CLRD River Ranger Volunteers

Volunteers Can Make a Difference

Five days of your time can make a difference in the life of one of Colorado’s treasures.

We’re seeking volunteers who can give us five days or more in the lower canyon as a Volunteer River Ranger. 

The goal of the River Ranger Volunteer Program is to educate river users in a positive way to help them become better stewards of the Poudre, install and repair river-side signage,  and monitor river corridor usage for future planning and trends.

The Wild and Scenic Poudre

The Cache la Poudre river  is Colorado’s only designated Wild and Scenic River and a designated state Scenic and Historic Byway.

It is also a river with high use and mixed land ownership.  Recreation has its price. Increased use is causing increased pressure on this special ecosystem.

River Patrol Season

Volunteers will work during the peak river running season, typically from mid- May to August.


All River Patrol Volunteers must meet these requirements:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Friendly and outgoing
  • Interest in land stewardship
  • Able to attend May weekend training
  • Able to volunteer for at least five  days
  • Valid driver’s license and transportation

If you are interested in patrolling on-river, you need to have these additional skills:

  • Class III kayak experience
  • Current first aid certification

Preference will be given to those volunteers who have Swift Water Rescue certification.


Volunteers will be given basic training in environmental ethics and stewardship, area ecology, dealing with the public, and local issues.  Mentoring with the Forest Service River Ranger and a site trip will also be included.

A Forest Service River Ranger will go along with you on a check-out trip to ensure that you have the skills needed as a river ranger volunteer.


If you are interested, please complete an application and contact:

Partnerships Program Coordinator
Canyon Lakes Ranger District
2150 Centre Ave, Building E
Fort Collins, Colorado 80526

Key Contacts

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Elaine Wells, Visitor Information Services

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Kristy Wumkes, Volunteer Coordinator

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