Trash Tracker

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The Trash Tracker program is a co-operative effort between the National Park Service (NPS) and Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas (Aramark) to clean up the 1,960 miles of Lake Powell's shoreline.

Participants in the program are members of the NPS Volunteer-In-Parks (VIP) Program and spend 5 or 7 days aboard a houseboat that has been donated by Aramark. Volunteers for the Trash Tracker program clean up trash along the shoreline. The Trash Tracker's destination changes on each trip. Applications for this season will not be accepted until February 2, 2015.

White houseboat labeled Trash Tracker beached alongside a barge filled with equipment and a small runabout.

The "Trash Tracker" houseboat with the "Eliminator" barge and small runabout.



A doctor's note is required for all new volunteers to join a Trash Tracker trip. You do not need to get a full physical examination, you just need a medical professional to vouch that you are physically able to do the job. Here is the form, please return it with your application. Applications without this note will not be accepted. Returning volunteers do not need to provide this form, but will be asked if they are physically able to do the work needed.



  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Be in good physical condition
  • Be willing to work 8 hours a day

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 Aramark 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.


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.

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. 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.

Also, in order to be booked with your friends, please indicate the names of others in your group on the application form. If this is not done, you will not be scheduled on the same trip. If you have the same physical address, you may put both names on one application form. Otherwise, you must fill out a separate application form.

In the interest of fairness to all applicants, here is how the application proccess will happen. No applications will be accepted before 7:00 am MST on February 2, 2015. All faxes, emails, and phone calls come with a time stamp, and will be processed in the order they are recieved. If an application comes in before 7:00 am, it will be put on the bottom of the pile of applications. Once your application request is recieved, your paper application needs to be mailed or faxed in within a week.

Questions and/or reservations may be directed to 928-608-6350, or Trash Tracker Reservations.

To apply: please fill out all forms provided and mail to the address below or email to the address above or fax to 928-608-6259.

Glen Canyon NRA Attn-Trash Tracker
PO Box 1507
Page AZ 86040



Please fill out the application and agreement forms, and the doctor's agreement if this is your first time applying for Trash Tracker.

Trash Tracker Application Form

Agreement for Volunteer Services

Doctor's Agreement



Use this Calendar to help decide your choices for the 2015 season. Trips are subject to change and/or cancellation. Remember, since multiple trips were cancelled last year, the participants of those trips have been given the choice of first "dibs" on a trip this year.

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