Education

Volunteer

As a volunteer at The Outdoor Campus, you will experience a variety of opportunities that will increase your own and others' awareness of South Dakota's great outdoors.

General Volunteer Form

Adult Volunteers

Qualifications to be an adult volunteer:

  • Be at least 18 years of age or older.
  • Submit a completed application form to the volunteer coordinator by the application deadline.
  • Contact the volunteer coordinator.
  • Complete volunteer orientation training and any other pertinent classes.
  • Commit to a minimum of 50 hours a year.
  • Agree to and pass a criminal background check.

Youth Volunteers

Qualifications to be a youth volunteer:

  • Be at least 12 years of age or older.
  • Submit a completed application form to the volunteer coordinator by the application deadline.
  • Contact the volunteer coordinator.
  • Complete volunteer orientation training and any other pertinent classes.

Community Service

We have projects to offer to scout groups, high school groups and more during the upcoming summer season. We do not offer opportunities for court-sentenced community service.

Volunteer Postitions

Gardening - The volunteer will assist the horticulture intern and care for the butterfly garden by planting, weeding, watering and assigned tasks. Must be able to lift 15 lbs and be physically able to work while standing or kneeling.

Bird Feeder - Volunteer will maintain our bird feeders in the wildlife viewing area. Must have the ability to lift 25 lbs and work independently.

Information Desk - The volunteer will assist visitors in answering questions or directing them to the proper area of interest. 

Office Assistant - The volunteer will assist in a vatiery of office needs such as program prep, library cataloging, mailing and phone help. Must be able to file accurately and computer skills may be needed.

Education Assistant - Volunteer will assist the education coordinator or naturalist interns with school, preschool and youth group programs.

Volunteer Instructor - Will instruct groups of children in oputdoor skills and outdoor education classes. Leadership and teaching skills are required. To apply you must spend one season as an education assistant.

Volunteer Mentor Program

The mission of the Volunteer Mentor Program is to have passionate and knowledgeable volunteers help recruit, retain, and reactivate future generations of outdoor recreationists. Volunteer Mentors will help develop advocates for the outdoors in South Dakota by enhancing new participants’ understanding, safety, skills, and opportunities in outdoor recreational activities. 

Opportunities

Volunteer Hunting/Shooting Mentor

  • Requirements:
    • Be 18 years of age or older
    • Must meet South Dakota residency status
    • Agree to and pass a background check
    • Hold a HuntSAFE card, or have a hunter education certification from another state
    • Have firm knowledge and background in hunting and shooting sports
    • Attend, participate, and assist with Hunting 101 field days and classes as often as possible to build relationships with the mentees and GFP Education staff
    • Commit to at least one mentee per year. Committing to a mentee involves guiding the student from purchasing their license to harvesting and processing their animal.  
  • Apply as a Volunteer Hunting/Shooting Mentor

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