Conservation

Workday Details


Calendar of Events

Click here to open upcoming events and projects, volunteer positions available and for the latest news from our department. Public workdays are posted on the calendar tab.

RSVP

REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR EACH EVENT

  • To register for these event, click here. A step-by-step guide for navigating this volunteer registration portal is available on the volunteer tab of the homepage. 
  • Please contact conservationvolunteers@polkcountyiowa.gov if you are registering for a group, prefer to bypass the application process, or have questions or concerns regarding this event.
  • No experience necessary and all equipment provided for any volunteer event. Detailed meeting locations, workday information, and equipment will be provided to those registered.

Park and Trails Maps and Addresses

View our parks and trails here. Maps and addresses of the maintained areas where we will host workdays be on this page. Verify the exact meeting location within the park or trail in each event listing.

What to Wear

Wear long pants and sturdy, close-toed shoes for working on uneven terrain in heavily vegetated areas on restoration workdays. Dress both weather and task appropriate if working on a construction or maintenance project. Old shoes, boots or waders are recommended for stream cleanups. PCC staff has a limited amount of waders available.

Check with staff if you are unsure of what would be appropriate to wear for the specific project in which you are participating.

Inclement Weather Cancellations

If inclement weather is approaching and a workday must be canceled, a message indicating the cancelation will be left at 515.339.0933. In the absence of a cancellation message, the workday will proceed as planned.

Volunteerism for All

The majority of volunteer events are setup with people of all ages in mind. We will tailor each work day to fit the needs and abilities of all present. With safety in mind, manual tools such as loppers and hand/bow saws are reserved for individuals ages 15 and above; use of power tools for ages 18 and above.

Ready-to-use herbicides may be applied by volunteers with an active applicator license. PCC will provide study materials and cover costs to help volunteers become certified.

Get Started Today!

To assure safety and to provide the best possible volunteer experience, Polk County Conservation asks and expects volunteers to follow a Code of Conduct. Begin your experience in volunteerism by filling out an application at apps.polkcountyiowa.gov/communityservices today! 

Questions?

Pat Spain, Community Outreach Coordinator

Michael French, Assistant Volunteer Coordinator 

Melissa Schmeling, Community Outreach Coordinator