Sun, Fun, Water, and Science? Volunteer with the Wetland Health Evaluation Program.


Cause Areas


Tue Mar 07, 2017 - Thu Aug 31, 2017


Multiple Areas in Dakota County -Depending on DateDakota County, MN 55124


General Description

WHEP volunteers annually monitor and evaluate wetland health based on species diversity and population of macroinvertebrates (dragonflies, snails, etc) and plants. Volunteers use wetland assessment protocols and provide valuable wetland data to their local decision-makers.

Volunteers work in city-based teams and are guided by team leaders. Volunteers have a wide variety of backgrounds but all share an interest in understanding and protecting wetlands.


Each city in Dakota County has a team. Choose the city closest to you to get started.

Schedule is determined by the team leader and varies with each team. Active in June and July. Schedules are available in May.

Duties & Responsibilities

Participate in group outings as assigned by the group

Help collect samples

Participate in lab work

Attend the assigned trainings

Minimum Qualifications

Able to stand for periods of time

Enjoys working in groups outdoors

Doesn’t mind working in a wet environment

Some weekend hours required

Complete the three program trainings (see below)

Minimum Time Commitment

10-30 hours

Activity Level

Active - Involves physical exertion for an extended period of time; can involve rough, uneven or steep terrain. Not recommended for volunteers with physical limitations.

Recommended Training

No current experience is required. All trainings are provided for by the county. Below are the three training sessions and locations. You can access the registration pages for each by clicking on the links below.

  • May 22 - WHEP Introduction and Field Methods Training: Dakota Lodge, Thompson County Park, West St. Paul
  • June 3 - Macroinvertebrate Identification, Inver Hills Community College, Inver Grove Heights
  • June 24 - Vegetation Identification, Normandale Community College, Bloomington

Other Information

Contact Information

Paula Liepold

Dakota Co. Water Resources Dept.

14955 Galaxie Ave.

Apple Valley, MN 55124



  • Group Facilitation
  • Environmental Science

Good Match For

Kids Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 12
  • 10 to 30 hours
  • We will provide the equipment and training

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