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Thanks for your interest in volunteering with the Dubuque County Conservation Department!  We are excited that you are considering becoming a part of our team! Annually the Dubuque County Conservation Board works with over 200 volunteers in various positions.

Why Volunteer with Dubuque County Conservation? Volunteering can be both rewarding and challenging. It offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the ​people around you. Volunteering also provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge.

Volunteer Opportunities

Trail Ambassador Volunteer: Volunteers act as a liaison for Dubuque County Conservation and provide trail maintenance. Possible duties include: litter removal, pruning vegetation, informing staff of items needing attention such as downed limbs, washouts, graffiti, and provide feedback from trail users.

Maple Syruping Volunteer: Work with the staff to tap maple trees, collect sap, and watch the evaporator turn the sap into syrup! This process normally takes place the first part of March when weather conditions are favorable for the sap to flow.

Special Projects Volunteer: Assist Dubuque County Staff with special projects such as trash cleanups, seed harvesting, trail projects, tree planting, river cleanups and more.

Weekend Volunteer: Give back to the community and have fun at the same time in a beautiful park atmosphere. Whether your looking for an inspiring setting, or a college student looking to fulfill an internship credit, or a senior enjoying retirement all are invited to share their passion for the outdoors with park visitors. Volunteers are trained in greeting visitors, answering phones, general procedures in opening and closing the Swiss Valley Nature Center, and renting out snow shoes and skis when conditions allow.

Fundraiser Event Volunteer:  Friends of Dubuque County Conservation host several special events each year with many  opportunities for volunteers. Tasks may include setting up, food preparation, parking cars, leading walks, assisting with gear, and more! Some of the special events include the Trail Run, Chili Feed, Halloween Hike, Santa’s Workshop, and more!

Citizens Science Volunteer:  Did you know chasing butterflies, monitoring blue bird houses, and checking for reptiles such as snakes can help scientists? Participate in citizens science projects in which volunteers work with county staff to gather data and make inferences about our conservation areas.

Animal Husbandry Volunteer:  Work behind the scenes preparing animal diets, water quality, cleaning animal enclosures, engage the animals in enrichment, and condition training, Animal husbandry volunteers need to be 16 years or older.