If you already hike or ride the trails and want to do so with an added purpose, consider becoming a Poudre Wilderness Volunteer (PWV). PWV recruits potential members throughout the year, closes its application process and conducts interviews in March, and has its annual, mandatory field training for new members in May. While most of our members actively patrol trails, we can always use volunteers who share our values but serve in other ways (e.g., fundraising, committee work, website development and maintenance, office support).
PWV members range from 18 to 80 and cover a broad spectrum of professions, knowledge, and skills. What we have in common is our love for the wilderness and a dedication to learning and teaching Leave-No-Trace principles. We make a commitment to “hike and ride with a purpose” at least six days during the summer months. We wear a uniform shirt and name badge and serve by assisting and educating the public and protecting and conserving the resource. Other tasks that we perform while hiking: keep records and report observations and violations to the USFS; report sign and other trail-safety issues; deal with illegal/improper campsites, fire rings, and trash; report downed trees blocking trails (if can’t remove by ourselves) and noxious weed infestations; perform minor trail maintenance; and make new friends, get some exercise, and visit beautiful places. We cover our own travel costs and supply our own equipment and horses. We do not have any law enforcement responsibility, carry firearms, or patrol with pets. Some of us only go out for a day at a time while others make extended backpacking or stock packing patrols in the high country. We need your help!
Are you interested in becoming a member of a great organization?
Each year in January, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers (PWV) recruits new members. We have now opened the application process for those who would like to become volunteers!
Please read further about upcoming events and how to fill out the application. (Article updated 2/4/2016 by KR)
If you want to join as a Patrolling member, you will be required to ...
If these requirements won’t work for you this year, or you are not physically able to hike, you will find several other opportunities offered in the Application. You can also join as:
We look forward to seeing you at one of our PWV Previews.
Chair, PWV Board
Chair, Recruitment/Public Outreach Committee