The CSFS Volunteer Program provides hands-on opportunities for people of all ages and experience levels to learn about forestry and natural resources.

Volunteers are invaluable and integral members of the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS). The volunteer program helps achieve stewardship of Colorado’s diverse forest environments through on-the-ground forest management and outreach activities.

We invite volunteers of all ages and skill levels to participate in exciting projects and events throughout the year.

Volunteers gain experience with forestry and tree nursery operations, invasive species management, environmental education and other forest-related skills, and they develop meaningful relationships with forestry professionals and each other.

We encourage anyone interested to contact the volunteer coordinator, Nancy Klasky (, for more information.

Volunteer Positions

Garden Hand — Are you a volunteer with a green thumb? The CSFS Seedling Tree Nursery seeks volunteers to help grow more than 50 native species at the nursery’s greenhouse and field plots. Landowners and natural resource managers use seedlings from the nursery for conservation and restoration efforts across Colorado, including reforestation of areas devastated by wildfire and flood. Volunteer garden hands help plant seeds and seedlings, sell seedlings and bare-root plants to the public, prune willows for riparian restoration projects, and remove Russian olives on the nursery property.

Environmental Educator — We invite enthusiastic volunteers with an interest in environmental education to participate in outreach events with the CSFS. Volunteers serving as environmental educators assist with educational programs for children, teens and adults and help staff booths at a variety of public events. The CSFS reached 11,000 attendees at 260 educational programs in 2016, and we would love your help engaging even more people in 2017!

Outreach Assistant — Outreach to students, landowners, natural resource professionals and the general public is a central mission of the CSFS. Our Communications & Communities Division organizes volunteer events, coordinates CSFS publications, maintains our web presence, and produces engaging videos on timely forest-related issues. Organized volunteers can help our program run smoothly, from distributing publications to producing Tree Seed Cards to helping with educational/informational events.