What did you want to be when you grew up? Do you dream of being outdoors, chatting with visitors, enjoying wildlife and helping the environment? 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 open space and natural area rangers accomplish much of their important work. As a Volunteer Ranger Assistant you will be an ambassador for natural areas and open spaces.
Volunteer Ranger Assistants (VRAs) are friendly faces on the trail who 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, ride your horse or even monitor trails in a wheelchair. In training you’ll learn about local and regional trails, how to approach visitors, ecology, safety, and stewardship. You will meet rangers from Larimer County Natural Resources and the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Program. 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. This opportunity is family friendly—your whole family can join the fun! Volunteer with a group, with a friend, or by yourself. Get exercise, fresh air, and quiet time all while giving back to your community. Volunteer Ranger Assistants will attend 20 hours of training, and are asked to contribute 20 hours of service in return. Benefits include continuing education classes such as first aid and CPR, winter ecology, special behind the scenes tours, and more.
February VRA Training: Feb. 23 and 25, 2010, from 6-9 PM and February 27 from 8 a.m. -2 p.m.
For more information or to apply: www.fcgov.com/naturalareas  then click on “Volunteer Opportunities.”
Applications Due: Jan. 20, 2010
To learn more about Larimer County’s parks and open spaces, go to www.larimer.org/naturalresources