Join our volunteer team to help care for Larimer County's parks and open spaces. Volunteers range in age from the very young to the still young at heart and everyone in between, all sharing one thing in common — a love for Colorado's natural landscapes and protected areas. We could not accomplish all that we do without help from dedicated volunteers. Through a variety of projects and programs, we can be the link connecting you to both the natural world and your community. 

 

Current Volunteer Opportunities

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 also get the opportunity to experience nature and wildlife first-hand. 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.  

We anticipate Naturalist Training will take place in the Spring of 2021. Please check back for updates. 

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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. Help our Volunteer Naturalists and Natural Resources staff members during evening campground programs, public hikes, outreach tables, school field trips and more. Opportunities to help are available on weekdays, weekends and evenings and take place at a variety of our parks and open spaces. 

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As a project team member, you will help improve and protect our great outdoor areas. All you need to bring is your enthusiasm and willingness to work outdoors. Projects include trail building and renovation, wildlife habitat improvements, tree and shrub planting, fence construction and repairs, weed control and forestry management. This is your chance to help safeguard our priceless areas now and for future generations while gaining new skills and sharing your love of nature with others just like you. Projects and dates vary with half day, full day, weekday and weekend projects. 

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Help our Larimer County Rangers and spend the summer on the water at Horsetooth Reservoir or Carter Lake! This volunteer position involves working directly with rangers on their boats during weekends and holidays over the busy summer season. Applicants must be strong swimmers and have significant boating experience. 

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Help ensure our beautiful reservoirs operate efficiently and that the community has a great recreation experience by aiding with boat ramp traffic and dock area parking at Carter Lake or Horsetooth Reservoir. This position involves interacting with the public and volunteering on weekends and holidays over the summer season.

Larimer County, located along the gorgeous Front Range near Rocky Mountain National Park, offers a unique opportunity to live and volunteer at one of our beautiful campgrounds on a seasonal basis. Unpaid campground host slots are available at Carter Lake, Horsetooth Reservoir, Flatiron Reservoir, Pinewood Reservoir, and Hermit Park Open Space near Estes Park. All slots are full hook-up. Campground host training begins early May and hosts stay through the end of September at most locations. If you love the outdoors and scenic places, come join us! We look forward to meeting you!

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Your images can help tell the story of Larimer County's parks and open spaces. Selected photographs are used in annual reports, calendars, promotional materials, newsletters, slideshows and where a thousand words get boiled down to a single picture.

Learn more about becoming a volunteer photographer 

 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. 

NOTE: We are not currently recruiting for the 2021 Volunteer Ranger class.  Please check back for updates. 

Volunteer Ranger Assistants

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 at the top of this page. To complete the request form, please create a free account in Offero (name, email, and phone number are all that is required). 

 

COVID-19 Requirements

  • All volunteers must wear a mask. 
  • Volunteers must stay at least six feet away from others. 
  • Projects will be limited to a maximum of 10 people. 
  • Litter cleanups may accommodate up to 30 people as it is easier for groups to spread out. 
  • The comfort level around carpooling to the project site is determined by your organization. We recommend carpooling only for family groups. 

 

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. 

Group of volunteers posing for photo after completing a volunteer project. Three people standing at Horsetooth Reservoir holding trash bags after completing a litter clean up. Group of volunteers posing for photo after completing a volunteer project.

 

Contact Us

Angela Borland
Education and Volunteer Supervisor
aborland@larimer.org
(970) 619-4489