Volunteer Opportunity Details

Boulder County Volunteers!
Position Title:Plant Monitor
Department:Parks and Open Space
Category:Parks, Environment, Gardening and Agriculture
Time Commitment or Project Date:June - October. Must be at least 18 years of age.
Locations vary.
Program Summary:
Assist Parks and Open Space Plant Ecologist with monitoring ecological restoration projects sites.  Native plant monitors will use photography and a variety of other data collection techniques to investigate the success of restoration projects. 

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Attend a training session and commit to at least one year of monitoring, prefer a two year commitment.
  • Volunteers should enjoy working in the outdoors, in all types of weather.
  • Able to work alone or with a group.
  • Able to monitor the sites as often as required, to be communicated on a project-by-project basis by the Staff. Sites often monitored once a month for 3-5 months during the field season
  • Willing to advance in skills and act as a team leader.
  • Abide by all BCPOS rules and regulations and set an example for other park visitors.
  • Volunteers must be in good physical shape, and able to work on steep and natural terrain.
Qualifications and Requirements:


  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must provide their own digital camera for photo assessment
  • Ability to maintain computer records, have computer skills.
  • Familiarity with Colorado ecosystems and flora.
  • Volunteers must understand need for rigor and accuracy in scientific data collection.
  • Ability to navigate to a pre-identified point using a combination of GPS data, aerial and topographic maps, memory, and descriptive language.


  • Experience with scientific protocol
  • Education in biology, ecology, natural sciences
  • College course work (Bachelor’s degree desirable) in botany, natural resources management, plant ecology, or related field
  • Field experience in plant identification and vegetation monitoring
  • Ability to identify native plants using a dichotomous key.
  • Ability to identify noxious and invasive weed species.
  • Experience using GPS to navigate to waypoints.
  • Experience in interpreting aerial photos and topographic maps.
Application or Registration Deadline:5/15/2015 5:00 PM
Application Process:
Applications are due May 15, 2015. 

Training Dates and Information:
Mandatory field training date is May 30, 2015.
Additional Information:
All projects take place on Boulder County Parks and Open Space land. Boulder County will provide all necessary training.
For additional information please email Carrie Cimo at ccimo@bouldercounty.org


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.

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