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Volunteers play a special role at Pottawattamie Conservation parks. Whether you are interested in volunteering once a week, once a month, or occasionally for a special event, the opportunities are endless.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are always looking for new faces to help out in many different ways. We have opportunities indoors and outdoors, and scheduling is flexible. Supporters looking for volunteer opportunities can participate in several ways at occasional open volunteer events, as a regular Pottawattamie Conservation volunteer, or in a privately scheduled volunteer event.

Become a Pottawattamie Conservation Volunteer

Becoming a regular volunteer with Pottawattamie Conservation is a great way to get out and help your community. With volunteer opportunities in all seasons and at all parks we are sure to have something for everyone.

Regular volunteers have the option of setting their own schedule of volunteering and are rewarded with educational opportunities and other benefits. Volunteers also receive an annual park permit and a discount on gift shop merchandise as a thank you for their efforts.

Volunteers are currently needed to support the following programs:

Environmental Education Program Volunteers

Assist our environmental education staff with the presentation of youth and adult education programs. This volunteer position involves work with the general public, including children. Volunteer duties may include running registration, assisting with lesson presentations, taking photographs, directing program attendees, and more. Volunteer opportunities take place every month allowing for some flexibility of scheduling. Volunteers choose the events they wish to assist with. 

Loess Hills Lodge Welcome Desk

Use your enthusiasm for nature as you greet and assist visitors, answer phones, and oversee the gift shop at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center. Weekday and weekend daytime hours are available, and volunteers are welcome to schedule regular shifts or volunteer for individual shifts as their schedule allows.

The Oak Inventory Project

This exciting new citizen science program based at Hitchcock Nature Center aims to better understand a new disease affecting area oak species. Volunteers will be provided needed training to identify, locate, and tag oak trees throughout the park using a smartphone and downloaded application. Volunteers will set their own hours and perform volunteer work as their schedule permits with the exception of season sessions. Visit our calendar for our next training session date. 

Download Our Volunteer Application!

Regular Pottawattamie Conservation volunteers must complete an application and submit to a background check prior to volunteering. Please download and complete our volunteer application and return it to start the process of becoming an official Pottawattamie Conservation volunteer.

Open Volunteer Events:

Open volunteer events are held periodically throughout the season with an average of two to four events per year. These events are open to all interested participants and there is no additional commitment beyond the duration of the event.

We are currently working on scheduling volunteer workdays to assist with flood damage at several of our parks. More details coming soon.

Privately Scheduled Volunteer Projects: 

Civic groups, businesses, other organizations, and students looking to fulfill community service requirements or objectives may contact our Community Relations Coordinator for more information on scheduling a private volunteer project.

Private projects are available based on park needs and staff availability; as such, they may not be available at all times.  We request that you contact us at least three weeks prior to your desired date of service. Advance notice increases our chances of finding an appropriate volunteer project.

For more information on any of the above volunteer opportunities or to schedule a private volunteer project please contact Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator at (712) 545-3283 or email her at

Current Volunteers:

Annual insurance forms are due. Please download and fill out the form and return it in-person to your park ranger or supervisor. You can also submit it by mail to the address below. 

Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Hitchcock Nature Center
27792 Ski Hill Loop
Honey Creek, IA 51542

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