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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 need  help 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.

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.

  • 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 when built using the right specifications.

  • 10/9 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Five Card Draw- West Rim 

River Fishery, Aquatic Insects and Water Quality Monitoring
We periodically assess the health of the Cache la Poudre River on our Phantom Canyon Preserve. 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.

Facilities Maintenance Volunteer Day
We take pride in keeping our buildings at the preserve in good functional and presentable condition for visitors to enjoy and staff to comfortably reside in.  Come join our Special Projects crew and preserve staff as we keep our buildings looking good.  This year we will do some major buildings repairs. Major repairs will include: installing crawlspace vents, replacing crawlspace plastic lining, repairing windows frames and sashes, replacing flashing, repairing concrete log supports, etc. 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.

  • 9/9 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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