Volunteer

Group Opportunities
Are you a scout group or a 4H club looking for a way to give back? The Linn County Conservation Department has many opportunities for groups of all ages and sizes. Past group projects have included trash removal along trails; helping to build steps in a park; painting and staining projects, building blue bird houses; invasive species removal; and more.

Not sure what type of volunteer opportunity is right for your group? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator Chuck Ungs at 319-892-6485.

Group Waiver
Before beginning your service, we will need your group to sign a liability release waiver. View or download the Group Waiver.

Individual Volunteer Opportunities



Wickiup Hill Learning Center Host
The Wickiup Hill Learning Center has over 15 hands-on exhibits. Weekend staffing for the learning center is all by volunteers.  Be a part of the team that greets visitors, guides play in exhibit areas, and answers the telephone. This volunteer is needed regularly. You must be at least 18 years old and a background check is required.

Abbe Creek Schoolhouse Host
Greet visitors at the school house near Mount Vernon and provide general information about the school house in summer.

Animal Care
Join Naturalist Jenny Corbett to help take care of the education animals at Wickiup Hill Learning Center. Snakes, turtles, a tarantula, a chinchilla and a whole intrusion of cockroaches. Must be at least 16 years old to apply.

Bluebird Box Monitor
This includes visiting bluebird boxes to check for bluebird use and any disruption. A great reason to get outside and go for a hike!

Campground Hosts
Linn County Conservation has three main campgrounds (Squaw Creek Park, Pinicon Ridge Park and Morgan Creek Park). Each of these has a campground host during the camping season. The host lives on site, assists park staff and is a resource for the public. Must be at least 18 years old. Background check required.

Field / Trail Work
Help with prairie restoration, invasive species removal, and weeding. This volunteer is most needed in early spring. Must be at least 16 years old.

Morgan Creek Arboretum and Butterfly Garden
Help maintain the trees and garden area. Must be at least 16 years.

Special Events
Bring your energy and enthusiasm to a special event. The team of naturalists at Wickiup Hill would love to have help making our family events a success. Must be at least 16 years old to apply.

Applying
If you are interested in any of the opportunities listed above, please print and mail a Volunteer Application. Your application will be reviewed by the staff at Wickiup Hill, who manage the volunteer program for the department. Depending on the position, you may be asked to complete additional information regarding a background check. Once all paper work is complete, you will receive a Volunteer Handbook and orientation with a staff member.