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METRO AREA AND CENTRAL MINNESOTA -  Spring 2015

NORTHWESTERN MINNESOTA - Spring 2015

NORTHEASTERN MINNESOTA - Spring 2015

SOUTHERN MINNESOTA - Spring 2015

 


silver bay marinaMarina Host on Lake Superior

(Metro and Central MN, NW, NE, and Southern MN)

If you enjoy being on the water, fishing, and talking to other boaters, then consider becoming a Marina Host for 3 months this summer at the Silver Bay Marina located on the north shore of Lake Superior in Silver Bay, MN. This is the marina version of a campground host!

 

Hosts are provided with a free RV campsite, complete with electricity and sewer hookup along with a great view of Lake Superior, in return for service at the marina. The host must provide his/her own camping unit and equipment. If the hosts have a boat, they may store it on a trailer next to their campsite and use the launching facilities at the marina.

 

Primary responsibilities of a host include assisting boaters, answering questions from people using the picnic area, and being physically able to perform light maintenance of the grounds and facilities (litter pickup and light cleaning). Training will be provided and hosts with boating or sailing experience, big water fishing, and/or customer service experience are encouraged to apply. A criminal background check is required.

 

Hosts are needed from June 1 – September 15, 2015; exact dates are negotiable. Workdays and hours are 4 – 5 days a week to be established with marina management. Workdays will generally include weekends and holidays. Avid campers, boaters, or RV'ers are encouraged to apply for this opportunity to spend the summer on the shore of this great lake!

 

For more information on the Marina Host position, please contact Mark Rudningen, Development Specialist, DNR Parks & Trails Unit, Two Harbors, at 218-834-1437 or email mark.rudningen@state.mn.us

 

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Blue Bird HouseBluebird Trail Monitors

(Metro and Central MN)


The bluebird may be Minnesota's most popular songbird. Although bluebirds aren't as common as robins or red-winged blackbirds, their sweet song and beautiful colors leave a lasting impression. Help the bluebird make a strong recovery in Afton State Park near Hastings by becoming a Bluebird Trail Monitor!

 

From April through September, up to 15 volunteers are needed to check and maintain a trail of bluebird houses every 7 – 10 days, writing notes on activities in the houses throughout the nesting season. This should take from 1 – 3 hours for each visit to the park. Volunteers must be able to walk uneven trails and steep inclines, and also identify common species of birds that use man-made bird houses. Bluebird Training will be provided on Saturday March 7, 2015.

 

For more information contact Linda Radimecky, Area Naturalist, Afton State Park, 6959 Peller Ave S, Hastings MN 55033 at 651-231-6968 or email Linda.Radimecky@state.mn.us

 

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PlayCleanGo logoPlayCleanGo Events at Sports Shows in March/April

(Metro Area and Central MN, NW MN)

 

Support the outreach and education campaign "PlayCleanGo: Stop Invasive Species In Your Tracks" by assisting staff in the booth at one or more of the sports shows listed below.  Help educate recreationists about invasive species and the simple steps they can take to avoid accidently spreading terrestrial invasive species.  By changing at-risk public behavior, the campaign's goal is to protect the state's natural resources.

 

  • March 25 – 29, 2015:  Northwestern Sportsmen's Show, Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN
  • April 24 - 26, 2015:  Outdoor Adventure Expo, Midwest Mountaineering, 309 Cedar Ave South, Minneapolis, MN

 

Volunteer Duties at Sports Show Events:

  • Read over the talking points shared before the show. 
  • Arrive for your assigned shift on time.  Shifts are 4 – 5.5  hours.
  • Restock any of the materials that have run low (supplies will be under the table). 
  • Pick up and dispose of any trash. 
  • Be open, accessible and friendly. 
  • Engage show visitors and talk to them about the importance of stopping the spread of invasive species and action steps folks can take to help protect our natural resources.
  • Pass out boot brushes and handouts as needed.
  • Answer visitor questions to the best of your ability (as time allows, refer to the reference folder under the table).

