Do you enjoy talking with people, learning about your public lands, and actively enjoy your public lands & like to share your experience?
Do you have 4 to 6 hours (one-day per week) to volunteer from May through October?
…Then please contact SJMA at 970-247-4874.
Due to decreasing budgets, staffing is very limited, yet visitation is still increasing. We need help to continue to provide the top-notch customer service that our public land visitor front desks have become known for.
Becoming an Ambassador Volunteer is an exciting way to connect people to the outdoors in Southwest Colorado. Volunteers provide visitor information at SJMA bookstore outlets and visitor information desks at the National Forest & BLM public lands offices located in Durango, Bayfield, Pagosa, Mancos, Dolores and Silverton. They also sell SJMA, Forest Service & BLM products, answer phones and other light duty office work. Training is provided.
If you are interested, please contact Alan Peterson in Durango at (970) 247-4874, Elizabeth Reid in Pagosa at (970) 264-1527, or Ann McDonald in Dolores at (970) 882-6812 or come in to the San Juan Mountains Association and fill out a volunteer profile.
AWARD WINNING PROGRAM!
In 2002, National Forest Service Chief, Dale Bosworth, recognized the Public Lands Ambassador Program for its importance, usefulness and value of the volunteer work it accomplished and the public service it provided.
Honored were Susan Rosenow, Sue Fedelchak, and Donna Lynas
In 2002, National Forest Service Chief, Dale Bosworth, also recognized Patti Brady as the national ”Individual Volunteer of the Year.” He cited her passion and commitment to providing stellar customer service at the San Juan Public Lands Visitor Information Front Desk, donating hundreds of volunteer hours, initiating and coordinating the Forest/BLM adopt-a-road program, and promoting Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly ethics through initiating contacts during hunting season.
You too can be one of the award-winning volunteers! We are looking for a few more dynamic customer-friendly people to be Public Lands Ambassador Volunteers. They need to be familiar with Forest and BLM lands in Southwestern Colorado and enjoy sharing their knowledge with visitors to the Public Land offices.
We are looking for volunteers in Durango’s San Juan Public Lands Center, the Pagosa Ranger District and the Dolores Public Lands office. As a Public Lands Ambassador, you will be trained to answer questions from recreation to land stewardship, offer assistance and direction in our Visitor Front Desk and SJMA Book Stores, put visitor informational packets together for mail requests, give first-hand descriptions of trails in the backcountry, direct calls from our operator board, learn a Point of Sales register system, price, sell and transfer SJMA products to all 14 outlets, (including the San Juan and Rio Grande National Forests, Mancos Visitor Center, BLM Tres Rios, BLM San Luis Valley and the Montrose Public Lands Center) staff hunting booths, pass on Tread Lightly and Leave No Trace information, and help with the general operational needs of the center!