Wildlife Monitor 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.


Volunteers will assist park staff through upkeep of the wildlife camera program, monitoring and maintaining bluebird nesting boxes, monitoring and tracking raptor nesting sites and success, and other wildlife duties as needed.

A raptor looks down from a branch.

Position Description

Department
Community Resources
Division
Parks
Committee
Wildlife Monitor

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

This volunteer positions primary purpose is to monitor, maintain, and inform on wildlife cameras, Blue Bird boxes and or raptors at Bear Creek Lake Park, William Fredrick Hayden Park on Green Mountain and the Green Belt. 

Responsibilities

  • Wildlife Monitors are expected to maintain the wildlife cameras by checking their batteries, removing and replacing memory cards when full, going through photos on cards and reporting information found on those cards (i.e. Unique wildlife sightings.).
  • Monitor Raptors and take down data for wildlife assessments.
  • Monitor Blue bird boxes up to twice a month during breeding season and data entry.
  • Report any out of the ordinary observations of wildlife to park staff.

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

Schedule

Wildlife Monitors have no set schedule but will need to coordinate with each other to ensure all cameras and blue bird boxes are checked on a regular basis, at least twice a month for cameras and no more than twice a month on blue bird boxes. Inputting memory card photos can only occur during open Visitor Center hours. Raptor monitoring has no set schedule. 

Qualifications

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

  • Complete all training.
  • Work with the Natural Resource Specialist and park staff in a team.
  • Work in variable weather.
  • Wear provided uniform.
  • Be physically capable to perform duties as required.
  • Enter all volunteer hours in the City’s Volgistics and reporting systems.  

Age Requirement

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

Training

An approximately 1 hour basic park orientation will be required, along with a 1 hour specific in field training with the Natural Resources Specialist. Additional educational enrichment and job shadowing will be offered throughout the year. 

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