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Get Involved: Open Space Mountain Parks

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of the Open Space Mountain Parks Department. Volunteer today!

Monitoring: Raptors


Description:

The purpose of the raptor monitor program is to better protect nest sites along the Front Range. Volunteers provide weekly information to OSMP staff about the status of nests; they also report closure violations. Increased information allows staff to make better resource management decisions. Responsibilities * Monitor raptor nest and roost sites with binoculars or a spotting scope throughout the breeding season. * Fill out observation reports. * Keep closure information confidential. * Volunteers sign an Acknowledgment of Risk and Release Form, submit information for a background check, and follow all OSMP procedures and regulations. Qualifications: * Bird identification skills, including familiarity with birds of prey. * Desire to work outdoors and able to work independently. * For many sites, able to hike steep trails safely. * Able to observe sites for several hours at a time. * Have a commitment to the mission of the department. * Must be at least 18 years old, or must have an adult with them while volunteering.

Time Commitment:

All new volunteers must attend a mandatory training in early February. Additional field training will follow. Volunteers must commit to a minimum of 4 hours per week during the breeding season. Nests are typically occupied from early February until late July. Space in this program is limited. OSMP staff supervise monitor volunteers.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Halice Ruppi, RuppiH@bouldercolorado.gov, (303) 579-3023 or apply online to become a volunteer.


Assist Staff: Photography


Description:

The Objective of the OSMP Volunteer Photographer position:

  • Take high-quality images of one-day volunteer projects, long-term program volunteers, landscape and wildlife photos;
  • Work closely with Volunteer Coordinators for imagery needs that will be used for OSMP marketing, advertisements and in internal and external documents.

Responsibilities

  • Photograph at OSMP volunteer events so that photos can be used for future promotional needs (website, twitter, facebook, annual reports, etc);
  • Submit photos and report volunteer hours to Volunteer Services staff;
  • Volunteers sign an Acknowledgment of Risk and Release Form;
  • Background check;
  • Follow and knowledgeable of OSMP procedures, policy and regulations;
  • Stay updated on area closures, permit areas such HCA’s – work with the front desk to obtain permits to HCA areas.

Qualifications

  • Photography and photo editing skills;
  • Will work outdoors and independently;
  • Ability to hike steep trails or off-trail areas safely;
  • Have a commitment to the mission of the department;
  • Excellent record keeping skills;
  • Work closely with OSMP staff on scheduling and ability to be self-organized when working independently.
Time Commitment:

Based on needs of OSMP staff.


Assist Staff: Recreation


Description:

Recreation volunteers will support outreach staff by assisting and providing recreation, skill building and/or wellness-based programming for the public. Programming to include, but not limited to, yoga in nature, forest bathing, nature meditation, orienteering, outdoor leadership, mountain bike maintenance/riding, primitive skills, and other related programs. Volunteers may also conduct or assist with research for the development of wellness programming. Experience with specific outdoor skills, yoga instruction, meditation practice and outdoor teaching preferred.

Time Commitment:

Volunteers will make a minimum 2 hour commitment monthly during the months of June through September.


Education: Naturalist


Description:
Volunteer Naturalists lead inspirational educational hikes that help connect children to OSMP's natural and cultural history, and convey the vital message of stewardship. Qualifications & Beneficial Experience: * Desire to instruct children, pre-school through 12th grade, and most commonly 1st-4th grades, on nature hikes lasting 1.5-2 hours. * Excellent communication skills, and a warm, welcoming personality. * Comfort speaking in front of others. * Teaching Experience. * Availability to teach on weekdays during the day. * Interest in learning local natural and cultural history. * Appropriate level of fitness and mobility for 2 hour hikes; occasional indoor programs as well. * Independence, and the ability to work as part of a team. * Dependability; and access to transportation. * Bilingual desired, not required. Requirements: * Available for 11-week training February 7th thru April 25th. * All volunteers sign an Acknowledgement of Risk and Release form, Annual Agreement, and follow all OSMP procedures and regulations. * Volunteers in this assignment agree to submit complete information for a background check. There are limited spaces in the 2017 class. Applicants will have a phone screening to qualify for a possible face to face interview. The city of Boulder follows Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action guidelines. Benefits: * Be part of a fun community of people who care about the environment and inspire others to appreciate it. * Enhance your knowledge of the natural world!
Time Commitment:
Training and Commitment: * Over 65 hours of core training, focusing on interpretive techniques, local ecosystems, flora & fauna, geology, history, land management and safety issues. 11 required training sessions, spanning 12 weeks. Additional advanced training and group meetings scheduled periodically. * Training at Open Space and Mountain Parks facilities and in the field. Hikes explore the Chautauqua area and numerous trails throughout the system. Volunteers will be trained on safety and emergency procedures. * Volunteer Naturalists are asked to provide a minimum of 7 programs in their first year. * Volunteers log and report their hours online.
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Maintenance: Native Garden


