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Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteer Naturalist

Opportunity Type: Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity
Department: Parks & Open Space
Category: Open Space, Environment, and Gardening
Time Commitment & Minimum Age: One year. Must be at least 18 years of age.

Various locations depending on program. Training takes place in Longmont.

Program Summary:

If you enjoy exploring and sharing the natural wonders of Boulder County with others, then consider becoming a Volunteer Naturalist with Boulder County Parks and Open Space!

Volunteer naturalists develop and present indoor and outdoor interpretive programs on the natural history of Boulder County to participants of all ages.

This year, we are especially looking for people interested in sharing nature with children, both on the trail and in the schools.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Volunteer naturalists lead interpretive nature hikes, present public natural history slide programs, and provide hands-on environmental field experiences for Boulder County schools.

A 10-week training program is required. Training includes an overview of the Boulder County Parks & Open Space Department, including history, mission, and resource management; geology; plants and ecosystems; forestry; wildlife and birds; agricultural lands and weed management; water resources; and interpretive programming and resources.

Qualifications and Requirements:
  • We are looking for people with a passion for nature, some knowledge of local natural history, and a strong desire to learn more and share their passion with others.
  • Training classes take place on Fridays, January 6 through March 10, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Longmont.
  • Participants must be at least 18 years old, agree to a background check, and attend all training sessions.
  • Because many of our requested programs are scheduled Monday-Friday during daytime hours, applicants must have some ongoing weekday availability.
Training Dates and Information:

Training classes take place on Fridays, January 6 through March 10, 2023 from 8:30am to 4:00pm in Longmont.


For additional information please contact Carlos Lerma at or 303-678-6214.

Application Process:

Application deadline is Oct. 31 2022 or until the class is filled.

Apply Now

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.