The state trail monitor volunteer program is a partnership with the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota and several local trail associations and clubs.
Interested in helping out? Here's what to do:
1. Contact the DNR
2. Complete the required forms
Read and sign the state trail volunteer monitor agreement and return to the trail's area supervisor. This outlines which tasks volunteers can do and which should be left to the DNR.
Read and sign the volunteer informed consent form and return to the area supervisor. With this form you consent to the DNR's required criminal background check, which is necessary for all volunteers. This check only covers criminal court searches, and allows you to be covered under the DNR's workers' compensation and liability insurance, similar to employees. It is required before you can become a state trail volunteer.
3. Notification of authorization
You will be notified once you have been approved as an authorized state trail volunteer.
We will provide you with the notice of enrollment in certified managed care plan for workers' compensation injuries and illness.
4. Record your time
You will need to log the time you spend volunteering on the trail, including the location and section of trail monitored, date and hours (see the state trail volunteer time record form).
If you are volunteering as part of a group, you will report your hours to the group leader.
If you are not part of a group, you will report your volunteer hours to the area supervisor at least once a year.