Extension's 35,000 volunteers give their time and expertise to serve their communities and help create a stronger Minnesota. Whether you're passionate about youth or conservation, healthy eating or healthy gardens, you can find an opportunity to join Extension in making a difference in Minnesota. Read on to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

4-H volunteers

Cooking Matters Minnesota

Volunteer with Cooking Matters Minnesota

Volunteers include local chefs, classroom assistants, shoppers and translators who help teach families how to create healthy, delicious meals on a limited budget.

Culinary instructor

Volunteer culinary instructors and University of Minnesota Extension Nutrition Educators share their time and expertise to lead hands-on courses that teach adults, teens and kids how to purchase and prepare nutritious foods in healthful, safe and tasty ways.

Class manager

The class manager facilitates each course by communicating with team to ensure that each class runs smoothly so that participants receive the highest quality learning experience.

Class assistant

The class assistant ensures that each class runs smoothly so that participants receive the highest quality learning experience.

Class shopper

The class shopper ensures that each class is stocked with the healthy, inexpensive foods needed to give participants hands-on practice preparing meals they can then make for themselves at home.

Master Gardener

About Master Gardeners

Volunteers who promote healthy landscapes, healthy people and a healthy planet

Ask a Master Gardener

Master Gardeners will answer your yard and garden questions by email, in person or over the phone

Become a Master Gardener

Make a difference in your community

Master Naturalist

About the program

The Minnesota Master Naturalist program promotes awareness, understanding and stewardship of Minnesota’s natural environment, allowing ordinary people to do extraordinary things for their environment.

Become a Master Naturalist volunteer

Any adult who is curious and enjoys learning about the natural world can become a Master Naturalist. Learn how you can become a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer.

Program outreach and impacts

Since the program’s inception, Master Naturalist volunteers, students and instructors have reached out to at least one person in almost every county in Minnesota. Learn about the impacts we're making across the state.

Become a Master Naturalist instructor

Be part of a statewide effort to increase natural resource volunteering in citizen science, interpretation and stewardship throughout Minnesota by becoming a Master Naturalist instructor.

Natural resources volunteers

Aquatic Invasive Species Detectors and Trackers

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Detectors learn skills to recognize and report early infestations, and Trackers monitor and report AIS populations and water chemistry changes.

Master Woodland Volunteers

Master Woodland Volunteers are private landowners that are champions of Minnesota's woodlands. Volunteers are committed to stewardship, outreach, and continuing their education as landowners.

Assessing Vegetation Impacts from Deer

Assessing Vegetation Impacts from Deer (AVID) volunteers collect data to monitor the impacts of deer on vegetation in Minnesota woodlands.

Forest Pest First Detector

Forest Pest First Detector volunteers detect and diagnose early infestations of invasive plants, insects and other pests.

Minnesota Bee Atlas

Bee Atlas is a citizen science volunteer program working to create a state-wide list of native bees found in Minnesota.

Wasp Watchers

Wasp Watchers is a citizen science project that monitors a native, stingless wasp in order to detect its prey: the invasive emerald ash borer.


Become a board member

Learn more about opportunities to work with fellow community members and University faculty and staff who are passionate about sustainability in your region.

Become a work group member

Serve as an ambassador for RSDP in your community and help us identify local sustainability needs and ideas.

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