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Volunteer with RMFI
We rely on the generous support of volunteers to help make the work we do possible. We offer many different ways to volunteer and would love to have you join us in whatever capacity makes sense to you and fits your needs.
Volunteer as an Individual
RMFI runs hundreds of project workdays and mobilizes thousands of volunteers each year in the healing and restoration of public lands throughout Southern Colorado, with an emphasis on the Pikes Peak region. RMFI provides stewardship opportunities for a variety of volunteers ranging in age, skill level, and interest. Our expert field instructors lead volunteers on workdays that not only accomplish impressive on-the-ground results, but are also a whole lot of fun. We couldn't do what we do without volunteers and would love for YOU to join us!Find a volunteer opportunity now
Volunteer as a Team
RMFI workdays are great team building activity, a wonderful educational experience, highly rewarding, and a lot of fun. If your school, place of work, or other type of group has multiple people that would like to volunteer together, RMFI provides opportunities to incorporate your group on our community volunteer stewardship workdays posted on our calendar or will work with you to schedule a custom group workday! Custom scheduling is best for group sizes between 10 and 45 and we request a time commitment of between 4-7 hours between the hours of approximately 8am and 3pm. Our preferred days for group scheduling are Wednesdays through Sundays. If your group's size or scheduling don't quite fit within these parameters, please ask us and we will see what we can fit.
Group Volunteer Forms
To successfully submit, download the form that best represents your group, fill it out, and email to [email protected].
Need More Info?
If you're interested in volunteering either as an individual or as a group and need more info, don't hesitate to reach out to Elise Moeller, RMFI Volunteer & Partnership Coordinator, via email at [email protected] or by phone at 719-471-7736, ext. 4#.
Other Ways To Volunteer
Interested in volunteering, but don't want to swing tools and be outside all day? No problem! We have other office-based volunteer opportunities as well.
During our field season (March-November), RMFI is often in need of office volunteers to help with data entry to keep our database up to date. This is a flexible position requiring 5 to 15 hours per week on an ongoing basis. Good computer skills, accuracy, and attention to detail are a must. If you are interested, please contact Elise at [email protected] or 719-471-7736.
The impact of RMFI's on-the-ground work trail and restoration efforts is best communicated through imagery! We are seeking a volunteer skilled in videography and photography to join us on select project workdays to take footage and photos. The volunteer would need to have their own camera equipment. Some specific project dates would be requested but others could be more flexible based around the volunteer's schedule.
Please contact us at the email link below for more information if you are interested in volunteering in this capacity.Contact Us for Details!
Citizen science is the involvement of the public in community-driven scientific research and provides a sustainable system for monitoring land stewardship and restoration activities. RMFI's Citizen Science program engages adult volunteers and college students in the measurement of ecological parameters at RMFI project sites over time. Currently the program is focused in Garden of the Gods with plans to expand to additional locations in future years. Program contact: Maggie Gaddis at [email protected].Contact Maggie to Sign Up!
Most RMFI workdays have a minimum age requirement of 16, or 13 if accompanied by a parent/guardian volunteer. Some of our more difficult or strenuous projects will have an age requirement of 16 or 18 years. We also run a small amount of Youth Workdays each year for volunteers as young as 8 years old. On Youth Days, volunteers aged 8-13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian volunteer. Information on the age requirement for each individual workday will be listed on the calendar description.
RMFI workdays are considered moderately strenuous or strenuous depending on project site and location. All workdays involve working in the outdoors for multiple hours with tools and often involve a walk or hike to and from the worksite from the parking area. Volunteers are encouraged to work at their own pace and breaks for lunch, snacks, and water are taken frequently and encouraged as needed. Volunteers accustomed to a reasonable level of physical activity are able to take part in most of our projects. Certain workdays that require a longer, more strenuous hike or more physically demanding work tasks on variable terrain are recommended to volunteers accustomed to a higher level of physical activity. Information regarding the physical demands of each project can be found in the workday descriptions on our calendar.
Volunteers are not required to have any prior experience. Our staff of professional field instructors will start each workday with an orientation, tool usage and safety talk, and provide oversight throughout the day. For this reason, it is required that volunteers show up on time!
The majority of single day workdays run from approximately 8:30am to 3:00pm although some projects require a longer or shorter day. Custom group workdays must run for a minimum of 4 hours.
Yes! RMFI asks that volunteers only register for workdays if they are able to commit to the full timeframe of that day. This is because we have a mandatory orientation, safety and tool talk at the very start of the day and because we hike in and out of the worksite together while all pitching in to carry tools and equipment. Our field staff will also assign specific tasks to smaller groups of volunteers and it is disruptive to the workday when volunteers are coming and going.
For open enrollment workdays listed on our calendar, volunteers may sign up through the calendar's online registration system. First-time users must create a basic account to log-in to the calendar and access the online registration. Once your account is created you may log in at any time and quickly and easily register for the workdays of your choosing. Upon registering, you will receive an email containing additional details you will need for the workday including directions, map links, pack list, and more.
To sign up a group or 10 or more people for either an open enrollment workday or a custom group workday event, please contact Elise Moeller, RMFI's Volunteer Coordinator, at [email protected] or 719-471-7736 ext. 4#
Bring a water bottle and plenty of water, sack lunch, rain gear, eye protection (sunglasses will do), sunscreen, any other personal items needed to spend the day outside, and a backpack to carry your things. Wear sturdy & weather-appropriate clothes (long pants are required), work shoes or boots (NO open toe shoes), and sunscreen. We have work gloves to loan but you are welcome to bring your own if you have them. For overnight programs, we will provide a packing list.
We run our workdays through light rain and other mild weather conditions. Please check the forecast and come prepared. However, if we have to cancel for hazardous weather, or any other reason, we will notify registered volunteers via email no later than 1.5 hours prior to the start of the workday (sooner if possible) and will also make phone calls to volunteers as needed. If you need to cancel your registration, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can try to find a volunteer to replace you. We plan our work tasks, equipment, and staffing based on the number of volunteers signed up.
No. While we love our animals, pets are not permitted at any of our volunteer events due to safety concerns, their impacts to wildlife, and other risks involved.
Crew Leaders certified through the Pikes Peak Regional Crew Leader Training are welcome, and at times called upon, to assist us with leading volunteers when we have group sizes larger than our limited field staff can safely and effectively oversee. For more information about becoming a crew leader, visit our page detailing the Pikes Peak Regional Crew Leader Training.
You bet! Groups are welcome on our open enrollment workdays listed on our calendar. If your group consists of 10 or more volunteers available for a minimum of 4 hours, we may also be able to schedule a custom group workday for you. Although RMFI does not require a fee for custom group workdays, donations from corporate groups and welcomed and highly encouraged to help cover our costs associated with running the event.
Office Volunteering: During our field season (March-December), RMFI is often in need of office volunteers to help with data entry to keep our database up to date. This is a flexible position requiring 5 to 15 hours per week on an ongoing basis. Good computer skills, accuracy, and attention to detail are a must. If you are interested, please contact RMFI at [email protected] or 719-471-7736.
Citizen Science Program: RMFI is launching a new restoration monitoring program. Volunteer citizen scientists will measure restoration efforts to facilitate our understanding of how the trails are changing over time and how our trail work influences that process. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering in this capacity, please contact Maggie Gaddis at [email protected].