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.  All applicants should review the services VOC provides here.

   3.  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: 

  • There is a critical need for the project such as high use, environmental degradation (including damage from fires), 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 timeframe and during our 2019 field season (April through October).
  • The project will provide a rewarding, fun, and safe volunteer experience.
  • 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. 
  • Your organization can assist in securing sponsor funding, grants and/or other project resources such as in-kind support for volunteer meals.

  4.  In addition to the criteria above, we are especially interested in the following type of projects for 2019:

  • Projects addressing post-wildfire restoration
  • Projects addressing stream restoration or watershed health
  • Any project that presents an opportunity to establish a multi-year partnership extending into 2020 and beyond.

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

  • Act as the liaison between your agency/organization and VOC.
  • Ensure that an agency/organization representative is either on-site or available during project day(s).
  • Conduct an initial project review in 2018 through our scouting process and 1-2 site visits with the VOC project team in 2019.
  • Provide any required project materials, including any materials needed to accomplish project work (e.g. lumber, plants, seed). VOC asks that these are provided by our project partners and exceptions can rarely be made.
  • Provide an EMT(s) or a person with similar first-responder certification and medical services for project day(s). Specific requirements may vary by project location. Contact Dan Williams at 303-715-1010 ext. 117 for more details.
  • Provide camping areas for overnight projects.
  • Arrange for water and sanitation services including trash removal and recycling. VOC asks that all toilet facilities are provided by our project partners. Unless in the case of a backcountry project, exceptions are rarely made.
  • Agree to assist VOC in planning a low-impact and/or zero-waste project.
  • Assist with local community outreach and volunteer recruitment, if needed.
  • Help VOC show appreciation for project volunteers.

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

  7.  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. Please consider:

  • The earliest and latest dates in 2019 the project could be completed given local weather conditions, etc.
  • 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.

  8.  Complete the online application in full. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis, but those submitted by September 15th will receive priority consideration.

  • Applicants with high-altitude projects are encouraged to submit as early as possible to allow for project scouting before winter conditions set in.

Click here to learn more about the application review and project selection process; contact Dan Williams at 303-715-1010 ext. 117 for any questions or assistance with your application.