“We live in a society that always has depended on volunteers of different kinds, some who can give money, others who give time and a great many who will freely give their special skills, full time or part time. If you look closely you will see that almost anything that really matters to us, anything that embodies our deepest commitment to the way human life should be lived and cared for depended on some form—more often, many forms—of volunteerism.”
Margaret Mead and Rhoda Metraux,“Aspects of the Present” (1980)
What counts as volunteering?
Planning meetings, travel time, field work, tool or facility maintenance and anything else you do that is directly related to the volunteer work. Please make sure all volunteer activities are covered on your volunteer agreement, and do not work outside the scope of the agreement.
Step 1. Check out our Volunteer Calendar for projects already planned with one of our local partner organizations. If you join one of our partnered organizations, then you will not need to fill out your own Volunteer Application.
Step 2. If you have a specific project in mind or are not interested in joining one of our partner organizations, please contact the Upper Arkansas Valley Volunteer and Partnership Coordinator directly and fill out a Volunteer Application. The Volunteer Coordinator will help you schedule work days and projects with the USFS or BLM.
Step 3.Review and sign a Job Hazard Analysis or RMA, articulating potential risks and mitigation for that volunteer activity. Sign the Volunteer Agreement and return the agreement to the Volunteer Coordinator for USFS or BLM approval and signature.
Step 4. Regularly check in and use this form to report your accomplishments:
Are you frequently out on the trails and roads? Do you hike or ride USFS trails frequently? You can provide trail condition reports. Check out the RIMS App page and contact the Volunteer Coordinator to learn more.
Projects are not limited to what is listed - there are many citizen science, interpretation, wildlife, surveying, and recreation projects that we could use your help with - just propose the idea! Visit Volunteer.gov more more opportunities.
There are many active local volunteer groups and partners that work with the USFS and BLM. Some of the established groups are listed below - check out their links see how you can get involved:
The Upper Arkansas Valley Public Lands Volunteer and Partnership Program is hosted through a partnership agreement between the Colorado Mountain Club (CMC), Bureau of Land Management and the US Forest Service. All Rights Reserved.