Nothing (other than your family) is more valuable than your time.  It always warms the heart to give back to your community and there are two new volunteer options available with the City of Duluth Parks and Rec Department that you might be interested in.  Here's the details.

The new volunteer positions are in the Urban Forestry: Citizen Pruners and Community Outreach Volunteers. Volunteers will help the City maintain trees and educate the community about the benefits provided by our urban forest, particularly those related to global climate change.

Both volunteer opportunities are part of the Building Duluth’s Community Resiliency Through Urban Trees Project, funded by the MN Pollution Control Agency. Trainings are scheduled in the next week for interested residents.  Make a decision to help, then attend the scheduled information and training sessions.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Citizen Pruners, be at the Parks Conference Room, 411 West First Street, City Hall, ground floor on Thursday, July 24 from 5-6p.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Community Outreach Program, be at the Parks Conference Room, 411 West First Street, City Hall, ground floor on Monday, July 28, from 5-6p.

Citizen Pruners Volunteer Description:

Citizen Pruners will be responsible for pruning off the suckers (sprouting that occurs at the base of trees) of boulevard trees. While not considered structural pruning, this type of pruning is important both for the health of the tree and aesthetic purposes. Suckers on boulevard trees can create a conflict for pedestrians using the sidewalk and reduce visibility of pedestrians for motor vehicle drivers. Citizen pruners can work at their own pace and on their own schedule, and are asked for a 10 hour time commitment to be fulfilled by mid-October.

 Community Outreach Program Volunteer Description:

Community Outreach Volunteers will be responsible for various types of educational presentations that could include tabling and handing out literature, or giving short PowerPoint presentations to community clubs, local organizations, and school groups about the benefits of our urban forest and what role trees play in reducing the effects of global climate change. Volunteers are asked to participate in 5 outreach events per year.

To RSVP for the trainings or to get a copy of the full volunteer position descriptions, please contact Shawna MullenEardley at or call (218) 730-4311.

Thank you in advance for your time, efforts and dedication to our community!