bluegills, largemouth bass, brown trout, saugeye, wiper, and walleye. The hatchery was built by the Federal Bureau of Reclamation, but Colorado Parks & Wildlife is responsible for its operation and maintenance. The hatchery grounds sit on 80 acres and consists of the main hatchery building, various maintenance shops, 16 one-acre ponds, 16 half-acre ponds and 32 concrete raceways. Volunteer host responsibilities include: leading tours, assisting with landscaping, doing maintenance, and feeding fish. Tours can be scheduled around hosts' availability. Site elevation is 4,800 ft. Pets are permitted at campsite in Lake Pueblo State Park, but no pets are allowed at the hatchery. Amenities: The hatchery doesn't currently have a site to camp with utility hookups. Your campsite would be located in the adjacent Lake Pueblo State Park, a premier destination for mountain biking, fishing, water sports, and wildlife viewing. Camp host sites with sewage connections are limited. Availability of one of these sites is being determined.
Time Commitment:
March 1 - September 30 (can be broken into two segments) Minimum stay: 2-3 months 20 hours per week per person
Volunteer Benefits:
Gain experience working at a hatchery. Great opportunity to give back and be apart of enhancing and conserving Colorado's fisheries. Work with CPW staff members who are passionate about wildlife. Explore recreation opportunities in the Pueblo area.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Quentin Springer: quentin.springer@state.co.us, (719) 561-5355 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Rifle Falls Hatchery Host


Description:
Do you enjoy camping / RV'ing, working outdoors, interacting with people, and have good customer service and communication skills? Become a volunteer Hatchery Host at Rifle Falls Hatchery - the largest in the state! We are relatively secluded, about 30 minutes from Rifle, at the base of Little Box Canyon in Western Colorado. We have some of the most beautiful campsites and the best hatchery crew around! Please note that we are above 7,000 feet in elevation. If you have health concerns that elevation may affect, please don't apply. Responsibilities include: Visitor Center assistance, hatchery tours, lawn maintenance, and restroom monitoring and cleaning. Other projects as assigned. A previous volunteer shared her experiences with us: "This was the most beautiful campsite we have ever had. This canyon has so much to offer volunteers. The staff were a joy to work with and always willing to share information. The work is enjoyable and rewarding if you enjoy working with people. An added bonus was watching the golden eagles from fledglings through their early flights. Wildlife comes through the hatchery and even to your campsite… My greatest regret is our own inability to travel, because we miss the Rifle Falls Fish Hatchery family." Amenities Available: Full hookup (water, sewage, 50 amp electric), computer and internet access, and land line for phone use (phone not provided). Laundry available for use on-site. Medical facilities are available in Rifle.
Time Commitment:
20 hours/week per person, Memorial Day through Labor Day Minimum stay: 3 months (full season preferred) Schedule: Typically a rotation of 3 days on, from 10am - 4pm, and 3 days off. Weekends are required.
Volunteer Benefits:
Host at a beautiful hatchery in western Colorado with wonderful, hard working staff! Be a part of our team and interact with the public, teaching them about fish propagation, stocking, and fish health.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Justin Callison: justin.callison@state.co.us, (970) 625-1865 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Roaring Judy Hatchery Host


Description:
We are seeking volunteers with great communication skills who enjoy interacting with the public. Our hosts live on-site and provide hatchery tours, assist visitors with questions about the hatchery property, and maintain hatchery grounds. Grounds maintenance includes, but is not limited to: mowing, weed whacking, landscaping, planting and watering flowers, picking up trash, maintaining trails and way finding signs, cleaning the visitor center, and some equipment maintenance. Hosts may also assist with fish culture work when the staff is shorthanded.
Time Commitment:
4 hours per day, 5 days per week (20 hours per week minimum) from late May/early June to early September. May be required to volunteer on weekends and holidays. Will have two consecutive days off per week.
Volunteer Benefits:
Amazing RV location that is quiet and secluded. Surrounded by opportunities in the Gunnison Valley to explore the outdoors. Gain experience working at a hatchery. Great opportunity to give back and be apart of enhancing and conserving Colorado's fisherie

Ready to get involved?

Contact Seth Firestone: seth.firestone@state.co.us, (970) 641-0190 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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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Campground Host


Description:
Campground Hosts are responsible for checking campers in and out of their campsites while answering visitor questions. Some of Highline's campsites require RVers to go in the "wrong way" to ensure their door doesn't open up into the road, and Hosts help guide campers into their site. Hosts are not expected to clean the Camper Services Building but are encouraged to make sure toilet paper is stocked and alert the maintenance staff of any issues. Highline Lake is on a "reservation-only" system where campers must have a reservation prior to camping. This system requires Hosts be able to use a tablet to update campsite status (clean, reserved, etc). Responsibilities include: assistance with camping and vehicle fee collection, monitoring the campground, assigning campsites, daily reservation processing (log-in to camp logs and distribute campsite markers), selling firewood bundles, selling bags of ice, light campsite maintenance, giving information to park visitors, park visitor assistance, and creating excellent public relations. Other projects as agreed upon. Full hookups at campground host sites.
Time Commitment:
20 hours per person per week. Four days on duty, four days off duty. Hosts will either be assigned to an AM shift or PM shift.
Volunteer Benefits:
In exchange for your time and contributions to a great state park team, enjoy staying at a beautiful state park in western Colorado within close proximity to many outdoor recreational opportunities.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Ashlee Wallace: ashlee.wallace@state.co.us, (970) 858-7208 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Friends of Highline Lake State Park


Description:
The Friends of Highline Lake State Park support conservation, encourage environmental education, and enhance recreation opportunities for visitors of the park.
Time Commitment:
Annual committment to be on the board, attend monthly meetings, and other time as needed to assist with fundraising, events, and projects.
Volunteer Benefits:
As a Friend of the park, you can help with fundraising opportunities, special projects, and event planning.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Ashlee Wallace: ashlee.wallace@state.co.us, (970) 858-7208 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Naturalist


Description:
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
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
If you enjoy planning and presenting programs about natural and historical significance, you will enjoy being a Naturalist with our parks!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Ashlee Wallace: ashlee.wallace@state.co.us, (970) 858-7208 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Resident Volunteer - Maintenance/Visitor Services


Description:
Volunteers who assist in the Visitor Center usually serve a few hours in the morning by selling Daily Park Passes to visitors entering the park. They may also assist with hunting/fishing license sales and by providing directions to park visitors. The Visitor Center is a very fast-paced environment but it is usually the first contact a visitor has with the park, so excellent customer service is a must. Visitor Center volunteers also assist with interpretive programs on the weekends. Maintenance volunteers are an essential part of our facility upkeep. Highline Lake is known as an "oasis in the desert" because of our lush grass and healthy shade trees. With our high visitation in the summer, it takes a small army to keep our park looking beautiful. Volunteers are commonly found mowing the grass, assisting with flood irrigating the campground, and doing light trail maintenance, just to name a few. Full hookups at campground host sites.
Time Commitment:
Morning shifts to beat the heat! 4 days on duty, 4 days off.
Volunteer Benefits:
Winters in the Grand Valley can be mild and perfect for winter camping. Enjoy being part of a great park team and enjoy winter hosting opportunities!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Ashlee Wallace: ashlee.wallace@state.co.us, (970) 858-7208 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Trail Ambassador


