Volunteer FAQs

Is there an age limit for volunteering? 

RMFI works with volunteers as young as 8 years old on our Youth Days which run as half days a few times each season. Youth aged 8-13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian volunteer. Other 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. Information on the age requirement will be list on each workday description on our calendar. 

How difficult are your workdays?

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. 

What skills or prior experience do I need?

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!

How long are your workdays?

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. 

Do I have to stay for the full time? 

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. 

How do I sign up? 

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. Find the calendar here!

To sign up a group or 10 or more people for either an open enrollment workday or a custom group workday event, please contact Molly Mazel, RMFI's Volunteer Coordinator, at [email protected] or 719-471-7736 ext. 4#

What do I need to bring to a workday?

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.

Is there a cancellation procedure?

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.

Can I bring my pets?

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.  

Are there opportunities for me to help out as a volunteer crew leader?

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

Can my group volunteer? 

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. Find more info on our page "Volunteer as a Group".

I am unable to volunteer on your field projects. Are there other ways to get involved? 

Yes!

Office Volunteering: 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 Liz 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].

Hey! I have a question that is not covered here. 

Please direct your additional questions to Molly Mazel, RMFI's Volunteer Coordinator, at [email protected] or 719-471-7736 ext. 4#