Countywide Natural Resources - 6.04 - 9.19: RROC Hoop House Volunteers



General Description

Dakota County utilizes a plant propagation program in which we collect seed from local native plants and then do our best to grow these plants for self-sufficient and sustainable restoration efforts within our parks and green spaces. In addition to our hoop house located within Lebanon Hills Regional Park, we also rent hoop house space from the University of Minnesota’s Rosemount Research & Outreach Center (RROC). We use this hoop house primarily as a site to grow native wetland plants we’ll be using in ecological restorations.


Tasks will include sowing seeds, transplanting seedlings, washing and organizing growing containers, watering plants and other miscellaneous projects around the hoop house. We’ll work together on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11am from June 4 to September 19. Come as regularly as you’d like or sign up for a few volunteer slots throughout the season. Your level of involvement is up to you!





Rosemount Research and Outreach Center (RROC)

16085 Alverno Ave.

Rosemount, MN 55068

(Map and Driving Directions)


Please note that there is no turn lane, just a sign that says “Rosemount Research and Outreach Station.” Once you turn in, please drive slowly south past all the buildings and onto the gravel road. You’ll eventually glimpse a row of 4 hoop houses on your left, just beyond a large concrete bunker. Turn left after the bunker and park in the yellow area indicated below (between the porta potty and the bunker).



Flexible, season will start June 4 and go until September 19, 2024. 


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Duties will vary at the hoop house depending on time of season and project needs.
  • Wear/bring: Dress in layers that can get wet and dirty, sun protection (hat/sunscreen), closed toe shoes, water bottle.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Physically mobile and able to do manual work—light to moderate difficulty
  • Ability to work independently without supervision
  • Enthusiasm for the outdoors and conservation
  • Volunteer must be 16 years or older or have permission from guardian


Activity Level

Medium - May involve varying amounts of activity (long walks, rough terrain, and moderate physical exertion. May not be recommended for volunteers with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes recommended.


Contact Information

Megan Howard

Natural Resources Plant Propagation Technician 

Dakota County Parks

Direct: (612) 834-7365 | Email:



Qualifications Required

  • Accepted Data Privacy Notice - Tennessen Notice Must be Yes
  • Signed Volunteer Waiver Must be at least Yes

Schedule Summary

This activity occurs between Tuesday, June 04, 2024 and Sunday, September 22, 2024