 

Volunteer Qualifications Desired:
Volunteers must have a basic understanding of invasive species prevention and management, and be familiar with at least four or five of the worst terrestrial invasive species.  Among them are the emerald ash borer, gypsy moths, common and glossy buckthorn, garlic mustard, spotted knapweed, common tansy, wild parsnip, Japanese beetle, Asian longhorned beetle, and European earthworms. The term "invasive" is reserved for the most aggressive nonnative species capable of changing site or living conditions for the worse where they establish.

 

Volunteers will receive a free ticket to the show for each day they sign up to help.

Click on the link(s) below to sign up for a 4 to 5.5 hour shift as per the following online Doodle polls:

 

 

Contact Susan Burks, Forestry Invasive Species Program Coordinator, 500 Lafayette Rd, St Paul, MN 55155 at 651-259-5251 or email Susan.burks@state.mn.us for more information.

 

 

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trout lilyVolunteer to be part of the Nerstrand Big Woods State Park Team

(Metro Area and Central MN, Southern MN)

 

The following volunteer position works with park staff and is designed to enhance and enrich visitors' experiences at the park.  

Roving Naturalist – 6 weekends beginning March 27 - May 3:
Volunteer for 2 to 4 hour shifts to assist guests with wildflower identification of MN Dwarf Trout Lily on the boardwalk. Training and scheduling will begin in early March. Volunteers need to be able to walk ½ mile to the trail location and boardwalk.

 

Background and experience is helpful, however, a love of nature and a willingness to expand your personal knowledge and share that with park guests are the most essential qualifications to being a team player! 

 

For more info contact Elaine Feikema, Park Manager, 9700 170 Street East, Nerstrand, MN 55053 at 507-333-4840 or email elaine.feikema@state.mn.us

 

 

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treesStream Clean-up

(Metro Area and Central MN)

 

Clean up litter and trash along the stream at the Willowbrook Fish Hatchery located at 1200 Warner Rd, just west of Highway 61, in St Paul. This stream receives overflow from the Phalen Chain of Lakes and eastside storm sewers. After heavy rains this overflow creates a litter problem that can cause problems for wildlife, as well as making the area look trashy.

 

Plans are underway to make this area accessible and usable for the public and school groups in particular.  Help clean this stream area and restore its natural beauty for all to enjoy!

 

No special skills are needed to do the litter pickup, but all volunteers must be physically capable of walking on uneven ground.  Volunteers need to bring their own gloves.  Trash bags will be provided along with instruction on proper disposal of the trash.

 

Small or large, any number of volunteers can be accommodated for this activity and can be done at any time with prior arrangements made, preferably March – early May.

 

For more information contact Gina Bonsignore, DNR Regional Planner, 1200 Warner Rd, St Paul, MN 55106 at 651-259-5809 or email Regina.bonsignore@state.mn.us

 

 

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trout lilySearch for the Rare MN Dwarf Trout Lily, April 20 – May 12

(Metro Area and Central MN, Southern MN)

 

Interested in wildflowers?  If so, use this interest to assist the DNR to search for, and collect data on the Minnesota Dwarf Trout Lily, a Federally Endangered spring wild flower, endemic to a few forest rivers in southeastern Minnesota.  This is part of an annual monitoring effort at selected sites in Goodhue, Rice, and Steele Counties approximately 1 – 2 hours south of the Twin Cities.  Volunteers work as part of a crew of 3 – 7 people supervised by DNR staff or experienced volunteers to search previously documented areas, flag, and count plants.  No independent volunteer opportunities are available for rare plant monitoring.

 

People of any background with an interest in wildflowers are welcome.  Volunteers will need to be able to spot a flower bud the size of a grain of rice five feet in front of them, while working with an organized team to systematically survey an area.  Some sites may also include rough, very steep terrain that volunteers must be able to walk/climb, as well as crossing small streams and rivers. Training in identifying the lily and search methods will be provided in the field at the beginning of each workday.

