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Get Involved: Jeffco Open Space

Please use the directory below to find the perfect opportunity for you. When you are ready to register for an opportunity you will be asked to complete our standard volunteer application. Please note some opportunities will require you to answer additional questions.

Data Team Volunteer



Assist various teams throughout JCOS by collecting information about wildlife and visitor behavior through the use of trail cameras, observation, and intercept surveys. Data Team volunteers will provide support for planning and data-driven decisions by participating in any of the following activities:
    Visitor intercept surveys
    Visitor observation surveys
    Trail camera field support
    Trail camera data collection and analysis


Visitor intercept surveys: short visitor surveys conducted in JCOS parks around specific, pre-determined topics. Surveys will be developed as needed to provide visitor impressions about ongoing pilot projects or study areas as requested by various JCOS teams. Surveys may be completed utilizing JCOS-provided tablets or on paper.
Visitor observation surveys: short shifts in determined locations to record information about visitor behavior. Visitor observations may be recorded on paper or by utilizing JCOS provided tablets.
Trail camera field support: place and maintain trail cameras (provided by JCOS) by replacing batteries and data cards on a weekly basis in pre-determined study areas.
Trail camera data collection and analysis: use a computer at JCOS or an approved at-home computer, study trail camera images to determine content and record data in spreadsheets and/or analyze content to identify trends.
Other projects may be developed as pilots to utilize volunteer expertise and assistance in collecting additional types of data.

Work may include walking trails, bending or crouching (trail camera access), approaching and interacting with park visitors for intercept surveys or sitting for periods of time when making observations. Work may occur year-round in varied weather conditions.


Minimum age requirement of 14 (accompanied by responsible adult)
No prior experience required
Strong interpersonal skills
Commitment to the mission and goals of Jeffco Open Space
Ability to work independently with little direct supervision
Must possess good decision-making skills and ability to communicate with appropriate staff as needed
Volunteers must abide by the JCOS Park Regulations and established volunteer policies and procedures outlined in the JCOS Volunteer Orientation Manual
Volunteers must follow volunteer uniform guidelines
Attend all required training sessions
Complete a minimum of 30 volunteer hours per year
All volunteers must complete a background check before working with visitors


JCOS Volunteer Orientation for all new volunteers (2 hours)
Data Team training (at least 2 hours)


Share experiences with other volunteers, JCOS staff, and park visitors.
Enjoy the outdoors while representing JCOS in a physically active program.
Meet other volunteers with similar interests.
Develop a greater understanding of the role and mission of JCOS.

Time Commitment:

Complete a minimum of 30 volunteer hours per year.  Initial year commitment service hours may include training sessions as a part of the 30 hour commitment.


Create an Account and Submit an Application by March 1, 2019
Applications are available online at:

Attend an Interview
All prospective volunteers will be interviewed. Once you submit your application, you will be contacted by your Program Coordinator to arrange for an interview.

Attend a New Volunteer Orientation
All new volunteers are required to attend a New Volunteer Orientation to become familiar with the entire JCOS program prior to new program specific training. Orientation sessions are held at the JCOS Headquarters, 700 Jefferson County Parkway, Suite 100, Golden, Colorado, 80401.

You must pre-register for orientation on Offero
You need attend only one of the following:
Thursday, March 21, 5:30–7:30 P.M.
Saturday, March 23, 8:30–10:30 A.M.
Thursday, March 28, 5:30–7:30 P.M.

Attend Data Team Training
Details will be provided at a later date.

Get your uniform and start volunteering!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Jana Johns,, (303) 271-5922 or apply online to become a volunteer.

Volunteer Crew Leader


Act as a representative of JCOS by leading, educating and conveying the JCOS mission to volunteers on
outdoor stewardship projects throughout our parks.
• Represent JCOS by being a visible presence in our parks.
• Lead volunteer groups in safe and successful group projects.
• Complete a report after each project, tracking volunteer hours and work accomplished statistics.

Time Commitment:

Be in good physical condition.
• All volunteers must complete a background check before working with visitors.
• Volunteers must abide by the JCOS Volunteer Orientation Manual.
• Volunteers must follow Crew Leader uniform guidelines.
• Complete required training and mentoring.
• Lead a minimum of 2 group projects a calendar year.


• Flexible and determined by the volunteer, based on availability
• Group projects typically occur, Monday through Friday and occasionally on weekends

Ready to get involved?

Contact Matt Martinez,, or apply online to become a volunteer.