• Badlands formations against the blue sky; photo by Rikk Flohr

    Badlands

    National Park South Dakota

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  • Visitor Center Open

    Construction crews are replacing the parking lot in front of the visitor center. Please follow the signs, park in the side lot, and use the side doors. The Ben Reifel Visitor Center remains open every day from 8 am to 4 pm.

Volunteer

Volunteer receives training on the use of park equipment

Volunteers work alongside park staff to complete park activities and projects.

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To meet the needs of 1 million visitors annually and assist with the protection of 244,000-acres of mixed-grass prairie, badlands formations, and fossil resources, Badlands National Park relies on the skills and dedication of 100 volunteers annually to augment its paid staff. Volunteers accomplish a wide array of vital projects and activities throughout the year, including:

-Staffing the visitor center information desk
-Presenting educational programs that highlight the park’s natural and cultural resources
-Patrolling the backcountry, assisting visitors and providing park information
-Serving as campground hosts
-Assisting with emergency medical and search and rescue incidents
-Building boardwalks and completing a variety of maintenance projects

The Badlands National Park Volunteer Program operates under the National Park Service Volunteers-In-Parks Program. Authorized by the Volunteers in the Parks Act of 1969, the National Park Service can accept and use voluntary assistance from the public, in a way that is mutually beneficial to the Service and the volunteer. Each year more than 120,000 volunteers donate over 4 million hours of service at National Park Service sites nationwide. At Badlands alone, volunteers contribute 10,000 service hours annually, valued at $195,000.

Badlands National Park advertises its most pressing volunteer opportunities on Volunteer.gov, a multi-agency website that provides one-stop “shopping” for volunteer opportunities. Potential volunteers can easily search for volunteer positions by state, zip code, federal agency, and type of position, and then apply online. Youth groups searching for service projects can contact the park’s Volunteer Program Coordinator.

Feel free to contact the Volunteer Program Coordinator for more information about the park’s volunteer program, general park information, or details about specific volunteer positions as shown below.

 

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Did You Know?

Historic photo of the Cedar Pass cabins

The Cedar Pass Lodge dates back to 1928 when Ben Millard and his sister Clara opened the Cedar Pass Camp to provide services to tourists braving the area's dusty, undeveloped roads. The Camp once consisted of a grocery store, gas station, dance hall, and cabins. It remains an oasis for travelers.