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
5+ hours per month
Volunteer Benefits:
Be an ambassador of the park while talking to visitors, anwering questions, and sharing your love of the outdoors.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Ashlee Wallace: ashlee.wallace@state.co.us, (970) 858-7208 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Visitor Services


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Share your knowledge and love of the park with visitors.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Ashlee Wallace: ashlee.wallace@state.co.us, (970) 858-7208 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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


Description:
Provide general assistance to the staff in the Hot Sulphur Springs area, such as fence work, habitat improvement projects, and more.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Learn on-the-job experiences at the Area level while shadowing staff and learning about the agency.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kris Holinka: kris.holinka@state.co.us, (970) 725-6211 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Bear Aware


Description:
Bear Aware is an educational wildlife program with a goal to teach human responsibility in removing attractants in order to reduce conflicts with black bears in Colorado. Volunteer efforts aim to reduce or eliminate bear break-ins through education, aversive conditioning and community action. Volunteers distribute bear information to the public in neighborhoods where conflicts occur, post signs, go door to door talking to neighbors, and volunteer at information booths and parades.
Time Commitment:
As needed in response to neighborhood issues. Busier season is March - November.
Volunteer Benefits:
Engage with local communities, provide information about black bears in Colorado while supporting local staff.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Jacob Kay: jacob.kay@state.co.us, (970) 485-3081 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Chronic Wasting Disease Sample Transport


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
As needed, August - April
Volunteer Benefits:
Learn about wildlife disease management, customer service interactions, and work closely with CPW staff.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kris Holinka: kris.holinka@state.co.us, (970) 725-6211 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Customer Service Assistance


Description:
Provide administrative assistance to office: filing, typing, answering phones, making copies and various other duties. Training provided.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Utilize your public relations skills and learn about the daily interactions with CPW customers, products, and staff roles.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kris Holinka: kris.holinka@state.co.us, (970) 725-6211 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Shooting Range Maintenance


Description:
Volunteers needed to help keep range clean of trash and debris. Assistance with range maintenance and enhancement efforts when available.
Time Commitment:
Ongoing
Volunteer Benefits:
If you are shooting range user, you know how important it is to have a safe, clean place to practice your sport. Assist our staff with this huge endeavor!

Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

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Wildlife Transport


Description:
Capture and transport injured and orphaned wildlife to veterinarians or rehabilitators. Provide wildlife information to the public.
Time Commitment:
Respond to calls as needed. Committment with flexible availability is preferred.
Volunteer Benefits:
Share your appreciation for wildlife while assisting our staff to tranport small mammals and birds if needed. Provide information to the public about young or injured wildlife.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Jacob Kay: jacob.kay@state.co.us, (970) 485-3081 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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


Description:
Assist with maintenance and repair of archery equipment as well as with teaching Field Archery and/or Archery in the Schools programs.
Time Commitment:
Varies
Volunteer Benefits:
Become CPW Field Archery and/or NASP certified

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kathleen Mawhinney: kathleen.mawhinney@state.co.us, (970) 255-6181 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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


Description:
Assist with CPW led hunts or shooting skills clinics.
Time Commitment:
Skills clinics may be 2 hours in length, while hunts are typically overnight events.
Volunteer Benefits:
Share your love of hunting and shooting skills with others.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Tracy Predmore: tracy.predmore@state.co.us, (719) 227-5207 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
As Needed

Ready to get involved?

Contact Bryan Posthumus: bryan.posthumus@state.co.us, (303) 291-7248 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Huntmaster


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
TBD

Ready to get involved?

Contact Bryan Posthumus: bryan.posthumus@state.co.us, (303) 291-7248 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Huntsman


Description:
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
Time Commitment:
TBD

Ready to get involved?

Contact Bryan Posthumus: bryan.posthumus@state.co.us, (303) 291-7248 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Senior Huntmaster


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
TBD

Ready to get involved?

Contact Bryan Posthumus: bryan.posthumus@state.co.us, (303) 291-7248 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
1-3 full days, usually during the first week of June each year.
Volunteer Benefits:
Opportunity to share outdoor-related knowledge/skill with youth in an immersive learning environment and meaningful community event.

Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

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Hunter Outreach Program Assistance


Description:
Asisst with hunter outreach events including mentored hunts, seminars, and webinars.
Time Commitment:
Varies

Ready to get involved?

Contact Catherine Brons: catherine.brons@state.co.us, (970) 375-6709 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Shooting Range Maintenance - Conejos Range


Description:
This volunteer role collaborates with CPW staff to support the Conejos County Public Shooting Range with upkeep and maintenance.
Time Commitment:
Varies
Volunteer Benefits:
Helps CPW staff with proper upkeep of the shooting range to support outreach events related to shooting skills.

Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

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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Campground Host


Description:
Jackson Lake State Park covers 3,467 acres, which includes a 2,600 acre reservoir. The park is located 78 miles northeast of Denver on the plains of Colorado. It has 251 campsites and offers a wonderful assortment of recreational opportunities. There are three camp host sites which have full hookups and are close to a camper services building. Applications will be accepted any time, but park staff will not make a final decision until after the first of the year. Volunteer responsibilities include assisting staff with providing information to visitors, campground maintenance, light maintenance, and other support for staff.
Time Commitment:
One individual volunteer is expected to volunteer 40 hours per week. Pairs are asked to volunteer 24 hours per person per week. Preference given to applicants who can commit to Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

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Resident Volunteer - Visitor Services


Description:
This position is for volunteers interested in living on-park and supporting Visitor Services rather than Campground Hosting. Basic computer and customer service skills are a must. Previous experience with the State of Colorado's IPAWS system would be a plus. Training will be provided. Other responsibilities include office maintenance, public information, etc.
Time Commitment:
Preference given to applicants who can commit to Memorial Day through Labor Day. Single volunteers are required to serve 40 hours per week. If volunteering as a pair, each individual will be required to volunteer 24 hours per week.

Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

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Special Projects


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

Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

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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Campground Host - Fruita Section


Description:
The Fruita Section of James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park offers volunteer Campground Host opportunities March through November.Host(s) will receive a campsite (water, sewer & electric) in return for a minimum of 20 hours/week/person. We are seeking hosts with a wide variety of skills and experiences! Hosts are involved in cleaning campsites, selling firewood, and assisting visitors with park questions. Should be in good physical condition and enjoy working with the public. Special projects may be assigned based on the skills and interests of the volunteer and the needs of the park. Those interested should contact the Senior Ranger for additional information. If you are new to the Colorado volunteer program, please create a profile and select the opportunities you are interested in. Applications are accepted year round, however, positions are typically filled by December for the following summer. Uniform shirts and hat provided.
Time Commitment:
Minimum 20 hours per person per week March through November, with a 2 month minimum. The Park is in need of a Host Oct 1st 2021- early November 21 Recruiting for 2022 season will begin in Aug and Sept 2021
Volunteer Benefits:
Offer a free 50 amp spot, close to a variety of outdoor rec opps, close to local wineries and vineyards.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Eric Los: eric.los@state.co.us, (970) 858-9188 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Campground Host - Island Acres Section


Description:
The Island Acres Section of James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park offers Campground Host opportunities April through October. Host(s) will receive a campsite (water, sewer & electric) in return for a minimum of 20 hours/week/person. We are seeking hosts with a wide variety of skills and experiences! Hosts are involved in cleaning campsites, selling firewood, assisting in the park office and assisting visitors with park questions. Should be in good physical condition and enjoy working with the public. Special projects may be assigned based on the skills and interests of the volunteer and the needs of the park. Those interested should contact the listed Park Ranger for additional information or to obtain an application. Applications are accepted year round, however, positions are typically filled by December for the following summer.
Time Commitment:
minimum 20 hours per person per week April through September. 2-5 month commitment.
Volunteer Benefits:
Offer a free 50 amp spot, close to a variety of outdoor rec opps, close to local wineries and vineyards.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kathleen Fischer: kathleen.fischer@state.co.us, (970) 434-3388 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Maintenance and Construction


Description:
Maintenance volunteers serve directly with the Park Resource Technician and/or Senior Ranger on daily projects and tasks. Tasks include: mowing, weedeating, landscaping, cleaning of restrooms and other facilities.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Share your knowledge and expertise to assist with park improvement projects. Maintenance of facilities, trails, and other infrastructure to help maintain a well functioning park for our visitors.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Peter Geyer: peter.geyer@state.co.us, (970) 434-3388 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Resident Volunteer - Visitor Services


Description:
The Fruita Section of James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park offers a Winter Host/Visitor Center attendant opportunity. Host(s) will receive a campsite (water, sewer & electric) in return for a minimum of 24 hours/week/person. We are seeking volunteers with a wide variety of skills and experiences who enjoy interacting with the public in a Visitor Center setting. Hosts serve at the Visitor Center, clean campsites, sell firewood, and assist visitors with park questions. You should be in good physical condition and enjoy working with the public. Special projects may be available based on the skills and interests of the volunteer and the needs of the park. Those interested should contact the Senior Ranger for additional information. Applications are accepted year round, however, positions are typically filled late Spring to early summer. This position is ideal for couples or two individuals working together. Concessions can be made for those travelling solo. Currently open for 21-22 Winter position
Time Commitment:
24 hours per person per week (Friday - Sunday, 8am-4pm), November through March. 5 month minimum.
Volunteer Benefits:
Winter in the Grand Valley can be mild, providing a perfect location to camp. Join the park team at the Fruita section and enjoy winter hosting!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Eric Los: eric.los@state.co.us, (970) 858-9188 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Special Projects


Description:
Assist with a variety of projects specific to the park.
Time Commitment:
Varies
Volunteer Benefits:
Share your skills with park staff on special projects.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kathleen Fischer: kathleen.fischer@state.co.us, (970) 434-3388 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Trail Ambassador


Description:
Trail Ambassadors walk or bike trails to monitor visitor use at Connected Lakes, Corn Lake, and Colorado River Wildlife Areas. Ambassadors provide visitors with park information and advise park staff of any problems or issues.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Walk or bike along the Riverfront Trail and greet park visitors. Share your knowledge and love of our state parks!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kathleen Fischer: kathleen.fischer@state.co.us, (970) 434-3388 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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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Campground Host


Description:
Sometimes called a sapphire on the plains, John Martin is a peaceful paradise in which people play, birds flock and wildlife roams. The park is close to historic landmarks, yet remote enough to attract year-round nature and recreation lovers to stay and explore. The reservoir provides uncrowded boating, waterskiing, and spectacular conditions for a wide variety of wind water sports. The mild Southeastern Colorado weather provides plenty of great days throughout the year. Anglers? from shore or boat catch walleye, saugeye, bass, wiper, crappie, perch, and catfish. Many consider the park a birdwatcher's paradise with almost 400 species documented in Bent County. Host site has full hookups including possible phone hookup. Hosts will learn to assist customers with the park pass system, monitor camping reservation system, and do basic campsite maintenance.
Time Commitment:
20+ hours per week Currently seeking a 2022 summer campground host!
Volunteer Benefits:
Enjoy a full hook up site in exchange for work, along with great recreation opportunities!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Justin Mortimeyer: justin.Mortimeyer@state.co.us, (719) 829-1801 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Nursery Tree Care


Description:
Sustain nursery and tree plantings at Point campground
Time Commitment:
Flexible hours but regular committment desired.
Volunteer Benefits:
Care for trees that will provide much needed habitat and shade for years to come.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Sami Colvin: samantha.colvin@state.co.us, (719) 829-1801 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Special Projects


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Varies
Volunteer Benefits:
Share your special skill with the Park!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Sami Colvin: samantha.colvin@state.co.us, (719) 829-1801 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
8 hour training, then regular commitment for scheduling purposes
Volunteer Benefits:
Help protect our natural resources from non-native species. Allows you to get outside and chat with boaters about anything ranging from boat operation to the best fishing spots! Learn a lot about boats! Learn all about aquatic nuisance species!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Matt Taylor: matthew.taylor@state.co.us, (719) 561-9320 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Campground Host


Description:
Lake Pueblo State Park, surrounded by Juniper Bluffs, 4500 surface acres of water, three campgrounds with nearly 400 campsites and numerous hiking and biking trails make this the jewel of Southeastern Colorado. Please consider your role as a volunteer with Lake Pueblo State Park as a valuable and professional position. While acting as an authorized volunteer you will receive a full electrical, water, and sewer hook ups (Juniper breaks will receive sewer services as a replacement) for your recreational vehicle.
Time Commitment:
24 hours per week for one single volunteer or 40 hours per week total for a pair. Hosts needed from April - September, with a 6-month commitment preferred.
Volunteer Benefits:
Receive a host site with electric, water, and sewer hookups

Ready to get involved?

