Rock Creek State Park


Mission: The park is a haven for many different species of wildlife. At the lake’s far north end, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources maintains a game management area open to public hunting. Thousands of ducks migrating to their   summer breeding grounds take refuge in the solitude of Rock Creek. The concentrations of teal, bluebills and mallards offer an excellent opportunity for bird watching. In the spring, ducks in their full plumage perform their courtship flights. Even in winter, mallards can often be seen on the south end of the lake where the spillway area is relatively free of ice. A variety of animals including white-tailed deer are often seen by park visitors.

Location: Kellogg (west of Grinnell) (6.7 miles from Grinnell College)

Needs: Park maintenance and conservation, as well as possibility for internships.  Will gauge interests of the service worker and orient training that direction, teaching routine of park and guiding intern to find a project of their own design, develop the budget, and implement the project.



  • One-time events: Yes
  • Ongoing: yes


When is service needed: On-going longer stretches of service are preferred, with optimal experience and training time being the summer, especially if the service worker is looking to gain experience and insight towards a career.

Number of hours: Flexible, as much or little as is possible for the volunteer

Modality: in-person only


Equipment/logistics needed: Own transportation to park needed.  Long pants and boots are a good idea!  18 and older for internships/employment, younger than 18 for volunteers need parental permission.  Volunteer Waiver and Volunteer Code of Conduct


Training supplied: Training is part of the process

Equipment or logistics supplied: Safety gear supplied for eyes and ears, work gloves.


How to apply: Contact Kory Kinnick, Park Ranger at 641-990-3013 (cell) or 641-236-3722 (office).

Contact: Kork Kinnick, Park Ranger, 641-236-3722,


Operation information: Run by 2 full-time staff, 5-6 seasonal staff, and a few volunteers, Rock Creek State Park is a premier camping destination in central Iowa, offering a variety of outdoor activities, including boating and paddling, year-round fishing and horseback riding. Nearly 200 campsites comprise the park’s beautiful campground, with several sites available on the water’s edge or in wooded areas.

Address: 5627 Rock Creek East Kellogg, IA 50135

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