Larimer County’s Department of Natural Resources looking for volunteer ranger assistants

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 parks 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 you will be an ambassador for natural areas and open spaces.

Volunteer ranger assistants are a 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!

The Volunteer Ranger Assistant program 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 2 miles, excellent communication skills, time for volunteering and filing patrol logs, access to the internet and experience with computers.

2015 VRA Training:

6-9 p.m. Feb. 17 and 19 and all day Feb. 21

For more information or to apply, visit www.fcgov.com/naturalareas

Applications open from Dec. 1 to Jan. 17.

For questions contact Pam Mayhew at 970-619-4552 or e-mail pmayhew@larimer.org

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