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Get Involved: Highline Lake State Park

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Highline Lake State Park. Volunteer today!

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Campground Host


Description:
Campground Hosts are responsible for checking campers in and out of their campsites while answering visitor questions. Some of Highline's campsites require RVers to go in the "wrong way" to ensure their door doesn't open up into the road, and Hosts help guide campers into their site. Hosts are not expected to clean the Camper Services Building but are encouraged to make sure toilet paper is stocked and alert the maintenance staff of any issues. Highline Lake is on a "reservation-only" system where campers must have a reservation prior to camping. This system requires Hosts be able to use a tablet to update campsite status (clean, reserved, etc). Responsibilities include: assistance with camping and vehicle fee collection, monitoring the campground, assigning campsites, daily reservation processing (log-in to camp logs and distribute campsite markers), selling firewood bundles, selling bags of ice, light campsite maintenance, giving information to park visitors, park visitor assistance, and creating excellent public relations. Other projects as agreed upon. Full hookups at campground host sites.
Time Commitment:
20 hours per person per week. Four days on duty, four days off duty. Hosts will either be assigned to an AM shift or PM shift.
Volunteer Benefits:
In exchange for your time and contributions to a great state park team, enjoy staying at a beautiful state park in western Colorado within close proximity to many outdoor recreational opportunities.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Ashlee Wallace, ashlee.wallace@state.co.us, (970) 858-7208 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Friends of Highline Lake State Park


Description:
Help support Highline Lake State Park! The Friends of Highline Lake establish community involvement, focus on natural resources stewardship, education, and outdoor recreation impacts.
Time Commitment:
Time commitment varies based on your role with the Friends Group. You may volunteer as a board member, on volunteer projects, and special events that are hosted by Friends of Highline Lake State Park.
Volunteer Benefits:
Upon contributing 48 hours of volunteer time to CPW within a 12 month period, volunteers are eligible for an annual State Park pass.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Pamela Jackson, pamela.jackson@state.co.us, (970) 858-7208 to become a volunteer.


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Friends of Highline Lake State Park


Description:
The Friends of Highline Lake State Park support conservation, encourage environmental education, and enhance recreation opportunities for visitors of the park.
Time Commitment:
Annual committment to be on the board, attend monthly meetings, and other time as needed to assist with fundraising, events, and projects.
Volunteer Benefits:
As a Friend of the park, you can help with fundraising opportunities, special projects, and event planning.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Ashlee Wallace, ashlee.wallace@state.co.us, (970) 858-7208 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Naturalist


Description:
This is a customer service based position that involves facilitating park interpretive and environmental education programs. Develop and present natural resources/historical related programs to park visitors. Specific responsibilities may include: • Schedule, plan and present Junior Ranger programs • Schedule, plan and present school and group programs • Schedule, plan and present campfire programs and guided hikes • Schedule, plan and present outreach programs • Provide roving interpretation in campgrounds and day use areas • Collaborate with individual and groups of volunteers • Collaborate with other State, Federal and local agency naturalists • Market and promote attendance at programs • May develop brochures and other written materials • May assist with special events or programs within the park • Other projects as assigned
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
If you enjoy planning and presenting programs about natural and historical significance, you will enjoy being a Naturalist with our parks!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Ashlee Wallace, ashlee.wallace@state.co.us, (970) 858-7208 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Resident Volunteer - Maintenance/Visitor Services


Description:
Volunteers who assist in the Visitor Center usually serve a few hours in the morning by selling Daily Park Passes to visitors entering the park. They may also assist with hunting/fishing license sales and by providing directions to park visitors. The Visitor Center is a very fast-paced environment but it is usually the first contact a visitor has with the park, so excellent customer service is a must. Visitor Center volunteers also assist with interpretive programs on the weekends. Maintenance volunteers are an essential part of our facility upkeep. Highline Lake is known as an "oasis in the desert" because of our lush grass and healthy shade trees. With our high visitation in the summer, it takes a small army to keep our park looking beautiful. Volunteers are commonly found mowing the grass, assisting with flood irrigating the campground, and doing light trail maintenance, just to name a few. Full hookups at campground host sites.
Time Commitment:
Morning shifts to beat the heat! 4 days on duty, 4 days off.
Volunteer Benefits:
Winters in the Grand Valley can be mild and perfect for winter camping. Enjoy being part of a great park team and enjoy winter hosting opportunities!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Ashlee Wallace, ashlee.wallace@state.co.us, (970) 858-7208 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Trail Ambassador


Description:
Walk, bike or run the 9+ miles of trails at Highline Lake, circling the lake itself, or taking one of the interesting loops. Help keep the trail system clean by cleaning up trash along the way and contact the Visitor Center or a Park Ranger if there is something that needs our attention. Maintenance and/or occasional re-positioning or modification of the trail system is always appreciated. This position is best scheduled for weekday mornings. Volunteers are asked to serve at least 5 hours per month to remain active.
Time Commitment:
5+ hours per month
Volunteer Benefits:
Be an ambassador of the park while talking to visitors, anwering questions, and sharing your love of the outdoors.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Ashlee Wallace, ashlee.wallace@state.co.us, (970) 858-7208 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Visitor Services


Description:
Assist visitors in Highline Lake State Park's beautiful Visitor Center by sharing information; selling passes, registrations, firewood, and retail merchandise; answer telephones; monitor radio communications; data entry; other opportunities as available.
Time Commitment:
As Needed
Volunteer Benefits:
Share your knowledge and love of the park with visitors.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Ashlee Wallace, ashlee.wallace@state.co.us, (970) 858-7208 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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