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

Larimer County, located along the gorgeous Front Range 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.

 

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Apply to be a volunteer Campground Host

 

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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. 

Independent Litter Cleanup Guide

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Applications open October 1, 2021

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.  

Full Position Description

 

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Applications open October 1, 2021

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 Fall of 2021. Please check back for updates. 

Full Position Description

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Applications open October 1, 2021

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. 

Full Position Description

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Applications open October 1, 2021

As part of project team, you will help improve and restore 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. 

Full Position Description

 

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Applications open October 1st, 2021

Save the day for our Rangers & park visitors by assisting with the traffic flow of South Bay boat ramp at Horsetooth Reservoir. Use your social super powers to aid visitors in having the best day by guiding vehicles to appropriate parking, answering questions, encouraging stewardship, keeping operations running smoothly and being a friendly & positive ambassador. 
 

Shifts are 3 hours, Saturdays & Sundays from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Sign up for a regular shift or as you are available. You'll be assigned to a specific location/gate, help with the flow of the boat ramp queue, answer visitor questions, and direct visitors to appropriate parking. Great way to get to know our Ranger staff, support their efforts and enjoy the beauty of this reservoir.

Full Position Description

 

"I enjoy volunteering at the boat ramps because it is so beautiful and the fresh air is invigorating. I love being outdoors. I believe helping the boaters be safe in their days outing is something they truly appreciate. Most people are surprised and thankful for the support and help I give them. Visiting with them as they end their day is fun too." - Danette G. (Volunteer)

"We love volunteering for Larimer County Dept. of Natural Resources because the entire staff and employees are great. They make you feel welcome and a part of the community. Helping visitors is rewarding especially when they tell you thank you so much for sending them to a trail or lake they have never seen. When you see them again and they tell you we are back with a smile it makes you feel real good." - Robert & Gaylynn R. (Volunteers)

 

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, calendars, promotional materials, newsletters, slideshows and where a thousand words get boiled down to a single picture.

Learn more about becoming a volunteer photographer 

Full Position Description

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. 

 

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Not accepting applications

Boat Patrol Assistants support Larimer County Rangers during their boat patrols on summer weekend days at Horsetooth Reservoir and Carter Lake. Volunteers in this position will be working directly on a boat with a Ranger; must be an experienced boater and swimmer, must be prepared for a fast-paced and unpredictable environment and enjoy working with the public. This is a physically demanding but rewarding position. 

This volunteer role is more than going for a boat ride, its an opportunity to utilize your boat & water safety skills and encourage visitors to be good stewards of our reservoirs. Application and interview required.

Boat Patrol Assistant shifts are 12:00 - 4:00 pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays - Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Volunteers must commit to a minimum of 10 shifts per season. 

Full Position Description

 

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Contact Us

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