 

Work will be conducted sometime between April 20 and May 12 (dependent on flower development).  A full day's commitment is required.   For more information and/or to get on a mailing list with more specific details as the survey dates approach, contact Derek Anderson, Botanist/Plant Ecologist, St Paul, at 651-259-5071 or email Derek.Anderson@state.mn.us

 

 

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buckthornPlant Removal at Willowbrook

(Metro Area and Central MN)

 

Get involved in restoring the natural beauty at the DNR Central Region Headquarters campus, also known as the Willowbrook Fish Hatchery. This little known 80 acre DNR site is located on Warner Rd, just west of Highway 61, in St Paul. Here, natural springs seep out of the ground at the bottom of Mounds Park. These springs and the close-by railroads prompted the development of the state's first fish hatchery in the late 1800s. Plans are underway to make the history and current landscape story of Willowbrook come alive and be accessible and usable for the public and school groups in particular.

 

Volunteers will provide their own gloves, hand trowels and pointed spades (shovels) to remove invasive plants. Soft herbaceous plants such as garlic mustard and burdock, and other woody plants like buckthorn have small stems that can be removed by hand or shovel.  Staff will provide direction as to where and what needs to be done. This is an ideal activity for a group that would be willing to come more than once to the site.  Individuals are also welcome!

 

All volunteers must be physically capable of working on uneven ground. Plant identification skills are helpful, but not required.  Any block of time, including weekends and evenings, can be scheduled for volunteering from March - May.

 

Recent old-growth buckthorn removals have revealed a fascinating mix of plant communities, with cold-water plants intermixed with oak and floodplain forests. Volunteers doing follow-up invasive removals will be of great help maintaining the regeneration of the plant layers we are seeing.

 

For more information contact Gina Bonsignore, DNR Regional Planner, 1200 Warner Rd, St Paul, MN 55106 at 651-259-5809 or email Regina.bonsignore@state.mn.us

 

 

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girl fishingShare your Outdoors Passion at Lake Carlos State Park

(NW MN)

 

Sculpted by ancient glaciers, Lake Carlos State Park contains a tamarack bog, marshes, woodland ponds, and lakes. Come visit and get involved as a volunteer in a variety of recreational activities scheduled for this spring and summer.

 

  • School Groups: Help run or instruct one of the multiple stations set up for school groups to visit during the months of April – early June (variable weekdays).  Topics vary from geology, wetland ecology, mammals, to history. Props and outlines for instruction will be provided for 1-2 volunteers. These nature based programs make the school visits meaningful and will ultimately impact the way children value our natural resources. Public speaking experience and/or experience presenting nature based programs is desired.
  • Fishing Frenzy Fridays: Promote fishing and caring for our water resources by working with children and/or families to teach the basic skills of fishing including safety, line casting, knot tying, baiting hooks, and taking fish off the hook, as well as identifying fish species and their habitats. One to two volunteers will help instruct and oversee a small group of participants during shoreline fishing scheduled for Fridays during the summer, June 12 through August 28, 2015.
  • National Get Outdoors Day, Saturday, June 13: This nationwide initiative is focused on getting people outdoors.  On this day we have multiple events going on to help people find something they like to do outdoors like geocaching, paddle boarding, canoeing, hiking, and so on. Volunteer duties may include things like giving directions to different areas in the park, teaching geocaching, helping out in the visitor center with greeting people and answering other questions they have.
  • Wood Working and Other Projects: Help is needed with the planning, cutting, and assembly of several program items from April-August.  Volunteer duties may include Measuring, cutting, the construction of items like traveling desks, tree cookies, lantern boxes, bird feeder kits, and more. Skills and experience in construction and wood working is desired.

