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Become a Volunteer Ranger Assistant

Department: Natural Resources
Release Date: Dec 2, 2013

Contact Information:

Pam Mayhew, Volunteer Coordinator, (970) 619-4552,

Did you think you would grow up to be a park ranger?  It’s not too late!  You can become a Volunteer Ranger Assistant and help park and natural area rangers accomplish much of their important work.   Larimer County’s Department of Natural Resources and the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department are now accepting Volunteer Ranger Assistant applications.  The training will be in late February.  Volunteers attend 20 hours of training, and are asked to contribute 20 hours of service in return. 

As a Volunteer Ranger Assistant (VRA) you will be an ambassador for natural areas and open spaces.  You’ll be the friendly face on the trail that can answer visitor questions.  Volunteers have an important role in caring for trails, kiosks and other amenities.  You can volunteer on foot, ride your bike, or ride your horse.  In training you’ll learn about local and regional trails, how to approach visitors, ecology, safety, and stewardship.  You’ll meet rangers from Larimer County Department of Natural Resources and the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department. You might meet new friends, too!
This is the perfect volunteer position if you need a flexible schedule.  Volunteers are especially needed on weekends.  Get exercise, fresh air, and quiet time all while giving back to your community.  Benefits include continuing education classes such as first aid and CPR, winter ecology, special behind the scenes tours, recognition events, and more. 
Do you have what it takes to join this elite group of volunteers?  Qualified candidates will have experience in the outdoors, ability to hike or bike a minimum of two miles, excellent communication skills, time for volunteering and filing patrol logs, access to the internet, and experience with computers. 
2014 VRA Training:  February 18 and 20, from 6-9 PM and February 22, all day.
For more information or to apply:
Application Deadline:  Applications open from December 1-December 20
For Questions contact Pam Mayhew at 970.619.4552 or email
Thank you Larimer County and Ft. Collins voters! The Volunteer Ranger Assistant Program is made possible by you.  Your citizen-initiated sales tax dollars conserve natural areas and open spaces and provide visitor services like the Volunteer Ranger Assistant Program.
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