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Volunteer Opportunity

Community Forestry Sort Yard Host

Application or Registration Deadline: 08/31/2018
Opportunity Type: Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity
Department: Parks & Open Space
Category: Open Space, Environment, and Gardening
Time Commitment & Minimum Age: Six hours per month in shifts of two to four hours. Must be at least 18 years of age.

The Meeker Park sort yards is located at 8200 Highway 7.

The Nederland sort yard is at 291 Ridge Road.

Program Summary:

Volunteer hosts help make sure that Sort Yards at Meeker Park (near Allenspark) and Nederland continue to be a local hub of community-based forestry information.

Volunteers greet people as they enter the yard, collect data on the material they are delivering, provide information about forest ecology, bark beetles, and wildfire mitigation.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Greet visitors as they arrive at the sort yard and collect information (such as tree species, reason for removal, origin of material, and accurate volume numbers)
  • Record data electronically and by hand
  • Properly identify bark beetle infested wood
  • Hand out publications about forest health issues
  • Provide direction to users to keep traffic flowing inside the yard
  • Volunteers are not expected to help unload logs or slash
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Have an outgoing personality, and be comfortable interacting with people of all ages
  • Enjoy working in the outdoors, in all types of weather
  • Interest in forest ecology and restoration (experience in natural resources or project management is helpful)
  • Understand need for rigor and accuracy in data collection
  • Be in good physical shape, and able to carry up to 20 pounds
  • Wear their county provided T-shirt and hat during shifts
  • Must have personal transportation
Training Dates and Information:

On-site training as needed.


For more information, please contact Shane Milne at 303-678-6089 or smilne@bouldercounty.org.

Application Process:

Applications are accepted continuously throughout the season.

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