Come and join our team! The City of Louisville Open Space Division has many opportunities for those who want to volunteer. Some of the Volunteer Opportunities we offer include:
Habitat/Land Management Opportunities (as available):
Adopt An Open Space or Trail Program: Be a land steward and care for an Open Space area or Trail. Adoptees can remove litter, control weeds, paint or repair fences and handrails, maintain trails, etc. Open Space will help you identify tasks to complete throughout the season and we will supply you with trash bags and gloves. Time Commitment: 1 year with at least 4 work days or 10 hours spent working on your Adopt area; more work days are highly recommended. Contact the Parks and Recreation Department, 303.335.4735.
Photo Points: Assist staff in documenting newly re-vegetated and treated areas by taking photos from designated points on Open Space properties as assigned by staff. These photos will greatly assist the Open Space Division in making restoration management decisions by photo documenting plant success and the effectiveness of treatments on prescribed areas. Open Space staff will provide photo point maps and on-site training for participating volunteers. Time commitment: submit photos to Open Space once a month from March to September.
Stream Team: Great for groups! Participate in the Keep It Clean Partnership and learn about the ecological benefits of our stream water. Remove litter and weeds, sample for invertebrates, monitor for stream bank erosion along a section of stream, and increase public awareness about pollution prevention by marking storm drains. Time commitment: TBD.
Trail/Open Space Clean-Up: Help keep our Open Space and Trails looking beautiful and ecologically healthy by removing litter. Open Space will supply you with trash bags, gloves, and a trail map. Time commitment: could be a one-day event or multiple days.
Open Space Nature Host: Become a host to a specific Open Space property. Welcome visitors, answer questions, and provide background information about Open Space management and rules and regulations. Open Space will provide background education training for this position. Time commitment: TBD.
Raptor Monitoring: Monitor raptor activity at assigned nest sites during the nesting season to record information on behavior and reproductive success. This data will be used to track raptor population trends and assist with Open Space land management decisions. You will receive training on raptor identification and raptor biology and behavior. This position requires you to follow a monitoring protocol and have good attention to detail and note taking skills. Open Space staff will be including kestrel box monitoring to potential nest sites and offering volunteers the opportunity to photo document the development of chicks to assist staff in creating aging guides for certain raptor species. Time commitment: weekly for 5-7 months (February to August).
Burrowing Owl Surveyor: Conduct broadcast call surveys to determine the presence of burrowing owls in our grasslands. You will receive training on burrowing owl biology and behavior. This position requires you to follow a survey protocol and have good attention to detail and note taking skills. Time commitment: at least 3 survey days, one week apart (April-August).
Bird Surveys: Calling all Birders!! Open Space staff needs help documenting bird species observed or heard at different Open Space areas. This data will assist Open Space staff in creating bird species check lists for various Open Space areas. This position requires good bird identification skills; ability to identify birds by sight and/or sound. Time commitment: could be a one-day event or multiple days.
Trail Repair/Open Space Maintenance: Perform general trail repair or other maintenance-related tasks. Open Space will provide you with tools. Time commitment: could be a one-day event or multiple days.
Painting & Construction: Paint fences, handrails, gates, kiosks, etc. and perform other construction-related tasks. Open Space will provide you with tools. Time commitment: could be a one-day event or multiple days.
Volunteer Naturalist: Lead a guided hike or program on an Open Space property of your choice covering a natural world topic of your choosing. Possible topics could include guiding a wildflower hike in the spring, leading a geology presentation or hike or searching for signs of wildlife (scats and tracks). Interested volunteers would be required to attend training with the Open Space Specialist on developing and leading programs. Staff would also help assist you in creating your plan and accompany you during the program. Time commitment: could be one or more programs.
Nature Poetry: If you have a creative writing interest, submit your nature poetry. The Open Space Division will post your poetry on our website and on our Facebook page (Fans of Louisville Open Space). Time commitment: could be one or more poems.
Open Space Photographer: Help us capture the beauty and wonder of everything Open Space by taking pictures. Time commitment: could be one or more pictures.
If you have other ideas for Open Space Volunteer opportunities, please let us know!
If you would like to become an Open Space volunteer, please contact Catherine Jepson, Open Space Specialist, 303.335.4742.