The Original Volunteer Vacation
Work will be performed under the direct supervision of the Trash Tracker pilot or his/her designated representative. Project work will be performed during daylight hours, in an outdoor setting, and volunteers should expect to be exposed to rugged, rocky terrain and extreme weather conditions. Work will involve picking up, transporting, and unloading trash, debris, and waste collected from the Lake Powell shoreline.
The Trash Tracker Program is a high visibility project and those associated with the program must present a professional image at all times. Volunteers will, in the course of their work, have a great opportunity to enhance the experience of numerous visitors here at Lake Powell.
All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and willing to perform basic clean-up functions. Volunteers must be in good health and able to do bending, lifting, and walking for extended periods in temperatures reaching the 100's during the summer months. Due to close living conditions aboard the houseboat, volunteer must be adaptable, flexible, and respectful of others.
Although the assigned location may be near developed park areas, volunteers should be prepared to have only basic amenities available for the entire trip. The park and Lake Powell Resorts will provide certain items. All volunteers must provide food and other personal items not on this list. The Trash Tracker Pilot, according to the work schedule, will coordinate leisure time.
Volunteers will be asked to commit to working a minimum of 6-7 hours per day removing trash, debris and waste from the shoreline of Lake Powell.
Crew members bring their enthusiasm and gear. They also bring their own breakfast and lunch food and provide one dinner for all crew members one night of the trip. If you plan on applying, please read the Equipment List page. Participants receive a Trash Tracker t-shirt, a magnificent experience on Lake Powell and the personal satisfaction of taking care of the park.
HOW HAS THE PROGRAM HELPED?
The Trash Tracker is used in conjunction with Glen Canyon National Recreation Area's Water Quality Program to keep Lake Powell pure. In past years, canyons and beaches have closed due to excessive human waste, but now Lake Powell can be considered one of the cleanest lakes on the country.
Trash Tracker Benefits
Data collection may not have been perfect in the early days of the Trash Tracker program, but here is a collection of the number of volunteers, the amount of shoreline they cleaned, and the pounds of trash picked up since we started keeping those records.
Apply for a Trip
Trips are limited to 4 volunteers and are booked on a first come first come served basis. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. All volunteers must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 at the time of volunteering. This is a very popular program and trips fill quickly. The more flexible you are, the more likely it is that we will be able to place you. Please refer to the trip calendar at the bottom of the page for exact dates.
Questions and/or reservations may be directed to 928-608-6350,
Trips are subject to change and/or cancellation. Applications will be accepted beginning Feb 15, 2022 at 7:00am MST.
Last updated: February 18, 2022