 

For more information contact Ben Eckhoff, Naturalist, Lake Carlos State Park, 2601 County Road 38 NE, Carlos, MN 56319 at (320) 852-7471 or email  Benjamin.Eckhoff@state.mn.us

 

Directions to Lake Carlos State Park: The park entrance is located 10 miles north of Alexandria on State Highway 29, then 2 miles west on Highway 38.

 

 

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girl fishingTree Care at Red River State Rec Area

(NW MN)

 

Give extra care to young saplings planted last season, as well as other small trees, to help them grow in the Red River State Recreation Area, East Grand Forks. Volunteers will add or remove tree protectors dependent on the size of the tree. Soil and/or mulch will be added around young trees and staked up if needed. Trim damaged branches and transplant young seedlings in the area.  Training will be provided.  Experience caring for different types of trees is desired.

 

Get outside this spring and volunteer with a friend for 8-12 hours/week during the months of April and May.   For more information contact Catherine Johnson, Park Manager, Red River SRA, 515 2nd street NW, East Grand Forks, MN 56721 at 218-773-4950 or email Catherine.dnr.johnson@state.mn.us

 

Directions to Red River SRA:  If traveling east on Highway 2, cross the Kennedy Bridge into East Grand Forks and take the first exit. Follow 4th Street NW to the parking lot for the Riverwalk Center mall, make a right turn and follow the avenue of flags to the park office. If traveling west, take a left turn at the intersection of Highway 2 and Highway 220 and follow DeMers Avenue to 4th Street NW. Take a right turn at Java Coffee and then a left turn into the parking lot for the Riverwalk Center mall and follow the avenue of flags to the park office.

 

 

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girl fishingSharp-tailed Grouse Research

(NE MN)

 

Enjoy the morning courtship ritual of the sharp-tailed grouse up-close and personal this spring! Volunteers will monitor sharp-tailed grouse traps from viewing blinds on dancing grounds in the early morning hours.  Two to four volunteers are needed each day to assist a research biologist and technician with removing grouse from traps, handling grouse, and applying radio collars. Collared birds will become part of an ongoing research study examining the nesting and brood rearing habitat of the sharp-tailed grouse.

 

Volunteers are needed during the mating season from April through mid-May in the early morning from approximately 1 hour before sunrise to 3 hours after sunrise.  Volunteers need to be available for the duration of the morning.  Trapping will occur daily including some weekends near Palisade, MN and at the Sax-Zim Bog located near Meadowlands, MN.  Transportation is available from Grand Rapids to study sites with DNR staff.

 

Volunteers working towards or possessing a Bachelor's Degree in wildlife or natural resources are preferred, but not required. Experience handling or trapping avian species is also desirable, but not required.  All volunteers must be able to sit quietly and still in small spaces for long periods of time in cold weather. Any other training will be provided.

 

For more information contact Lindsey Shartell, Forest Habitat Biologist, 1201 E. Hwy 2, Grand Rapids, MN 55744 at 218-999-7932 or email Lindsey.Shartell@state.mn.us

 

 

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girl fishingLead a Summer Fishing Program

(NE MN)

 

Five state parks in the northeast region of Minnesota are looking for volunteers to lead fishing programs this summer.  All of these parks have a large fishing pier and all the equipment needed to get visitors of all ages hooked on fishing!  

 

Volunteers will be provided training, so little experience is necessary.  This is a highly interactive position and each park is looking for a person with a passion for the outdoors and excitement to share it with others! 

 

State Parks looking for help:

Bear Head Lake State Park
9301 Bear Head State Park Road
Ely, MN 55731

McCarthy Beach State Park
7622 McCarthy Beach Road
Side Lake, MN 55781

Moose Lake State Park
4252 County Road 137
Moose Lake, MN 55767

Savanna Portage State Park
55626 Lake Place
McGregor, MN 55760

Scenic State Park
56956 Scenic Hwy 7
Bigfork, MN 56628

 

These programs are typically set up as two-hour "roving" programs meaning the volunteer be available for any visitors that show up to the pier looking to fish during that time.  Only one volunteer is needed per program, but teaming up with a friend or family member is welcome!

