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Get Involved: City Of Longmont

Listed below are opportunities to get involved with the City of Longmont Parks, Open Space and Trails (POST) Volunteer Program. 

Determine your level of involvement:

1. Participate in one-time events or educational programs. All program participants must create an account on JoinUs.

2. The programs listed below require the participant to become an official Volunteer. Fill out the volunteer application to get started (you will need to be registered to access this form). Once you have completed a volunteer application, staff will review it and then place you into groups that reflect your volunteer interests. You will receive an email informing you that you have been approved as a Volunteer. Once approved you can sign up for volunteer opportunities listed below by visiting our calendar

Have questions or need assistance, please contact us at post.volunteer@longmontcolorado.gov.

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Adopt a Park_Greenway Volunteers


Description:

The Adopt-A-Park Program is an effort to enlist community support through assistance with park and greenway upkeep. Community pride, a sense of ownership and better maintained parks & trails are the results of this program. 

Volunteer activities may include some or all of the following depending on the site:

  • Trash & debris pick-up - trash, debris, pet waste, recyclable material pick-up (including the separation of recyclables).  Bags will be left near trash receptacles for city crews to collect.
  • Athletic facilities clean-up – also sweeping bleacher areas, dugouts, courts, walks, etc.
  • Playground and picnic areas and clean-up – also sweeping sidewalks and pads around facilities
  • Monitoring and reporting – monitoring and reporting the condition of the park or greenway, including vandalism, non-functioning lights or other damage

Requirements  

  • Any individual, group or organization can adopt a Park or Greenway segment.
  • Monthly visits to your adopted area
  • A minimum of a one year commitment starting in January
  • Know and have read Program Safety Rules and Policies & Procedures before starting
  • Fill out and have on file with the City, a Maintenance Contract
  • Fill out and have on file a Volunteer Application & Liability Waiver
Time Commitment:

Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of one calendar year.


Breeding Bird Monitor Volunteers


Description:

Do you have an affinity for our local birds? Do you have advanced skills in identifying birds by sight and call? The City of Longmont wants you in our Breeding Bird Survey Program!

Volunteers work in pairs, spending a minimum of two hours per survey per month at one or more properties, recording the birds they hear. One person in the pair observes and listens calling out what they see and hear and the other person writes down the information.

Requirements

  • Advanced bird I.D. skills (both site and call).  At least 100 different local species.
  • Previous breeding bird survey experience preferred
  • Ability to hike 2-4 miles over mostly flat terrain
  • Must commit to volunteering for a minimum of one season and to completing one survey per month).
  • Must attend at least one field training session with staff or experienced volunteer
  • Must have a Volunteer Liability Waiver and Confidentiality Agreement on file before doing field work.
Time Commitment:

Volunteers must commit to a minimum of one, two hour survey per month and commit to a minimum of one birding season.

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Button Rock Volunteers


Description:

Within this walk-in only preserve you will find Longmont and Ralph Price Reservoirs along the North Saint Vrain Creek. Longmont manages this natural watershed and reservoirs to preserve the resource and provide storage for the City's Water Utility. The park creates a unique experience for visitors, providing opportunities to view wildlife, the natural environment, and water management facilities at a close level.

Trails within Button Rock Preserve offer scenic views and plenty of exercise for an afternoon outing. These trails also enable anglers to access many backcountry fishing locations.

For additional preserve information, visit the Button Rock Preserve webpage.

Time Commitment:

From time to time, volunteers are needed to help with forest fire mitigation, trail repair, weed control, and restoration projects.


Clean Up Green Up


Description:

Clean-Up Green-Up events are dedicated to the beautification of our community. Each April, business groups, civic groups, schools, neighborhoods, families, and individuals are invited and encouraged to help spruce up Longmont for spring. Volunteers can choose a neighborhood, park, trail, open space or street to clean up, or we can assign a particular area of need.

An event kickoff is typically held the first or second Saturday of April, and the effort continues through April 30. After the kickoff and throughout the rest of the month, volunteers are welcome to contact the City to organize individual or group Clean Up Green Up events.

Volunteers are also welcome to organize trash clean up events throughout the rest of the year through the Keep Longmont Beautiful volunteer program (see description below).

Time Commitment:

Sign up for events at the annual kick off in April. Time commitment is only during the events you sign up for throughout a season.


Forestry


Description:

Forestry maintains and cares for trees on public property, including parks, arterials, greenways, ditches, retention sites and around public buildings. Forestry volunteers help with pruning, mulching, and planting projects as needed. 

Time Commitment:

Forestry-related one-time volunteer events and educational opportunities are scheduled throughout the calendar year. Please keep checking back on the calendar for something that might interest you!


Keep Longmont Beautiful


Description:

Keep Longmont Beautiful (KLB) events are trash clean up events occuring throughout Longmont. A KLB event can happen anytime during the year, except the month of April. (April events are part of the Clean Up Green Up Program above). Businesses, schools, individuals/families, or other organizations are invited to plan and carry out KLB volunteer trash pick up events. Please contact the City to organize your KLB event!

Time Commitment:

The time commitment is only for the events you plan and carry out.


Ready to get involved?

Contact Lore Blattner, lore.blattner@longmontcolorado.gov, (303) 651-8955 to become a volunteer.

Photography Volunteers


Description:

Photograph Longmonts parks, open spaces, trails, wildlife, and our volunteers working hard to improve these spaces. Words arent necessary when photos can capture the stories of Longmont's wild places. Your images may be used in a variety of ways including on our website, to publicize volunteer events, and in our educational materials.

