Volunteer Opportunities

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Do you have a passion for the outdoors? The Missouri Department of Conservation offers flexible volunteer opportunities for individuals  who want to educate others about Missouri’s fish, forest, and wildlife resources

If you enjoy teaching others about the natural world, then you should volunteer at conservation nature centers and interpretive sites. Volunteers work closely with MDC staff to provide a fun learning experience for visitors. Volunteers can help plan interpretive programs, design exhibits, greet visitors, lead hikes, and maintain trails.

Volunteers at shooting ranges and outdoor education centers provide a safe and educational experience for hunters to improve their skills. They also assist with outdoor skills education programs including firearm instruction, trapping and youth hunting clinics, and archery.

Hunter education volunteer instructors and MDC staff provide hunter education classes statewide. The hunter safety course teaches how firearms operate, safe hunting practices, ethics, and responsibilities. This education program is one reason Missouri is a national leader in hunter recruitment. Contact your local regional office to become a volunteer instructor.

Fishing education volunteer instructors help beginning anglers gain the skills and confidence to go fishing on their own. The fishing education course covers equipment, casting, lures, knot tying, baiting a hook, fish identification and handling, and fishing regulations.

Your favorite conservation area may have volunteer opportunities. Projects include tree planting, habitat restoration, species monitoring, wildflower seed collection, and trail building. Contact your local regional office for more information.

MDC Partner Programs

Do you have an interest in citizen science and community conservation? The department offers local volunteer programs with conservation partners.

Missouri Forestkeepers Network educates people about Missouri’s trees and forests and enlists volunteers. Volunteers monitor forest health and management, advocate for trees, and participate in education workshops. The program is a partnership between MDC and Forest ReLeaf of Missouri.

Missouri Master Naturalist supports conservation efforts and natural resource education in their local communities.After a training course, volunteers help with native habitat restoration, bird monitoring, and youth education. A Chapter’s local conservation partners provide service projects and ongoing training. The program is a partnership between MDC and the University of Missouri Extension.

Missouri Stream Team focuses on the health of Missouri streams through education, advocacy, and projects. Volunteers can monitor water quality, stabilize stream banks, and plant streamside trees. This program is a partnership between MDC, the Conservation Federation of Missouri, and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.