Volunteer

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, 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

Volunteer with 4-H

If you want to help young people, we need you! You can volunteer in a 4-H club, at one of our events, or other ways.

4-H volunteer stories

Volunteers come from many backgrounds. And they give to the program in many different ways!

Cooking Matters Minnesota

About Cooking Matters Minnesota

Cooking Matters is a cooking-based, nutrition education program that empowers people to make the best use of their food resources.

Cooking Matters volunteer positions

Cooking Matters volunteer opportunities include serving as a culinary instructor, a class manager, a class shopper and a class assistant.

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.

Become a Master Naturalist volunteer

Any adult who is curious and enjoys learning about the natural world can become a Master Naturalist.

Program outreach and impacts

Master Naturalist volunteers, students and instructors have reached people in almost every county in Minnesota. Learn about the impacts we're making across the state.

Become a Master Naturalist instructor

Help increase natural resource volunteering in citizen science, interpretation and stewardship throughout Minnesota.

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.

RSDP

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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