Group Volunteering at Rocky Mountain National Park
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Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Rocky Mountain National Park!
Rocky Mountain National Park is home to one of the most dynamic and hard-working volunteer programs in the National Park Service. Each year, Rocky enlists volunteer groups to help paid staff on various projects. The park completes projects AND groups learn about the park through service—it's a win-win! In 2017, over 1,700 volunteers took part in a group volunteer opportunity. Our projects range from trail work, to vegetation projects, fire fuel reduction work and litter clean ups. How will you get involved in your park this summer?
The following describes the various projects that we invite volunteer groups to participate in. Please have a look at the project descriptions, the group size and minimum age required, and the day and time options to see which project(s) work best for your group. If your group is slightly larger or you have other needs you would like to discuss, please contact the RMNP Volunteer Program Office: 970-586-1330 or e-mail us.
Exotics and re-vegetation volunteers support resource management and research personnel in any or all of the following areas: exotic plant removal, vegetation and restoration, and seed collection.
Assist Rocky Mountain’s Trail Crew with a variety of trail projects for the summer. Projects vary and may include: flood recovery and tread repair on all of the park’s accessible front-country trails, including Sprague Lake, Lily Lake and Bear Lake.
Fire Fuel Reduction
Help Rocky’s Wildland Firefighters fight the next wildfire before it starts! We’re looking for volunteers to assist our fire crews with fuel reduction projects. Downed trees, limbs and branches need to be collected and stacked into large piles.
Litter Clean-ups: Assist Rocky Mountain NP staff with a litter clean-up! These projects will be front-country and likely near roads, so it is important that groups with young children bring chaperones (1 for every 5 kids).
Painting: Help Rocky Mountain staff paint benches, cabins, signs, and other structures. Painting skills aren’t required but would be helpful.
Various Maintenance Projects: Help Rocky Mountain staff with a variety of Maintenance tasks from building benches, fencing, assists with carpentry or other odd jobs that are essential for the park. Tasks vary and are numerous! Be ready for anything!
Things to Keep In Mind
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What to Bring
Remember, an application does not guarantee a project. Please wait for paperwork from the volunteer office before making plans for your project. Group projects will be assigned in the order project requests are received.
Thanks for your interest in volunteering with your group at Rocky Mountain National Park!
Last updated: March 7, 2018