Two volunteers fix a broken board on a boardwalk.
Volunteers work on projects big and small.

NPS Photo/ Kelly Taylor

Each year, approximately 380 volunteers contribute more than 12,500 volunteer service hours to Padre Island National Seashore! Volunteers play an important role in fulfilling the mission of the National Park Service. From campground hosting, maintaining park facilities, answering visitor questions in the visitor center, or helping biologists study and protect park resources, there are opportunities for volunteers from every background and skillset. Volunteers are essential in helping us complete some of the most important projects in the park.

Several park volunteers assist a NPS biologist with examining a sea turtle.
During sea turtle nesting season, volunteers assist NPS biologists with examining nesting turtles.

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Benefits of Volunteering

  • Volunteers who earn 250 or more hours can receive a pass entitling them to free entry to all Federal lands for 12 months. The Volunteer Pass is honored nationwide at all National Park Service, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service areas where standard amenity fees are charged.
  • Long term volunteer opportunities are offered by the National Park Service. Full hookup RV spaces may be available.
  • All volunteers receive orientation and training.
  • The National Park Service is an equal opportunity employer.

Volunteering as an Individual

If you are coming to the park for a single day and want to lend a hand, beach cleanup opportunities are available. Free trash bags are available at the Malaquite Visitor Center. You can walk the beach on your own schedule and clean as you go without a time commitment or application required.

For a reoccurring volunteer role in the park, there are several opportunities in various park divisions. Below is a sample of some of the positions that volunteers fill in the park on a reoccurring or time committed basis.


Position Descriptions

A group of volunteers cleaning the beach
Every year, volunteer groups help keep our beaches clean.

NPS Photo/ Sue Wolfe

Volunteering as a Group

Organized groups such as scout groups, civic organizations, or business employee groups who wish to volunteer in the park can do so by organizing a beach cleanup. Before contacting the park to plan your group's beach cleanup, please review the requirements below.

  • To qualify for free park admission with your volunteer group, each participant is expected to pick-up four (4) 13-gallon bags of trash.
  • The park will provide trash bags to your group. Dumpsters are located next to beach entrances.
  • Groups must provide their own transportation in the park. 4-wheel drive is recommended when driving on the beach.
  • The group organizer must contact the park volunteer coordinator a minimum of 3-weeks prior to the group's arrival to the park to plan the beach cleanup.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Select the open positions below to be taken to the application page.

Contact Us

For general inquiries about volunteer opportunities email the park Volunteer Coordinator.


A group of girl scouts help a park ranger raise a flag.
Girl Scout Ranger

Volunteer in a park thorough the Girl Scout Ranger Program and earn a certificate and/or patch.

A group of cub scouts talk with a ranger on a hike.
Scout Ranger Program

Volunteer in a park through the Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger Program and earn a certificate and/or patch.

Last updated: February 9, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 181300
Corpus Christi, TX 78480


(361) 949-8068
Malaquite Visitor Center information line.

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