Park Patrol Volunteer

Ongoing Applications

  • Volunteer TypeGreat Outdoors

Parks volunteer positions are filled each spring. An application will be available in Spring 2020 — please check back then.


On horseback, mountain bike or on foot, help serve as an extension of the park rangers, patrolling through Lakewood's large open-space parks to provide information and assistance to park visitors.

Volunteers must have required training including first aid and CPR, provide their own horses and bikes, and demonstrate riding skills.

Volunteers pose on horses during a patrol.

Position Description

Department
Community Resources
Division
Parks
Committee
Park Patroller

If you are passionate about natural resources and making a difference, consider investing your time with City of Lakewood Parks.

Our mission: We are committed to providing high quality park, recreation, family and cultural service and facilities that inspire enjoyment, learning and wellness in the lives of those who live, work and play in Lakewood.

We value INTEGRITY, COMMUNICATION AND CONNECTION, LEADERSHIP, ADAPTABILITY, and DIVERSITY. Under these guiding principles we have created an open and diverse organization that thrives on new ideas and people passionate about creating a better outdoor recreation and natural world for the next generation. So what are you waiting for? 

Purpose

The Park Patrol’s primary purpose is to: provide for the safe and enjoyable use of the open space park trails by all park users. 

Responsibilities

The volunteers are responsible for assisting as an extension of the park rangers at Bear Creek Lake Park, Bear Creek Greenbelt, William Frederick Hayden Park, and other parks as needed or assigned. The volunteer will patrol the parks on mountain bike, horseback or on foot, and provide rules education, park information and assistance to park users.

Volunteers must complete a minimum of 2 patrols per month from April through September unless weather significantly interferes. Required patrols should be at least 45 minutes in duration. Patrolling more frequently, and throughout the winter as possible, is highly encouraged as trail conditions allow. Specific focus should be on weekends and weekday evenings.

Responsibilities:

  • Patrol the listed parks on mountain bike, horseback, or on foot.
  • Provide education to users relating to the park rules and regulations.
  • Provide park information and basic area information to park users.
  • Provide basic first aid and other assistance to users as necessary.
  • Represent the City of Lakewood’s values and mission in all actions and contacts.
  • Enter all volunteer hours and patrol details in the City’s Volgistics and reporting systems. 

Schedule

Volunteering is on your own time. A minimum of two patrols per month are required from April-September, with patrols lasting at least 45 minutes. Patrolling more often, or in the off-season as weather and trail conditions allow, is highly encouraged.  

Qualifications

The volunteer must be able to prove the following ability to:

  • For horse or mountain bike patrol: Volunteer must have their own horse or mountain bike, and associated equipment, and must be able to demonstrate basic riding skills.
  • For horse patrol: A ride with an experienced volunteer or park ranger to evaluate your horse’s trail behavior will be required prior to being able to patrol on your own. For bike and foot patrol: A training patrol with an experienced volunteer or park ranger will be required prior to being able to patrol on your own.
  • Complete yearly training including basic first aid and CPR.
  • Make routine public contacts and provide basic rules education.
  • Have own cell phone.
  • Bike patrol requires wearing of a helmet at all times. Wearing of a helmet is highly encourage for horse patrol volunteers. 

Age Requirement

The minimum age requirement for this committee is 18 years of age. Younger volunteers will be considered but will be required to patrol with an adult volunteer at all times.  

Training

Training will be provided by park staff in 2-3 sessions. Training for new volunteers will include a basic park orientation, a 3-4 hour overview of patrol skills, and a yearly refresher with field training. CPR/first aid certification is also required and several classes will be offered. If you cannot attend you will need to complete this training on your own. Basic training will include: park information, basic patrol procedures, emergency response, and park natural history.

After completing the training session, park rangers will determine if volunteer is capable of working in this position or should be reassigned. A training patrol will also be required. 

Work Environment

Indoor/Outdoor – this position participates year-round. The changing Colorado weather is a strong factor.

Benefits

As a volunteer for City of Lakewood Parks there is a potential for many benefits including, but not limited to:

  • A Bear Creek Lake Park Annual Pass
  • Education and trainings
  • Obtaining skills for future employment
  • Networking