• Botany • Conservation Education • Other • Natural Resources Planning • Science • Back Country/Wilderness • General Assistance
Be a part of the team at Rocky Mountain National Park!
NOTE: This volunteer position is available only for those within the commuting distance of Estes Park, Colorado (there is no volunteer housing or camping for this position).
Limber Pine volunteers support National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) personnel in any or all of the following areas:
1. Meet NPS and USFS personnel at designated times and places for briefings and safety checks. Travel to designated trailheads.
2. Strenuous on and off-trail backcountry hiking (up to 10 miles per day) using maps, compasses and GPS navigation up to 1-2 days each week (Monday-Friday) to locate new and previously marked limber pine trees. Backcountry and Map and Compass trainings are required. At least one person in each day’s hiking group must have First Aid certification.
3. Placement of tags, signs and Verbenone packets on limber pine trees. Verbenone is a chemical pheromone requiring proper handling and the use of PPE.
4. Data collection and digital photography of selected trees.
5. Collection of cones using tree pruning poles. Transport large quantities of cones over long distances by foot.
Long days of up to 10 hours may be required. Packs may be heavy from carrying pine cones. Pine pitch staining of hands and clothing is possible.
Contact information for questions: Dale Loper, Forester, 970-586-1348, Dale_Loper@nps.gov