Volunteer Opportunities

We will be posting volunteer opportunities here and on facebook. A volunteer coordinator will work with you and guide you through the projects and provide any training required.

If you are interested in volunteering for any project listed or to be on the list for future projects, contact Gene at Cvtvolunteers@gmail.com for more information and a volunteer application.

Current Projects:

Prairie Seed Planting

Project Date(s): Spring and Summer
Project Description: Volunteers will spread collected and/or purchased seed in identified areas. Most seed will be co-mingled, and specific seed mixes will be used in different areas depending on the specific conditions.
Qualifications needed: Ability to walk on uneven terrain. Seed will be spread by hand using spreaders and distributed as directed.
Safety Training to be covered: Situational Awareness, you will be working along a very busy trail. Ability to identify poison ivy.
Volunteers will be provided tools needed to handle and spread seed.

Bench and Kiosk Painting

Project Date(s): Spring through Fall
Project Description: Specific objects to be painted will be designated, and tools, equipment and paint will be provided.   
Qualifications needed:  Ability to follow directions and work independently. Some work may require standing on a ladder while painting.   
Safety Training to be covered:   Situational Awareness, you will be working along a very busy trail.   Being aware of weather conditions will affect timing of projects.  Use of ladders and Material Safety Data will be covered where necessary.

Prairie Burning

Project Date(s): Spring and Fall
Project Description: Volunteers will work under the direct supervision on the burn boss.  Depending on the qualifications and abilities of the volunteers these tasks could involve ignition, suppression, holding crew, monitoring, traffic control, and mop-up.  Although conducting burns can be very strenuous, the areas we plan to burn are small with easy access.  Safety is the top concern so training and supervision will be provided.   Qualifications needed:  Ability to walk on uneven terrain.  Physically fit enough to work in hot, dusty, smokey conditions.  
Safety Training to be covered:   Situational Awareness, you will be working along a very busy trail.   Being aware of weather conditions and changes in fire behavior and how to react.   Volunteers will be provided tools needed.  Leather boots and fire resistant clothing will be necessary.  Long sleeve shirts are required.  

Sumac and Buckthorn Removal

Project Dates: April through October
Project Description: Volunteers will be cutting sumac with loppers and removing cut plants from the site.  Plants can be hauled to the city brush pile.  With training, volunteers may also treat the cut stumps with Garlon 4 mixture using kill sticks.      
Qualifications needed:  Ability to work on uneven terrain using hand tools and carrying brush.  Ability to identify target plants.       
Safety Training to be covered:  Basic first aid, using sharp tools.  Ability to identify target plants and desirable plants.  Ability to identify poison ivy.  Pesticide application training.      

Do you play an instrument? Like to tell stories? Have a hobby that is connected to nature or biking?

Voices of the Valley is a program we offer 1-2 times a month at the Welch Station Access. Brenda is always on the lookout for new program ideas. Click here for more information on contacting her.


Follow these steps to sign up as a volunteer for the Cannon Valley Trail:

  • Check this page  to learn about volunteer positions available.
  • Contact the CVT staff person designated for each of the opportunities in which you are interested. He or she will inform you if the position is still open and will register you.  
  • Schedule your time with the contact person. Arrive on time (or a little early) to work on the projects for which you registered to work. Be sure to call if you will be absent or need to leave early. The CVT is counting on you to be a dependable volunteer.
  • Represent the CVT in a positive fashion. You are not expected to be knowledgeable in all areas concerning the CVT. If working with the public in your volunteer position, all questions related to CVT policies and procedures are to be referred to your supervisor, or to the CVT administration office 507-263-0508. Avoid expressing personal opinions.
  • Keep track of your hours. This is important for liability coverage, reporting to the CVT Joint Powers Board of Directors, and volunteer recognition. Turn in your hours to your supervisor.

If you have any concerns or special needs, please discuss them with the supervisor of the project. The supervisor will be happy to discuss possible accommodations that may help you successfully perform your volunteer duties