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Volunteer Programs

Volunteer Programs

Become a Program Volunteer

Program volunteers assist the OSMP Department in carrying out its mission and goals by committing to seasonal and long term assignments. Apply to become a program volunteer, and join an esteemed team of volunteers that are essential to the success of these exceptional programs. See below to view recruitment timelines.

Now Recruiting - Raptor Monitors

Photo of raptor monitors Raptor Monitors help monitor raptor nest sites along the Front Range. Volunteers have the unique opportunity to witness the courtship, nest development, and fledging of local birds of prey. Applicants should be skilled at bird identification and able to make a four-hour commitment each week. Hiking to the nest sites can be strenuous. Nests are typically occupied from February until late July.
View the program description and application.

Adaptive Recreation Volunteer

Hand Cyclist on Trail Adaptive recreation volunteers will support outreach staff by assisting with adaptive programming for people with disabilities. Programming to include, but not limited to wheelchair hikes and all-terrain handcycle rides for both people with disabilities and people just wanting to have a better understanding of disabilities. There may be some assembling/disassembling of wheelchairs for transport, basic handcycle maintenance, and lifting involved.
Program full for 2019.

Bat Monitors

Photo of bat monitors Bat monitors head out at dusk to ponds and bat roost sites, performing auditory and visual bat population counts May through September. Information gathered aids resource conservation decisions.  
Program full for 2019.


Boulder Mountain Bike Patrol

Photo of a volunteer bike patroller The Boulder Mountain Bike Patrol is a multi-agency program with the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP), Boulder County Parks and Open Space (BCPOS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), City of Boulder Parks and Recreation, and Boulder Mountainbike Alliance (BMA). Patrollers ride trails, assisting and educating mountain bikers and other park users. The goal is to promote a positive recreational experience on the trails. All volunteers are required to attend a one day training. Volunteers may contact [email protected] with questions.
Program full for 2019.


Hayfield Monitors

photo of hayfield monitors in the field Volunteers familiar with the birds of OSMP grasslands play a vital part in protecting sensitive species! They survey hayfields at dawn or dusk, May - June, providing information on nesting birds of concern. This data helps staff plan for protection of breeding birds by coordinating mowing schedules. 
Program full for 2019.


Photo of volunteer naturalist leading class hike Naturalists lead inspirational educational hikes that help connect children to OSMP's natural and cultural history, and convey the vital message of stewardship. There are 11 required training sessions, spanning 12 weeks from Feb. 5, 2019 through April 23, 2019. 
Program full for 2019. 


Internships and Individual Volunteer Assignments

Image - Volunteer logo showing pick ax and shovel Interns assist staff with administration and research in resource conservation, education and outreach, planning, and volunteer services. Contact the Volunteer Services Office at 303-579-3023 for further information.
Program full for 2019. 



Meadow Music Sound Technician Volunteer

Meadow Music musicians on stage The Meadow Music Sound Technician will support audience and performer sound quality for family outdoor concerts on the Chautauqua green this summer. Sound technician support is needed for ten dates June - August on Monday evenings. The job involves running chords and a short sound check from 3-5:30 pm and adjusting levels ongoing during the concert (6-7 pm).
Program full for 2019.

Native Garden Volunteers

Photo of xeriscape garden volunteers at Chautauqua Maintain the Ann Armstrong Memorial Native Garden at the Chautauqua Ranger Cottage while learning how to cultivate many kinds of Colorado wildflowers, shrubs and other native plants. Volunteers provide information on native gardening to curious visitors. Minimal gardening experience necessary. 
Program full for 2019.


Open Space Board of Trustees

Volunteers appointed by City Council research issues, advise on policy, and recommend purchases of properties. This assignment requires application through the City of Boulder.

Please visit the Open Space Board of Trustees page for more information.

Outreach Hosts

Volunteer Host at an event Volunteer Host at an event. Volunteer Outreach Hosts support visitor services and coordination of family nature events. Depending on assignment, volunteer hosts may greet and assist visitors at the Chautauqua Ranger Cottage, provide information on OSMP resources and destinations, observe and report visitor issues and inquiries, support staffing of events such as Nature Play and story-book hikes, assist with event logistics (set-up/clean-up) and general guest coordination. 
Program full for 2019.

Trail Guides/Park Patrollers 

Photo of a Trail Guide helping a visitor OSMP Trail Guides/Park Patrollers enhance and promote positive visitor experiences. They provide visitors with information on recreation, natural and cultural history, safety, regulations and more. Trail Guides assist visitors in need and serve as extra eyes and ears on the OSMP system. 
Program full for 2019.