DENVER PARKS & RECREATION
GOOSINATOR OPERATOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
Volunteers operate the “Goosinator” – a humane goose hazing product – to effectively reduce the number of geese in Denver parks.
Denver Parks & Recreation receives numerous complaints regarding the amount of geese in city parks, and the excessive amount of goose feces and damage to park fields and sidewalks. Humane Hazing, or ‘persistent stalking’ is often recommended as a non-lethal management strategy for controlling nuisance geese problems. The Goosinator acts as a combination of both a Border Collie and a remote controlled boat, so up to 90% of geese on a property can be removed. It can also go on ice and snow unlike a remote control boat, and water, unlike a dog. The Goosinator has the colors of a natural predator for geese, so they get scared very quickly and fly off. Persistence and repetition is necessary to provide the perception of a predator living and hunting in the area.
Training is required to participate in this program. Training topics will include Goosinator operation, goose-specific information, legal issues, communication techniques, DPR and CPW messages, hazing techniques, and more!
Duties and Responsibilities:
· Operate the Goosinator in a humane, safe, and effective manner
· May assist DPR with public presentations, community meetings, etc.
· Participate in an annual meeting and training for updates, new materials, etc.
· Represent DPR in a professional and responsible manner by keeping with DPR messages
· Approach the public in a pleasant and respectful manner. Remain calm during emotionally
Availability and Time Commitment:
· Crew members are asked to contribute at least 6 hours of service per month from September
· Flexible availability helpful
· Ability to learn to operate the remote-controlled Goosinator
· Ability to walk to different locations within parks to deploy the Goosinator
· Willingness and ability to represent Denver Park and Recreation and
Colorado Park and Wildlife’s policies regarding goose issues.
· Patience and ability to stay calm in emotionally-charged situations
· Good listening skills
· Exceptional communication skills
· Flexible schedule
· Ability to travel within the City and County of Denver
· Must be self-motivated and self-directed
· Be dependable and excel at working individually or as a team member
· Excellent decision-making skills and judgment
· Passion for educating others about co-existing with wildlife
· Be 18 years of age or have the permission of a parent or guardian
· Must successfully pass a background check
Further information on the Goosinator is available at www.Goosinator.com
For an application or other information regarding the volunteer program, please contact:
Tina Myers – Volunteer Coordinator for Denver Parks and Recreation
For Goosinator program specific information, please contact:
Doug Kelley – Animal & Wildlife Programs Coordinator for Denver Parks & Recreation