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Colorado Volunteer Opportunities

Most of our volunteer positions, especially in the winter, involve one-on-one assistance to staff members who have a specific need and the bandwidth to work with a volunteer. This process does sometimes take a while, so please be patient!  We are not able to place everyone who wants to volunteer, but when we can find a fit the experience can be quite rewarding for both volunteer and staff.

Boulder Office Volunteers

Volunteers are needed year round at the Boulder office. Please see a current listing of volunteer positions and apply! Opportunities vary and include anything from general office work to specific projects with Conservancy staff.

Volunteer Days at Aiken Canyon Preserve

We will have our Trail Days on the third Saturdays of July 19 and August 16 from 8:00 a.m. til noon, followed by a potluck lunch. Tasks include digging out the drainage dips and trimming back the foliage on the trail.  If we have enough help we can build some steps. We also have some painting of window frames needed on the Field Station for those who don’t wish to work on the trail.

Another task is staffing the Field Station on Saturday or Sunday throughout the year. This is usually a commitment of just one day per month. We open the Field Station and restrooms, keep track of the number of visitors, greet people who come in and provide information on the preserve and The Nature Conservancy. To sign up please contact: 

Phantom Canyon Volunteer Events

Sign up by emailing and include volunteer day name and date, your name and contact information, and number of people attending or call 970-484-9996. Participant limit where noted.

Facilities Maintenance
Come join the Special Projects Crew to help keep our buildings in good condition. We’ll do a variety of ongoing minor repair and/or maintenance tasks.

  • 7/8 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Major Repairs: Crawlspace vents and plastic lining. Repairing window frames and sashes, etc.
  • 7/15 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • 7/29 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • 8/4 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • 8/5 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • 8/10 9 a.m.–3 p.m. River Trail Sign Maintenance
  • 8/15 TBD Exterior Staining
  • 8/16 TBD Exterior Staining 

Weed Pull and Seed Planting
Join the Antelope Canyon Bobcats volunteer crew as they walk the drainages on The Nature Conservancy Antelope Canyon property near Phantom Canyon. We’ll weed and assess restoration efforts at one of the springs and plant native seed if conditions allow. 

  • 7/13 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Phantom Canyon Visitor’s Center
  • 7/25 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Antelope Canyon 

River Trail Maintenance and Fishing
Help us ensure the 4 miles of river trail provide safe and easy access for visitors. This is a strenuous project using gas-powered weed trimmers and hand tools. We will also rebuild rock cairns marking safe river crossings. Volunteers must be physically able to wet wade multiple river crossings, and hike back up out of the canyon. Participants will be allowed to catch-and-release fish during the latter part of the day. Limit 10 participants.

  • 7/20 7:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Back up Date 7/27
  • 8/17 7:30a.m.–6:30 p.m.
  • 9/21 8 a.m.–5 p.m. 

Fence Repair
They say “good fences make good neighbors” so every year we patrol and make repairs to our fences. This work ensures better livestock grazing management, healthier plant communities and less restricted wildlife movement.

  • 9/3 9 a.m.–5 p.m. West Rim Electric Fence Patrol/Repair & Barbed Wire Fence Removal
  • 10/9 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Five Card Draw- West Rim 

Hiking Trail Maintenace
A safe and good experience at the preserve means well maintained trails. Patrol the hiking trails and perform maintenance tasks, including using hand pruners to trim back shrubs, shovels to pop out weeds, and gas-powered weed trimmers to mow the grass growing in and along the side of our two main hiking trails.

  • 7/6 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • 8/8 8 a.m.–3 p.m.  

Walk & Weed
What’s that song …”whistle while you work”? Well we think about “weed while you walk”! Weeds are the third biggest threat to native plant species in our watershed. So come on out and take a walk and weed while you go. You’ll learn how to identify native and non-native plants and leave the preserve healthier after a good day of hiking and weeding.

  • 7/7 8 a.m.–3 p.m. West Rim
  • 7/11 8 a.m.–3 p.m. East Rim
  • 7/26 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Five Card Draw Adjacent to Phantom Canyon
  • 7/28 8 a.m.–3 p.m. River Trail
  • 8/1 8 a.m.–3 p.m. River Trail
  • 8/2 8 a.m.–3 p.m. East Rim
  • 8/3 8 a.m.–3 p.m. West Rim 

River Fishery, Aquatic Insects and Water Quality Monitoring
From time to time we assess the health of the river. We do this with the help of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado State University and the City of Fort Collins. Come assist agency personnel as they use electro-shocking to sample the fishery, collect aquatic insects and take water quality measurements. This will be a physically strenuous project. Up to 6 volunteers needed.

  • 10/18 TBD
  • 10/25 As back-up for 10/18 event.

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