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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.


SPECIAL PROJCT: ROBERTS RANCH RESTORATION PROJECT

In 2010 The Nature Conservancy formed a partnership with the Roberts Ranch, Wildland Restoration Volunteers (WRV) and several other organizations to start a large-scale restoration project on the historic Roberts Ranch. The Campbell Valley drainage has suffered from intense erosion over many decades. Now we have a restoration and monitoring plan in place. This is a spectacular and important property that is fully conserved forever. The project requires large numbers of volunteers over the next several years.

Volunteers participate by planting native species and building rock erosion control structures under the very organized and competent direction of WRV. Volunteer days occur throughout the spring and fall and are described on the Wildlands Restoration Volunteers website.


Spring 2014 Phantom Canyon Preserve & Laramie Foothills Volunteer Days (Summer dates to come)

To sign up for volunteer days, email phantomcanyonevents@tnc.org  and include the volunteer day name and date, your name and contact information, and number of people attending, or call 970-484-9996. We will confirm your registration and then email a letter about two weeks prior to the volunteer day including details of what to expect, what to bring and where to meet. For all volunteer days, bring water, sack lunch, sturdy outdoor work clothing (long sleeves and long pants are recommended), leather gloves, sunblock, broad-brim hat and insect repellent. Thank you for volunteering! 

Facilities Maintenance Volunteer Day
Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Location: Phantom Canyon Preserve
Time: 9am-4pm
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 the Special Projects Crew and staff as we keep our buildings looking good. We’ll do a variety of ongoing minor repair and/or maintenance tasks, such as door seal and trim repairs, replacing door knobs, repairing window screen, patrolling and maintaining the electric fence, installing crawlspace plastic lining, etc. Sign up by emailing phantomcanyonevents@tnc.org and include volunteer day name and date, your name and contact information, and number of people attending or call 970-484-9996. 

Hiking Trail Maintenance Volunteer Day
Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014 
Location: Phantom Canyon Preserve
Time: 9am-2pm
A safe and good experience at the preserve means well maintained trails. Join our Preserve staff as they 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. Occasionally water bars might need to be rebuilt or cleaned out using shovels to divert water off the trails during thunderstorm events. We will also mow around the preserve electric fence as needed. The rim trail is 0.6 mile long and loops from the visitor center to the entrance road and gives views into the upper canyon of the preserve. The canyon trail switchbacks down to the river in 0.8 mile dropping, 600 feet in elevation. Sign up by emailing phantomcanyonevents@tnc.org and include volunteer day name and date, your name and contact information, and number of people attending or call 970-484-9996. 

Hiking Trail Maintenance Volunteer Day
Date: Sunday, April 27, 2014
Location: Phantom Canyon Preserve
Time: 9am-2pm
A safe and good experience at the preserve means well maintained trails. Join our Preserve staff as they 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. Occasionally water bars might need to be rebuilt or cleaned out using shovels to divert water off the trails during thunderstorm events. We will also mow around the preserve electric fence as needed. The rim trail is 0.6 mile long and loops from the visitor center to the entrance road and gives views into the upper canyon of the preserve. The canyon trail switchbacks down to the river in 0.8 mile dropping, 600 feet in elevation. Sign up by emailing phantomcanyonevents@tnc.org and include volunteer day name and date, your name and contact information, and number of people attending or call 970-484-9996. 

Fence Repair Volunteer Day
Date: Friday, May 16, 2014
Location: Antelope Canyon-near Phantom Canyon Preserve
Time: 9am-4pm
Join the Antelope Canyon Bobcats volunteer crew as they repair the barbed wire boundary fence on The Nature Conservancy’s Antelope Canyon property. The property lies near the mouth of Phantom Canyon a few miles west of Highway 287 off the Cherokee Park Road (county Road 80C).   Steep rocky hogbacks rise up off the grassy valley and spring fed drainages and ravines add shape to this parcel. Long views to the Mummy Range and golden eagles, pronghorn, mule deer and sometimes bighorn sheep are often seen. Sign up by emailing phantomcanyonevents@tnc.org and include volunteer day name and date, your name and contact information, and number of people attending or call 970-484-9996.

Electric Fence Patrol and Repair Volunteer Day
Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014
Location: Preserve Canyon Preserve-West Rim
Time: 9am-4pm
They say “good fences make good neighbors” so every year we patrol and make repairs to our electric fence. This work ensures better livestock grazing management, healthier plant communities and less restricted wildlife movement.

So, come join our Special Projects Crew as they patrol and maintain the electric fence on Phantom Canyon Preserve’s west rim. The west rim of the Preserve is only visited by members of the public through stewardship and research projects.  We’ll be off-trail walking in the grassland and amongst the pines on the preserve’s west rim, with big views into the river canyon. Bring gloves and fence tools; long sleeves and long pants are a must. Sign up by emailing phantomcanyonevents@tnc.org  and include volunteer day name and date, your name and contact information, and number of people attending or call 970-484-9996. 

