Volunteer Opportunity Details

Boulder County Volunteers!
Position Title:Pollinator Monitor
Department:Parks and Open Space
Category:Parks, Environment, Gardening and Agriculture
Time Commitment or Project Date:Commit to at least one season of monitoring. Must be at least 18 years of age.
Varies based on project but can include working on uneven terrain. 
Program Summary:
Volunteers identify the types of pollinators that are present on Boulder County Parks and Open Space properties.

Benefits to volunteers:
  • Learn about insect/pollinator identification (such as beetles, bees, butterflies, etc.)
  • Contribute to the larger effort of learning more about pollinators
  • Access to agricultural properties that are closed to the general public
  • Meet and work with people with similar interests
  • Network with land management professionals and job reference (as needed)

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Identify pollinators and plants in monitoring plots
  • Attend trainings provided by Boulder County
  • Report data collected to volunteer coordinator in timely fashion

Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Enthusiasm about insects/pollinators
  • Good observation skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to maintain records
  • Proficiency with digital photography preferred
  • Some basic knowledge of plant identification preferred
  • Willing to work alone or with a group
  • Understand need for rigor and accuracy in scientific data collection
  • Be in good physical shape, and able to work on varying and possibly rough natural terrain
  • Enjoy working in the outdoors, in all types of weather 
  • Abide by all open space rules and regulations, and set an example for other park visitors 
  • Must have personal transportation
Application or Registration Deadline:3/18/2016 5:00 PM
Application Process:
Application deadline is 3/18/16.

Training Dates and Information:

  • Attend two training sessions: one weekday evening and one field day (TBA time and locations)
  • Commit to at least one season of monitoring
  • Monitor the sites at least once a month, from May to September

Additional Information:

For more information, contact Vanessa McCracken at vmccracken@bouldercounty.org or 303-678-6181.


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.