VOLUNTEER

You make a difference!  Be a beneficial species by giving your time to support the many conservation efforts underway by the Western Slope Conservation Center.


Whether you are interested in our monthly water-quality monitoring program, our Paonia River Park work days, want to review BLM or Forest Service proposals for environmental concerns, or if you think you have a particular skill that might be useful, we want to hear from you. From rock haulers  to grant writers, to event extraordinaires, we are always in need of help from people in the community. Click the links below for volunteer position descriptions and sign ups.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Our committees are essential to the grassroots action of our organization. Committee members attend monthly meetings, organize around local initiatives, plan and volunteer at events, and use their individual skills to share our mission across the western slope. We are always accepting new committee members, so please stop by for our next meeting or contact us for more info.

 

Watershed Committee: Second Thursday Monthly

Public Lands Committee: Fourth Monday Monthly

Outreach Committee: Fourth Wednesday Monthly

Development Committee: Monthly

Title: River Watch Steward

Come volunteer with a group of others on our River Watch sampling days

Purpose/objective: We collect long term baseline aquatic ecosystem data. Monitoring with River Watch can tell us how well a river is functioning and if it is healthy or at risk.

Location: We start at the CSU Organic Research Station in Hotchkiss, CO and carpool to several sites along the North Fork.

Key responsibilities: Volunteers take water samples from the North Fork of the Gunnison and bring them to a lab for on-site water testing.

Qualifications: enthusiasm and ability to follow basic lab directions.

Time commitment: Typically 8 am-3 pm, until your group has completed data collection.

Training/support provided: We pair new volunteers with an experienced volunteer to go to sampling sites. Once in the lab, there are instructions to help with titrations and volunteers will be walking around to help.

Benefits: Become a part of the community of people working to protect our watershed, and get free snacks!

Volunteer supervisor: River Watch Coordinator & Watershed Coordinator

Phone: 970-527-5307 x 208

E-mail: jake@theconservationcenter.org

2020 River Watch Days: 

Come join us for our sampling events! 

March 11

June 10

September 9

October 14

Title: River Watch Coordinator

We are looking for someone to take over with planning our quarterly sampling days. This mostly consists of emailing the participants and managing set up. 

Purpose/objective: The purpose of Riverwatch is to collect long term baseline aquatic ecosystem data to tell us how well a river is functioning and if it is healthy or at risk. The objective of our Riverwatch coordinator is to organize supplies and instruct volunteers in order to have a smooth sampling event. 

Location: We start in Hotchkiss, CO and carpool to several sites along the North Fork. 

Key responsibilities: Collaborate with WSCC Watershed Coordinator to arrange Riverwatch Binders, guarantee lab space, set up lab ahead of time, gather volunteers and assist volunteers on the day of, and participate in cleanup and followup with Riverwatch. 

Qualifications: enthusiasm and basic chemistry experience. Ability to commit time to recurring riverwatch events. Ability to work independently. 

Time commitment: Around 7:30 am-4 pm on the day of sampling, and about a half-day beforehand, quarterly. 

Training/support provided: Support provided by the WSCC watershed coordinator. 

Benefits: Snacks

Volunteer supervisor: Watershed Coordinator 

Phone: 970-527-5307

E-mail: jake@theconservationcenter.org

Program website: 

Title: Trail Days

Purpose/objective: Steward our public lands with the USFS on our Summer Trail Days. The objective is usually to prevent further damage to forest resources by repairing a portion of the washed out trail or building a new section of trail.

Location: Anywhere on the GMUG.

Key responsibilities: Trail days are a great way to get your hands dirty. These projects can have a wide range of responsibilities, from shearing branches and picking weeds, to hauling rocks and lifting logs. There is something for anyone!

Qualifications: Able-bodied individuals.

Time commitment: Usually 8am-3pm

Training/support provided: All support provided by the USFS.

Benefits: Give back to your local lands and enjoy a day outside with other conservationists.

Volunteer supervisor: Ben Katz

Phone: 970-527-5307

E-mail: ben@theconservationcenter.org

Title: Table at Alpine Bank’s Shred Day in Delta May 9

Purpose/objective: Alpine Bank hosts an annual shred day, to shred sensitive documents. We are volunteering to help Alpine Bank encourage recycling and to tell the community about the work that we do to protect and enhance the Western Slope!

Location: Safeway Parking Lot in Delta

Key responsibilities: Assisting people with shredding & talking to people about the WSCC.

Qualifications: Enthusiasm

Time commitment: 10am-12pm on May 9th

Training/support provided: We typically pair people together to table so their knowledge can support each other. If you don’t feel confident speaking about WSCC initiatives, talk to us beforehand to get the gist of what we’re doing.

Benefits: Come shred your own documents! This is an awesome fundraiser for the WSCC, and we are grateful to Alpine Bank for hosting us.

Volunteer supervisor: Outreach Coordinator, Karley O’Connor

Phone: 970-527-5307 x204

E-mail: karley@theconservationcenter.org

 

Title: Table at the North Fork Community Fair May 30

Purpose/objective: We want to tell the community about the work that we are doing to protect and enhance the Western Slope, and get more people engaged in our mission.

Location: North Fork Community Fair at Paonia Town Park

Key responsibilities: As a tabler, you are responsible to engage people who approach the WSCC table. Inform them about upcoming volunteer opportunities or membership, and encourage them to sign up. Engage them in any information or initiatives at the table that they are interested in.

Qualifications: Enthusiasm

Time commitment: 2-3 hour shifts

Training/support provided: We typically pair people together to table so their knowledge can support eachother. If you don’t feel confident speaking about WSCC initiatives, talk to us beforehand to get the gist of what we’re doing.

Benefits: a social experience with community members, spreading the good word of the Conservation Center! Come early or stay late to see what other great things are happening at the event.

Volunteer supervisor: Outreach Coordinator, Karley O’Connor

Phone: 970-527-5307 x204

E-mail: karley@theconservationcenter.org

Title: Recycle at North Fork Community Fair with Green Team on May 30!

Purpose/objective: Green Team volunteers encourage recycling at community events by setting up, tearing down, and managing upkeep of recycling bins.

Location: North Fork Community Fair at Paonia Town Park

Key responsibilities: Green team volunteers encourage responsible recycling at community events by setting up, tearing down, and maintaining recycling bins. Volunteers work in groups of 2-3.

Qualifications: Willingness to lift large trash bags.

Time commitment: 2-3 hour shifts

Training/support provided: Volunteers may need to connect with event manager or volunteer coordinator to locate recycling bins before setup, identify dumpsters, and coordinate with the WSCC to secure materials.

Benefits: Feel good about encouraging recycling in your community, and enjoy spending time at the event apart from emptying the cans!

Volunteer supervisor: Outreach Coordinator, Karley O’Connor

Phone: 970-527-5307 x204

E-mail: karley@theconservationcenter.org

Purpose/objective: Each year, volunteers help us execute our major events. We need volunteers to set up, clean up, help with sign-ins, support the WSCC table, assist with silent auction, and more!

Email us to find out how help out with our annual events. 

No Man’s Land 2020: March 27 tabling & cleanup shifts available 

Conservation Days 2020: several available volunteer shifts from 8am-3pm on May 7-8th for Conservation Days. Please email karley@theconservationcenter.org

River Fest 2020: June 6

Mountainfilm 2020: TBD

Can’t wait? Contact info@theconservationcenter.org