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In 1989, a group of volunteers including local politicians, state employees, geologists and paleontologists banded together to form the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge. Organized originally to stop the looting of the unique resources along Dinosaur Ridge, this group also had a vision of sharing their collective knowledge about the area with their neighbors.

Since its inception, the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge has grown to host close to 100,000 visitors each year. Help us continue the legacy of education and preservation by donating your time and talents. If education and interpretation interest you, a great volunteer opportunity is right around the corner!

Volunteering Opportunities

School/Group Interpretive Tour Guide
Brings fossils and geology alive by being a volunteer interpretive tour guide at Dinosaur Ridge. Throughout the year, over 17,000 school children take fully guided tours of Dinosaur Ridge or Triceratops Trail with a trained guide. Most of these tours are given free of charge to schools who have 50% or more students receiving free and reduced lunch. The tour groups range from schools to senior centers, and have between 12-250 participants. Tour Guides lead these groups on a tour of Dinosaur Ridge and interpret the geology and paleontology located here. Guides may work alone with smaller tour groups or with up to five other Guides for large tour groups. Training provided. Great experience for interpretation and education! This opportunity is usually Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (depends on type of tour), outdoors, mainly March-October, and flexible. 

Dinosaur Discovery Day Helper
From April through October, the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge host monthly special events called Dinosaur Discovery Days. During DDDays, Discovery Day Specialists answer questions and give short interpretive demonstrations at different sites along the Dinosaur Ridge trail. There are also hands-on opportunities at the Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center where volunteers assist visitors with track painting, gold panning, fossil sifting, metal detecting, orienting visitors, parking, crowd control (as needed), and set-up and tear-down. Training is provided the day of. Great opportunity for small groups and businesses. 



Exhibit Hall Docent
Assist visitors through Dinosaur Ridge’s exhibit hall, Trek Through Time. Docents will greet visitors, collect fees, and answer general questions. Give short presentations about the objects in the exhibit hall to interested visitors. Trek Through Time is open 7 days a week, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Work once a week, once a month or cover open shifts as needed. Training is provided.  Current open shift is Fridays 1-4 p.m. However with docents going on vacations, I always have open shifts! Ask how you can help. The afternoons are usually quiet so you can do homework while docenting, too.


Cast replica fossils for use in educational projects and for sale in the Dinosaur Ridge gift shop. The casting room is open 7 days a week, 10am-4pm. Training is provided. 

Other Projects
We have a variety of other things that need to be done from putting together student rock kits, making sluice bags, trail maintenance and general landscaping and painting.  We also have opportunities for groups, scouts and families. Let us know your availability, interest and we can find a project for you!


We have a variety of other things that need to be done from putting together student rock kits, making sluice bags, trail maintenance and general landscaping and painting.  We also have opportunities for groups, scouts and families. Let us know your availability, interest and we can find a project for you!

Database Coordinator
The Database Coordinator, Research and Stewardship Support will provide inputting of current donor information and maintain accurate reporting, records, rating and tracking of donors, and the communication involved in compiling, maintaining, interpreting and articulating comprehensive data for Dinosaur Ridge’s efforts. These duties range from designing and implementing database queries in response to requests for information to providing updated reports on gifts, pledges, progress towards fundraising goals, and other financial data as requested either through regularly scheduled updates or upon request. S/he will process and record all gifts, pledges and pledge payments into the donor database daily; work with stewardship manager to create gift acknowledgements and tax receipts in a timely manner; ensure compliance with database policies and procedures to support successful fundraising practices; and prepare the donor recognition lists and copy for the annual report. S/he will provide trouble shooting support for internal users. The Coordinator will also create, research, and draft profiles of individual donor prospects by synthesizing information from various sources. S/he will transform development by compiling strategic and targeted donor lists for fundraising events; review newspapers, subscription tools, and other publications to update and maintain current donor information in Raiser’s Edge. This is a volunteer or internship position.

Nonprofit Fundraiser
Motivating and facilitating supporters to maximize the funds they raise; inspiring new supporters to raise money while maintaining and developing relationships with existing supporters; organizing traditional activities, such as sponsored outdoor events and house-to-house collections of donated goods and money; developing new and imaginative fundraising activities, many of which involve organizing events; raising awareness of the charity and its work at local and national levels, e.g. by giving talks to groups or seeking photo opportunities with the media; developing and coordinating web-based fundraising, online auctions and merchandise sales; increasing funds by researching and targeting charitable trusts whose criteria match the charity's aims and activities; developing and implementing a strategy for individual and corporate supporter recruitment and development.

Public Relations Specialist
Responsible for the public relations initiatives within Dinosaur Ridge. Creates, manages, and implements PR campaigns with the goal of enriching a company's position within the public eye. Maintains strong relationships with media reps. This is a volunteer or internship position.

Social Media Coordinator
The Social Media Coordinator will implement the company’s Social Media marketing. Administration includes content strategy, develop brand awareness, generate inbound traffic and cultivate leads and sales. The Social Media Coordinator is a highly motivated individual with experience and a passion for designing and implementing the Company’s content strategy, creating relevant content, blogging, community participation and leadership. This position is part time with a great opportunity to gain experience and build a program.  Are you interested in learning?  Are you in school and need some practical experience?  Or would you like to try out your skills promoting an important designated location. This is a volunteer or internship position.

Something we haven’t mentioned?
Do you have a skill or are you interested in something not listed above? Let us know and we can try to develop a volunteer position that is right for you.

Contact Amber Rodenfels at or at 303-697-3466 x107 if you are interested in any of the Dinosaur Ridge Volunteer Opportunities or for more information about a specific opportunity


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