Contact Matt Taylor: matthew.taylor@state.co.us, (719) 561-9320 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Garden Care


Description:
Weed, plant, water and help keep our native Colorado xeriscape garden beautiful.
Time Commitment:
1-2 hours per week. Volunteers may rotate or help as available to ensure that the garden is being maintained.
Volunteer Benefits:
For those passionate about flowers, native plants, pollinators, or just with a general green thumb!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Matt Taylor: matthew.taylor@state.co.us, (719) 561-9320 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Maintenance


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Flexible. Scheduled projects may be a few hours in length.
Volunteer Benefits:
Give back to the park!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Shane Ewing: shane.ewing@state.co.us, (719) 561-9320 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Special Projects


Description:
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
Time Commitment:
Varies
Volunteer Benefits:
Share your special skill with the park!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Matt Taylor: matthew.taylor@state.co.us, (719) 561-9320 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Visitor Services


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
4-8 hour shifts. Training required. Regular availability, with weekends preferred.
Volunteer Benefits:
People-Person? This role is for you! Greeting incoming visitors can be quite the treat as they head to their campsites, are out for a family stroll, or return to share their pictures of an exciting wildlife sighting!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Matt Taylor: matthew.taylor@state.co.us, (719) 561-9320 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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


Description:
Assist Lamar area staff with wildlife surveys, habitat improvement, carcass transport, and miscellaneous projects.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Gain experience for those wanting a career in wildlife management.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Todd Marriot: todd.marriott@state.co.us, (719) 336-6603 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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


Description:
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. Lathrop State Park has 103 campsites, 3 group camping areas, a 140 and 180 surface acre lakes, multiple trails, swim beach, and numerous picnicking areas. Lathrop has good access to Sand Dunes National Park and scenic drives on Highway 12 up to U.S. Forest Service public land. We are only a few minutes from Walsenburg and about 1 hour from Trinidad and Pueblo. There is a hospital located directly across from the park. Site elevation: 6400 ft Volunteers are responsible for general park maintenance and cleaning of public facilities including restrooms, showers, vault toilets, campsites, picnic areas, trails, etc. Performs routine maintenance. Assures quality customer service and facility maintenance, repair and cleanliness. Provides information and assistance to visitors. May assist with carpentry, plumbing, masonry, electrical work and transporting materials and supplies. Performs other duties as assigned. This position performs at least 20 hours of volunteer service per week in exchange for a full-hook-up RV space.
Time Commitment:
20 hours per person per week. May through September
Volunteer Benefits:
Full hook up sites and great recreation opportunities

Ready to get involved?

Contact Spencer Gerk: spencer.gerk@state.co.us, (719) 738-2376 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Friends of Lathrop State Park


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Varies
Volunteer Benefits:
Support Lathrop State Park and work closely with park management to achieve shared goals

Ready to get involved?

Contact Stacey Koury: stacey.koury@state.co.us, (719) 738-2376 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Garden Care


Description:
Water, prune, weed, and remote litter from garden area. Generally help keep garden maintained and beautiful!
Time Commitment:
Flexible but semi-weekly check-ins are preferred.
Volunteer Benefits:
For those passionate about flowers, native plants, pollinators, or just with a general green thumb!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Spencer Gerk: spencer.gerk@state.co.us, (719) 738-2376 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Maintenance


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Flexible
Volunteer Benefits:
Offer your skills to your local state park to keep it in tip top shape.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Byron Brown: Byron.brown@state.co.us, (719) 738-2376 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Naturalist


Description:
Assist park staff with education programs on weekend evenings.
Time Commitment:
Length of programs vary from 30 minutes to 1 hour
Volunteer Benefits:
Special guest speakers are offered a campsite in exchange for evening programs

Ready to get involved?

Contact Spencer Gerk: spencer.gerk@state.co.us, (719) 738-2376 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Visitor Services


Description:
Visitor Center/Office Support. Greet visitors, answer phones, and questions. Sell park passes and licenses; word processing and data entry on the computer; or 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.
Time Commitment:
4+ hour shifts, weekends preferred
Volunteer Benefits:
People-Person? This role is for you! Greeting incoming visitors can be quite the treat as they head to their campsites, are out for a family stroll, or return to share their pictures of an exciting wildlife sighting!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Spencer Gerk: spencer.gerk@state.co.us, (719) 738-2376 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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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Butterfly Monitoring


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
May - September or October. A 6-month commitment with a weekly schedule is required.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Volunteer Coordinator: lory.park@state.co.us, (970) 493-1623 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Butterfly Monitoring Lead


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
May - September or October. A 6-month commitment with a weekly schedule is required.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Dylan Jandreau: dylan.jandreau@state.co.us, (970) 493-1623 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Naturalist


Description:
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?

Contact Dylan Jandreau: dylan.jandreau@state.co.us, (970) 493-1623 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Resident Volunteer


Description:
Lory State Park is located in the beautiful foothills just west of Fort Collins. This park does not have campgrounds, but offers spring and summer volunteer host positions to assist staff with various duties. The host stays in their own RV at the park's maintenance shop with a full hook up and access to a washer and dryer and a full private bathroom with a shower. Hosts are asked to work closely with the full time and seasonal staff to accomplish the goals of the park. These tasks may include, but are not limited to, general maintenance including Visitor Center and restroom cleaning, special projects, operation of the Visitor Center (with duties including selling permits and merchandise, distributing information to visitors, and answering phones) and more.
Volunteer Benefits:
Full hook up to use while you volunteer!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Dylan Jandreau: dylan.jandreau@state.co.us, (970) 493-1623 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Special Projects


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Varies

Ready to get involved?

Contact Dylan Jandreau: dylan.jandreau@state.co.us, (970) 493-1623 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Trail Work


Description:
This opportunity is to help with trail building and maintenance at Lory State Park.
Time Commitment:
Varies

Ready to get involved?

Contact Dylan Jandreau: dylan.jandreau@state.co.us, (970) 493-1623 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Visitor Services


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
We ask that you have a fairly consistent schedule or be able to commit to volunteering on a consistent basis.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Dylan Jandreau: dylan.jandreau@state.co.us, (970) 493-1623 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Varies.
Volunteer Benefits:
Help reduce human-wildlife conflict. Learn about bears and bear behavior and educate the public.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Lori Morgan: lori.morgan@state.co.us, (303) 291-7369 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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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Campground Host


Description:
Volunteer Campground Hosts support conservation and recreation through these responsibilities: - Collect fees and dispense park information at an entrance station. - Act as a campground host greeting campers. - Assist in daily campground operations and posting campground reservations. - Clean campsites, bathrooms, and laundry facilities and assist with light maintenance. - Dispense park information and assist with campground programs.
Time Commitment:
20 hours per week in exchange for free campsite. Prefer 3 month minimum commitment during the summer season.
Volunteer Benefits:
Full-service campsite provided

Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

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Maintenance and Construction


Description:
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
Time Commitment:
Based on availability and interests of the volunteer
Volunteer Benefits:
Contribute to park success.

Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

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Visitor Services


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Summer: 4 hours per day, up to three days per week. Fall-Winter-Spring: 8 hours per day up to three days per week
Volunteer Benefits:
Contribute to park success.

Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

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


Description:
Provide general assistance to the staff in the Meeker area, such as fence work, habitat improvement projects, and more.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Learn on-the-job experiences at the Area level while shadowing staff and learning about the agency.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Victoria Gallegos: victorial.gallegos@state.co.us, (970) 878-6062 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Customer Service Assistance


Description:
Provide administrative assistance to office: filing, typing, answering phones, making copies and various other duties. Training provided.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Utilize your public relations skills and learn about the daily interactions with CPW customers, products, and staff roles.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Victoria Gallegos: victorial.gallegos@state.co.us, (970) 878-6062 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Gain experience working with and supporting CPW staff in a variety of roles and projects.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Traci Geringer: traci.geringer@state.co.us, (719) 587-6902 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Frisco Creek Animal Care


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Varies. Heavy training is involved so volunteer must commit to worthwhile time period.
Volunteer Benefits:
Support CPW's wildlife rehab facitility for animals.

Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

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Frisco Creek Maintenance


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Varies
Volunteer Benefits:
Support CPW's wildlife rehab facitility for animals.

Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

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Maintenance and Construction


Description:
Help keep up Russell Lakes State Wildlife Area! Pick up shot gun shells and trash, upkeep restrooms, keep head gates cleaned out, and more.
Time Commitment:
Varies
Volunteer Benefits:
Support the upkeep and care of an important wildlife habitat area.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Catherine Brons: catherine.brons@state.co.us, (970) 375-6709 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Wildlife Host - San Luis SWA


Description:
San Luis State Wildlife Area (SWA) is located near the exceptionally scenic Sand Dunes National Park and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in southern Colorado. The site provides family-oriented activities; single or couple hosts with customer service skills assist staff with campground management and site upkeep. Campsites provide electricity, no plumbing or water hook ups. There is a dumpster and dump station for waste.
Time Commitment:
2 month minimum commitment to site.
Volunteer Benefits:
Campsite provided.

Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

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


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Gain experience working with and supporting CPW staff in a variety of roles and projects.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Darlene Trainor: darlene.trainor@state.co.us, (970) 252-6002 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Bluebird Monitoring


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Early Spring through August. By April boxes need to be checked every 10 days to 2 weeks.
Volunteer Benefits:
Help monitor the vitality of local bluebird populations and provide important data information from 'the field'.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Darlene Trainor: darlene.trainor@state.co.us, (970) 252-6002 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Deer Trapping


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Gain experience working with CPW staff and support wildlife conservation projects.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Catherine Brons: catherine.brons@state.co.us, (970) 375-6709 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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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Campground Host


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
20 hours per person per week.
Volunteer Benefits:
Enjoy full hook up sites with amazing scenery surrounding you.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Linda Groat: linda.groat@state.co.us, (719) 687-2366 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Friends of Mueller State Park


Description:
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/
Time Commitment:
Annual committment to be on the board, attend monthly meetings, and other time as needed to assist with fundraising, events, and projects.
Volunteer Benefits:
Support your state park and work closely with park management to achieve shared goals.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Linda Groat: linda.groat@state.co.us, (719) 687-2366 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Maintenance


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Varies
Volunteer Benefits:
Give back to the park

Ready to get involved?

Contact Linda Groat: linda.groat@state.co.us, (719) 687-2366 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Naturalist


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
40 hour training. Programs and event times vary.
Volunteer Benefits:
Share your love of nature with others.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Linda Groat: linda.groat@state.co.us, (719) 687-2366 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Special Projects


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Varies
Volunteer Benefits:
Share your special skills and give back to the park.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Linda Groat: linda.groat@state.co.us, (719) 687-2366 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Trail Work


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Workdays are scheduled 1-2 days per week from June through Sept.
Volunteer Benefits:
Get to know the park trails and give back.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Alex Zoebeli: alexandra.zoebeli@state.co.us, (719) 687-2366 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Visitor Services


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
4-8 hour shifts. A regular weekly commitment is desired.
Volunteer Benefits:
People-Person? This role is for you! Greeting incoming visitors can be quite the treat as they head to their campsites, are out for a family stroll, or return to share their pictures of an exciting wildlife sighting!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Linda Groat: linda.groat@state.co.us, (719) 687-2366 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Time to complete orientation. Two 4.5 hour shifts per day of operation (weekends only as well as holidays that fall on Mondays). Travel time to and from park. Volunteer is able to choose what shift they want to drive as long as it is available. Shuttle runs Sat, Sun and holiday Mondays 9am to 6pm
Volunteer Benefits:
Provide essential service to the boating public.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Bryan Coombs: bryan.coombs@state.co.us, (970) 883-2208 to become a volunteer.

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Campground Host


Description:
Thank you for your interest! 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! Campground hosts are the park's ambassadors, assisting staff with visitor services and campground management, including monitoring campsite reservation status and maintain campsite cleanliness (clean fire pits, rake high-use pads), and selling firewood. Hosts are not allowed to bring OHV's, but motorcycles are fine as long as they are street legal. Dogs are fine as long as they are kept leashed and/or contained/under control. A full-service campsite is provided in return for 20 hours per week service. 4 positions are available each season.
Time Commitment:
20 hours per week. Fairly flexible dates - mid-May through mid-September preferred. Memorial Day through Labor Day required. Weekends required as needed.
Volunteer Benefits:
Full-service campsite provided

Ready to get involved?

Contact Bryan Coombs: bryan.coombs@state.co.us, (970) 883-2208 to become a volunteer.

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Maintenance and Construction


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Varies by project.

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Special Projects


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Varies by project/need

Ready to get involved?

Contact Bryan Coombs: bryan.coombs@state.co.us, (970) 883-2208 to become a volunteer.

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Visitor Services


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
As determined by program supervisor.

North Sterling State Park

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

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Campground Host


Description:
North Sterling is a water-based recreation area (3,000 acres of water/1,500 acres of land) on Colorado's eastern plains offering a variety of recreation opportunities including fishing (walleye, wiper, catfish), boating, swimming, and hiking. Volunteer campground host duties include: posting campground reservations, assisting at park office when needed, and light maintenance. The host site has electric hookup along with water and RV dump at each site.
Time Commitment:
Single person - 40 hours per week Couple - 24 hours per person per week Mid-May through Labor Day
Volunteer Benefits:
Campsite with full hookups (electric, water and sewer). Covered picnic area at site. Lockable storage area. 3 bay covered parking area.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Mitchell Diede: mitchell.diede@state.co.us, (970) 522-3657 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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


Description:
Assist education staff with multiple programs and on-site education at schools and at events.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Learn how to apply conservation principles to school programs and assist with education/outreach events.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kathleen Mawhinney: kathleen.mawhinney@state.co.us, (970) 255-6181 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Watchable Wildlife Assistance


Description:
Assist with watchable wildlife education, activities, and office assistance.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Share your knowledge and expertise of Colorado's wildlife through programs and wildlife viewing festivals.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Trina Romero: trina.romero@state.co.us, (970) 255-6191 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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


Description:
Assist Pueblo area staff with wildlife surveys, habitat improvement, carcass transport, and miscellaneous projects.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Gain experience for those wanting a career in wildlife management.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Gretchen Holschuh: Gretchen.Holschuh@state.co.us, (719) 561-5300 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Bear Aware


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
As needed in response to neighborhood issues. Busier season is March - November.
Volunteer Benefits:
Help educate the public to keep bears wild

Ready to get involved?

