Volunteer with the DNR
With the changing of the seasons come different opportunities for volunteers to become involved with our natural resources.  Let your interests guide you to the different ways you can help. 

How can you turn your abilities or interests into a volunteer opportunity? 

In the spring, volunteers for the  toad and frog survey are needed across the state to provide consistent data on toads and frogs breeding habits on an annual basis. Since 1991 volunteers return year after year to survey these animal populations.

As the leaves start to change many Iowans think of hunting and the harvest. In the fall our law Enforcement Bureau looks for volunteers to teach gun and archery safety at  Hunter Education and Safety classes around Iowa.

Volunteer Events

Special events are planned by Iowa DNR and our partners calling on volunteers to come together for a purpose.  A popular example of a special event is our Watershed Awareness River Expedition (AWARE) Project.  Each year a river or watershed is designated for clean up.  It’s a hands on volunteer experience where you can volunteer for as little as a few hours or for the whole week. 

Iowa's locally-led volunteer water quality monitoring program, empowers watershed and conservation groups to take a proactive approach to water quality. By engaging volunteers to monitor water quality in their project areas, they can ensure the protection, longevity and productivity of high quality water resources, as well as evaluate, assess, and improve those of lower quality.

Seeking volunteers, apply today!
+ Become a Campground Host - Hosts Needed

If you like to camp and meet new people, this is the volunteer experience for you!

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is looking for campground hosts to live in our state parks for the months of April – October helping DNR staff with light maintenance duties, checking in campers, and being a resource for visitors enjoying our state parks and forests.

Campground hosts are a crucial for the success of our state park systems in Iowa. The average host volunteers 20 – 40 hours per week while living on site in their own camper. 

Campground hosts . . .

  • work with DNR staff to ensure that campers have the best experience possible in Iowa’s state parks
  • provide a friendly presence in our campgrounds
  • act as models for other campers
  • answer questions and tell visitors about points of interest and what the park has to offer 
  • keep campers informed of park rules and area accommodations
  • perform light administrative and/or maintenance tasks.

The requirements to be a campground host are the ability to commit to at least four consecutive weekends and pass a  criminal background check according to Unsupervised Volunteers Background Check Policy.

Benefits include:

  • Designated free campsite in the park with a host sign while hosting
  • Nametag and safety vest
  • Recognition from the DNR and the state of Iowa for valuable service performed

Parks Currently Needing Hosts:

  • Fairport/Wildcat Den State Park
  • McIntosh Woods State Park

Wishing to help out a park listed above?
Read the campground host volunteer description and consider filling out a campground host application for that specific park.

For more information please contact your local DNR park.