Volunteering with COL

Colorado Open Lands is expanding our Volunteer Program – and we need you!  Volunteering with COL is fun, rewarding and greatly helps us in protecting Colorado’s land and water forever.

To sign up to be a member of our volunteer team and be added to our volunteer opportunities announcements, click here.

We also love working with volunteer groups!  If you or your workplace are interested in group volunteer outings, please tell us a bit about yourselves by clicking here.

Current Opportunities

Tree Planting in Southeast Colorado

Southern Plains Land Trust and Colorado Open Lands are working together to care for Colorado’s most precious resources! AC Golden has generously donated 1,250 willows to plant along Rule, Angry, and Mud Creeks in Bent County. Join us for a day of restoration work as we help Southern Plains Land Trust plant thousands of willows and cottonwood trees. This restoration effort will prevent erosion along these creek corridors as well as improve habitat for fish, wildlife, and plants.

LOCATION: Heartland Ranch, 18 miles south of Las Animas, Colorado

DATES AND TIMES: Project work will be conducted on Sunday April 8th from 8:00a.m.-4:00p.m. with primitive onsite camping available on Saturday April 7th. Please RSVP if you would like to participate by emailing or calling Mari Johnson at 303-988-2373 x 212 or mjohnson@coloradoopenlands.org by 3/30.

VOLUNTEER CONSIDERATIONS: There is no experience required. The work will be labor-intensive, and entirely outdoors. Volunteers will likely be working on the banks of a creek and utilizing plant materials, large boulders, shovels, etc. so will need to wear sturdy waterproof shoes and leather gloves. Breakfast, lunch and drinks will be provided on Saturday, April 7th. Due to the nature of the work, this project is restricted to adults only.

About the Property:  Southern Plains Land Trust’s 4,700-acre Raven’s Nest Preserve and 17,840-acre Heartland Ranch in Bent County are permanently conserved with Colorado Open Lands through a conservation easement. This tool allows landowners to retain the ownership of their land while permanently protecting the wildlife habitat and scenic values that exist on the property. The current landowners participate in Colorado Open Lands’ Landowner Assistance Program (LAP) which helps provide resources and volunteers to improve the conservation values on the property.

Conservation Project Inventory Specialist

Date posted: August 9, 2017

Department reporting to: Conservation

Project/Work Description: Within the “Successfully Completed Projects” folder on the Colorado Open Lands server, inventory the “Final Project Image Files” of each project folder to make sure appropriate documents are stored in their folders.

Desired Skills/Experience: Digital filing experience preferred

Estimated total project hours: 10-15 hours

Desired timeline/completion date: ASAP

Interested applicants contact Hugh Daly at volunteers@coloradoopenlands.org

Volunteers with Colorado Open Lands play an essential role in COL’s mission by providing additional service to our constituents, offering available additional expertise and perspective, increasing presence and passion with the community, broadening COL’s outreach network, and expanding capacity.  Volunteers are ambassadors for Colorado Open Lands!

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