Thank you for volunteering with Saint Paul Natural Resources! Volunteers greatly increase the reach and efficiency of our gardening, forestry, environmental, and environmental education programs. Check out our regular openings below to find one that interests you or your small group.
Here's how to get involved:
- Submit a volunteer APPLICATION.
- Meet with the volunteer coordinator.
- Sign an agreement form. Certain positions may require a training or orientation.
- Start volunteering!
Ongoing Natural Resources Volunteer Opportunities
All volunteer positions require a commitment of one growing season (April through October).
- BLUEBIRD TRAIL STEWARD is an individual or a small group who monitor Bluebird nestboxes, remove non-native bird species, record and report bird fledged, species, etc.
- BRUCE VENTO NATURE SANCTUARY ECOSTEWARDS are individual or small groups that help restore this park. They meet one Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday a month. You can volunteer once or every time! Get out and enjoy one of Saint Paul's most historic and culturally significant prairie parks. Work with Restoration Supervisors to restore this urban prairie through invasive species management, seed collection and sowing, and planting!
- COMO PARK ECOSTEWARDS are individuals and small groups who are dedicated to preserving, protecting and restoring natural areas and vital ecosystems. They adopt a parcel of land in the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom in Como Regional Park. We provide the training and tools needed.
- GARDEN STEWARDS are individuals and groups who care for the many gardens in Saint Paul by planting, weeding, mulching and providing general garden maintenance.
- PARK STEWARDS are individuals and small groups who assist in the upkeep and general beautification of Saint Paul's parks and trails.
- RESTORATION SUPERVISORS work closely with staff to help improve and maintain areas of high ecological significance in Saint Paul. Restoration Supervisors assist with supervising volunteers during large habitat restoration events. They may also lead small volunteer events in the absence of staff.
- SEED SQUAD volunteers are individuals or small groups who harvest native seed from some of our highest quality natural areas. The collected seed will later be sown and/or propagated and planted to increase plant diversity for wildlife and pollinators. This roll usually takes place during the early spring and fall during one-time events.
If you aren't able or ready to commit to an entire season, sign up for our environmental volunteers e-newsletter. We frequently hold one-time volunteer events in the spring and summer, as well, which only require a commitment of a couple of hours after work on a weekday or on a Saturday morning.