Mullein Weed Pull Volunteer Day
Date: Friday, May 23, 2014 
Location: Phantom Canyon Preserve
Time: 9am-3pm
Come help us clear the edges of the hiking trail and a flat bench beside the river of a non-native plant species called Common Mullein. We’ll start at the preserve visitor center and walk the trail, pulling and popping out mullein along the way. Also if we see toadflax flowers we’ll clip those and pop out dandelions and salsify as we go. We’ll lunch in the shade at the bottom of the trail by the river and then weed out the mullein from a flat bench beside the river. You’ll learn how to identify native and non-native plants and leave the preserve healthier after a good day of hiking and weeding. Sign up by emailing phantomcanyonevents@tnc.org and include volunteer day name and date, your name and contact information, and number of people attending or call 970-484-9996. 

Walk and Weed Volunteer Day
Date: Saturday, May 24, 2014
Location: Phantom Canyon Preserve-West Rim
Time: 9am-3pm
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. In fact on all private and public lands in the U.S. weeds are the largest threat to our natural heritage! So come on out and take a walk and weed while you go. We’ll walk and weed and explore and as we follow and patrol the electric fence along the west rim of the preserve and we’ll use shovels to pop out of the ground species like mullein, dandelions, houndstongue, burdock and salsify, and for Dalmatian toadflax we’ll clip the flowers and the stems using hand pruners. 

The West Rim of the Preserve is accessed off Cherokee Park Road; it parallels the canyon with open grassy areas, shrub lands and Ponderosa pine. We’ll lunch in a shady spot, with big views of the canyon and we’ll enjoy the quiet and beauty. You’ll learn how to identify native and non-native plants and leave the preserve healthier after a good day of hiking and weeding. Sign up by emailing phantomcanyonevents@tnc.org  and include volunteer day name and date, your name and contact information, and number of people attending or call 970-484-9996.

Mullein Weed Pull Volunteer Day
Date: Sunday, May 25, 2014
Location: Antelope Canyon near Phantom Canyon Preserve
Time: 9am-3pm
Join the Antelope Canyon Bobcats volunteer crew as they remove Common Mullein, a non-native weed, from The Nature’s Conservancy’s Antelope Canyon property. The property lies near the mouth of Phantom Canyon a few miles west of Highway 287 off the Cherokee Park Road (County Road 80C).   Steep rocky hogbacks rise up off the grassy valley and spring fed drainages and ravines add shape to this parcel. Long views to the Mummy Range and golden eagles, pronghorn, mule deer and sometimes bighorn sheep are often seen. Sign up by emailing phantomcanyonevents@tnc.org and include volunteer day name and date, your name and contact information, and number of people attending or call 970-484-9996. 

Hiking Trail Maintenance Volunteer Day
Date: Monday, May 26, 2014 
Location: Phantom Canyon Preserve
Time: 9am-3pm
A safe and good experience at the preserve means well maintained trails. Join our Preserve staff as they 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. Occasionally water bars might need to be rebuilt or cleaned out using shovels to divert water off the trails during thunderstorm events. We will also mow around the preserve electric fence as needed. The rim trail is 0.6 mile long and loops from the visitor center to the entrance road and gives views into the upper canyon of the preserve. The canyon trail switchbacks down to the river in 0.8 mile dropping, 600 feet in elevation. Sign up by emailing phantomcanyonevents@tnc.org and include volunteer day name and date, your name and contact information, and number of people attending or call 970-484-9996.  

Facilities Maintenance Volunteer Day
Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Location: Phantom Canyon Preserve
Time: 9am-3pm
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 the preserve staff as we keep our buildings looking good. We’ll do a variety of ongoing minor repair and/or maintenance tasks, such as door seal and trim repairs, replacing door knobs, repairing window screen, patrolling and maintaining the electric fence, painting, installing crawlspace vents, replacing crawlspace plastic lining, etc. This year we will also be doing some major building repairs. Sign up by emailing phantomcanyonevents@tnc.org and include volunteer day name and date, your name and contact information, and number of people attending or call 970-484-9996. 

Fence Repair Volunteer Day
Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Location: Antelope Canyon-near Phantom Canyon Preserve
Time: 9am-3pm
Join the Antelope Canyon Bobcats volunteer crew as they repair the barbed wire fences on The Nature Conservancy’s Antelope Canyon property. The property lies near the mouth of Phantom Canyon a few miles west of Highway 287 off the Cherokee Park Road (County Road 80C).   Steep rocky hogbacks rise up off the grassy valley and spring fed drainages and ravines add shape to this parcel. Long views to the Mummy Range and golden eagles, pronghorn, mule deer and sometimes bighorn sheep are often seen. Sign up by emailing phantomcanyonevents@tnc.org and include volunteer day name and date, your name and contact information, and number of people attending or call 970-484-9996. 


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