Contact Gretchen Holschuh: Gretchen.Holschuh@state.co.us, (719) 561-5300 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Wildlife Host - DeWeese Reservoir SWA


Description:
DeWeese Reservoir State Wildlife Area is located North of Westcliffe, CO. It offers various hunting opportunities and cold water fishing. Host responsibilities may include general maintenance, cleaning, and answering visitor questions. Rustic living at it's best, host must have a self contained unit as there are no amenities on site.
Time Commitment:
Summer
Volunteer Benefits:
Enjoy the numerous recreation and hunting opportunities

Ready to get involved?

Contact Justin Krall: justin.krall@state.co.us, (719) 561-5300 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Wildlife Transport


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Respond to calls as needed. Committment with flexible availability is preferred.
Volunteer Benefits:
Help Wildlife

Ready to get involved?

Contact Jeanette Lara: jeanette.lara@state.co.us, (719) 227-5204 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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


Description:
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).
Time Commitment:
Bi-weekly hour needs range between state parks and seasons. 1 full year commitment required.
Volunteer Benefits:
1.) Collaborate and connect with CPW staff and volunteers 2.) Increase raptor identification skills and natural history knowledge 3.) Receive Resource Stewardship Volunteer uniform items 4.) Access to raptor monitoring and identification resources and materials

Ready to get involved?

Contact Jeff Thompson: dnr_cpwresourcestewardship@state.co.us, (303) 291-7282 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
To fully record a park's dark sky quality, 2-4 hours may be needed in one night. However, a signle observation should take less than 15 minutes.
Volunteer Benefits:
Learn how to measure dark sky quality and help CPW identify parks eligible for certification through International Dark Sky Association.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Community Science Technician: dnr_cpwstewardshipcitsci@state.co.us, (303) 291-7166 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Reptile and Amphibian Monitoring


Description:
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!
Time Commitment:
TBD

Ready to get involved?

Contact Community Science Technician: dnr_cpwstewardshipcitsci@state.co.us, (303) 291-7166 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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State Parks NatureFinder


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Flexible. Volunteers can count 1 hour for every 4 observations or every 8 identifications made within the State Parks NatureFinder project on iNaturalist.
Volunteer Benefits:
Help collect data on the biodiversity of state parks! Get outside and observe plants, animals, and fungi! Help Colorado Parks and Wildlife document biodiversity in our state parks and earn volunteer hours by submitting photos of plants, animals, and fungi

Ready to get involved?

Contact Community Science Technician: dnr_cpwstewardshipcitsci@state.co.us, (303) 291-7166 or apply online to become a volunteer.

Ridgway State Park

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

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Campground Host


Description:
Do you enjoy camping / RV'ing, working outdoors, interacting with people, and have good customer service and communication skills? Become a volunteer Campground Host at Ridgway State Park! Located at the base of the spectacular San Juan Mountains in Western Colorado, and close to Telluride, Ouray, and Ridgway, make Ridgway State Park the gateway to a wide range of outdoor natural recreation opportunities including fishing, boating, golfing, hiking, alpine 4x4 roads, nature photography and much more. Ridgway State Park has 280 campsites, a 1000-acre reservoir, 15 miles of trails, a swim beach, a marina, picnicking areas, and a fly fishing stream. Our volunteer hosts assist campers, maintain the campsites, sell firewood, and help with reservations. Hosts may also help in other sections of the park depending on their skills and interests. In return for service, all host couples will receive a full hook-up campsite and will have access to a workstation at the Visitor Center, which is equipped with a telephone, computer and internet access.
Time Commitment:
Hosts are required to volunteer a minimum of 28 hours per week and are required to volunteer on weekends and holidays. Each host couple will receive 2 consecutive days off per week. Winter: December-March, Spring: April-May, Summer: April/May-Labor Day, Fall: September-October.
Volunteer Benefits:
Full-service campsite provided. Intergral part of the parks success. Two consecutive days off.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Nolan Tappenden: nolan.tappenden@state.co.us, (970) 626-5822 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Customer Service Assistance - Marina


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

Ready to get involved?

Contact Nolan Tappenden: nolan.tappenden@state.co.us, (970) 626-5822 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Friends of Ridgway State Park


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

Ready to get involved?

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

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Friends of Ridgway State Park - Board


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

Ready to get involved?

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

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Maintenance and Construction


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

Ready to get involved?

Contact Nolan Tappenden: nolan.tappenden@state.co.us, (970) 626-5822 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Naturalist


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

Ready to get involved?

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

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Special Projects


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

Ready to get involved?

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

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Trail Work


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

Ready to get involved?

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

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Visitor Services


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

Ready to get involved?

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

Rifle Gap and Rifle Falls State Parks

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

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Bluebird Monitoring


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

Ready to get involved?

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

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Campground Host - Rifle Falls


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

Ready to get involved?

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

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Campground Host - Rifle Gap


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

Ready to get involved?

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

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Campground Host (Winter)


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

Ready to get involved?

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

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Maintenance


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

Ready to get involved?

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

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Naturalist


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

Ready to get involved?

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

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Outdoors at the River Stop


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

Ready to get involved?

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

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Resident Volunteer


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

Ready to get involved?

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

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Special Projects


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

Ready to get involved?

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

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Trail Work


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

Ready to get involved?

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

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Visitor Services


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

Ready to get involved?

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

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


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
3-4 hours per month for at least one year
Volunteer Benefits:
The data River Watch volunteers collect directly impacts decisions to help maintain and restore rivers in the State of Colorado. Your time and data collection are critical and greatly appreciated.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Megan McConville: megan.mcconville@state.co.us, (303) 291-7323 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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River Watch Program Assistance


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
5-10 hours per month
Volunteer Benefits:
As a program focused on data collection, River Watch program assistance volunteers are cruicial in data management and analysis providing which is critical to the programs continued success and providing River Watch monitoring groups with greater analysis

Ready to get involved?

