Nurture trees, shrubs, and native plants on Larimer County properties while promoting sustainability, providing wildlife habitat, and creating a welcoming space for visitors. 

We are not recruiting for this role at this time.

Tree loving volunteer to dedicate four (4) hours, every other week, from July to September (or longer if interested) to water newly planted trees. 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.

  • Be an integral part of promoting LCDNR's mission and fostering stewardship values
  • Learn from experienced staff
  • Utilize your native plant and/or gardening experience
  • Be physically active outdoors
  • Enjoy quiet time in a beautiful setting
  • Know that you are making a difference and a visible impact
  • All tools & equipment provided
  • Friendly, courteous, and respectful of staff and visitors
  • Ability to identify native plants (or ability to learn)
  • Ability to bend, kneel, stoop, pull, and lift
  • Work a regular schedule; bi-weekly
  • Ability to work outdoors
  • Provide own sun protection (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses)
  • Willingness to follow and work with staff guidance
  • Abide by park regulations and safety guidelines
  • Understand and accept potential risks such as extreme weather, wildlife encounters, unpleasant interactions with the public and injuries resulting from the physical duties of this position
  • Water newly planted trees on a regular schedule
  • Pick up and carry large, heavy hose & other equipment
  • Any training will be provided at the start of each project
  • Training will cover appropriate tool use & safety
  • A regular four (4) hour shift, bi-weekly
  • July - September (or longer)


  1. Submit a New Volunteer Application
  2. Schedule an interview with the Volunteer Engagement Team
  3. Attend a New Volunteer Orientation
  4. Attend role specific training
  5. Start volunteering!
The Larimer County Natural Resources Volunteer Program is not obligated to provide a placement, nor are you obligated to accept the position offered. Opportunities for volunteers are provided without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex or age. Larimer County is committed to equality of opportunity.

Contact Us

Julie Enderby
Education and Volunteer Supervisor
(970) 619-4552