Volunteering opportunities

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Metro area and Central MN

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METRO AREA AND CENTRAL MINNESOTA - Fall 2014

NORTHWESTERN MINNESOTA - Fall 2014

NORTHEASTERN MINNESOTA - Fall 2014

SOUTHERN MINNESOTA - Fall 2014

 


floodplain imageScanning Floodplain Maps

(Metro area and Central MN)

 

Current Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) floodplain maps have become more accessible online; however, the historical maps that DNR still has are often used for zoning and insurance purposes, and many are not yet available digitally.  Help us consolidate and electronically save these maps for easier access to the public and to reduce paper.

 

Volunteer to check maps to see if they are duplicates, or if they have already been saved electronically.  Then scan, name and electronically file the maps that we do not have digitally.  Also check and scan corrections to the maps that are in the form of letters.

 

Volunteers need to have basic computer skills and require giving attention to details.  Skills in reading maps for purposes related to land use, engineering design, etc. is a plus.  Depending on a volunteer's background, there is the possibility of also assisting with sorting and scanning of more technical floodplain management documents.

 

Flexible hours are available for this volunteer position during standard work hours (8 AM – 5 PM, Monday - Friday) at the DNR Central Office, 500 Lafayette Rd, St Paul.  A time commitment of at least ½ day per week is desired.  Free parking and training will be provided.

 

For more information contact Ceil Strauss, State Floodplain Manager, St Paul at 651-259-5713 or email Ceil.strauss@state.mn.us

 

 

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bud capBud Cap Trees in Tettegouche State Park  

(NE MN)

 

Help the White Pines grow tall and strong along the North Shore by protecting the young seedling tops from being eaten by deer. Volunteer to use bud caps to cover the tops of the White Pine trees in the campground and adjacent area in Tettegouche State Park.

 

All volunteers must be able to identify white pine trees at various ages and be willing to work outdoors on moderately difficult and uneven ground. Five to six volunteers are needed in early to mid-October for this task.  Enjoy the beautiful scenery and fall colors as you work!

 

For more information, contact Nick Hoffmann, Park Operations Supervisor, Tettegouche State Park, 5702 Hwy 61 East, Silver Bay MN 55614 at 218.353.8808 or email nick.hoffmann@state.mn.us.

 

 

 

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fall sceneryShare Your Best Shots

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

 

Expand your outdoor photography! The DNR Parks and Trails Outreach section is looking for beautiful and scenic photos of Minnesota State Parks and Trails. Volunteers that are willing to share their photos of recreating in a Minnesota state park or trail will help expand the current DNR photo library and provide updated photos for publications, advertisements, the website and social media. Your photos have a chance of making it into print!

 

Here's all you have to do:

  • Take high-resolution (300 dpi) digital images of recreation opportunities in Minnesota State Parks and Trails.
  • Upload photos to the DNR photo uploader to share your best shots!

Volunteers must have access to a digital camera that takes high-resolution images, Internet accessibility to upload the photos and be familiar with Minnesota State Parks and Trails. The time commitment for this project would vary depending on how involved the volunteer would like to be. The bulk of the time would be spent traveling to a Minnesota State Park or Trail, taking photos and then uploading them to the DNR public photo site.

 

For more information, contact Claire Gahler, Communications Project Specialist, Parks and Trails Division, St Paul at 651-259-5647 or email Claire.Gahler@state.mn.us.

 

 

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prescribed burnConservation Music Video

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

 

Use your creative talents to set images of wildlife work activities to a musical slideshow or video format.  The PowerPoint or music video would show images of the DNR Southern Roving Crew completing projects outdoors.  Images would change to the beat or rhythm of the music. This media would be used to document and promote the activities the Roving Crew is accomplishing using Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Funds to operate. This would be posted on YouTube or a similar format.

 

Note: Minnesota's Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Fund was created by the Minnesota legislature to receive 33 percent of the sales tax revenues resulting from the constitutional amendment passed by the voters in the November 2008 election.

 

Volunteers with experience putting music to images in either a PowerPoint or video format are desired.  Volunteers should also have a strong interest in prairies and natural resource management and conservation. This project can be completed at the DNR work site listed below or from your home.  Images will be provided to use. Reimbursement for approved out-of-pocket expenses will be covered.  The project needs to be completed by December 31, 2014.

 

For more information, contact Walt Gessler, Fish and Wildlife Region 4 Roving Crew Supervisor, 3749 State Park Road, Montevideo, MN  56265 at 320-752-4394 or email walt.gessler@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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volunteersBe a Campground Host This Fall 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 September to October at a Minnesota State Park 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 2014.

 

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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prairie flowersState 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 . 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 218-833-8729.

 

 

 

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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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safety 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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