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!

PWV 2016 New Member Application Process

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)

  • February 17 (6:30 pm – 8:00 pm) at the Council Tree Library, Front Range Village, 2733 Council Tree Ave, Fort Collins
  • March 5 (10:30 am – 12:00 noon) at the Harmony Library, Front Range Community College, 4616 S Shields St, Fort Collins

If you want to join as a Patrolling member, you will be required to ...

  • Fill out the on-line application by clicking on the following link so that PWV and the US Forest Service know who you are and how you would like to contribute to PWV: 2016 Poudre Wilderness Volunteers Application
  • Participate in a brief face-to-face meeting with PWV members and a US Forest Service representative. These interviews are scheduled for two Saturdays in April (4/9 and 4/23, US Forest Service, 2150 Centre Ave., Building E, Fort Collins, CO 80526). Details will be provided closer to April.
  • Attend our Kick-Off-Night, an evening introduction and classroom-training event at the US Forest Service office in Fort Collins (May 18, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM). Stock Patrol Required Evaluation will be held May 7, 2015 9AM – Noon at Lory State Park.
  • Attend the annual Spring Training field weekend event that begins at 5:00 PM on Friday, June 3 and ends at Noon on Sunday, June 5.

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:

  • An "OFF-TRAIL" MEMBER, if you are physically or medically unable to join as a patrolling member or cannot commit to 6 trail patrol days and/or participate in all the mandatory training in the current year. PWV is an all-volunteer organization; we have lots of work to be done besides patrolling.
  • A TRAIL RESTORATION PARTICIPANT, if you want to help out at Trail Restoration days but don’t want, or have the time, to commit to full PWV membership at present.
  • A SHADOW APPLICANT, if you would like to accompany one or more PWV members on their patrols during the summer to see firsthand what PWV members do during their trail patrols before committing to becoming a patrolling member. We will add your name to the list for consideration next year.
  • DEFER, if none of the PWV options is a good fit THIS YEAR we will add your name to the list for consideration next year.

Please take a look at our most recent PWV newsletter. If you have additional questions or concerns regarding PWV membership, please contact us.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our PWV Previews.

Alan Meyer
Chair, PWV Board

Celia Walker
Chair, Recruitment/Public Outreach Committee