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You can make our great places better. Become a VIP and volunteer with us today!

Join Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) to support the National Park Service in its mission to preserve and protect our national parks. You can volunteer for a day or year-round; on your own or with friends and family; close to home or at a dream destination. Volunteer opportunities are available nationwide including in U.S. Territories.

What can volunteers do? The possibilities are as diverse as our national park’s themselves. Here are a few ideas:

  • lead or support education and public-facing programs.
  • maintain or rebuild trails or historic buildings.
  • conduct research or monitor wildlife to preserve our natural resources.
  • help families make memories happen as a campground host.
  • teach others about the park and swear in new Junior Rangers in the visitor center.
  • support libraries, archives, and museums in parks to preserve our cultural resources.
  • produce art while staying in a park as an Artist-In-Residence.
  • educate train travelers on the natural and cultural heritage of a region through the Trails & Rails program.

Find a list of available opportunities at Volunteer.gov, search for a volunteer event, or contact a national park near you.

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Share a little time and make a big difference for national parks through the National Park Service's Volunteers-In-Parks program.

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Find Volunteer Opportunities

Find a list of available opportunities across the National Park Service at Volunteer.gov.

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Volunteer News

Get the latest volunteer news from across the National Park Service.

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Volunteer Events

Find out about volunteer events taking place across the National Park Service.

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Amtrak Trails & Rails

Volunteers with the Amtrak Trails & Rails program educate train travelers on the natural and cultural heritage of a region.

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Artist-In-Residence

Volunteers with the Amtrak Trails & Rails program educate train travelers on the natural and cultural heritage of a region.

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International Volunteers-In-Parks

Participants from around the world train in and contribute to US national parks.

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Girl Scout Ranger Program

Girl Scouts are invited to participate in a variety of organized educational or service projects at national parks.

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Programs for Boy Scouts

Girl Scouts are invited to participate in a variety of organized educational or service projects at national parks.

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Community Volunteer Ambassador Program

The CVA program connects communities, increases volunteers in parks, improves volunteer mobilization, and organizes stewardship days.

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Citizen Science

Citizen scientists of all ages head out to the field to gain deeper knowledge and contribute valuable information to parks.

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National Parks BioBlitz

The National Park Service and National Geographic Society have collaborated to host large-scale BioBlitzes.

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Volunteer Pass

Free! For volunteers with 250 service hours with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program.

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George and Helen Hartzog Awards

The George and Helen Hartzog Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service recognize the exemplary contributions of these very important people.

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Reference Manual 7

This Volunteers-In-Parks Reference Manual 7 (RM-7) offers guidance to NPS employees, partners, and volunteers themselves.

Last updated: January 5, 2023