Stewardship Project Selection Criteria

Please review the following before beginning your application

   1.  All applicants are encouraged to become familiar with VOC projects before applying. View the current project schedule. 

   2.  Please use the following criteria to determine if your project may be a good volunteer opportunity with VOC. Not all criteria listed are required for VOC to commit to a project: 

  • The project will provide a rewarding, fun and safe volunteer experience.
  • There is a critical need for the project such as high use, environmental degradation (including damage from fires or flood), threats to resources, or community considerations.
  • It has been identified as a high priority for your agency/organization.
  • Volunteers are an appropriate way to accomplish the work.
  • The work can be accomplished in the agreed-to time frame and during our 2018 field season –March through October.
  • There are opportunities for community involvement.
  • There are additional educational and/or recreational opportunities associated with the project.
  • All required environmental studies such as NEPA will be completed before project planning begins. 
  • There may be a possibility for a multi-year project/partnership -- extending into 2019 and beyond. NOTE: VOC is particularly interested in such projects and would like to talk with land managers who may have such a need. 

  3.  Ensure that you can meet the minimum project commitments listed below:

  • Act as the liaison between your agency/organization and VOC.
  • Assist in securing sponsor funding, grants and/or other project resources such as in-kind support for volunteer meals.
  • Assist with local community outreach, if needed.
  • Conduct one or two site visits with the VOC project team.
  • Provide project components and materials for which you are responsible.
  • Provide an EMT(s), or a person with similar first-responder certification, and medical services for project day(s).
  • Provide camping areas for overnight projects.
  • Arrange for water and sanitation services including trash removal and recycling.
  • Agree to assist VOC in planning a low-impact and/or zero waste project.
  • Help VOC to show appreciation for volunteers.
  • Ensure that an agency/organization representative is either on-site or available during project day(s).

  4.  Select the type of project (in application form) that best suits your agency or organization. You may select more than one category.

  5.  Identify at least two possible dates for your project. VOC cannot guarantee that the dates you choose will be selected, but we will make every effort to schedule your project on the preferred dates. Let us know the earliest and latest dates in 2018 the project could be completed given local weather conditions, etc., as well as any specific dates that are NOT possible due to conflicting/competing events in the nearby community. (In addition to weekend dates, VOC can arrange some public projects on weekdays, especially along the Front Range and in the foothills.) IMPORTANT: Please indicate if the project work might be scheduled over multiple years.

 6.  Complete the application fully and submit your application to VOC by September 30th for best consideration. Please contact Dean Winstanley at for any assistance with your application.

Click here to learn more about the application review and project selection process.