• Kelso Mountain

    Mojave

    National Preserve California

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  • Lower speed limits are temporarily in effect until road damage can be repaired

    The Superintendent has temporarily reduced the posted speed limit from 55 mph to 45 mph on all roads within the preserve as road crews work to repair damage from recent heavy rains. Call 760 252-6108 for more information.

  • Watch for storm damage on all roads

    Recent storms have caused flash flooding and damage to roads. Reduce speed and use caution when traveling through the park after storms. Call 760-252-6100 or 760-252-6108 for updates. Check our Current Conditions page for information on specific roads. More »

Volunteer

Volunteers-In-Parks

Through volunteering at Mojave National Preserve, enthusiastic individuals or couples can become involved in a wide variety of activities and projects. Because Mojave is not near large population centers, most volunteers stay for two to three months or longer. Opportunities for local and weekend applicants are available in Barstow and Baker, California.

Typical volunteer positions include:

  • Working as campground hosts.
  • Staffing visitor center information desks, writing articles and taking photos for newspapers and brochures.
  • Assisting in routine repairs and upkeep to buildings, utilities, and trails.
  • Assisting with wildlife camera monitoring projects, spring surveys, cultural resource assessments, exotic weed identification and removal, litter removal, installing wilderness boundary markers, and documenting backcountry campsite locations.

Housing options for volunteers working 30 hours (typically four days-per week):

  • Dry, partial hook-up, or full hook-up campsites. The park pays propane costs for campers in dry or partial hook-up campsites.
  • Shared co-ed housing in a dormitory or shared house is sometimes available.

Uniforms
Shirts, jackets, and hats provided.

Reimbursements
$3 per day out-of-pocket reimbursement (tax-free), plus incentive awards based on the number of volunteer hours donated.

Living at Mojave
Traveling to town for groceries or medical appointments is a two to three hour round-trip journey. There are no stores, gas stations, motels, or other services in the park. But for those able to make that commitment, we offer wide open spaces, few signs of civilization, friendly park staff, spectacular night skies often filled with coyote song, and a variety of work that will keep you busy and fulfilled.

 

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Did You Know?

photo of mojave mound cactus bloom

Mojave National Preserve was established in 1994 through the California Desert Protection Act. Now managed by the National Park Service, the area was known as the East Mojave Scenic Area, under the Bureau of Land Management.