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Volunteer Opportunity

Shrub Browse Monitor

Application or Registration Deadline: 10/04/2019
Project Start Date: Sat, October 1, 2016 8:00 am
Project End Date: Sun, January 1, 2017 5:00 pm
Opportunity Type: Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity
Department: Parks & Open Space
Category: Open Space, Environment, and Gardening
Time Commitment & Minimum Age: October 2019 through January 2020, 4 to 8 hours per month. Must be at least 18 years of age.

Ron Stewart Preserve at Rabbit Mountain

Program Summary:

Get trained by a wildlife biologist to track the effects of climate, fire, and deer and elk forage on shrub health at Rabbit Mountain.

The information gathered helps determine how to best manage the land for ecological health and wildlife habitat.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Work in the field monitoring shrub for evidence of activity by elk and deer at various Parks and Open Space properties. Volunteers will measure the year’s annual growth on the growing stems of the plants, as well as measure the overall plant height and condition.

Volunteers will work in pairs.

Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years old
  • Commit to volunteering 4 to 8 hours per month from October to January
  • Willing to work as a team; monitoring – requires working in groups of two
  • Attend the field training on October 8
  • Volunteers must be in good physical shape and willing to work outdoors in an off trail setting.
  • Experience with scientific protocol is helpful.
Training Dates and Information:

There will be a field training session in mid-October.


For additional information please contact Dave Hoerath at or 303-678-6204.

Application Process:

Application deadline is October 4, 2019.

Apply Now

Applications are accepted through Discover Boulder County, Parks & Open Space’s volunteer and event registration system. If you’re new to the system, you’ll need to create an account. But it’s easy and we only use your contact information to communicate about volunteer opportunities and events you register for. We will never sell or give your information to a third party.