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Volunteer with the Prairie Dog Coalition

Help protect prairie dogs

The Prairie Dog Coalition (PDC), an alliance of non-profit organizations, concerned citizens, and scientists dedicated to the protection of imperiled prairie dogs and restoration of their ecosystems, is looking for volunteers.

Whether you would like to talk to the public about the importance of prairie dogs or assist with prairie dog relocation projects, you can apply to help.

Volunteer opportunities

Click on role title to view expanded position description.

Community Outreach: Educate the community about the work of the PDC and the importance of the prairie ecosystem.

Field Projects: Assist PDC and project partners with prairie dog relocations and associated field work. Field sites vary and are located in the following states: Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

Benefits of volunteering

As a volunteer, you will learn more about prairie dogs and our work to protect them. Outreach volunteers will practice their event-planning skills and field volunteers will strengthen their animal caretaking skills.

Becoming a volunteer

Requirements for our Volunteers:

  • Able to meet the requirements specified in the Essential Capabilities document with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Please see the qualifications listed in each position description in the Volunteer Opportunities section above.

Commitment Policy:

  • Outreach volunteers have an initial commitment of three months and are expected to participate in at least one event/tabling opportunity per month.
  • Field volunteers have an initial commitment of one project (lasting approximately 4-6 hours), and are requested to work at least 2-3 days per year.


  • Must be at least 14 years old to volunteer.
  • Volunteers under 18 must have permission from a parent or guardian to participate in our program and may not handle wildlife.
  • Teens 14-15 can volunteer with a parent or guardian as their partner at all times.
  • Field volunteers must be current on their Tetanus immunization. Rabies vaccine is recommended but not required.


  • Please review the description and restrictions above to help determine if our volunteer opportunity is the right fit.
  • If you would like to proceed, please fill out the applicable volunteer application below. Note: All applicants will be asked to upload a completed Essential Capabilities document when you apply. Field Projects applicants will be asked to upload proof of Tetanus immunization.
  • After review of your application, a staff member will contact you to discuss the opportunity. If we mutually determine that the opportunity appears to be a good fit, you will be asked to fill out an authorization form allowing us to carry out a background check.
  • Before becoming an official volunteer, you must pass the background check, sign a volunteer agreement, and sign a waiver/release of liability.

Apply now

Apply for the Community Outreach position »
Apply for the Field Projects position »