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Volunteer Opportunity

Seed Collection Scout

Application or Registration Deadline: 05/26/2018
Opportunity Type: Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity
Department: Parks & Open Space
Category: Open Space, Environment, and Gardening
Time Commitment & Minimum Age: Volunteer for two scouting sessions per season (6-8 hours total) May to October. Must be at least 18 years of age.

Location varies among Boulder County properties.

Program Summary:

Volunteers identify native seed that is soon to be ready for collection (ripe seed) on various Boulder County properties. Volunteers work with agency staff to review species of priority, scout for ripe seed, and recognize appropriate sized populations on open space to help determine what seed will be collected for episodic volunteer projects.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Record findings on a datasheet, and communicates with ecologist for review.
  • Drive to assigned sites several times before a project and report findings.
  • Examine several priority plant specimens in various locations on the property.
  • Identify and record other plant species, native and non-native, on potential collection site.
  • Collect samples as needed to bring back to the department staff for further review.
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have participated in seed collection volunteer events for at least one year prior to scouting
  • Ability to identify noxious and invasive weed species
  • Preferred education in biology, ecology, natural sciences
  • Familiarity with Colorado ecosystems and flora
  • Familiarity using/desire to identify plants using a dichotomous key
  • Good physical shape and ability to work on natural and potentially steep terrain
  • Abide by all open space rules and regulations, and set an example for other park visitors
  • Must have personal transportation
Training Dates and Information:

Must attend one full-day training on June 9, 2018.


Carrie Cimo, 303-678-6329 or ccimo@bouldercounty.org

Application Process:

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Applications are accepted through Discover Boulder County, Parks & Open Space’s new volunteer and event registration system. If you’re new to the system, you’ll need to create an account. But it’s easy and we only use your contact information to communicate about volunteer opportunities and events you register for. We will never sell or give your information to a third party.

If you are an existing Parks & Open Space volunteer, please let Carrie Cimo know that you would like to apply for the volunteer opportunity.