Volunteer Opportunity Details

Boulder County Volunteers!
Position Title:Community Forestry Sort Yard Host
Department:Parks and Open Space
Category:Parks, Environment, Gardening and Agriculture
Time Commitment or Project Date:10-15 hours per month in 4-hour shifts. Must be at least 18 years of age.
The Meeker Park sort yards is located at 8200 Highway 7.
The Nederland sort yard is at 291 Ridge Road.
Program Summary:
Volunteer hosts help make sure that Sort Yards at Meeker Park (near Allenspark) and Nederland continue to be a local hub of community-based forestry information. Volunteers greet people as they enter the yard, collect data on the material they are delivering, provide information about forest ecology, bark beetles, and wildfire mitigation.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Greet visitors as they arrive at the sort yard and collect information (such as tree species, reason for removal, origin of material, and accurate volume numbers)
  • Record data electronically and by hand
  • Properly identify bark beetle infested wood
  • Hand out publications about forest health issues
  • Provide direction to users to keep traffic flowing inside the yard
  • Volunteers are not expected to help unload logs or slash
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Have an outgoing personality, and be comfortable interacting with people of all ages
  • Enjoy working in the outdoors, in all types of weather
  • Interest in forest ecology and restoration (experience in natural resources or project management is helpful)
  • Understand need for rigor and accuracy in data collection
  • Be in good physical shape, and able to carry up to 20 pounds
  • Wear their county provided T-shirt and hat during shifts
  • Must have personal transportation
Application or Registration Deadline:8/31/2016 5:00 PM
Application Process:
Applications are accepted continuously throughout the season.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Training Dates and Information:
  • Attend a half day field training
  • Available to work for two to four time blocks (the greatest need for volunteers is from 9am to 5pm on Wednesday and Saturdays).
  • Willing to commit to a minimum of 8 hours per month.
Additional Information:
For more information, please contact Shane Milne at 303-678-6089 or smilne@bouldercounty.org.


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