Contact Megan McConville: megan.mcconville@state.co.us, (303) 291-7323 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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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Resource Rescuers Trail Crew


Description:
We are looking for volunteers to help improve the trails in Roxborough State Park. On this project, volunteers will help reduce the harmful impacts of erosion, improve the trail's durability and make a lasting impact on future visitors! We need trail workers and crew leaders to build and maintain trails. The work will be tough yet rewarding as you rework trails to be sustainable by widening trails to accommodate drainage and use, building fences/walls, and other structures including switchbacks. This is the perfect project for volunteers who are comfortable working with their hands and seeing their completed work for years to come. Requirements: This program is great for volunteers of all skill levels who like to work outside, but can sometimes involve hard physical labor. Every volunteer is encouraged to work at their own pace and enjoy their time volunteering. Good for groups? Yes. Teamwork is key in getting trail maintenance done correctly and efficiently.
Time Commitment:
Projects can vary from one to several days and range from 4 to 8 hours each day?. Projects typically occur over the summer months (May - October).

Ready to get involved?

Contact Joseph Herman: joseph.herman@state.co.us, (303) 973-3959 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Weed Warriors


Description:
Serve alongside a team of other volunteers or on a solo project to eliminate noxious, invasive or non-native plant species that often destroy and replace our native plants. Wildlife depends on our native plants to survive! By eradicating these plants you will be helping to improve Roxborough State Park for all of its wildlife and visitors! Requirements: This program is great for volunteers of all skill levels who like to work outside. Every volunteer is encouraged to work at their own pace and enjoy their time volunteering. Best time of year:? Projects typically occur over the summer months (May - October). Good for groups?: Yes. Teamwork is key in removing invasive plants from our park. Good for one-time volunteering?: Yes. Weed Warrior projects have on-site training right before the project starts and the assigned tasks can be finished same-day.
Time Commitment:
Projects can vary from one to several days and range from 4 to 8 hours each day?.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Joseph Herman: joseph.herman@state.co.us, (303) 973-3959 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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 Assistance


Description:
Assist Salida area staff on habitat improvements, fencing and construction projects, adopt-a-trail ambassadors, invasive species removal, irrigation and planting projects.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Gain experience for those wanting a career in wildlife management.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Sean Shepherd: Sean.shepherd@state.co.us, (719) 539-5991 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Bluebird Monitoring


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Weekly monitoring with a seasonal committment of March-August.
Volunteer Benefits:
Enjoy the perks of birding while collecting important nesting data

Ready to get involved?

Contact Sean Shepherd: Sean.shepherd@state.co.us, (719) 539-5991 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Chaffee County Shooting Range Ambassador


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
5 hours per month
Volunteer Benefits:
Engaging with the shooting public in the community. Can provide input on range designs.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kail Glenn: kail.glenn@state.co.us, (719) 530-5534 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Irrigation Ditch Maintenance


Description:
Maintain ditches, irrigate fields, clear obstructions. A fair amount of walking and physical exercise is required.
Time Commitment:
8-12 hours per month
Volunteer Benefits:
Habitat improvement and water management.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kail Glenn: kail.glenn@state.co.us, (719) 530-5534 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Trail Ambassador - Frantz Lake SWA


Description:
Volunteers adopt a section of trail to trim trees, mow and weed eat, pick up trash, and other general maintenance. Also maintain signage.
Time Commitment:
Several hours a week. Commit to the Seasonal summer months.
Volunteer Benefits:
Give back by adopting a trail to care for.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kail Glenn: kail.glenn@state.co.us, (719) 530-5534 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Wildlife Host - Clear Creek Reservoir SWA


Description:
Clear Creek Reservoir is an easy-to-reach 407 acre lake to between Buena Vista and Leadville. If you're searching for a rustic style of living with breathtaking mountain scenery, this SWA is for you! In addition to boating and camping, the lake offers excellent fishing for rainbow, cutthroat, and brown trout. Tiger muskie and kokanee salmon are common as well. Other available activities include miles of hiking trails, historic ghost towns, hunting, OHV roads, easy access to surrounding public lands, birding, and nearby bighorn sheep viewing. Camp hosts assist with managing a free camping area. This includes, but is not limited to, answering general questions and maintaining the area, including one vault toilet. Hosts must have a self-contained unit, as there are no hookups on site. Site elevation: 8,875 ft
Time Commitment:
16+ hours per week. Memorial Day to Labor Day with a 6-8 week minimum stay.
Volunteer Benefits:
Great fishing at a remote location, but close to nearby towns and other mountain attractions.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kail Glenn: kail.glenn@state.co.us, (719) 530-5534 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Wildlife Host - Skaguay SWA


Description:
Skaguay Reservoir State Wildlife Area (SWA) is just east of the town Victor, which is near Cripple Creek. This peaceful mountain lake is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and is approximately 715 acres and ranges from 8,383 ft to 9,344 ft in elevation. This SWA is a great place for wildlife viewing and fishing rainbow trout, brook trout, cutthroat trout, lake trout (makinaw), and northern pike. Camp hosts would need to have a self-contained camper and a sense of adventure as we don't have any hookups for camping or any cell service at that location. Our hosts help to answer simple questions from visitors and keep the parking area and bathroom free from trash.
Time Commitment:
5 days a week
Volunteer Benefits:
Great fishing at a remote location!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Jay Adamic: jay.adamic@state.co.us, (719) 276-2323 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
2-6 hours per fishing event
Volunteer Benefits:
Share your love of fishing with others. Help pass on your passion! The feeling of seeing and helping someone catch their very first fish is something you will never forget!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Tracy Predmore: tracy.predmore@state.co.us, (719) 227-5207 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Education Program Assistance


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Programs vary from 1-8 hours in length.
Volunteer Benefits:
For those that enjoy educating others about wildlife and natural resources.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Tracy Predmore: tracy.predmore@state.co.us, (719) 227-5207 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Festival Ambassador


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Event lengths vary from 2-8 hours.
Volunteer Benefits:
Engage with the public and share your knowledge with others.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Jeanette Lara: jeanette.lara@state.co.us, (719) 227-5204 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Field Archery Instructor


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
6 hour training to become a certified instructor. Beginner classes are usually held twice a month on Saturdays from April through October, although additional event times may vary. We are looking for a season-long committment after training to ensure we have enough help.
Volunteer Benefits:
Experience the joy of someone's first bullseye by sharing your own shooting skills.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Tracy Predmore: tracy.predmore@state.co.us, (719) 227-5207 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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NASP Archery Instructor


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
7 hour training to become a certified BAI instructor. Event times may vary, but typically take place during weekdays.
Volunteer Benefits:
Experience the joy of someone's first bullseye by sharing your own shooting skills.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Tracy Predmore: tracy.predmore@state.co.us, (719) 227-5207 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Varies
Volunteer Benefits:
Share knowledge and skills with youth and teachers to promote outdoor-related learning experiences. Opportunities to attend wildlife and outdoor-related training and enrichment workshops and trainings with CPW and partners.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Catherine Brons: catherine.brons@state.co.us, (970) 375-6709 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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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Campground Host


Description:
Volunteer hosts check campgrounds and provide customer service to campers. Make public relations contacts. Light maintenance work, cleaning sites and restrooms. Other tasks as agreed upon with park.
Time Commitment:
Minimum 20 hours per person per week (couple) or 30 hours per week (individual) in return for a campsite.
Volunteer Benefits:
Camp site

Ready to get involved?

