JCD has volunteer opportunities available!

Position Title: Noxious Weed Mapping Volunteers

Location: Conifer, Evergreen, Deer Creek, Coal Creek Canyon a new location every week

Organization Overview: Jefferson Conservation District (JCD), a political subdivision of the State of Colorado, provides natural resource technical assistance in Jefferson, Gilpin, and Clear Creek counties to private lands. Our mission is to provide leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment. Programming disciplines include forestry, noxious weeds, soil health, pasture management and urban agriculture. JCD is overseen by a Board of Supervisors and partners with USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service.

Volunteer Overview: Hike on large properties to identify and noxious weed map properties, rare, and/or endemic native species. 30% of native plant species in Colorado can be found within Jefferson County (majority of the projects are in Jefferson County) and at least 35 rare plant species and 8 endemic native plant species are also reported. Each project will focus on reducing noxious weed establishment at a landscape level and developing best management practices for all landowners that work with forestry management projects. This is a great way to learn about plant communities, forestry and native plants throughout the District. The data will be used for future land management decisions and bringing communities together to reduce noxious weed establishment.

Requirements:

  • Ability to hike on a wide range of terrain
  • Navigate with maps and ability to learn the use of a GPS
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn identification of native plants, grasses and noxious weed identification
  • Provide your own water, food, sunscreen, hiking boots, rain jacket, and other field clothing
  • Ability to volunteer for an extended period of time, typically 4-6 hours depending on the
  • schedule.
  • Transportation can be provided from Lakewood, CO to field site