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|There are approximately 80 friendly volunteers who are the heart of the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) which operates the interpretive program at Chimney Rock National Monument. 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, monitors, and visitor center 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, creating scrapbooks, 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.
Each month, volunteers gather for a social event to share a meal and hear a speaker whose topic typically relates to archaeology. It's a fun time to get to know each other. The public is welcome. Bring a dish to share and join us at the Pagosa Springs Community Center Senior Dining Room beginning at 5:30 pm on the second Thursday of each month. Check the Calendar to ensure there is not a schedule change. The volunteer organization provides coffee, water, and table service.
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, complete and email the Volunteer Questionnaire Form. If you click on the button, we'll happily add you to the distribution list for our monthly volunteer newsletter.
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