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Volunteer

volunteerJoin over 100 other volunteers who help Warner Nature Center provide quality environmental education to area children and families.

Warner Nature Center offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for all ages. Whether you want to work with children, animals, or just need an excuse to get outdoors for some physical exercise, Warner can offer you opportunity to do so.

During the 2014-2015 school year, we are in need of volunteers for the position of Trail Guide. These volunteers assist with our school programs by leading children on hikes through Warner's varied habitats. Training is provided.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please complete a volunteer application online.

Once you have completed your application, you will be contacted by our staff to sign up for an upcoming volunteer interview session offered seasonally.

Once you have completed an interview session, turned in all of your volunteer paperwork, and have an approved background check (conducted by the Science Museum of Minnesota), you will be contacted to attend a 3-hour volunteer orientation session. You must complete the orientation session prior to becoming a volunteer at Warner Nature Center.

More information about specific volunteer opportunities is below. If you have any questions about our volunteer program, please contact Assistant Director, Julie Grecian, at or (651) 433-2427 ext. 12. Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer!

Volunteer jobs include:

Trail Guide
Lead visiting school children on hikes around Warner's woods, lakes and bog. Hike topics include bog ecology, birds, forests, aquatic ecology and others. Ongoing training is provided by Warner staff naturalists. Programs are held weekdays during the school year.

Public Programs
Assist with hikes, registration, activities and a variety of other jobs for a variety of natural history programs. Programs vary in participant numbers and ages, and most programs occur on the weekends.

Education Support
Assist in a variety of tasks supporting Warner Nature Center programs. Activities could include assembling program handouts and activity bags, maintaining our natural history collections, building educational exhibits and program props, or outdoor project support.

Site/Trail Support
Help maintain trails and the Trailside Museum building. Tasks might include wood chipping trails, clearing buckthorn, small construction projects, painting, etc.

Office Support
Help answer phones, process mailings, manage databases, and a host of other, varied office tasks. No experience is necessary, but familiarity with computers and other basic office equipment is helpful.

Science Research Assistant
Support ongoing scientific research through citizen science data collection and submission. Programs include NestWatch, Frog & Toad Survey, Dragonfly Monitoring and more.

Summer Camp Assistant
Support summer camps by helping staff naturalists with preparation and activities during camps, and serve as a role model for young campers.

Great Benefits for Warner Nature Center Volunteers!

  • Volunteer and Staff Outings each year to environmental centers, museums, parks or refuges
  • Ongoing natural history and environmental enrichment programs
  • Festive holiday potluck
  • Annual Awards Banquet in June
  • Seasonal Owl Feather newsletter
  • Discounts and admission to selected Science Museum exhibitions and Omnitheater films
  • Organic PEACE coffee, friendly staff and beautiful setting in the woods