Ways to Get Involved

  • Become a certified volunteer monitor (read more below about this process.) Already a certified volunteer monitor?  Here’s your information page.
  • Help in the office with filing, database maintenance, and communications.
  • Photograph protected properties or events (for experienced photographers with advanced equipment).
  • Other—what skills do you have that you would be willing to contribute to the Land Trust? Contact us!

Experience directly related to land conservation and natural resource protection is always welcome.

Volunteers play a critical role in the helping the Minnesota Land Trust achieve its mission of protecting the lands and waters that define our communities and enrich our quality of life. Interested in volunteering?

Certified Volunteer Monitors

The Minnesota Land Trust protects over 740 properties (and counting) across the state. We visit each landowner and monitor each protected property annually to fulfill on our promise of permanent land protection. Volunteer monitors are critical in helping us achieve this goal. Each year approximately 100 certified volunteer monitors assist the Land Trust with monitoring.

At this time, the Land Trust is recruiting volunteer monitors in the following geographic areas:

  • Western Minnesota, New London-Spicer area north to Detroit Lakes;
  • Far northwestern Minnesota, Roseau-area);
  • Southeast Minnesota, Houston and Winona counties in particular.

Volunteers living in other areas with a willingness to travel are also welcome to apply.


All volunteer monitors are asked to complete a certification process and commit to at least two or three years of monitoring.

To become certified, volunteers must:

  • Complete a volunteer application
  • Attend a classroom training session
  • Visit a protected property with a staff mentor

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer monitor or would like more information, please contact:

Shalesa Johnson, Stewardship Coordinator at sjohnson@mnland.org or 651-213-7896 or contact us.

Need forms or more information for an upcoming monitoring visit? View Resources for Certified Volunteer Monitors.

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