Description:
NATIVE GARDEN VOLUNTEER: ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION Duties and Responsibilities: * Help maintain the Ann Armstrong Memorial Native Garden at Chautauqua Ranger Cottage, at the base of Chautauqua Meadow. This may include planting, weeding, seed collection and other garden tasks. * Provide information on native gardening to inquisitive visitors. A background check is required for OSMP volunteer assignments. * Make an individualized seasonal service commitment. * Report hours on a regular basis, share information, and provide program evaluations and suggestions. * Abide by OSMP rules and regulations and set an example for all. * Training is provided in the field by seasoned staff and volunteers. * Volunteers are identified by an OSMP name badge, t-shirt and/or hat. Desired qualifications: * Interest in/or knowledge of gardening, horticulture or landscape design. * Desire to learn about and care for native plants. * Willing to learn to use applicable tools and hand equipment. Ability to bend, stoop and lift. * Desire to work outdoors. * Dependable; flexible; good communication skills. * Able to work independently, and as part of a team. * Desire to help the environment while enjoying it! Benefits: * Be part of a team, sharing your appreciation of Open Space and Mountain Parks with others. * Help the environment, while enjoying healthy fun. * Free seeds and plants for your garden. * Enjoy our renowned parties and potlucks. The Native Garden Team, usually meets Thursday mornings from mid-April through September. Volunteers are asked to always bring extra water, dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes or boots, and if you bring favorite tools or gloves, mark them clearly!
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Maintenance: Resource Restoration Steward


Description:
Join the city of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks in removal of the A-listed Noxious weed, Mediterranean Sage! We appreciate your contributions to keeping natural areas free from the pressures of this invasive weed! The project requires carrying a shovel, minor digging and hiking long distances over uneven terrain. Start: 8:30 AM; finish: 12:00 PM. See application for sign-up times. Noxious weed species identification and tool use training provided along with an introduction to this special area. Please dress in layers and have appropriate clothing for rain/sun protection. Bring sturdy work gloves and closed-toe shoes/boots, long pants, long-sleeved shirt, lots of water, lunch, snacks, sunscreen and a hat that protects your ears and neck. Storm conditions/heavy rain/snow will cancel work. Tools provided. After completing this form, click ""Continue"" at the bottom to submit your registration. Your registration confirmation will be sent via email, and another email will be sent detailing location and meeting spot for that day. All projects occur on the Northern grasslands. Looking forward to working with you - this will be a truly satisfying project! If you need to cancel your registration, please email: danyis@bouldercolorado.gov so that we may assure a spot for another volunteer. Or call Stephanie at 303-413-7637 for further information. Thanks!
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Monitoring: Hayfield


Description:
ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Hayfield Avian Monitor Work with Open Space and Mountain Parks staff to conduct bird surveys on OSMP agricultural properties. Qualifications * Ability to identify grassland bird species -by both sight and call * Desire to work outdoors * Dependability * Reliable transportation to the sites * Physical requirements: ability to walk a set transect through relatively easy but uneven terrain. Grass can be tall and wet and difficult to walk through. * Volunteers sign and an acknowledgement of risk and release, agree to submit complete information for a background check, and follow all OSMP procedures and regulations. Responsibilities * Complete bird surveys in assigned fields * Record information on data sheets * Turn in datasheets in a timely manner * Attend an indoor and outdoor training * Pass a visual/oral grassland bird ID exam Other duties may include: * Assist with training other volunteers
Time Commitment:
Time Commitment * Two to four surveys a seasaon; each survey takes approximately 1-3 hours depending upon the field. * Field season runs late May and through June * Surveys begin at daybreak in order to catch morning choruses * Surveys should be completed by 9:00 am to avoid rising air temperatures Application deadline is in May.
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Monitoring: Herbarium


