Join our volunteer team to help care for Larimer County's parks and open spaces. Through a variety of projects and programs, we can be the link connecting you to both the natural world and your community. Find the most current position descriptions for ongoing volunteer programs below. Please note not all programs are accepting applications. 

Volunteer Roles

Accepting Applications for the 2022 summer season for Hermit Park Open Space  

Discover, play, and volunteer in Northern Colorado. Join our dynamic team of Volunteer Campground Hosts while exploring Larimer County Parks and Open Spaces. Enjoy the opportunities that abound nearby such as: wildlife watching, hiking, fishing, scenic drives, biking boating, paddle boarding and more! There is something for everyone in Larimer County and each of our campgrounds offers a unique Rocky Mountain experience. 

Horsetooth Reservoir (Fort Collins, CO)- Six and one-half miles of water beckon visitors to come out and play! Where the foothills meet the plains; breathtaking scenery meets the hustle & bustle of outdoor recreation. (all positions filled)

Carter Lake Area (Loveland, CO) - Three reservoirs, three diverse landscapes, three different recreation experiences, all within a 20-minute drive from the sweetheart town of Loveland. (all positions filled)

Hermit Park Open Space (Estes Park, CO) - Enjoy quiet solitude nestled in the ponderosa pine forest at 8,000 ft. Iconic Rocky Mountain views and an abundance of wildlife provide an escape from it all.  (one position available)

Typical week required 30 - 35 volunteer hours per person and your RV site with full hookups is included. Scheduled and duties vary based on location. We are seeking friendly folks who genuinely like people, are team players, work hard, and are passionate about public lands. There will be work but you'll also get plenty of time to relax and enjoy the beauty of amazing places. We need your help during our busy season May - September, to provide excellent customer service, assist with our reservation process, maintain cleanliness of grounds, and turn over cabins. 

Be an integral part of the Larimer County Department of Natural Resources community and foster an appreciation of our outdoor spaces. Submit an application to begin your Northern Colorado adventure. 

Accepting Applications 

Interested in inspiring curiosity for the natural world in people of all ages? Love spending time outdoors? Larimer County Natural Resources prepares Volunteer Naturalists to teach school groups, lead hikes and interact with the public on Larimer County's parks and open spaces. Naturalists connect visitors to our natural spaces by sharing their enthusiasm for nature through fun and engaging educational programs. No experience in the fields of environmental education or ecology is required. Volunteer Naturalists must attend an in-depth training, pass a background check and have transportation.  

Naturalist training will take place in March 2022. 

Accepting Applications

Love interacting with the public and being outdoors? Join our volunteer team as a Naturalist Assistant to lend a hand during our year-round educational programs. Naturalist Assistants act as welcoming hosts at educational programs by greeting participants, answering questions, and assisting program leads with group management, props and activities. They also host fun and engaging outreach stations at Larimer County's parks and open spaces. Opportunities to help are available on weekdays, weekends and evenings and take place at a variety of our parks and open spaces. 


Group Volunteer Projects are a great way for your community or corporate group organization to team-build, have fun, get outside, and give back to your community. Make a difference by helping us pick up trash, maintain trails, pull weeds, maintain park amenities, plant trees, and more. 

To request a Group Volunteer Project, select the Request a Group Volunteer Project link. To complete the request form, please create a free account in Offero (name, email, and phone number are all that is required). 

Know Before You Request

  • Group Volunteer Projects are dependent on the needs of the department. 
  • Six (6) weeks notice is preferred. A minimum of two (2) weeks notice is required. 
  • A "group" has a minimum of five (5) volunteers. 
  • Saturday & Sunday projects may be available on occasion if requested. 
  • Projects are typically scheduled 9 am - 12 pm or 1 pm - 4 pm. 
  • Dogs or other pets are not allowed. 
  • If applicable, parking passes will be provided. 
  • If no project is available, your group can schedule an Independent Litter Cleanup. 

Independent Litter Cleanup

Help us keep our open spaces beautiful and sustainable by picking up litter. Independent cleanups are intended for groups who wish to organize themselves and volunteer on their own schedule. We are looking for volunteers to helps us clean up trails, parking lots, and day-use areas. Best times are Sunday afternoons or Monday - Thursday mornings. However, with Independent Litter Cleanups you can schedule a time that works best for your group. Litter pick up materials provided upon request. 


Accepting Applications 

Help keep your parks and open spaces beautiful and more sustainable by picking up trash. Litter cleanup is a great way for to give back to the Larimer County natural spaces you already love. Once a month, head out to your favorite open space or try a new one each time. Every little bit helps, even picking up micro-trash! Volunteer on your schedule, get exercise, and be outdoors while being a steward of our natural resources. Opportunities available for all ages and abilities.  



Accepting Applications 

As part of project team, you will help improve and maintain our natural areas. This role requires an enthusiasm for getting your hands dirty and love of working outdoors. Projects include trail building and renovation, wildlife habitat improvements, tree and shrub planting, fence construction and repairs, weed control and forestry management. Become a steward of our natural areas, preserving them for future generations, while gaining new skills and sharing your love of nature with others just like you. Projects and dates vary and typically occur on the weekdays. 

Not Accepting Applications

Your images can help tell the story of Larimer County's parks and open spaces. Selected photographs are used in annual reports, social media, promotional materials, newsletters, slideshows and where a thousand words get boiled down to a single picture. Volunteer Photographers use their artistic vision and talents to photograph recreational opportunities and stewardship of Larimer County Natural Resources along with capturing the natural beauty of our parks and open spaces. 

Not Accepting Applications

As a Volunteer Ranger Assistant, you will serve as an ambassador for natural areas and open spaces by promoting outdoor safety and awareness and answering visitor questions. Get exercise, fresh air and quiet time all while giving back to your community. You can volunteer on foot, ride your bike or ride your horse. The schedule is flexible however volunteers are needed most on weekends during the summer. 

The Volunteer Ranger Assistant (VRA) program was created to integrate the community in promoting visitor safety and enhancing the enjoyment of the outdoors. Since 2008, Larimer County and the City of Fort Collins have collaborated on this important program. Interested volunteers must apply. If selected for this program, volunteers will be required to complete a mandatory training and pass a background check. 


Contact Us

Angela Borland
Education and Volunteer Supervisor
(970) 619-4489