Volunteer Opportunities

Click on the events and activities listed below for details. Then submit the form at bottom of page with your volunteer preferences. Floatzilla and Taming of the Slough have their own volunteer page and the link is listed under the event details below.
River Action and Black Hawk College host Invasive Species Removal events at Green Valley Nature Preserve, Moline, IL. Volunteers cut invasive shrubs using loppers and handsaws.

All volunteers must wear long pants and closed toed shoes. We recommend volunteers bring gloves and loppers or hand-saws, but equipment will be provided for those who need it. Rubber boots are recommended.

Directions to Green Valley Nature Preserve: Enter 60th Street, Moline, from John Deere Road and park in the lot across 60th Street from the ball diamonds.

Ride the River is an annual family bicycle ride. Volunteers assist with set-up, registration, t-shirt sales, directing participants along the route, clean-up, and more.
  • Saturday set-up at QC Times parking lot, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Saturday Packet Pic-kup at QC Times parking lot, 9 a.m. to noon
  • Set up at QC Times parking lot, 1 p.m.
  • Sunday registration at QC Times parking lot, 6:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
  • Sunday registration at QC Times parking lot, 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Sunday registration T-shirt Sales at QC Times parking lot, 12:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  • Sunday loading bikes, Bettendorf Leach Park, 7:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Sunday directing participants/route guidance, various locations, from 7 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • Sunday Family Fair set-up, Moline Bass Street Landing, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Sunday Family Fair staffing, Moline Bass Street Landing, 9:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • Sunday activities and final teardown, various locations, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday clean up at QC Times parking lot, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday post event detail, various locations, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Floatzilla takes place on the Mississippi River and its backwaters. Volunteers are needed to help with set-up, registration, packet pick-up, unloading vessels, launching boats, parking, sales, and more.
Locations include:
  • Lake Potter, Sunset Marina, Rock Island
  • Ben Butterworth Parkway, Moline
  • Credit Island Park, Davenport
  • Empire Park, East Moline
  • Main Street boat launch, Davenport
  • Marquette Street boat ramp, Davenport
  • Sylvan Island, Moline

CLICK HERE to go to the Floatzilla volunteer web page.

The conference is held in the Quad Cities each fall and focuses on issues facing the residents and communities along the Upper Mississippi River. Volunteers are needed for:
  • Registration from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 11 a..m. on Thursday and 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday.
  • Set up, service and tear down for reception from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m on Wednesday.
  • Presentation assistance, helping with laptops and projectors for presentations from 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday.

River Action’s Adopt-a-Path program is working to keep the Quad Cities’ recreational trails clean. The volunteer program is an informal agreement whereby citizens, organizations, local businesses and student groups help by picking up trash along trails throughout the year. Volunteers or “Trail Keepers” adopt ½-mile sections of the Mississippi River Trail (IA and IL) and the Duck Creek Recreational Trail (IA).
early 40 of the 50 miles have been adopted. Volunteers are still needed and can get more details by contacting River Action at 563.322.2969 or by email at kwine@riveraction.org.

Volunteer duties include:
  • Pick up small items of littler along the path.
  • The area to be kept clean would just be the immediate path and buffer areas; don’t go down to the water’s edge – or into ditches.
  • If you find large items, don’t feel you have to pick them up. Give River Action a call, or your communities’ parks or public works departments.
  • You don’t have to sweep the path or shovel mud or dirt from it. Use your own garbage bags, or come down to the River Action’s office and pick up a supply. We also have gloves.
  • Dispose of your collected litter either in a city trash receptacle or at your home. If you have a large number of bags (or extremely heavy ones), give us a call and we can arrange to get them picked up. Try to leave them at a location accessible by motorized vehicles.
  • Pick up your section as often as you can. Again, this is subjective. You don’t have to do it weekly or even monthly. Perhaps a guideline would be: at least every two months during the spring to fall season – in other words, four or five times a year.
  • Occasionally give us a call, e-mail us or stop into the office and tell us how you or your group are doing.

Any questions? Contact the River Action Office at 563.322.2969 or email us at kwine@riveraction.org.

River Action's annual adventure triathlon involving paddling, mountain biking and running. Volunteers needed for:
  • Traffic cone set-up, Hampton, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Hampton Park registration set-up, 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
  • Starter for boat launch, Hampton Park near Empire Park, 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Unloading boats/bikes at Hampton Park near Empire Park, 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Launch and return assistance, Hampton Park near Empire Park, 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Transition security, Hampton Park near Empire Park, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

CLICK HERE for more information about Taming of the Slough.

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822 E. River Drive

Davenport, Iowa 52803

Phone: (563) 322-2969

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