Volunteer


Volunteer Positions

Find the most current position description for ongoing volunteer programs below. Volunteer recruitment fairs and applications are open for all positions in February – March of each year.  Some positions may be open to apply longer. For the most up to date information and applications, click the large, blue APPLY NOW button above. For additional information about volunteer programs or projects, contact one of our team members by emailing [email protected] or calling Jeffco Open Space at 303-271-5925.


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Boettcher Mansion - Information Specialist 
Assist staff by providing administrative and clerical support at the historic Boettcher Mansion.

View Boettcher Mansion Information Specialist position description brochure (PDF)

Boettcher Mansion - Gardner 
Assist with maintaining the gardens and grounds of Boettcher Mansion. Collaborate with other volunteer gardeners to determine the seasonal needs of the gardens.

View Boettcher Mansion Gardner position description brochure (PDF)

Group of volunteers proudly standing near their gardening project at Boettcher Mansion.
Group of women standing with burros in harnesses at Van Bibber Park.

Building Maintenance 
Share your knowledge and skills by assisting the Park Construction Team with building maintenance in Jefferson County Open Space.

View the Building Maintenance position brochure (PDF)

Burro Patrol
Assist various teams throughout JCOS by patrolling in parks, performing clean-up projects, sharing stewardship messages with visitors, and transporting tools and equipment for projects when needed.

View Burro Patrol position description brochure (PDF)

Data Team 
Assist various teams throughout JCOS by collecting and analyzing information about wildlife and visitor behavior.

View Data Team position description brochure (PDF)

Heritage Site Steward 
Share your knowledge and skills by monitoring historic sites or by working on projects at the Hiwan Museum. Work directly with historical artifacts, archival collections, and digital catalog records to organize and preserve our heritage.

View Heritage Stewardship position description (PDF)

Volunteer asking a visitor survey questions on an electronic tablet.
Volunteer educating a group of children about native tribal practices.

Hiwan Heritage Park & Museum - History Educator, School Programs
Act as a representative of Jeffco Open Space by providing cultural programming at Hiwan Heritage Park and Museum for Kindergarten through 12th grade visitors.

View History Educator position description brochure (PDF)

Hiwan Heritage Park & Museum - Information Specialist
Act as a representative of Jeffco Open Space by assisting visitors and providing customer service at Hiwan Heritage Park and Museum.

View Hiwan Heritage Park & Museum Information Specialist description (PDF)

Hiwan Heritage Park & Museum - Docent
Act as a representative of Jeffco Open Space by providing cultural programming at Hiwan Heritage Park and Museum.

View Hiwan Heritage Park & Museum Docent position description (PDF)

JCOS Headquarters Welcome Center - Information Specialist
Assist staff by providing administrative and clerical support at our main office reception desk.

View Welcome Center Information Specialist position description brochure (PDF)

Lookout Mountain Nature Center - Information Specialist
Volunteers at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center welcome visitors both to the Nature Center and to JCOS parks. Volunteers in this program have the opportunity to use online resources and other avenues to gain information about JCOS.

View Lookout Mountain Nature Center Information Specialist position description brochure (PDF)

Volunteer sitting at the front desk of the Welcome Center.
Volunteer looking for raptors through binoculars near a grass field.

Natural Resources Monitor - Frog Watch
Be involved with identifying and monitoring frogs within Jeffco. This information helps to inform land management decisions and monitor habitat health.

View Natural Resources Monitor Frog Watch position description brochure (PDF)

Natural Resources Monitor - Raptor
Be involved with identifying and monitoring raptors and avian species within Jeffco. This information helps to inform land management decisions and monitor habitat health.

View Natural Resources Raptor Monitor position description brochure (PDF)

Nature Education - Pop-up Programs
Lead informal, pre-developed programs in the parks. Volunteers must use good communication skills in managing an informal, yet meaningful conversation with visitors. Outreach events can be scheduled in advance, or informal popups can be conducted for hot topics in the parks. Topics include natural history as well as stewardship topics such as dog safety, share the trails, etc.

