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

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us! We are accepting applications for a Plant Steward & Campground Host at South Bay Campground, Horsetooth Reservoir. Recruitment for all other individual volunteer roles has closed for the season. New Volunteer Applications will open again October 1, 2022. Check back for available volunteer opportunities. Have a fantastic summer!

Accepting Applications

Join our team of Plant Stewards!

Seeking a tree loving volunteer to dedicate four (4) hours, every other week, from July to September (or longer if interested) to water newly planted trees at Skyview Campground. A Plant Steward volunteer provides trees with the proper maintenance to ensure their longevity. Newly planted trees take a few years to establish under normal conditions and regular watering is the best way to prevent drought injury and ensure their best chance of survival. The schedule is flexible; choose the day & time that works best for you!

The Plant Steward volunteer will need to:

  • Enjoy working outside
  • Delight in nurturing plants & trees
  • Communicate regularly with staff via texting or email
  • Travel to Skyview Campground at Carter Lake every other week
  • Relish working independently 
  • Carry potentially heavy equipment
  • Be flexible to accommodate changes in weather
  • Record volunteer hours in volunteer database, Offero

 

No experience necessary. Just a desire to help young trees reach their full potential. Properly cared for trees provide maximum economic, environmental, and social value.

 Apply to be a Plant Steward

Accepting Requests

Group Volunteer Projects are a great way for your local business, recreational, social, youth, school or community group to give back to their public lands while working outside as a team with Larimer County Natural Resources staff toward a common goal. Your group can positively impact the community & environment by helping with facility, maintenance, & stewardship projects such as trail maintenance, wildlife habitat improvements, tree and shrub planting, campground renovations 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 ten (10) volunteers.
  • Weekdays from March - October (Saturday & Sunday projects may be available on occasion.) 
  • Projects are typically scheduled 9 am - 12 pm or 1 pm - 4 pm. 
  • Dogs or other pets are not allowed. 
  • Parking passes will be provided. 
  • If no project is available, your group can schedule an Independent Litter Cleanup. 

Group Volunteer Projects Role Description

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.

 

Accepting applications for South Bay at Horsetooth Reservoir. Open until filled. 

Discover, play, and volunteer in Northern Colorado. Join our dynamic team of Volunteer Campground Hosts while exploring Larimer County Parks and Open Spaces. Enjoy the opportunities that abound nearby such as: wildlife watching, hiking, fishing, scenic drives, biking boating, paddle boarding and more! There is something for everyone in Larimer County and each of our campgrounds offers a unique Rocky Mountain experience. 

Horsetooth Reservoir (Fort Collins, CO)- Six and one-half miles of water beckon visitors to come out and play! Where the foothills meet the plains; breathtaking scenery meets the hustle & bustle of outdoor recreation. Seeking host for South Bay campground.

Carter Lake Area (Loveland, CO) - Three reservoirs, three diverse landscapes, three different recreation experiences, all within a 20-minute drive from the sweetheart town of Loveland. (all positions filled)

Hermit Park Open Space (Estes Park, CO) - Enjoy quiet solitude nestled in the ponderosa pine forest at 8,000 ft. Iconic Rocky Mountain views and an abundance of wildlife provide an escape from it all.  (all positions filled)

Typical week required 30 - 35 volunteer hours per person and your RV site with full hookups is included. Scheduled and duties vary based on location. We are seeking friendly folks who genuinely like people, are team players, work hard, and are passionate about public lands. There will be work but you'll also get plenty of time to relax and enjoy the beauty of amazing places. We need your help during our busy season May - September, to provide excellent customer service, assist with our reservation process, maintain cleanliness of grounds, and turn over cabins. 

Be an integral part of the Larimer County Department of Natural Resources community and foster an appreciation of our outdoor spaces. Submit an application to begin your Northern Colorado adventure. 

Volunteer campground host talking to Park Ranger through vehicle window.
Mule deer standing outside a large RV.
Volunteer campground host checking that a campsite reservation tag has the correct date.

Recruitment is closed. Applications will open October 1, 2022

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 connect visitors to our natural spaces by sharing their enthusiasm for nature through fun and engaging educational programs. 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.  

Naturalist training will take place in March 2022. 

Volunteer leaning over education table showing kids reptiles in aquarium.
Volunteer teaching elementary age kids a nature based program at picnic shelter.
Group of adults on trail at looking at geological feature.

Recruitment is closed. Applications will open October 1, 2022

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. Naturalist Assistants act as welcoming hosts at educational programs by greeting participants, answering questions, and assisting program leads with group management, props and activities. They also host fun and engaging outreach stations at Larimer County's parks and open spaces. Opportunities to help are available on weekdays, weekends and evenings and take place at a variety of our parks and open spaces. 

Volunteer standing behind table set up at trailhead with educational activities.
Volunteer assisting a group of preschoolers with bee craft at picnic table.
Volunteer talking with child who is leaning over a microscope.

 

Recruitment is closed. Applications will open October 1, 2022

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.  

Two volunteers proudly displaying the trash bags they filled while picking up litter at Horsetooth Reservoir.
   
Three volunteers smiling at the camera and holding up the trash bags they filled while picking up litter at Hermit Park Open Space.

 

Recruitment is closed. Applications will open October 1, 2022.

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

Group of people gathered next to hiking trail after completing a project.
Two volunteer raking and shoveling sand at campsite.
Man standing next to fence in a field of tall grass smiling at the camera and cutting barbed wire.

Recruitment is closed. Applications will open October 1, 2022. 

Your images can help tell the story of Larimer County's parks and open spaces. Selected photographs are used in annual reports, social media, promotional materials, newsletters, slideshows and where a thousand words get boiled down to a single picture. Volunteer Photographers use their artistic vision and talents to photograph recreational opportunities and stewardship of Larimer County Natural Resources along with capturing the natural beauty of our parks and open spaces. 

Recruitment is closed. Check back for updates on when it will open. 

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. 

Three people in volunteer uniforms standing on hiking trail and smiling at camera.

The purpose of Friends of Larimer County Parks & Open Lands is to support the vision of the Larimer County Department of Natural Resources by:

  • Providing financial support for new programs, improvements and land acquisition
  • Garnering individual and corporate support
  • Encouraging Larimer County citizens to enjoy their parks and open spaces

For more information visit the Friends website

 

Contact Us

Julie Enderby
Education and Volunteer Specialist
jenderby@larimer.org
(970) 619-4552