Requirements:

  • Volunteers must own a camera or a phone that can take high-resolution photographs.
  • Photographs must be taken from Longmont's public lands.
  • Landscape and wildlife photographs can be taken on your own time.
  • Volunteer event photographs can only be taken during scheduled one-time event times or must be prearranged with ongoing volunteers such as raptor or restoration volunteers.
Time Commitment:

Volunteers are asked to commit to both scheduled photography assignments as well as photograph on their own time on Longmont's Open Spaces and Natural Areas.


Restoration Crew Volunteer (Lead)


Description:

Do you have wildlife or plant skills? What about people or organizational skills? Can you answer the whys about a specific work project? Come volunteer with Restoration Crew Restoration Crew Leader.

Requirements

• Must have expertise and/or professional experience in ecological restoration principles, native and non-native plant identification, and wildlife habitat needs.

• Must be willing to contact other volunteers.

• Must be willing to lead a work group of volunteers in the field on occasion.

• Must be willing to view and interpret natural resources data. • Must be willing to track your volunteer hours and remind other volunteers to do the same.

• Must be willing to use City of Longmont's JoinUs volunteer software to track work impact metrics.

Time Commitment:

Monthly projects during the field season. Mainly on second Tuesday mornings, but also some Saturdays.


Restoration Crew Volunteers


Description:

Do you want to help improve Longmont's public lands, making them more habitable for native plants, plant communities, wildlife, and the people who like to recreate in these spaces? Then join our Restoration Crew!

Restoration volunteers do a variety of projects including digging, pulling, and clipping noxious weeds; building and removing fences; collecting and cleaning native seed; planting native seeds and plugs; planting trees; restoring social trails; watering establishing vegetation; and monitoring restored areas over time.

Meet new friends, explore new lands, and make a real difference. Volunteer for a day or all year long. We can use your help!

Requirements

  • Must have a Volunteer Liability Waiver on file before you begin.
Time Commitment:

Volunteers meet on the second Tuesday of the month, unless weather, plant phenology, or the nature of the project work for a given month dictate that another day of the week needs to chosen.


Rose Garden Volunteer (Master)


Description:

City of Longmont's Memorial Rose Garden is located at the west end of Roosevelt Park. The Memorial Rose Garden Volunteer Program is an effort to enlist community support through assistance with garden upkeep. Volunteers learn about horticulture while enhancing plant and overall garden bed appearance and improving plant health. Community pride, a sense of ownership, and a better maintained Rose Garden are the results of this program. 

Already a Rose Garden Volunteer? Are you interested in learning or contributing more? Consider becoming a Master Rose Garden Volunteer.

Requirements

Master Rose Garden Volunteers do all the same things that General Rose Garden Volunteers do, e.g., attend season kick off, pruning, dead-heading, weeding, composting, trash and debris pick up, and reporting.

Additionally, Master Rose Garden Volunteers do the following tasks:

  • Communicate with staff to make sure you know the goals for a given week or time of season ahead of time so you are ready to help other volunteers.
  • Be a lead during a volunteer shift. This may mean that staff reaches out to you ahead of time so you know what the work goals are for the day or for the time of season and you can clearly communicate these to others.
  • Answer questions about work goals for a given day or time of season.
  • Answer horticulture questions from other volunteers looking to learn.

To become a Master Rose Garden Volunteers, a volunteer needs to attend two additional sessions of rose garden training with staff.

Time Commitment:

The minimum time commitment is to volunteer during a portion of one growing season or ideally, volunteer for one entire growing season between May 1 and September 30. Volunteers are welcome to continue on for as many seasons as they would like. 


Rose Garden Volunteers


Description:

City of Longmont's Memorial Rose Garden located at the west end of Roosevelt Park. The Memorial Rose Garden Volunteer Program is an effort to enlist community support through assistance with garden upkeep. Volunteers can enhance plant and overall garden bed appearance and improve plant health. Community pride, a sense of ownership, and a better maintained Rose Garden are the results of this program. 

Any individual, group or organization can adopt a designated portion of the Memorial Rose Garden and can volunteer during a portion of or all of the season between April and September.

Examples of volunteer activities include some or all of the following: 

  • Introduction to the Rose Garden – required meeting of all volunteers with Parks staff at the beginning of the season (usually sometime in April); will be used to orient participants to the garden, discuss tasks to be performed and answer questions.
  • Trash & debris pick-up – remove trash, debris, pet waste from area.  (Bags will be left in a designated area for city crews to collect.)
  • Dead-heading rose plants – remove spent blossoms according to procedures established by Parks Maintenance staff.
  • Pruning rose plants – perform needed trimming of plant growth according to procedures established by Parks Maintenance staff.
  • Weed pulling – removal of weeds from planting beds by hand; chemical applications will not be involved.
  • Composting plant debris – deposit all removed plant materials into a designated compost bin or area (dont leave any piles of plant material – leave all materials in bags provided).
  • Monitoring and reporting – monitor and report the condition of the Memorial Rose Garden including vandalism, non-functioning lights or other damage.
Time Commitment:

The minimum time commitment volunteers is usually one growing season, but volunteers are welcome to continue on for as many seasons as they would like. In a season, volunteers typically make monthly visits between April and September, but the exact seasonal work period will depend on plant development and weather variations in a specific growing season.


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