Volunteer Trail Patrol Teams - Equestrian Trail Patrol

General Description

Enjoy the outdoors while also assisting park visitors with questions, directions and first aid care. Our patrol units offer a vital service to the trail programs by being trained individuals who are onsite to assist our park users with day to day operations and emergencies. Volunteer on your own time (no set schedule), while personally enjoying the trails, it doesn’t get better than that!



Dakota County's Equestrian Trail Patrol team patrols the trails found at Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan. Click here to learn more about our equestrian trailhead at Lebanon Hills Regional Park. 


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Help provide a safe and enjoyable experience to all park visitors.
  • Provide directions and help answer questions.
  • Assist in an emergency if you are onsite.
  • Carry a cell phone with you while on patrol to be accessible to visitor center contact.



  • Must be 16 years old or older.
  • Good physical fitness and customer service skills.
  • Intermediate riding skill level.
  • Must provide own horse and riding equipment.
  • Completion of all required training.
  • Complete a background check with the county (if applicable).



  • Free CPR/First Aid Training after you complete 15 hours of service.
  • Great way to gather hours for school requirements, professional development, etc.
  • Set your own schedule and times.
  • Great opportunity to grow personally: customer service, emergency prep, and people skills.
  • A great team full of people who love what you already like to do.


Time Commitment
The Park Trail Patrol team is a one-year commitment: Nov. 1 - Oct. 31 but you are able to set up when you go out and serve. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least 30 hours within the one year commitment.


Required Training
Volunteers must complete all training before working on patrol.

  • Volunteer Patrol Training - Monday, December 6 at 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (Zoom meeting)
  • CPR & First Aid Certification - online training will be completed by volunteer on their own time. Certification cost will be reimbursed by the county once 15 hours is reached by the volunteer annually.

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.


Contact Information

Garrett Zaffke | Community Relations and Volunteer Services Coordinator

Dakota County Communications

1590 Highway 55| Hastings, MN 55033

Direct: (651) 438-4635 | Fax: (651) 438-4405 | Email: garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us   







Qualifications Required

  • Accepted Data Privacy Notice - Tennessen Notice Must be Yes
  • Background Check Must be Completed: Cleared
  • Signed Volunteer Waiver Must be at least Yes

Schedule Summary

This activity occurs between Monday, November 01, 2021 and Monday, October 31, 2022