Volunteer

Volunteers are vital to the mission of Columbia Springs. In 2018, volunteers gave over 6,500 hours to programs that support our natural area, elementary field trips, and more. Whether you are looking for a single event to volunteer at or for a dedicated position, Columbia Springs has flexible and rewarding roles for you. To learn more, please browse our volunteer opportunities below! 

Public Volunteer Events
 

Our public service events are perfect for people who want to spend a couple of hours working outside at the Columbia Springs 100-acre natural area. These drop-in events greatly increase our ability to maintain our site and continue to host field trips, festivals, and the general public. Each event will be slightly different, as the needs of our site change throughout the year. Projects typically include planting native plants, removing invasive species, trail maintenance, and improving the accessibility and safety of the site. Columbia Springs will provide snacks, tools, gloves, training, and trained volunteer group leaders. Signing up ahead of time to participate in a stewardship event is required. Groups are welcome, please let us know how many will be in your group. 

 

Volunteer Requirements: Children must be at least 7 years old to participate. Children ages 7-15 are welcome to volunteer with their parent or guardian. Teens ages 16 and 17 can volunteer independently with their parent or guardian’s signed permission, please fill out this liability waiver. Volunteers are asked to bring a water bottle, wear closed-toe shoes, and dress in outdoor/work-appropriate clothing.

We have no more Stewardship Saturday events in 2019. Our next public event will take place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 20th, 2020. View our full Stewardship Saturday Schedule here and let Apryl know if you have any questions!

Volunteer Roles at Columbia Springs

Join us at a Volunteer Training to become one of our dedicated volunteers. View our Training Schedule and sign up for ones you plan on attending! Both new and returning volunteers are encouraged to attend.

We count on dedicated volunteers to provide support and leadership throughout the year. These volunteer positions are excellent ways to gain skills and experience. Each position has different roles and expectations, please read through to see if it is a good fit for you.

If you're ready to volunteer or want more information please complete our Volunteer Inquiry Form. 

Stewardship

 

  • Crew Leader: Facilitate event set up, project coordination, and lead groups of volunteers at our public and private service events. Read the position description.

 

  • Park Steward: Maintain our 100-acre natural area by working on trails, construction projects, removing invasive species, and more. Read the position description.

 

Education

 

 

 

Outreach

 

  • Outreach Events: Share our mission and programs with the community at outreach events. All volunteers have the opportunity to join us as ambassadors at community events. 

 

  • Special Events: Support our large festivals and events in a volunteer role, such as checking in participants, leading an activity, or planning logistics. 

 

  • Repair Clark County: Support these community events where participants can have their damaged or broken items repaired for free. You can join us a Fixer or in Event Management.  

Youth Roles

 

 

  • Internships: Join our team as an intern! We have one current opening:

 
Volunteer Inquiry Form

Interested in volunteering with us? Please fill out the volunteer inquiry form below. We will contact you shortly to schedule a phone call to discuss your interests. All dedicated volunteers are required to meet with their staff supervisor and fill out a Background Check Authorization Form, Liability and Media Release, and Code of Conduct. As a volunteer, you will receive a handbook, brief orientation, shadow current volunteers, and will be invited to attend ongoing training. 

Learn more about what our Volunteer Program accomplished in 2018 here!

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Columbia Springs strives to offer a unique setting and educational experiences that foster a greater awareness of the natural world and inspire stewardship.

 

We are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit charity.
Our ID number is 91-2127405.

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