Volunteer Opportunity Details

Boulder County Volunteers!
Position Title:Volunteer Naturalist
Department:Parks and Open Space
Category:Parks, Environment, Gardening and Agriculture
Time Commitment or Project Date:One Year. Must be at least 18 years of age.
Various locations depending on program. Training takes place in Longmont.
Program Summary:
If you enjoy exploring and sharing the natural wonders of Boulder County with others, then you should consider becoming a Volunteer Naturalist with Boulder County Parks and Open Space!

Volunteer Naturalists develop and present indoor and outdoor interpretive programs on the natural history of Boulder County to participants of all ages.

This year, we are especially looking for people interested in sharing nature with children, both on the trail and in the schools.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Volunteer naturalists lead interpretive nature hikes, present public natural history slide programs, and provide hands-on environmental field experiences for Boulder County schools.

A 10-week training program is required. Training includes an overview of the Boulder County Parks and Open Space Department, including history, mission, and resource management; geology; plants and ecosystems; forestry; wildlife and birds; agricultural lands and weed management; water resources; and interpretive programming and resources.
Qualifications and Requirements:
We are looking for people with a passion for nature, some knowledge of local natural history, and a strong desire to learn more and share their passion with others.

Training will be held on consecutive Saturdays, January 7 through March 11, 2017, from 8:30am to 4:00pm.

Participants must be at least 18 years old, agree to a background check, and attend all training sessions.

Because many of our requested programs are scheduled Monday-Friday during daytime hours, applicants must have some ongoing weekday availability.
Application or Registration Deadline:
Application Process:
Applications will be accepted until the class is filled.

Training Dates and Information:
Additional Information:
Larry Colbenson or 303-678-6214


All volunteers need to review Boulder County's Multicultural Diversity and EEO and Unlawful Discrimination Policies before starting their volunteer assignment.

If you need special assistance to fill out a volunteer application, please contact our Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator at 303-441-3525.

Boulder County supports infants at work when feasible, so please inquire with the volunteer coordinator if you are a new parent considering a volunteer opportunity.