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Volunteer Applications

Butterfly Garden at sunsetOur mission is a broad and ambitious one, and we depend on the work of an array of skilled volunteers to help us reach our goals.  Whatever your age, ability, skill set or interest, we need you!

People of all ages are welcome to volunteer at Neal Smith NWR.  Signing up requires only a few simple steps.  You can download and print forms from this page, and then send them in via email, fax (515-994-3459) or mail (P.O. Box 399, Prairie City, IA  50228).  

New volunteers need to fill out and submit both the application and the volunteer services agreement below.  Next, contact the volunteer coordinator, Megan Wandag, by email or phone at 515-994-3400 to discuss your skills, interests, goals and schedule.  We will work together to find a project that meets our needs and achieves your personal goals.   

If you have already spoken to the volunteer coordinator about an opportunity, you may only need to fill out and submit the Volunteer Services Agreement.  This form is required annually for all volunteers.

Volunteer Services Agreement - download and complete the relevant blocks on both sides, making sure to sign about mid-way down on the back.  If you are over 18, complete the blocks on the front of the form, check the boxes on the back and SIGN the back.  If you are under 18, the child (i.e. the volunteer) completes the front of the form, the parent or guardian completes the back, and BOTH the adult and the child must sign on the back.  Note that EACH volunteer under 18 must have an agreement signed by a parent or guardian.

 Volunteer Application - download and complete both sides, making sure to sign at the bottom on the back.  Unless you are interested in volunteering elsewhere with the Federal government too, you may skip questions 16 and 18.  All applicants may skip question 17; unfortunately, we do not have any lodging for volunteers, nor do we allow camping on the refuge.
If you have registered to participate in an event at Neal Smith NWR which includes a volunteer project, you will only need to fill out the Volunteer Services Agreement.  If you are participating as a group (for example, a scout or school group), your group leader will have a form for you to complete.  Note, however, that group members under age 18 MUST have a Volunteer Service Agreement signed by a parent or guardian (the group form alone is not sufficient).


 If you have any questions about volunteering or filling out these forms, please contact Megan by email or phone at 515-994-3400.
Last Updated: Mar 11, 2015
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