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Natural Areas Longer Term Volunteer Opportunities

Master Naturalist Assistant

Master Naturalist Assistants (MNAs) serve as an important aid to volunteer Master Naturalists (see below for description) by lending a helpful hand to all aspects of leading a field trip or activity for the public. As a MNA, you will assist with group management, props and activities. It's a great way to make a difference and meet other interested volunteers. The training is held once a year in the spring. Read the job description here.

To learn more, email Sue Kenney at, or call 970-224-6118.

Master Naturalists

Master Naturalists are highly trained volunteer educators who share their knowledge and experience with the community. As a Master Naturalist you will experience beautiful natural areas while you learn how to lead fun, hands-on field trips. An intensive training session of about 70 hours is offered each spring. Fifty hours of volunteer service are required within two years of training. Learn more about becoming a Master Naturalist here. Interested? Read the full job description.

Training is held once a year. The next training will be in the spring of 2018. To learn more, or to sign-up to receive 2018 application materials, please contact Sue Kenney, 970-224-6118 or

To Request a Presentation by a Master Naturalist

Would you like to invite a volunteer Master Naturalist to work with your group? Contact Sue Kenney,, 970-224-6118.

Volunteer Ranger Assistants

Volunteer Ranger Assistants serve as a friendly face on the trail to greet visitors, promote safe outdoor recreation and assist rangers with many of their important tasks. Training sessions are about 20 hours and are offered once a year, the next one will be in the winter of 2018. The volunteer schedule is flexible, 20 hours of volunteer service are required within 2 years of training. Read the job description here.

Find out more about the Volunteer Ranger Assistant Program.

Questions? Contact Ranger Rhonda Peckham, Ranger Rhonda Peckham, 970-631-2933.

Adopt a Natural Area

Adopt a Natural Area volunteers take an active role in the stewardship of natural areas by doing monthly litter clean-ups.

It is a great way to work outside and get to know a natural area!

Time Commitment: Flexible, visit your natural area once each month. Learn more by reading the full job description and Adopt-a-Natural Area brochure.

Ready to get started? Contact Diane Wendt, Service Learning Coordinator, 970-224-6153 or apply online to become a volunteer.

NOTE: To complete the volunteer application, you must first create a free account in Engage Fort Collins (name, email, phone is all that is required).

Land Conservation and Stewardship Board

This citizen advisory board advises City Council about the Natural Areas Department's policy and budget, proposed land acquisitions, management plans, and other matters. Board meetings are once a month. Applications are taken at any time. Learn more

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