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Volunteers Make a Difference!

Youth groupA volunteer is someone who freely gives time, energy and talents to others. Giving can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life. Volunteering has a positive effect on your community AND yourself.

The Dallas County Conservation Board offers positions for adults, teens, youth and families. There is a wide range of volunteer opportunities available. One can work on a regular basis, on a one-time project, serve on a planning committee, work outside or inside, in one location or all over Dallas County.

We are grateful to all of our volunteers – the people who do everything from cleaning up our rivers and trails to folding and labeling newsletters to cataloging textiles to researching, copying and imputing into the computer hundreds and hundreds of genealogy records. The list of efforts is endless and none of them small. We could not function without such a dedicated group of people.

Senior volunteersVolunteer Opportunities
We strive to match a personality to a specific volunteer opportunity. What skills do you have and what skills do you want to develop? For example, if you are knowledgeable in history, or even if you are not, you might want to be a museum guide or assistant. If you enjoy photography, we could use your help taking digital photographs of our various interpretive programs, special projects and native wildlife that will be used in the newsletter and website.

What best suits what you want to do with your time? You will want to look for something that is both enjoyable and challenging. You want to feel good about yourself through your volunteer work. The opportunities for volunteers is endless. If you don’t see anything you are interested in below, give us a call anyway. We feel sure we can match you to something you would enjoy doing.

  • Cultural History: You can be a tour guide, assist with programs, or host our Forest Park museum on weekends from May 1 through October 31. Assist the curator with exhibit design, construction and maintenance; and the conservation of artifacts. Conduct or transcribe oral history interviews.
  • Natural History: Monitor blue bird boxes. Participate in annual Christmas bird count. Assist with public and school programming. Identification of rocks, minerals, fossils.
  • Volunteers working on houseGenealogy: Assist public with family trees and locate articles in local newspapers. Input records into computer.
  • Landscape Gardening: Maintain gardens. Care for trailheads along the Raccoon River Valley Trail.
  • Educational Opportunities: Provide our Naturalists assistance with interpretive programming to children in the classroom as well as the public.
  • Community Outreach: Post environmental education flyers in your community. Work with various groups and agencies. Assist with local parades. Digital photography.
  • Office Assistance: Fold and attach mailing labels to quarterly newsletter. Assist with other mailings and special event planning. Transcribe historical board meeting minutes. 
  • Recreational Trails: Enroll in our Adopt-A-Trail program.

Volunteer Benefits

Trail maintenanceThere are many benefits to being a volunteer in Dallas County. You receive the quarterly Greenbelt Newsletter which will keep you informed of interpretive programs, special events, meetings, land acquisitions, personnel changes, departmental needs, nature notes and volunteer opportunities. You also receive a t-shirt which gives you recognition as a volunteer staff person and identifies you as someone who is available to assist the public. We provide any tools or equipment needed so that you may succeed at your duty. Workman’s comp insurance is provided in case of a work injury. A reference from the Dallas County Conservation Board might be of special assistance in your request for future paid positions. You will also be invited to our annual volunteer banquet.

Can You Help?

Becoming a volunteer is easy! Download our Volunteer Packet and the separate 25-page Safety Manual; call the Dallas County Conservation Board and we will send you the necessary paperwork, or email conservation@dallascountyiowa.gov to request more information.

Your Volunteer Packet includes:

  • Volunteer Application. This application will provide contact information and is also an agreement which states you understand there will be no pay for services rendered.
  • Insurance form. Dallas County provides Workman’s Comp coverage to each volunteer in case a work injury occurs. Be sure to read the Safety Manual before you sign this form!
  • Background check request form. This allows the Dallas County Human Resources Department to run a background check, which is required of all Dallas County employees and volunteers.
  • Volunteer Hours Record. Each volunteer is responsible for documenting their volunteer service date, location, brief description of work and total number of hours on a monthly basis. These service records are audited by the county and state. Records assist in the grant application process for many programs and events.
  • Safety Manual, which is required reading of all Dallas County employees and volunteers, may be downloaded separately (25 pages).

We hope you will join the Dallas County Conservation Board volunteer team soon. You can really make a difference!

Dallas County Conservation Board 
14581 K Ave. 
Perry, Iowa 50220 
515-465-3577 
FAX 515-465-3579
Office Hours: M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm 
Email: conservation@dallascountyiowa.gov


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