 

Duties include welcoming people to the park and introducing them to fishing;  rigging fishing poles (being able to tie and bait hooks); holding and unhooking/releasing fish; answering questions about fish ID, basic fish ecology/biology, tackle uses, and other fishing opportunities in Minnesota.

 

Volunteers with some experience fishing and understanding of fish ecology/biology is preferred.  Fishing programs will be held Fridays or Saturdays in June, July and August with option for other times throughout the year. All bait will either be provided or the volunteer will be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses to cover this.  Mileage reimbursement is negotiable. 

 

For more information contact Kacie Carlson, Northeast Regional Naturalist, 1201 E Hwy 2, Grand Rapids, MN 55744 at 218-327-4410 or email Kacie.Carlson@state.mn.us

 

 

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pulling parsnipsParsnip Pull at Whitewater State Park

(NE MN)

 

Picturesque limestone bluffs and deep ravines make Whitewater a very popular southeastern state park. Enjoy the view and take part in the 3rd Annual Parsnip Pull, Saturday June 27 from 8 AM to noon.

 

Work with a group of volunteers to pull wild parsnip from heavy use areas of the park.  This is a service project combined with a fun social atmosphere as lunch is provided. This year there will be activities and entertainment focused on invasive species. No experience is necessary, but volunteers must be able to stand for 4 hours and bend over and carry spades, shovels or other tools necessary for removing parsnips.  Approximately 50 volunteers can be involved, so invite your friends and bring a group!

 

For more information contact Sara Holger, Lead Interpretive Naturalist, Whitewater State Park, 19041 Hwy 74, Altura MN 55910 at 507-932-3007 extension 226 or email sara.holger@state.mn.us   

 

 

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making cookiesMake 100 Tree Cookies

(Metro and Central MN, NW, NE, and Southern MN)

 

Project Learning Tree (PLT) program is a natural resources education program for teachers across Minnesota. PLT needs volunteers to create "tree cookies" as teaching aides for teachers to use with their students. Tree cookies are slices of branches or trunks that show the rings of a tree. They are used to teach children how trees and other woody plants grow, environmental factors affecting tree growth, tree identification, and more. Teachers often don't have the time or capability to make these so volunteer help is greatly appreciated!

 

Slice the branches or trunk into half-inch thick, wafer-shaped "cookies" that are between three to six inches in diameter. Sand the surfaces until the rings appear. Finish the surfaces with clear varnish. "Interesting" cookies with easily readable rings are preferred (e.g. cookies that show history of disease, disturbance, or other story).

 

Labeling cookie species and location harvested is optional, but appreciated. This project can be done individually or with a group (scouts, 4-H, FFA, Kiwanis, etc.) You must provide your own tree or woody plant material, saws, sander, oven, varnish, and labor.

 

Tree Cookies - How to Make Your Own This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

 

When finished contact Laura Duffey, Project Learning Tree Coordinator, at 651-259-5263 or email laura.duffey@state.mn.us to arrange for delivery to site and to get Minnesota DNR recognition! 100 cookies are enough for about three classes. So the more you can make, the better! They will be used!

 

 

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toadMinnesota Frog and Toad Calling Survey

(Metro and Central MN, NW, NE, and Southern MN)

 

Volunteer to participate in the Minnesota Frog and Toad Calling Survey (MFTCS), Minnesota's portion of the nation-wide program (North American Amphibian Monitoring Program) to monitor the number and distribution of frog and toad populations throughout the U.S.  Participants will be assigned to pre-selected routes and will be asked to conduct nighttime "listening surveys" on three evenings per year between April and July

 

Help is needed statewide, but especially in southwestern and northern Minnesota.   Available route locations and other information can be found on our website . Training materials including a CD of Minnesota's frog and toad calls, maps, and data forms will be provided. 