View Nature Education - Pop-up Programs position description brochure (PDF)

Nature Education - Public Programs
Teaching public programs is ideal for the independent volunteer who likes creating and teaching formal education programs to the general public. Programs will be advertised on the Open Space event calendar. A wide array of both traditional and non-traditional topics are welcome. Once completing the half day training, simply pitch your program idea for staff approval and then have a positive impact on your community!

View Nature Education - Public Programs position description brochure (PDF)

Nature Education - School Groups
Do you enjoy helping kids explore nature and expand their minds? This is a fantastic way to have fun with kids while teaching them about the natural world. We are seeking volunteers with an easy-going personality to co-facilitate pre-developed school programs and stations at Jr. Ranger events.

View Nature Education - School Groups position description brochure (PDF)

Volunteer teaching a group of children about leaving trash in our parks.
Park Hosts riding horses on a gravel travel in the mountains.

Park Patroller 
Enhance visitors’ experience by providing stewardship education, first aid and information in JCOS Parks. Patrollers use common modes of non-motorized travel such as hiking, mountain biking, trail running, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, etc. Dogs are not allowed on patrol unless specially trained in the Bark Patroller Program.

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Park Host
Provide visitor assistance, education and friendly greetings to enhance the safety, knowledge and experience of visitors. 

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Pine Valley Ranch Park - Vintage Telescope Operator
Provide support for Visitor Services and Natural Resources Teams for daytime observatory open houses and nighttime astronomy programs at Pine Valley Ranch Park.

View Telescope Operator position description brochure (PDF)

Trail Restoration Volunteer Crew Leader
Restore unauthorized trails in JCOS parks
  
View Restoration Volunteer position description brochure (PDF)  

Trail Runner Volunteer Crew Leader
Act as a representative of JCOS by leading, educating and conveying the JCOS mission to groups of trail runners on volunteer projects

View Trail Runner Volunteer Crew Leader position description brochure (PDF)

Trails Volunteer
Help build and maintain JCOS trails.

View Trails Volunteer position description brochure (PDF)

Trail Volunteers raking dirt across a trail.
Trailhead Steward volunteer hand shoveling snow on a sidewalk.

Trailhead Steward 
Provide support to the Park Services section of Jeffco Open Space in ensuring clean, well-maintained and safe parks and amenities.

View Trailhead Steward position description brochure (PDF)




Interested in volunteering?

Jeffco Open Space has been the natural choice for volunteering since 1972. Ever since a grassroots campaign resulted in the creation of our agency, volunteers have been pitching in for their parks – from helping to preserve natural resources and educating visitors to blazing new trails.

Sign-up for One Day Project Opportunities (Web) 

Current Volunteer Log-in (Web)





Group Project Opportunities

In addition to publicly advertised one day projects, we can create a field project customized for your group.

Through forest stewardship, trail maintenance, invasive weed removal, and clean-up projects, you will build camaraderie and better parks for today and tomorrow. 

If you would like to arrange a group project, please click the following link to submit a request: Group Project Request. You will need to create an account to access the request form.

More details about group projects types can be found here: Group Project Information

Volunteer as a Group or Business

Conservation Awards

The celebration of the 2023 Jeffco Open Space Conservation Awards hosted over 250 individuals on Wednesday, February 15 at the Lakewood Cultural Center. It was a snowy evening, but a very successful event! This event pays homage to the numerous volunteers and partners that contribute thousands of hours to help JCOS accomplish it's mission. Thanks to everyone who has made this organization such a success!

2023 Conservation Award Recipient Videos (YouTube)
2022 Conservation Award Recipient Videos (YouTube)
2020 Conservation Award Recipient Videos (YouTube)
2019 Conservation Award Recipient Videos (YouTube)
Click this link to check out our 2021 Collaborative Conservation video (YouTube)