Volunteers are the heartbeat of the U.S. Forest Service. The types of work volunteers perform are many and varied—the only tasks a volunteer cannot carry out are those associated with law enforcement. On the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland (ARP), volunteers provide immeasurable benefits to the land. Volunteers dedicate hundreds of hours of service and accomplish projects to enhance recreational opportunities across the ARP.
Opportunities can range from a single-day project to a long-term undertaking lasting for several months. What captures your interest—trail work, campground host, bird surveys, information receptionist, wilderness restoration, conservation education? There are many ways to transfer your love of the land to the management of the land.
The ARP is a resource we all own, and volunteering is one way to take an active part of land management by being a steward of the land we all enjoy. There are multiple benefits to volunteering, such as...
- Earning college credits through volunteer internships
- Diversifying your job experience
- Providing community service
- Educating the public about natural resources
- Meeting people and forming new friendships
- Exercising while serving the land
- Having fun
Volunteer Programs & Projects
Programs on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland include road and trail maintenance, patrols, visitor information, environmental education, administrative work, and other activities that can benefit the land. Projects may be one-time opportunities or opportunities that are less time consuming than some of the programs. This would include National Public Lands Day every fall. Check with your local forest service office for specific projects.