Volunteer with DNR

Volunteers for the DNR

More than 13,000 volunteers help improve and conserve Minnesota’s natural areas each year and keep our State Parks, State Forest Campgrounds, Wildlife Management Areas, Scientific and Natural Areas healthy and beautiful.

If you enjoy being outside and caring for our environment, you should join our community of volunteers. We have a variety of ways to volunteer, and we hope you will find a role that fits your needs, whether you have two hours or a lifetime to give.

What does a volunteer do?
Go to the 2023 Annual DNR Volunteer Report to see the variety of volunteer positions and their impacts.

Who can volunteer? Anyone interested in the environment, recreation, and community outreach.

How to get started: Follow the steps to sign up as a volunteer.

Obligation: There is no minimum hourly requirement. Expect to work 1.5–3 hours each time you volunteer, although special events or projects may require longer periods. Schedules may be a one-time event, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or seasonal, depending on activities and availability.

Training: Safety training may be provided to complete before reporting to volunteer or done on the job by DNR staff as required.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities include:

  • putting radio collars on prairie birds
  • collect prairie seed
  • record fish population data
  • make and monitor bluebird houses
  • measure lake water levels
  • teach firearm safety
  • remove invasive plants
  • and much, much more


email: [email protected]
phone: (651) 296-6157 or (888) 646-6367


Sign up for seasonal and special volunteering opportunities.  
Text MNDNR VOLUNTEER to 66468 to subscribe to text updates.

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