Volunteer with Trails & Rails

Man and woman standing in front of Grand Canyon rail station
Trails & Rails volunteers staff special events such as Rail Heritage Days at Grand Canyon National Park.

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The Trails & Rails Program is part of the National Park Service’s Volunteers-in-Parks (VIP) program.

Join the Fun & Excitement Serving as a Volunteer with the Trails & Rails Program

  • VIPs are not paid, and are not considered federal employees by the U.S. government;
  • VIPs are eligible for compensation for medical expenses if injured while performing official duties;
  • VIPs are required to meet Amtrak physical requirements annually, and successfully complete mandatory training classes;
  • VIPs should live within a reasonable commuting distance in areas where Trails & Rails programs are based; and The National Park Service and Amtrak do not provide funds for local transportation and lodging.

To find out if there are volunteer opportunities with the Trails & Rails program near you, please search on volunteer.gov.

For further information on volunteering in the National Park Service, please visit Volunteer with Us (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov).

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Last updated: March 3, 2023