Description:
Thanks for your interest in volunteering with the Open Space and Mountain Parks Herbarium. Herbarium volunteers collect and accession plant specimens found on Open Space and Mountain Parks lands. They also monitor rare plants and noxious weeds. Starting in 1987, these volunteers have helped build the herbarium collection from the ground up. They welcome new members! The group meets Thursday mornings year round, in the lab or in the field, depending on the season. Herbarium Volunteer Assignment Description Qualifications: - Desire to work with and learn about plants - Comfortable working both in and out doors - Able to carry light equipment while hiking - Willing to enter data into the computer - Dependable. - Volunteers sign and an acknowledgement of risk and release, agree to submit complete information for a background check, and follow all OSMP procedures and regulations. Responsibilities may include: - Collecting plant specimens - Cataloguing plant species - Surveying and/or monitoring rare plants - Assisting with field research - Identifying noxious weeds - Inventorying plants on new properties.
Time Commitment:
Volunteers must commit to three to four hours on Thursday mornings throughout the year. Training will be provided by herbarium volunteers, with guidance from the OSMP Plant Ecologists Lynn Riedel and Megan Bowes. For more information call 720-564-2014 or 720-564-2084.
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Monitoring: Phenology


Description:
Thanks for your interest in joining the Open Space & Mountain Parks Phenology Program. Please read the assignment description below before filling out this online application. Well confirm that weve received your application - to check on its progress or for further information, please email Brian Anacker at AnackerB@bouldercolorado.gov. We are looking forward to working with you! City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Phenology Volunteer Position Description In 2016, Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) is beginning a long-term study of plant phenology which is defined as the seasonal timing of life history events. Phenology can be an early indicator of climate change, especially for plants. We are looking to recruit up to 10 volunteers to make field observations over the course of a growing season, using protocols and standards designed by the National Phenology Network. We will ask each volunteer to adopt a segment of a trail on OSMP property, no longer than 2 miles long, walk the trail at least weekly, and record and submit observations of plant phenophases (e.g., flowering, leaf fall) on pre-marked plant individuals. Volunteers may also assist with data entry for their field observations. Qualifications * Desire to work with and learn about plants and seasonal natural phenomena. * Comfortable working both indoors and outdoors. * Able to carry light equipment while hiking. * Willing to enter data into the computer. * Dependable. * Able to make the time commitment Responsibilities: 1. Making field observations of plant phenology. 2. Observations made upon pre-marked plant individuals. 3. Observation data entered into a mobile application.
Time Commitment:
Volunteers must commit to repeat visits to at least one trail, at a minimum frequency of once weekly from March until October. Training will be provided.
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Monitoring: Vegetation/Plant/Seed


Description:
The purpose of the a volunteer vegetation monitor is to assist ecologist staff with monitoring plant species and communities on OSMP. Responsibilities * Assist with monitoring vegetation on identified areas of OSMP. * Report data and hours to OSMP staff lead. * Volunteers sign an Acknowledgment of Risk and Release Form, submit information for a background check, and follow all OSMP procedures and regulations. Qualifications: * Plant identification skills, * Desire to work outdoors, and in some cases ability to work independently. * For many sites, able to hike steep trails or off-trail areas safely. * Have a commitment to the mission of the department. * Must be at least 18 years old, or must have an adult with them while volunteering. Commitment: Seasonal and based on needs of OSMP staff.
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Patrol: Mountain Bike Patroller


Description:

Boulder Mountain Bike Patrol The Boulder Mountain Bike Patrol is a multi-agency program with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP), City of Boulder Parks and Recreation (BPR), Boulder County Parks and Open Space (BCPOS), and Boulder Mountainbike Alliance (BMA). After training, patrollers ride trails, assisting and educating bikers and other trail users. The goal is to promote a positive recreational experience on the trails. All volunteers are required to attend a training day on Saturday, March 10th, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM in Boulder.

Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Willing to work in a variety of terrains and conditions.
  • Own a mountain bike.
  • Has the physical ability and experience to ride safely.
  • Outstanding communication skills.
  • Dependable.
  • Able to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Able to respond appropriately to emergencies.
  • Can pass a basic criminal background check.
  • Welcomed: First Aid/CPR and multi-lingual.

Responsibilities:

  • Greet/assist visitors on trails or at trailheads.
  • Observe area conditions; report when appropriate.
  • Contact emergency services when appropriate.
  • Report hours; provide program evaluations and suggestions.
  • Volunteers will be identified with placards and name tags.
  • Volunteers abide by all agency rules.
  • Volunteers set an example for others.
Time Commitment:

All new patrollers attend eight hours of required core training. Training for new patrollers will include: introduction to the agencies; safety procedures; making public contacts; and understanding land management issues. All bike patrollers volunteer for one calendar year, with an option to extend upon successfully fulfilling the agreed upon commitment. Boulder Mountain Bike Patrol volunteers are required to log 24 hours annually, patrolling City, County, and/or National Forest Service trails. Applications will be considered on a first come, first serve basis.


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