 

Volunteers need a vehicle and valid driver's license, good hearing, an interest in frog and toad conservation, a willingness to learn frog calls, a commitment to completing assigned route(s), and a desire to participate in the program for multiple years.   This project takes a total of about 15 hours per year.

 

For more information, contact Heidi Cyr at 651-259-5107 or heidi.cyr@state.mn.us for details.  If possible, please specify the area of the state or the particular survey route of interest.

 

 

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loonMinnesota Loon Monitoring Program

(Metro and Central MN, NW, NE, and Southern MN)

 

Volunteers across the state are needed to track Minnesota's loon population.  Now in its 22nd year, the Minnesota Loon Monitoring Program will assign you to a pre-selected lake to count the number of loons you see on one morning between June 26 and July 6, 2015.  Detailed instructions, training materials, maps, and a data form will be provided.  Time commitment is 2-4 hours per lake.  Surveys must be done sometime between 5:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Volunteers must commit to completing assigned lake(s) within the specified time frame.  Call or e-mail the following DNR Regional Nongame Wildlife staff to be assigned to a lake(s) in one of the listed counties:

 

Becker or Otter Tail Counties: Contact Sherry Wright, Bemidji, 218-308-2620, sherry.wright@state.mn.us


Cook, Lake, or Itasca Counties: Contact Sarah Verke, Grand Rapids, 218-999-7808, sarah.verke@state.mn.us 


Aitkin or Crow Wing Counties: Contact Karen McLennan, Brainerd, 218-203-4352, karen.mclennan@state.mn.us


Kandiyohi County: Contact Dorie Tess, New Ulm, 507-359-6036, dorie.tess@state.mn.us

 

 

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sna brush burningState Natural Areas Assistance

(Metro and Central MN, NW, NE, and Southern MN)

 

State scientific and natural areas (SNA) are the premier state lands displaying examples of native prairies, old growth forests, geological features and habitat for rare and endangered species. The state natural areas program needs volunteers to work on projects at natural areas throughout the state. Projects are typically carried out on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, unless otherwise noted, many weekends throughout the year. Activities include prairie and woodland seed collection, planting seedlings, removal of exotic species, pulling buckthorn, and cutting and burning brush such as sumac.

 

These activities and other events posted on the SNA Program Events Calendar.

 

 

 

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minnesota master naturalist logoMinnesota Master Naturalist Training

(Metro and Central MN, NW, NE, and Southern MN)

 

Any adult who is curious and enjoys learning about the natural world, shares that knowledge with others, and supports conservation can be a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer. If you enjoy hiking, bird watching, following tracks, or identifying wildflowers, you'll love being a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer! Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteers are a motivated group of fun and interesting people: teachers, retired professionals, nature guides, hunters, eco-tour operators, farmers, and...YOU!

 

To learn more visit www.MinnesotaMasterNaturalist.org . This link leads to an external site.The Minnesota Master Naturalist Program is a joint effort of the University of Minnesota Extension and the MN Department of Natural Resources.

 

 

 

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volunteersAdopt-a-River Program

(NE, NW, Southern, Metro area and Central MN)

 

The Adopt-a-River program encourages Minnesota volunteers to "adopt" a section of a lake, river, wetland, ditch or ravine to ensure its long-term health through annual cleanups. Get involved!

 

 

 

 

 

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lake level mnLake Level Minnesota volunteering… doing your level best!

(NE, NW, Southern, Metro area and Central MN)

 

Whether it is floods, droughts, or just a normal year, lake level fluctuations (or the lack of them) are important to document. Lake levels are recorded on a regular basis, thanks to the efforts of volunteer observers. These volunteers are joining with the Minnesota Department of natural Resources to create permanent, credible, public lake level records.

