WHY VOLUNTEER AT CHIMNEY ROCK?
There are approximately 80 friendly volunteers who are the heart of the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) which operates the interpretive program at our Chimney Rock National historic site. While there are paid staff members, it’s the volunteers who interpret and maintain the site and do most of the tasks that make the program work. There are volunteer opportunities for nearly any skill or interest.
Tour guides, Mesa hosts, and Visitor Cabin hosts at the site have direct contact with the public. These volunteers typically work one day each week. There are a number of less public positions and the amount of time a volunteer puts in at the site or behind the scenes is flexible. Unseen but deeply appreciated volunteer opportunities include grant writing, fundraising, posting flyers, clerical help, scheduling volunteers, or sharing in the camaraderie of the maintenance team.
Before the season opens, there is a free two-day training program that includes a tour of the Monument’s interpretive trails. New volunteers are encouraged to shadow a more experienced volunteer to augment the knowledge gained at training. Several times a year, volunteers gather for a social event to share a meal and hear a speaker whose topic typically relates to archaeology. Bring a dish to share and join us at the at Ecoluxe Building at The Springs Resort and Spa at 165 Hot Springs Blvd in Pagosa Springs. At least twice a year, volunteers enjoy a field trip to another site of interest, often including a tour not available to the general public. These tours enhance our knowledge of the cultural history of the Four Corners area.
If you would like to join this amazing team, download the Volunteer Questionnaire Form, scan and Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or snail mail it to:
Chimney Rock Nat’l Monument
P.O. Box 1662
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Daily Tour GuidesLead guided interpretive tours of Chimney Rock's developed trails.
One or Two Days a WeekTour guides are responsible for providing an accurate interpretation of the area’s archaeology, natural history, ethnology, and history.
Visitor Cabin HostsWelcome visitors, answer questions, and describe tour options.
Work as a TeamHosts explain tour details, special programs and events to visitors. They are also familiar with the archaeological exhibits and educational items for sale in the Visitor Cabin.
Behind the ScenesWork behind the scenes to support Chimney Rock.
Assist with marketing and volunteersProvide back office support including photocopying, maintaining records, and answering emails. Many volunteers also help with special events.
Join Maintenance TeamEnsure a safe environment for staff and visitors and improve facilitiy.
Regular maintenance & special projects.Have fun while helping us with trail maintenance, noxious weed abatement, minor repairs, and special project work.