You can help Larimer County care for your parks and open lands by joining our volunteer team. 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.

Spend the summer on the water at Carter Lake Reservoir or Horsetooth Reservoir assisting ranger staff. Assist Larimer County ranger staff with boat patrols on weekends and holidays during the summer months.

The normal time commitment is five hours per week, with the option to do more. This position is only available on weekends and holidays and will require being on the patrol boat and working directly with ranger staff. Applicants must be able to swim and have previous boating experience. All applicants will be screened and interviewed.

For questions or more information, contact Pam Mayhew at pmayhew@larimer.org or (970) 619-4552.

Boat Patrol Boat Patrol Boat Patrol

Now accepting applications for 2018 season

Magic is all around us here in Northern Colorado. The Department of Natural Resources offers a little bit of that magic and more! We are located along the gorgeous Front Range near Rocky Mountain National Park. Unpaid camphost slots are available at Carter Lake, Horsetooth Reservoir, Flatiron Reservoir, Pinewood Reservoir, and at Hermit Park Open Space near Estes Park. All slots are full hook-up. Camphost training begins early May, and hosts stay through 2nd weekend in September at Carter Lake and Horsetooth campgrounds and through October 1 at the Estes Park campgrounds. So if you love the outdoors and magic places, come join us! We look forward to meeting you!

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For questions or more information, contact Pam Mayhew at pmayhew@larimer.org or (970) 619-4552.

Campground Host Campground Host Campground Host

In a highly competitive job market, there is a need to stand out among others. Employers prefer to hire graduates who have career-related work experience and the right internship can be crucial to a successful job search. A good internship will give you transferable skills, a notable work ethic and a competitive edge. A quality experience will also increase professionalism and demonstrate how the skills and ideas learned in school are applied in the real world.

Internships with the Department of Natural Resources do just that and more! Our internships give students a chance to spend time on our beautiful parks and open spaces while learning about Colorado's natural environment and local land protection efforts. We offer a well-rounded experience designed to prepare students for a variety of natural resource careers. If you have an internship in your future, contact us now and we'll discuss how we can help.

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For questions or more information, contact Pam Mayhew at pmayhew@larimer.org or (970) 619-4552.

Natural Resources Interns Natural Resources Interns Natural Resources Interns

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.

Be a parks and open spaces photographer

You can help Larimer County care for your parks and open spaces by joining our Natural Resources Project Team. As a project team member, you will help improve, develop 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. Projects and dates vary with half day, full day, weekday and weekend projects schedule.

What will you receive?

  • A look behind the scenes on what it takes to maintain your parks and open spaces
  • Work experience, new skills, professional training and support
  • The opportunity to share your love of nature with others just like you

For questions or more information, contact Pam Mayhew at pmayhew@larimer.org or (970) 619-4552.

Project Team Members Project Team Members Project Team Members

Help inspire people's appreciation of nature through your artwork! The Visual Artist of the Year has the opportunity to create a piece of visual art inspired by one of Larimer County's parks or open spaces.

Please note the Visual Artist Program will be on hiatus starting in 2019.

Learn more about the Visual Artist Program

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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.

Next Naturalist Training: March 2019

Next Naturalist Assistant Training: April 2019

For questions or more information, contact Angela Borland at aborland@larimer.org or (970) 619-4489.

Naturalists Naturalists Naturalists

Volunteer Ranger Assistants promote outdoor safety and awareness, respond to visitor questions and monitor areas for safety. 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 the program.

Applications are open for the Volunteer Ranger Assistant Program. Apply by Jan. 30, 2019.

For questions or more information, contact Pam Mayhew at pmayhew@larimer.org or (970) 619-4552.

Volunteer Ranger Assistants

Group volunteers enjoy the satisfaction of producing significant community change in a short amount of time. Group volunteering builds friendships and connections to each other and the community. Groups that volunteer use the power of numbers to create real, lasting change for the common good.

Group Volunteer Opportunities

  • One-time projects and long-term projects
  • Great for team building, corporate service days, Scouts (including Service for Camping) or a family day of volunteering!
  • Great for Eagle Scout projects, or groups wanting to volunteer multiple times during the year. Prospective Eagle Scouts, please read through the Eagle Scout Process Form before requesting to do a service project.

Service for Camping

All Service for Camping activities are at the discretion of area staff and must be pre-approved. Group size limitations will apply. Dates are limited. To apply, contact Pam Mayhew at pmayhew@larimer.org or (970) 619-4552 to request permission to do a service for camping activity.

Contact Us

Pam Mayhew
Volunteer Coordinator
pmayhew@larimer.org
(970) 619-4552