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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. 

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. 

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.  (two host positions available)

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. 

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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.  



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Interested in inspiring a passion for the natural world in people of all ages? Love spending time outdoors? Larimer County Department of Natural Resources offers a variety of educational programming designed to connect people of all ages and backgrounds to natural places. Nature Education Volunteers inspire curiosity of the natural world and foster stewardship of our valuable natural resources through engaging educational programs.

Interview required. This volunteer role includes three (3) positions: School Group Educator, Stewardship Outreach Educator, and Public Program Naturalist. Volunteers select the position that best suits their availability, interests, and skills.

Volunteers connect visitors to our natural spaces by sharing their enthusiasm for nature through exciting and engaging educational programs. No experience necessary. We’ll prepare Nature Education Volunteers with the skills and information needed to engage the public in fun and positive interactions.

  • School Group Educator: Connect youth to nature with pre-developed, fun, engaging field trips. If you enjoy interacting with kids, then this is the position for you. During the school year, enhance what students learn in the classroom by leading an interactive geology or ecology education station. During the summer, guide hikes along the trails teaching Leave No Trace principles and observing all that Larimer County has to offer. Volunteer opportunities are scheduled Tuesday – Friday, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm.
  • Stewardship Outreach Educator: Connect visitors to an enjoyable outdoor experience with informal, meaningful conversations at popular trailheads. Volunteers use good communication skills to encourage simple responsible recreation tips to ensure a memorable and safe experience while minimizing impact on our valuable natural places. Facilitate interactive educational games and materials to deepen the connection to nature and place. Volunteer opportunities are scheduled Saturdays & Sundays, 8:30 am – 11:00 am & 11:00 am – 1:30 pm.
  • Public Program Naturalist: Connect visitors to natural places through a variety of topics such as history wildflowers, birds, geology, mammals, etc. Engage others in a topic you are passionate about. Inspire campers on a summer’s evening through a Campfire program. Volunteers can adapt an established program or independently purpose, design, & implement an educational program. Schedule varies.

Full Position Description

Training will take place in Spring 2023. 

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. 

We are not recruiting for this role at this time.

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. 

We are not recruiting for this role at this time. 

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.

We are not recruiting for this role at this time. 

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. 

Recruitment has ended for 2023

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. 


Paddle Craft Patrollers

Paddle craft patrollers are active Volunteer Ranger Assistants (VRAs) who patrol on approved Larimer County reservoirs and City of Fort Collins properties. These volunteers serve as a visible presence on the water and serve as ambassadors promoting stewardship ethics, water safety and responsible recreation. Patrol by paddleboard, kayak or canoe. Volunteers must attend VRA training, have at least one (1) year experience of paddle craft recreation, be able to provide your own boat & equipment, must always wear a life jacket when on patrol, and attend additional mandatory training.

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 Supervisor
(970) 619-4552