Natural Resource Steward


Project Description:

Some of the most difficult-to-control invasive species require the use of chemicals, which until now has not been incorporated into the volunteer program. SCC is looking to establish a network of skilled, long-term volunteers to assist with battling invasive species in county parks and wildlife areas.


Natural Resource Stewards will attain their pesticide applicator's license and will be trained to work independently, cutting and treating stumps of invasive species such as honeysuckle, autumn olive, buckthorn, etc. in parks throughout the county as dictated by SCC's Natural Resource Specialist. 



Dependable; ability to work independently after training; willingness to commit to minimum 20 hours of work per year. Some prior habitat restoration work and invasive species ID is preferred but not necessary. Must be able to obtain commercial pesticide applicators license (Core & Category 6). More info here:



Story County Conservation will cover the cost for a first exam attempt for each pesticide applicator license category – subsequent testing attempts will be at the individual’s expense.


Story County Conservation will pay for annual recertification as long as the individual logs a minimum of 20 volunteer hours per year. Additional training provided by staff prior to beginning work. Hand tools (loppers, hand saws) available for checkout. Chemical will be supplied by SCC.

Volunteers Needed:
Meeting Location: A meeting will be set up after volunteer attains their pesticide applicator's license.

Project Organizer: Erica Place
Project Category:
Invasive Species