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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


Thank you for your interest in the Raptor Monitor Program. This position is full for 2020.

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,, (303) 579-3023 to become a volunteer.

Assist Staff: Recreation


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.

Maintenance: Native Garden

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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