Volunteer With RMFI

RMFI relies on the dedication and generosity of over 2,000 volunteers annually to accomplish its restoration and trail project goals. RMFI offers opportunities for youth and adults, individuals and groups. Join us in protecting and restoring our most treasured natural landscapes.

Check out our CALENDAR for upcoming volunteer opportunities.

If you have any questions, please contact Molly, RMFI volunteer coordinator, at 719-471-7736 or [email protected].

Open Enrollment

RMFI hosts single and overnight programs for individual volunteers throughout the field season, April through mid-November. Current projects sites include Waldo Canyon Burn, Black Forest Burn, Garden of the Gods, Bear Creek Watershed, Pikes Peak, Shelf Road Recreation Area and others. The focus of the programs varies according to what current tasks are being undertaken, but typically include erosion control, restoration, revegetation, and trail trail reconstruction including the construction of steps, risers, and retaining walls.

Participants must be 16+ years of age for most project sites. Garden of the Gods and Black Forest projects participants 13-15 may attend with an accompanying parent or guardian volunteer.

Volunteers must commit to the full duration of the workday for which they sign up. This is because our morning tool, safety, and project orientations are mandatory and almost all workdays involve a walk or hike to the worksite with everyone pitching in to carrying tool back and forth together.

Youth

RMFI encourages youth involvement during its volunteer workdays. For regular open enrollment workdays, minimum age is 16+, or 13+ with parent or guardian. RMFI offers days tailored specifically for middle and high school students once per month in the spring and fall through its youthDIRT program (youth Direct Involvement in ResToration). These days are typically 3.5 hours long and do not require a parent or guardian present. Please see our youthDIRT page for more information or our calendar for specific dates. Open to youth 8+. For programs for youth younger than 8, please contact the office directly to discuss program options (719-471-7736)

Groups

RMFI loves working with groups! RMFI hosts workdays for large and small groups including schools, businesses, universities, athletic teams, religious and civic organizations, military groups and others within the Pikes Peak region. These programs are tailored to accommodate the parties involved. Please contact Molly, RMFI volunteer coordinator, to schedule a group, 719-471-7736 or [email protected].

How to sign up

Please see calendar for upcoming workdays. Preregistration is required. Please contact Molly, RMFI volunteer coordinator, to register over the phone (719-471-7736) or via email ([email protected]). Some days fill well in advance, so early registration is encouraged. You will be emailed directions, maps and a release form when you register. All volunteers will need to fill out a release form prior to program participation.

It is imperative that you register volunteers who are committed to attending the workday. While we certainly understand last minute things come up that might preclude attendance at the workday, RMFI must be able to adequately plan for each workday and that depends on having a good understanding of the expected group size on any given workday. Thank you for your understanding!

What to bring on a volunteer workday

Bring a water bottle, sack lunch, rain gear, eye protection (sunglasses will do), and a pack 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. For overnight programs, we will provide a packing list.

Cancellation Procedure

We run our workdays through light rain and other mild weather conditions. 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 on us, 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.

Office Volunteers Needed

RMFI needs help, especially during our field season (April-November), with keeping our volunteer 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’re interested, please contact Liz at [email protected] or 719-471-7736.