Dakota County Environmental Resources
Master Recycler/Composter Program
The Master Recycler/Composter program provides training on waste reduction, recycling, composting and solid waste.
Graduates agree to volunteer 30 hours putting their skills to work. Graduates have the opportunity to staff informational booths at community events, make presentations, and work on special projects in their neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces.
Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP)
The Wetland Health Evaluation Program engages citizen volunteers to help monitor wetlands in their community. Since 1997, WHEP volunteers have been monitoring wetland health throughout Dakota and Hennepin counties. They provide important information to city and county planners, engineers, resource managers, and others. The data is also used by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to track wetland health throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
The Wetland Health Evaluation Program teaches citizen volunteers to become wetland monitors in their community. WHEP volunteers work in teams to evaluate the biological health of wetlands selected by their community. All training and equipment is provided.
For more information about this program, visit the MN WHEP website.
Please select the team (city) you want to join. If desired team is full, please join the nearest team to your home location that is still available. For help, please contact Garrett Zaffke at 651-438-4635.
- Wetland Health Evalulation Program - Apple Valley Team
- Wetland Health Evalulation Program - Burnsville Team
- Wetland Health Evalulation Program - Dakota County Parks Team 1
- Wetland Health Evalulation Program - Dakota County Parks Team 2
- Wetland Health Evalulation Program - Eagan Team
- Wetland Health Evalulation Program - Farmington Team
- Wetland Health Evalulation Program - Hastings Team
- Wetland Health Evalulation Program - Lakeville Team
- Wetland Health Evalulation Program - Mendota Heights Team
- Wetland Health Evalulation Program - North Cannon River Watershed Management Organization Team
- Wetland Health Evalulation Program - Rosemount Team
- Wetland Health Evalulation Program - South St. Paul Team
- Wetland Health Evalulation Program - West St. Paul Team
WHEP Training (2021 Current WHEP Volunteers Only)
Dakota County General Volunteer and Internship Opportunities
Citizen Advisory Committees
Dakota County Citizen Advisory Committees support County government by involving citizens in the decision-making process, meeting requirements of state law, helping to define community norms and standards, providing technical expertise, serving as advocates, offering feedback, and reflecting the diverse interests of County clients and residents.
- Adult Citizen Advisory Committees: Citizen Advisory Committee
- Adult Citizen Advisory Committees: County Special Board of Appeal and Equalization
- Adult Citizen Advisory Committees: Extension Committee
- Adult Citizen Advisory Committees: Library Advisory Committee
- Adult Citizen Advisory Committees: Planning Commission
- Adult Citizen Advisory Committees: Public Art Committee
- Adult Citizen Advisory Committees: Workforce Advisory Committee
- Adult Citizen Advisory Committees: Zoning Board of Adjustment Committee
- Youth Citizen Advisory Committees: Extension Committee
- Youth Citizen Advisory Committees: Library Advisory Committee
- Youth Citizen Advisory Committees: Public Art Citizen Advisory Committee
Eagle Scout and Gold Award Projects
Heading Home Dakota is a 10 year plan to prevent and end homelessness, which was finalized in 2012. The work to create it included a variety of surveys and focus groups, a community retreat, analysis and utilization of data on homelessness in Dakota County, and the development of a strategic plan and an implementation guide to meet the needs in our community. Please check out our plan and join us in our effort to end homelessness in Dakota County!
Dakota County is looking for the best and the brightest to join our team and take on the challenging and rewarding work of public service. The work we do is unique – we protect public health, keep our communities safe, ensure our vulnerable residents are cared for, help residents get back on their feet; protect our natural resources, get veterans the help they deserve, make sure traffic flows efficiently, inspire children to read and so much more. Grow your career at Dakota County where you can truly “Be More.”
DISCLAIMER: The positions listed below are not with Dakota County Volunteers but with another organization located in Dakota County. You may have to complete additional registration documentation with the host organization to fully apply for this opening. The organizations that host these opportunities take full responsibility for the management of the opportunities listed below.
Dakota County Historical Society
Lawshe Memorial Museum, South St. Paul
The Dakota County Historical Society continues to build upon the efforts of Fred E. Lawshe and others who have worked for the Society over the years. There are now over 25,000 objects in the museum’s collections and more than 20,000 photographs. Its publishing program, first begun in 1951 with a newsletter called Over the Years, now creates over 100 pages of original historical research a year. Its research library has one of the best collections of local history in Minnesota.
130 3rd Avenue North
South St. Paul, MN 55075
Wednesday & Friday 9-5
Dakota County Sheriff's Office
The Dakota County Sheriff's Explorer Program, run by the Dakota County Sheriff's Office in partnership with Learning For Life, is a non-profit organization dedicated to introducing young adults (14 - 20 years of age) to Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice careers. Explorers are trained by department advisors in law enforcement techniques, community policing, crime prevention and first aid. This program helps prepare participants for a career in law enforcement and beyond.
The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office enhances the training and education of students pursuing careers in law enforcement, corrections and criminal justice, so students gain practical experience. Interns have the opportunity to shadow deputies within various divisions in effort to provide them with a holistic view of the many opportunities available at the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office.