Contact Sean Dunlavy: sean.dunlavy@state.co.us, (303) 485-0186 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Special Projects


Description:
Special Projects. Annual Events. Assist with Interpretation/Education.
Time Commitment:
Varies

Ready to get involved?

Contact Sean Dunlavy: sean.dunlavy@state.co.us, (303) 485-0186 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Visitor Services


Description:
Volunteer will help in managing the park by offering administrative, resource management and customer service to visitors of the park.
Time Commitment:
Varies

Ready to get involved?

Contact Jennifer Goldman: Jennifer.goldman@state.co.us, (303) 678-9402 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
24 hours per person per week
Volunteer Benefits:
Host at a beautiful state park nestled in the Yampa Valley. Within minutes of Steamboat Springs and many recreational opportunities, this is a great location for your next adventure!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Tabitha Callies: tabitha.callies@state.co.us, (970) 736-2436 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Customer Service Assistance


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Three, 8 hour shifts per week
Volunteer Benefits:
Share your varied skills with our customers and staff!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Cory Spakes: cory.spakes@state.co.us, (970) 736-2436 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Friends of Stagecoach State Park


Description:
The Friends of Stagecoach State Park support conservation, encourage environmental education, and enhance recreation.
Time Commitment:
Annual committment to be on the board, attend monthly meetings, and other time as needed to assist with fundraising, events, and projects.
Volunteer Benefits:
Help support Stagecoach State Park through fundraising, volunteer opportunities, and hosting events for the park.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Cory Spakes: cory.spakes@state.co.us, (970) 736-2436 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Maintenance and Construction


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Share your knowledge and expertise with our parks staff and help us to maintain a great place for our visitors.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Cory Spakes: cory.spakes@state.co.us, (970) 736-2436 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Resident Volunteer


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
24 hours per person per week
Volunteer Benefits:
Your varied skill set and desire to be outdoors in the will be a great asset at our park! Volunteers enjoy beautiful views and amazing recreation opportunities year-round.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Tabitha Callies: tabitha.callies@state.co.us, (970) 736-2436 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Resident Volunteer (Winter)


Description:
The goals of this volunteer opportunity are: To be leaders in providing outdoor recreation through the stewardship of Colorado's natural resources for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of present and future generations. To have a positive experience as a volunteer while benefiting the park visitors. The volunteer will serve with assigned maintenance staff on repair, replacement and/or maintenance of park structures and equipment as needed. During the winter, snow-clearing will be performed around the park office, entrance stations, restrooms and campsites open for winter camping. At the discretion of the Park Resource Technician, the volunteer will be trained in the use of the park snow plows. The volunteer will maintain the cross country ski trail, grooming equipment and groom as required. Volunteers will also inventory and tidy the education supply building, clean the Park Office restroom, maintain the park office, as well as other mutually agreed upon projects.
Time Commitment:
16 hours per person per week
Volunteer Benefits:
Your varied skill set and desire to be outdoors in the winter will be a great asset at our park! Volunteers in the winter enjoy beautiful views and amazing winter recreation opportunities.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Tabitha Callies: tabitha.callies@state.co.us, (970) 736-2436 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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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Campground Host


Description:
Campground hosts are needed in three separate campgrounds to assist with park operations. This spectacular mountain park consists of 71,000 acres and the largest moose herd in Colorado. Volunteer responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: greeting campers, light maintenance, cabin and camp site maintenance, entrance station/visitor center staffing, and assisting the interpretive staff with promoting and possibly presenting interpretive programs and hikes. Electrical hookups are available at the Ranger Lakes Campground; there are also two trailer sites at the park's maintenance compound with full hookups.
Time Commitment:
Minimum of 20 hours per week, with the majority of those hours occurring on weekends and holidays.
Volunteer Benefits:
Host at a beautiful park well known for being the moose capital of Colorado!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Tony Johnson: anthonyt.johnson@state.co.us, (970) 723-8366 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Entrance Gate Attendant


Description:
Assist the park's Visitor Services Section by serving in the entrance station(s), selling passes and permits, dispensing information, and answering questions.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Share your customer service skills with our park while enjoying beautiful, scenic views of the nearby mountains.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Tony Johnson: anthonyt.johnson@state.co.us, (970) 723-8366 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Special Projects


Description:
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.
Time Commitment:
Varies
Volunteer Benefits:
Share your passion for planning projects, design, and expertise on varied special projects.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Tony Johnson: anthonyt.johnson@state.co.us, (970) 723-8366 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Special Projects - Winter Assistance


Description:
Come volunteer in a spectacular high-alpine setting! Help us with our winter trails program and visitor center at State Forest State Park. Housing or campsite may be provided for the right candidate with 20+ volunteer hours per week.
Time Commitment:
Varies. 20+ hours per person per week in exchange for on-park site.
Volunteer Benefits:
Come volunteer in a spectacular high-alpine setting!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Tony Johnson: anthonyt.johnson@state.co.us, (970) 723-8366 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Trail Work


Description:
Assist with design, construction, and maintenance of park trails. Serve as crew member or crew leader on trail construction. renovation and maintenance. Design or install trail signage. Participate in prearranged trail or maintenance days.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Support the trails you know and enjoy, and give back by helping our staff with trail maintenance, sign design, and construction.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Tony Johnson: anthonyt.johnson@state.co.us, (970) 723-8366 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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


Description:
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 for 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.
Time Commitment:
2 days per month
Volunteer Benefits:
Support a part of CPW's mission to provide enjoyable and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities that educate and inspire current and future generations to serve as active stewards of Colorado's natural resources.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Megan Sims: megan.sims@state.co.us, (303) 791-1957 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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


Description:
Assist anglers with their fishing skills. Clinics are offered multiple times a year, and sometime specifically requested by groups coming to the park.
Time Commitment:
Regular commitment for scheduling purposes!
Volunteer Benefits:
Help pass on your passion for fishing! The feeling of seeing and helping someone catch their very first fish is something you will never forget!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Andrea Dumais: andrea.dumais@state.co.us, (303) 816-0912 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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Climbing Volunteers


Description:
Permits must be obtained from the Park Manager before joining this group. These volunteers receive permission to develop specific climbing routes within the park.
Time Commitment:
Varies

Ready to get involved?

Contact Zach Taylor: zach.taylor@state.co.us, (303) 816-5180 or apply online to become a volunteer.