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Volunteer-In-Parks (VIP) Long-Term Opportunities

Death Valley offers plenty of opportunities for long term volunteers during the Fall (mid-October to mid-January) and Spring (mid-January to mid-April). Summer (mid-April to mid-October) volunteer opportunites are limited due to extreme heat and housing contraints.

Fall and Spring volunteer positions range from campground hosts, visitor center volunteers, maintenance workers of any and all trades, or as assistants to scientific researchers working in the field. Most of these positions require a minimum commitment of three months. Candidates with motorhomes are preferred, as housing can be limited and full hookup sites are usually available at no cost to volunteers.

See Current Opportunities at the bottom of the page!


Ongoing Independent Opportunities

Share Wildlife Data with iNaturalist.org

See any cool wildlife during your visit? Here is how to contribute to citizen science:

  • Go to iNaturalist.org and create an account. You can also download the iNaturalist app for your smart phone or tablet.
  • Search for “Death Valley Wildlife” under the projects tab.
  • Click “Add Observation” and enter your data — date, time, weather, location, behavior, and anything else you find interesting. If you took a picture, you can add that too!
  • Check out our project site to view the Death Valley species list and to see other visitors’ observations.

Current Volunteer Opportunities


Start Date: 10/9/2024
End Date: 1/15/2025
*Candidates must have their own motorhome (RV or Trailer) to be considered for the position!* A minimum commitment of 3 months is preferred.

Volunteer Campground Hosts reside in their own RV and are responsible for greeting visitors and helping guests solve problems in a friendly and professional manner. Hosts wear the National Park Service Volunteer-in-Parks (VIP) uniform while on duty. Candidates must work well with people, provide excellent customer service, while being neat in appearance. Candidates must be able to walk between 1-5 miles a day in all kinds of weather. Hosts are expected to work 32 to 40 hours a week, often during busy holidays and weekends. Apply on Volunteer.gov!


Email us for more information regarding our volunteer program.

Last updated: June 13, 2024

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328


760 786-3200

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