Polk County Conservation

How to Help

Donate

Commemorative and Memorial Gift Program

Donate to the Great Outdoors Foundation

Donate to the Jester Park Conservation Center

Volunteer

To view a list of upcoming volunteer opportunities, please click here.

  1. Adopt-A-Park Program
    1. Groups sign an agreement to become a park/wildlife area sponsor on a one year-to-year basis. More than one sponsor can adopt one specific area.
    2. We currently have around 15 active volunteer groups in our parks.
    3. Sponsors and Area Managers work together when organizing tasks. Such tasks include beautification (picking up trash etc...), painting, invasive species removal, pick-up fallen twigs/branches, water testing & surveys, prairie planting & seed harvesting, trail projects, construction of wood duck and blue bird houses, etc.
  2. Volunteer Work Days
    1. Several volunteer workdays annually occur between the months of April and October. We can organize Work Days specific to your groups needs based upon availability of PCC staff and opportunities.
    2. All community members (youth and adult) are invited to volunteer their time with a variety of conservation projects.
    3. PCC does network with local businesses and service groups when conducting the volunteer workdays. Such groups include: Huntmaster’s, Target, Central Iowa Trail Association, Sierra Club, Boy/Girl Scouts, Drake Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon, Prairie Ridge Church, etc...
  3. Corps of Recovery
    1. Volunteer Stewards/Co-Stewards: lead other volunteers to perform numerous natural resource enhancements in our areas.
    2. Process frees up staff to complete their jobs and gives tremendous ownership to volunteers.
    3. Volunteers perform various tasks such as invasive species control, wildlife/insect surveys, wildlife restoration, prairie and wetland seed harvests and restoration, etc
  4. Trail Ambassador

    Purpose: To act as a liaison for Polk County Conservation to the public and provide minimal maintenance duties.

    1. Trail Ambassador I (hard surface trails)

      • Pick up trash along trail.
      • Inform PCC staff of items needing attention i.e. downed limbs, washouts, and graffiti.
      • Provide social interaction with users to determine both positive and negative experiences encountered along trail.
      • Greet users, hand out brochures and answer questions.
      • Be familiar with Polk County Conservation parks, education program, and mission.
      • Blow leaf debris off the trail in the fall and after storms?
    2. Trail Ambassador II (natural surface trails)

      • Pick up trash along trail.
      • Prune back woody vegetation along trails
      • Inform PCC staff of items needing attention i.e. downed limbs, washouts, graffiti
      • Provide social interaction with users to determine both positive and negative experiences encountered along trail.
      • Greet users, hand out brochures and answer questions.
      • Be familiar with Polk County Conservation parks, education program, and mission.
  5. Miscellaneous Volunteer Activities
    1. Special Park Projects: Occasionally certain park projects and events require special attention. Mailings and e-mails are distributed to our volunteer database or to local area residents seeking volunteer efforts.
    2. Individual/Group Volunteer Efforts: Eagle Scouts, high school, college students, organizations and corporations often carry out projects for PCC. Project examples include trail work, construction of park amenities (benches and/or nesting boxes), prairie/wetland research and restoration, wildlife inventories, fence line removal, etc.
  6. Environmental Education
    1. Public Program/Event Volunteer:
      Purpose: To assist naturalist with program logistics and details.
      Duties: Setup and cleanup of program (setting up chairs/tables, vacuuming, etc.), count number of individuals in attendance, assist naturalist with handling of live animals if necessary, greet visitors, hand out brochures, answer questions, and help with crowd control, be familiar with Polk County Conservation parks, education program, and mission.
    2. Classroom Program Volunteer:
      Purpose: To teach school children of all ages and abilities about natural history, ecology, and the environment using Polk County Conservation program materials.
      Duties: Educate children about natural history, ecology, etc. following the goals and objectives detailed in the program outline, drive to and from program location using personal vehicle or county vehicle if available, be familiar with Polk County Conservation parks, education program, and mission, commit to working during one school year (September, October, April, and May); and teach at least two times each month during this period.
      Submit a schedule of availability at the beginning of school year.
  7. Leisure Services
    1. Jester Park Equestrian Center Volunteer:
      Help with equine related chores and animal care related duties; assist with summer camp programs; assist with therapeutic riding program. Volunteer activities range from helping with pony rides, summer camp activities and special event assistance to cleaning stalls and tacking horses.

Please contact Pat Spain (323-5280) if you are interested in helping or want to be included in our database of volunteer contacts.

To assure safety and to provide the best possible volunteer experience, Polk County Conservation asks and expects volunteers to follow a Code of Conduct. Also, you may open a Volunteer Application Form, complete the form online, save it, and email it to:

Pat Spain, Volunteer Coordinator

Contact Us

Administration Office
11407 NW Jester Park Drive
Granger, IA 50109

P: (515) 323-5300
F: (515) 323-5354
pccb_info@polkcountyiowa.gov

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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