Polk County Conservation


Volunteering with Polk County Conservation

To RSVP or for questions about volunteering, email conservationvolunteers@polkcountyiowa.gov

To view a list of upcoming events, project opportunities, and to view the 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award Winners, click here.

To volunteer at the Jester Park Nature Center, click here.

Volunteerism with Polk County Conservation focuses on hands-on restoration and preservation of high-quality natural areas as well as participation in ongoing construction and maintenance projects in our parks and along our trails and waterways. Volunteers work alongside conservation professionals, learning about the Iowa landscape and participating in projects that yield immediate results.

Volunteering with PCC is also a great way to lend a helping hand while enjoying the great outdoors. All community members (youth and adult) are invited to participate in a variety of activities and projects throughout the year.

Public workdays are held on a once per month minimum basis with dates posted quarterly. Private workdays are also available and can be tailored to your group’s wants, needs and schedule. No experience is necessary, and all training and equipment is provided. Please check this page to keep up-to-date on the most recent event details.

**Events and workday details are located in the tab to the left of this page.

Volunteer Application

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 the Community Outreach Coordinators listed below.


Prefer to have quarterly updates and the latest available projects emailed directly to you, or have specific questions about our volunteer program and events? Contact:

Community Outreach Coordinators

Pat Spain | pat.spain@polkcountyiowa.gov

Melissa Schmeling | melissa.schmeling@polkcountyiowa.gov

Contact Us

Administration Office
11407 NW Jester Park Drive
Granger, IA 50109

P: (515) 323-5300
F: (515) 323-5354

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

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