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Volunteer Stewards

Become an Open Space & Natural Resources (OSNR) Volunteer Steward!

OSNR Volunteer Program Mission and Vision:
Our mission is to preserve open spaces that connect people with nature, today and in the future, through effective stewardship practices.  
We envision a community connected with nature where wildlife thrives, and everyone can be an effective steward.  

If being a steward for nature sounds appealing and you can align with the mission and vision, you are in the right place to volunteer!

OSNR Volunteer Opportunities include:
Trail Stewardship
Adopt-a-Natural Area
Habitat Restoration
Volunteer Naturalist
Special Projects
Wildlife Monitoring
Event Support


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OSNR Volunteers doing a bird count

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OSNR Volunteer Benefits:

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    • Opportunities to work with and learn from talented and experienced OSNR staff
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    • Milestone service awards based on years of service
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    • Volunteer appreciation events 
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    • Social and networking opportunities
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    • Interact with people that have similar interests
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    • Letters of reference and job training provided upon request
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    • Exclusive continuing education opportunities
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    • Newsletter spotlights
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    • Assisting people to connect with nature through understanding and appreciation 
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    • Sense of purpose and giving back to nature 
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    • OSNR volunteer exclusive outings and tours   
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    • Free Aurora and Quincy reservoir passes with 20 hours of service; award given at beginning of year for previous years’ service.

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OSNR Volunteers collecting insects as part of a biodiversity survey.             OSNR Volunteers making repairs to the sod houses.

Requirements to be an OSNR volunteer:

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    • Fill out an application and make a profile 
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    • Sign the volunteer agreement and liability waiver
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    • Pass a background check every two years (paid for by us)
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    • Be committed to the mission
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    • Represent the City of Aurora in a positive manner
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    • Wear the required uniform while volunteering
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    • Not volunteer under the influence of drugs or alcohol
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    • Successfully complete any required trainings
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    • Can work outdoors under varying weather conditions and on natural surface terrain
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    • Actively participate (read and respond to newsletters, notify if you can’t fulfill a commitment, etc.)
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    • Log your volunteer hours

Want to know more?

To find out more about how you can get involved, contact Fendi Despres at [email protected] or call 303.326.8380

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