Volunteer Opportunities

Curious about ways to get out and volunteer? Check here for updates on upcoming volunteer events that you may want to get involved with!


Tree Care Advocate Video Testimonials

The Minnesota Tree Care Advocate is looking to gather video testimonials from the volunteers that have participated in any of our training opportunities and that enjoy getting out to volunteer. In this video or short text submission, we want you to answer the question, "What has been the most memorable experience in your time as a volunteer?" Whether this would a stand-out educational event that we hosted or a volunteer opportunity that you were able to take part in as a result of taking a training course, anything is up to share. 

These testimonial videos and quotes will be featured on the Minnesota Tree Care Advocate Facebook page throughout 2018 and they will be used in presentations to illustrate the excitement and dedication of our volunteers and the impact this program has made.

If you are interested in participating, you can share your video with us at info@mntca.org. Video can be taken on a camera, computer, or just on your phone and sent to us. Text submissions can be shared through the Testimonial Submission Form.

One bonus, we will be assigning 1 hours worth of volunteer time for your time in recording/writing your testimonial and sending in your submission.

Thank you again for your wonderful work over the past 25 years and we hope to hear some of your stories and share them with others!


Focus Group Test Trial Assistance

Calli Cloutier, a graduate student at the University of Minnesota, is looking for volunteers that are willing to test run her focus group as she begins to collect data for her graduate research. The focus group would consist of having a conversation around the volunteer's perspective regarding their impact in their communities. This will be a test group of individuals to help Calli and the student workers get a sense for potential bugs in the process and changes they can make to improve the focus group process.

The focus group would take 2 hours and be located at the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus. Refreshments and parking coupons will be provided. These 2 hours would count as volunteer hours to apply to your program requirements. Currently, Calli is hoping to schedule this trial run around when volunteers are available and willing to participate, so dates will be set as interest comes her way.

If you are interested in assisting and participating, please e-mail Calli Cloutier at clout061@umn.edu notifying her of your willingness to participate. She is looking for about 12 people to participate in about 2-3 sessions, most likely in the evenings.


Tree Trust Learning with Trees Liaison

The Learning with Trees Liaison will act as a point person for schools who have participated in Tree Trust’s Learning with Trees program to provide them with expertise and guidance in tree care. The liaison will set up and help execute an individualize tree maintenance plan for the school through volunteer events and hands-on activities including watering, weeding, mulching, and pruning. Yearly time commitment will be a variable and will be dependent on the needs of the school. Anticipate an average of 25 hours per year and to be involved for 2-3 years with the assigned school. More Information: PDF icon Learning with Trees Liaison Position Description


To find out more information and to apply, visit Tree Trust's Learning with Trees webpage to learn more!


Great River Greening - Volunteer Supervisor

Do you enjoy leading, teaching, and motivating others?  Are you an experienced Great River Greening volunteer interested in taking on a leadership role at one of our restoration events?  Do you care about the environment and want to make a lasting impact?  If you answered yes to any of these, then sign up toady to become a Volunteer Supervisor!

Check out the PDF icon How to Become a Volunteer Supervisor Flyer to learn more!


Supervisors can help with an array of events throughout the entire volunteer season. Check out the PDF icon Spring 2018 Events flyer to see which events are coming up that you can be a part of!


Minnesota SNA Site Steward

Site stewards are the eyes and ears for Minnesota's Scientific & Natural Areas (SNA). Stewards, working with guidance from SNA staff, assist in the goals of land protection, management, and education & research on a site they choose to monitor. Some tasks that may be a part of a steward's duties include:

  • Regular visits to the site
  • Reporting observations from site visits
  • Learning about the protection and management goals for the site
  • Participating in site projects and events
  • Take a look at the complete list of steward responsibilities.


To learn more about how you can become a SNA Site Steward, visit the Minnesota DNR's webpage!