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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

Habitat Clean Up Day: Tollgate Creek 

Give back to nature by participating in one of our Habitat Clean Up Days! Removing trash from open spaces and waterways is essential for healthy communities, water and environments.

The habitat clean up day is scheduled for Saturday January 14 from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. and we will be picking up trash along Tollgate Creek between Hampden Ave. and and Quincy Ave. starting at Hampden Run Park.

All ages are welcome and groups are encouraged! Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent.

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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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