Volunteer Application

Thank you for caring about your national public lands including Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie! We have been receiving a significant increase in volunteer applications and doing our best to engage new volunteers over time. The pandemic has had a huge impact on the volunteer program, especially for indoor projects, large group events, and public facing programs. Per safety guidance, outdoor projects also still have some contingency logistics and capacity limits in place. Throughout the pandemic, we focused substantial efforts on safely re-engaging most of Midewin’s large, seasoned core volunteer base first – out of respect for their long-time dedication. We are also adjusting to extensive staff changes at Midewin of Forest Service Leadership and staff project leaders, which affects strategic planning and how we engage volunteers. We are grateful for your patience as we learn to adjust and safely reengage an even more robust volunteer community.

If you submit this volunteer application, your contact information will be on file and a Volunteer Coordinator will contact you when openings become available for new volunteers (based on the Assignments you choose as preferences and your comments).  

If you have immediate questions or concerns, contact Midewin's Volunteer Coordinator, Kathryn Gorman at kathryn.gorman@usda.gov

If you have trouble completing this application as an embedded form on the website, click to open the full screen here: Volunteer Application

Contact Information

You will not be able to submit your application until all the fields with an *asterisk* are completed

Demographic Information


If applicable, please indicate specific days and times you are typically available to volunteer.

Email Preferences

Skills and Experience Checklist

Please select your skills and experience here or use the comment box below to list more.

Preferred Volunteer Assignment

Choosing assignments will list you as Interested in our database and therefore keep you on email lists when opportunities come up in these programs. The volunteer coordinator can add, remove or change these for you at any time to stay accurate.

This is a required field, however if you have less than three preferences, choose !LEAVE BLANK from the drop-down list.

How did you hear of Midewin? Have you been here?

Reason for Volunteering

What is your primary interest in volunteering?

Volunteer Experience

Please name organizations with which you have past or present volunteer experience. It is also helpful to list any licenses/certifications/additional language proficiencies you have acquired.


Are there any limitations or conditions we should be aware of when considering roles and/or potential accommodations?

Additional Comments or Clarifications

Thanks again for your interest in volunteering at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. A Volunteer Coordinator will contact you when openings become available for new volunteers

For general Midewin information, the best ways to stay updated are:

  • Explore the Midewin website at fs.usda.gov/midewin
  • Follow Facebook posts at facebook.com/Midewin
  • Download the Midewin App or view interpretive content online at midewin.oncell.com
  • Set up Google Alerts at google.com/alerts by entering your email address and typing ‘Midewin’ as a keyword to search articles and/or get notified of any online articles that mention Midewin as soon as they are published.

To submit your application, check the 'I Agree' box below and click CONTINUE.