 

Find out more about the Lake Level Minnesota program and Check lake levels with the LakeFinder

 

 

 

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loonVolunteer LoonWatcher survey

(NE, NW, Southern, Metro area and Central MN)

 

Volunteers that live on lakes or regularly visit lakes can participate in the Minnesota Volunteer LoonWatcher Survey as a volunteer "loon watcher". Loon watchers report on their lake at the end of the season providing information on nesting success, number of loons observed, interesting occurrences and problems that may negatively affect the loons. Anyone with an interest in loons can join this program and choose a lake to report on. Some volunteers have been in this program for many years.

 

For more information about the Minnesota Volunteer Loon Survey contact Kevin Woizeschke at Kevin.Woizeschke@state.mn.us or 218-203-4371.

 

 

 

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zebra musselsZebra Mussel Monitoring Program

(NE, NW, Southern, Metro area and Central MN)

 

Zebra mussels are spreading to lakes and rivers in the Midwest. These small invasive mussels attach to hard surfaces in lakes and rivers killing native mussels, limiting recreational activities, clogging water supply pipes, and competing with larval fish for food. You can provide important help tracking their distribution in Minnesota by spending a few minutes monitoring the lake or river where you live without any specialized equipment. Early detection for zebra mussels is important in protecting your property and Minnesota's water resources.

 

Learn more on how you can monitor for zebra mussels.

 

 

 

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atv classVolunteer Safety Instructors

(Metro and Central MN, NW, NE, and Southern MN)

 

Consider becoming a Certified Volunteer Safety Instructor in Firearms, Bowhunter Education, Snowmobile, ATV, or Wildlife Species!

 

Pass on a love for your sport by teaching youth and adults the ethics and safety you would expect from those you meet in the field. During the instructor training, applicants will learn about policy and procedures, teaching concepts, use of training aids and youth classroom training techniques.

 

Check current certified volunteer instructor classes or sign up for our instructor e-mail list to receive notification of any additional instructor training sessions.

 

All new instructor applicants and instructors seeking recertification must meet the requirements of being at least 18 years old and passing a Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) background check. All applicants for any of the DNR safety programs must also complete the forms online and attend a volunteer instructor training course. There is no fee to attend.

 

If you are interested in becoming a DNR Certified Volunteer Safety Instructor, the process begins online: Get started now! And check out upcoming safety instructor courses.

 

 

 

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campground hostsCampground Host This Spring/Summer at a MN State Park

(Metro and Central MN, NW, NE, and Southern MN)

 

If you enjoy the great outdoors, scenic vistas, and the company of other campers, then consider volunteering to be a "live in" host for at least 4 weeks (one month) during the period of April to October at a Minnesota State Park operated campground.

 

A host's primary responsibility is to assist campers by answering questions and explaining campground rules in a cheerful and helpful manner.  Campground Host volunteers should be familiar with state park campground rules, perform light maintenance work around the campground such as litter pickup, sweeping, stocking supplies in toilet buildings and making emergency minor repairs when possible.

 

Hosts may be requested to assist in the naturalist program by posting and distributing schedules, publicizing programs or helping with programs. Volunteers will set an example by being model campers, practicing good housekeeping at all times in and around the host site, and by observing all rules.

 

Check the list of Minnesota State Parks looking for Campground Hosts for 2015.

Campground Host volunteers generally work independently. Volunteers are accountable to the park manager who will provide training and orientation for hosts and assist hosts throughout the season with any question or problems that may arise. Length of period, workdays and hours are established with the campground manager, but will generally include all weekends and holidays.  Avid campers or RV'ers are encouraged to apply!

 

Read more about the Campground Host Program.  Email your questions to campground.host@state.mn.us  or call 888- MINNDNR (888-646-6367) or in the Metro area call 651-259-5607.

 

Campground Hosts will be selected from applications that have been satisfactorily completed and submitted in a timely manner.  Interviews will be conducted by the campground manager.  The number of consecutive years that a host may serve may be limited to allow others an opportunity. These limitations are at the discretion of the campground manager. All DNR volunteers must undergo a background check.  This is done at the time of selection.  This also applies to hosts returning from the previous season.

 

 

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