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Sensory Quest Volunteers (Summer Programs)

Ages: Adult (18 or older)
Time Commitment: mid-June through mid-August; weekdays; morning & afternoon shifts available
Training: Wednesday, June 10, 10 a.m. - Noon
Requirements: Complete the Tamarack volunteer application process; attend training; be fun, flexible, and excited about Nature!

Help community groups have an unforgettable time at Tamarack this summer! Our Sensory Quest programs introduce diverse youth groups to the mysteries and marvels of animal senses. We need volunteers to help lead groups of children and chaperones through fun, outdoor activities during these group visits. Training is provided. Call for more information.

Invasive Plant Patrol

Ages: Adults and older teens (kids under 15 need to be accompanied by an adult)
Time Commitment: Ongoing, dates to be determined (spring, summer, fall)
Training: Spring training April 25, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Training provided by Ramsey County Cooperative Weed Management.
Pre-registration required; e-mail Melanie Harding for more information or to register.
Requirements: Ability to bend, walk uneven terrain and use hand tools.

A few of our volunteers have been hard at work tackling invasive plants at Tamarack, and they could use your help! Garlic Mustard and Buckthorn are at the top of the list right now, but as time permits, we’ll tackle others too. We are looking to assemble a volunteer team to tackle whatever invasive plants rise to the top of the priority list. If you like to be outside, doing physical work, this might be the volunteer job for you!​

Garden Tenders

Ages: Adults and youth (kids under 14 should be accompanied by an adult)​
Time Commitment: Early March through late October; weekdays and weekends available; 1 - 3 hour shifts
Training: On-the-job training provided
Requirements: Complete Tamarack volunteer application process; ability to bend, dig and lift; commit to a minimum of one volunteer shift per month (more shifts are encouraged and welcome)

Tamarack Garden Volunteers plant seeds, turn soil, transplant, weed, water, harvest, compost, speak with visitors about the garden, and enjoy the fruits of their labor. If you already have a green thumb or are just beginning and want to learn more about gardening, consider volunteering as a Garden Tender. All experience levels welcome.​

Dragonfly Monitoring

Ages: Adults & older teens (students under 14 should be accompanied by an adult)
Time Commitment: Late May - August; flexible scheduling
Training: Saturday, May 30, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Requirements: Complete Tamarack volunteer application process; attend training or learn on-the-job with staff and other volunteers

If you’ve never been eye-to-eye with a dragonfly, you’re in for a treat! Join us this summer as we continue our efforts with Vadnais Lake Area Watershed Management Organization (VLAWMO) to monitor the dragonfly and damselfly species that make Tamarack their home. Training will be provided.


Beekeeping Assistants

Ages: Adults & older teens (students under 16 should be accompanied by an adult)
Time Commitment: April - October; variable scheduling
Requirements: Complete Tamarack volunteer application process; learn on-the-job with staff and other volunteers

Our hives are buzzing and we’re looking forward to another great honey bee season. If you are interested in beekeeping and would like to become part of our small team, let us know. All experience levels, including beginners, are welcome. This is a wonderful learning opportunity with sweet rewards!

Animal Care & Animal Ambassadors

Ages: Adults and older teens (kids under 14 should be accompanied by an adult)
Time Commitment: Varies
Training: On-the-job training provided
Requirements: Complete Tamarack volunteer application process, including interview.

The popular Tamarack display animals are in need of your assistance! We currently have three opportunities for student and adult volunteers to get involved with our educational reptiles and amphibians:
  • Weekly or Biweekly Animal Care (Wednesdays): Feeding, basic cleaning, water changes and handling of animals; assist with educational programs.
  • Monthly Tank Scrub Team: Help for 3 - 4 hours each month on bigger cleanings of turtle aquaria, filters and other animal habitats.
  • Animal Ambassador: Learn all about the natural history, personal history and care of our education animals so you can help deliver educational programs to the public; Serve on call, as programs are scheduled.

Drop-In Discovery Station Hosts

Ages: Adults and older teens (kids under 15 need to be accompanied by an adult)
Time Commitment: Saturday mornings, 3-hour shifts
Training: Provided on the job.
Requirements: Interest in interacting with people of all ages; willingness to learn about new things, try new interpretive techniques and share your excitement about nature with visitors.

Discovery Station Hosts work on Saturday mornings to provide visitors with up-close visits with Tamarack animals; touchable artifacts like skulls, skins, sticks, and stones; explorations of butterflies, bees, and other pollinators; and garden goodies for tasting. Topics will be scheduled ahead of time and volunteers will be assigned based on interest and willingness to learn new drop-in discovery topics.


How to Volunteer

All volunteer service on nature preserve grounds needs to be directed through Ramsey County Parks and Recreation.

Submit completed application to:
Mail: 5287 Otter Lake Road, White Bear Township, MN 55110
Fax: (651) 407-5354
Call: Melanie Harding​, Volunteer Coordinator at (651) 407-5350 x118


Contact Us

5287 Otter Lake Road
White Bear Township, MN 55110
Phone: 651-407-5350
Fax: 651-407-5354
Email: tamarack@co.ramsey.mn.us