Volunteer with Us

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

The National Park Service offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups as part of the Volunteers-In-Parks program. Work behind the scenes or on the front line in positions ranging from a one-time service project/ volunteer event to a longer term position, serving alongside park employees or with one of our many partner organizations. Opportunities are available at park locations throughout the United States, including the territories in the Pacific and the Caribbean.

Some positions are specialized and require particular talents, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as a background check. Other positions only require a desire and willingness to volunteer. Individuals under the age of 18 must have written consent of the parent or legal guardian before they may volunteer.

Find a listing of available opportunities at Volunteer.gov or search for a volunteer event near you.
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There are Artist-in-Residence programs for visual artists, writers, musicians, and other creative media.

Volunteers collecting water data

Citizen Science

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

Find a BioBlitz

National Parks BioBlitz

Since 2007, NPS and the National Geographic Society have collaborated to host one large-scale BioBlitz. Click here to learn more.

Scouts Making a Difference

Girl Scout Ranger Program

Girl Scouts are invited to participate in a variety of existing, organized educational or service projects at national park sites.

Scouts Making a Difference

Programs for Boy Scouts

Explore the national parks; learn about the National Park Service mission; help protect the nation's natural and cultural resources.

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International Volunteers-In-Parks

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

Volunteer Pass

Volunteer Pass

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

Group of George and Helen Hartzog Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service recipients

The George and Helen Hartzog Awards

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

Volunteer News

Volunteer News

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

Last updated: July 30, 2018