Volunteer With Us!

Looking for a way connect to your community and contribute to meaningful work? Give the gift of your time and volunteer with Walking Mountains Science Center! Become part of the Walking Mountains family, whether it’s helping at a one-time event or on a regular basis, we can’t wait to meet you. No one can do everything, but everyone can do something!

Volunteer Application

Duties:

Ongoing: Colorado Corridors Project
Rocky Mountain Wild, along with partners at Denver Zoo and Walking Mountains Science Center, is working to monitor wildlife movement at an overpass site on I-70. Wildlife monitoring is an essential step in assessing whether the I-70 Wild Byway is effective in restoring wildlife connectivity.
Volunteers assist with setting up and checking remote-triggered cameras in the field as well as identifying and cataloging species captured on the cameras through Zooniverse. The wildlife data that volunteers help collect through this project will be used to assess the effectiveness of the I-70 Wild Byway by comparing data collected before and after construction of the overpass.

Register: Sign up here

Ongoing: Front Range Pika Project
The Front Range Pika Project is a citizen science program that engages the public in conservation research on the American pika. Pika Patrol volunteers follow monitoring protocols to collect data about pikas and their habitat in high altitude field sites, thereby informing efforts to assess whether pikas are impacted by climate change. The project will provide long-term data to aid the conservation of this little-understood alpine species and its associated habitats. Join the Pika Patrol to contribute to pika monitoring studies currently underway throughout the West and help us better understand this native Colorado species!

Register: Sign up here

Gain experience as a vital member of the behind scenes administrative team of a non-profit. Current ongoing projects include:

1) Youth Programs: We could use some data entry help as we move into the world of entering assessment data as well as attitude surveys.

2) Office Management: We could use help with our paperless project. This would entail first understanding the scope and scale of the project, mapping like processes, researching solutions and implementation.

Qualifications: Walking Mountains is seeking individuals interested in a minimum of 2 hours of work per week. Work hours are flexible and occur during week days. Interview and training required for this position. Please contact project coordinator if you are interested.

Contact: Chris Cohen at chrisc@walkingmountains.org

Duties: Work at our exhibit hall in our state-of-the-art facility. We offer environmental interpretation experiences for visitors including families, adults, and groups. Duties include greeting guests and providing educational information related to the Rocky Mountains and the wildlife exhibits in the center.

Qualifications: Excellent customer service skills required and a general knowledge of the local natural community desired. Docents work a minimum of 2 hour shifts weekly, biweekly or monthly. Interview and training required for this position.

Needs: 2 hours monthly. Monday-Friday: 9-11am, 11am-1pm, 1-3pm, 3-5pm, 5-7pm

Contact: Kaitlyn Merrimen at kaitlynm@walkingmountains.org

Duties: Join a naturalist every week to get your hands dirty and volunteer. We will learn about the project of the week and why it is important to our community. Then we will pull together as a group to remove invasive plant species, plant native vegetation, and build or maintain hiking trails. Light refreshments will be provided. Bring clothes to get dirty in, water, sunscreen, sturdy closed-toed shoes, and gloves.

Pre-registration is required. Please select a date below to register.

September Opportunities: 

Duties: School field programs typically take place from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on local public lands. Responsibilities include assisting educators with group management and serving as a back-up in case of student emergency. This is a great opportunity to spend the day outdoors with children learning about our mountain environment. Volunteers serve up to 6 hours at one time.

Qualifications: Must be 18 years or older to participate.
An in-person interview and a satisfactory background check is necessary prior to signing up for a vacancy.

Contact: Chris Cohen at chrisc@walkingmountains.org for more information.

Duties: Walking Mountains hosts or participates in multiple special events each year. Needs vary from event to event, but duties could be anything from set up and take down to food preparation or extra actors in the Halloween Spooky Forest!

Contact: Kaitlyn Merriman at kaitlynm@walkingmountains.org

Duties: Join the team and become part of the increasing movement to educate the public about the importance of waste diversion. Walking Mountains works with the Town of Vail and other events to staff Zero Waste tents throughout the year. Providing Outreach and Education to attendees about their options for recycling, compost and trash. Volunteers serve up to 6 hours at a time.

Qualifications: Excitement and Passion for Sustainability and the Environment!

Contact: Nina Waysdorf at ninaw@walkingmountains.org