Raptor Monitor Volunteer

Ongoing Applications

  • Volunteer TypeGreat Outdoors

Raptor Monitors assist the Natural Resources team in identifying and monitoring raptors in selected Lakewood parks.
A raptor looks down from a branch.

Position Description

Community Resources
Raptor Monitor
lingil@lakewood.org or 303-697-6157

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? 


This volunteer position's primary purpose is to assist the Natural Resources team in identifying and monitoring raptors in selected Lakewood Parks. Raptor Monitors help determine the success of a nest or eyrie, record observations of raptors including but not limited to different species of hawks, eagles, and owls, and enable the Natural Resources Team to develop appropriate management plans related to habitat protection.

The parks included in the raptor and nest monitoring are Bear Creek Lake Park, William Fredrick Hayden Park on Green Mountain and the Green Belt.


  1. Monitors known nest sites to determine territory use and nest success.
  2. Monitor Raptors and take down data for wildlife assessments.
  3. Attempts to identify new nests and eyries to include in observations.
  4. Monitors Raptor Boxes for success.
  5. Records observations and enters data electronically.
  6. Reports volunteer service hours regularly through the online reporting system, Volgistics.
  7. Reports any out of the ordinary observations of wildlife to park staff.

Raptor Monitors are responsible to complete a minimum of at least 20 hours per year to obtain an annual park pass.


Raptor monitoring has no set schedule. Volunteers must be able to monitor a site at least twice a month between February and August. Monitoring can be performed anytime during daylight hours, but mornings are often best for observing raptors. Each shift can take up to three hours.


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

  • Complete all training, including a 1-hour park orientation training and additional raptor monitoring techniques training. 
  • Work with the Park Ranger Naturalist, Park Resource Specialist and park staff in a team.
  • Wear provided uniform and be able to provide your own binoculars or scope.
  • Be physically capable to perform duties as required and follow are park rules and regulations.
  • Enter all volunteer hours in the City’s Volgistics and reporting systems.  

Age Requirement

There is no minimum age for this committee. Volunteers under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult while performing volunteer service. 


A basic, approximately 1 hour, park orientation will be required, along with a 1 to 2-hour specific training in raptor monitoring techniques with the park staff. Additional educational enrichment and job shadowing will be offered throughout the year. 

Work Environment

Indoor/Outdoor – this position participates year-round but will be significantly busier in between the months of February through August. The changing Colorado weather is a strong factor.


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 

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