Seed Collector
Location: Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge
Duties: Volunteers collect native grass and wildflower seeds for use in habitat restoration projects on the refuge. Training is given on plant identification, recognition of ripe seeds, how to collect, and when to collect. Collecting is done in teams with time arrangements made by the team leader.
Qualifications & Time Commitment: Must complete a volunteer orientation with the volunteer coordinator prior to volunteering. Volunteers should be in good physical condition, able to work well in a group, and follow instructions from staff and the volunteer seed team leads. An interest in native plants is a must and knowledge of native refuge plants is preferred. Volunteers should be prepared by wearing proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and dress for outdoor work. Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation.

Volunteers should make a good faith commitment to attend one seed collecting session a month during the collecting season (May-October). Seed cleaning occurs in November. Seed Team Leads will communicate the dates and times of seed collecting sessions via phone call or email a few days prior. Collecting sessions are usually scheduled on weekdays in the morning and afternoons.
Job Hazards: Potential hazards for this role include outdoor hazards such as scratches from plants (may include thorns and nettles), rash from poison ivy, ticks/insect bites/stings, exposure to the elements, or sunburn. Other potential hazards include injury from slips, trips and falls, blisters or foot problems could occur from hours of walking, risk of sprain from walking on uneven terrain, strain from bending and lifting, cuts/abrasions to hands and arms from handling tools or plant material, and potential injury from incidental encounters with wildlife.
Address: 17076 293rd Ave NW
Zimmerman, MN 55398
Work:(763) 389-3323
Web site:
Volunteers serve up to: 3 hours Weekly
Times needed:
  Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

Experience/Skills/Qualifications: Wildflower Identification
Working with People
Plant Identification
Tree Identification
Contact: Robin DeLong
  Mitch Elness
  April St. Aoro