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The Colorado Natural Heritage Program provides competitive volunteer/internship opportunities. These positions are available throughout the year, and time commitments range from several weeks to entire semesters. Interns work alongside senior staff, and provide critical support in the field and in the office. We strive to provide our interns with a valuable, hands-on learning experience. We welcome applicants with interests in conservation planning, GIS, ecology, botany, zoology, web design, conservation data services, data management, and environmental communication. Paid and unpaid internships are available, as well as course credits from Colorado State University. View our current listings for details.

Pawnee Montane Skipper Surveys August 20-September 8, 2015 (approx.)
Wetland Herbarium Winter 2015
Data Entry/Filing Ongoing

Pawnee Montane Skipper Surveys

Dame's rocket (Hesperis matronalis) discovered at AFA in 2013. Photo by Brian Mihlbachler.
Pawnee montane skipper (Hesperia leonardus montana). Photo by Craig Hansen USFWS

Project Type: Zoology
Compensation: Unpaid, Travel Required (Travel Expenses Covered)
Timeframe: approx. August 20-September 8, 2015
Work environment: Field
Camping required: No
Skills required: Interest in animal ecology or butterflies, and able to hike in rough terrain.
Course credit available: No, but could be

This project involves surveying for the Pawnee Montane Skipper on the Pawnee National Grasslands. Volunteers will be trained in identification of the rare butterfly in the field. Each day will consist of a short commute to and from Fort Collins to the Pawnee and will average ten to twelve hours—including travel time. Also, we will be out in the field for most of the day so a day-pack consisting of water, a lunch, sunscreen, bug spray, and any other personal items that you may need is highly suggested. Surveys will last for 4-5 days each week. Please contact John Sovell with any further questions or to get more details on how you can be a part of this project at

Wetland Herbarium

Volunteer Chuck works on wetland herbarium specimens.
Volunteer Chuck works on wetland herbarium specimens.

Project Type: Ecology
Compensation: Unpaid
Timeframe: new applicants in winter 2015
Work environment: Office
Camping required: No
Skills required: Interest in plants and organizational skills.
Course credit available: Potentially

This project is based solely on volunteer commitment. It consists of two basic components. The first one deals specifically with the herbarium specimens. Volunteers have been working through collected specimens to identify, mount, update current information, and finally integrate the mounted plants with existing collections. The second component of the wetland herbarium that volunteers have been participating in is updating and/or creating a digital source to track the locations and ecological information in CNHP’s database for different species in the herbarium. Please contact Laurie Giligan with any further questions or to get more details on how you can be a part of this project at

Data Entry/Filing (ongoing)

As the teams in the field begin to make their way back to the office, there is considerable data entry and updating of the database that needs to be done. Likewise, there are some light office tasks that you as a volunteer could be involved with, such as filing and helping with organization. If you are interested in helping with this please contact Michael Menefee with any further questions at