National Public Lands Day Volunteer Opportunity

National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest single-day volunteer event for public lands. Established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, this celebration brings out thousands of volunteers to help restore and improve public lands around the country.

On September 25, from 8:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M., Jefferson County Open Space and the City of Wheat Ridge will host a 6-mile-long cleanup effort along Clear Creek on the Peaks to Plains Trail. 

Volunteers will help out by spreading native plant seeding, planting native plants, cleaning up debris, removing noxious weeds, pruning vegetation and so much more. There are six different volunteer locations, please sign up for the one that you would prefer.

Join us at Anderson Park (4355 Field St) at the conclusion of the effort for our post project celebration. Volunteers will be treated to a complimentary lunch, refreshments, giveaways, and live music.

Sign up and more info:offero.jeffco.us/Calendar

National Public Lands Day Volunteer 2021 Poster
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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.

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Sign-up for One Day Project Opportunities 

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Group Project Opportunities

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

Through forest stewardship and clean-up projects, you will build camaraderie and better parks for today and tomorrow. Group size for group projects is currently limited to 10

More details about group volunteer project types.

If you’d like to inquire about a customized project for your group, contact Volunteer Services Specialist Matt Martinez by email: [email protected]  or phone: 303.271.5971

Volunteers at Cathedral Spires Park stand atop a large rock, socially distanced

Conservation Awards

The celebration of the 2021 Jeffco Open Space Conservation Awards hosted almost 300 individuals virtually on Thursday, January 28. This year, in lieu of awards, we recognized individuals, organizations, and partners for their contributions to the JCOS mission with a video. 2020 was a challenging year. Together with our partners and volunteers, JCOS has endured and accomplished exceptional things. Since the onset of the pandemic, our visitors have looked to us for a place to escape and recreate. Consequently, our visitation has skyrocketed. Our parks are feeling the pressure, and our team continues to rise to the occasion. Collectively, we continue to provide a place for those who need it, a safe outdoor experience for all to enjoy.

Click this link to check out our Collaborative Conservation video.

Volunteer Positions

Find the most current position descriptions for ongoing volunteer programs below. Please note not all programs are accepting applications.  For additional information about volunteer programs or projects, contact one of our team members:

Volunteer Services Supervisor: Jana Johns, 303.271.5922 [email protected]
Volunteer Services Specialist: Matt Martinez, 303.271.5971 [email protected]

History Educator – accepting applications
Share your knowledge and skills by assisting visitors at Hiwan Heritage Park.

View History Educator position description brochure

Crew Leader – accepting applications
Act as a representative of JCOS by leading, educating and conveying the JCOS mission to volunteers on outdoor stewardship projects throughout our parks.

View Crew Leader position description brochure 

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

View Trail Running Crew Leader position description brochure

Trails Volunteer – accepting applications
Help build and maintain Jeffco Open Space trails.

View Trails Volunteer position description brochure

Trail Steward – accepting applications
Help monitor and restore unauthorized trails in JCOS parks.

Trail Steward position description brochure


Land Steward – not accepting applications
Support Jeffco Open Space by monitoring Coal Creek Canyon Study Area or South Table Mountain Park.

View Coal Creek Canyon Study Area Land Steward position description brochure from 2020

View 2021 South Table Mountain Park Land Steward position description brochure

Natural Resources Monitor – not accepting applications
Be involved with identifying and monitoring raptors, butterflies, frogs and avian species within Jefferson County. This information helps to inform land management decisions and monitor habitat health.

View Natural Resources Monitor position description brochure from 2020

Park Host – not accepting applications
Provide visitor assistance, education and friendly greetings to enhance the safety, knowledge and experience of visitors. 

View Park Host position description brochure from 2020

Nature Educator – not accepting applications
Share your knowledge and skills by assisting visitors of Jefferson County Open Space.

View Nature Educator position description brochure from 2020

Information Specialist at the Welcome Center – not accepting applications
Assist staff by providing administrative and clerical support at our main office reception desk.

View Information Specialist position description brochure from 2020

Trailhead Steward – not accepting applications
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 from 2020

Data Team – not accepting applications
Assist various teams throughout JCOS by collecting and analyzing information about wildlife and visitor behavior.

View Data Team position description brochure from 2020

Trailhead steward hiking into park
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JCOS trails volunteers doing maintenance
Visitors looking through binoculars during birding program
Volunteer as a Nature and History Educator