Mount Rainier has many opportunities for volunteer service for both individuals and groups, including single-day projects, full-time positions, and long-term commitments that can be adjusted to fit your schedule. Whether you're looking for a one-time experience, a residential position working alongside National Park Rangers every day, or an ongoing assignment that requires a flexible commitment of a few days per month, you'll find many opportunities to participate in the stewardship of your national park.
Many short-term volunteer opportunities are available! Even if you only have a day or two to contribute, we have plenty of opportunities for you to participate with us in the stewardship of your national park! Most projects occur during the summer months (between June and September), and are appropriate for either individuals and organized groups. To keep up with current projects:
Thanks for your interest in helping out!
If you're interested in long-term or recurring volunteer opportunities, here's a list of projects for which we're currently recruiting:
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Mount Rainier National Park hires several internship positions every year, mostly during the summer, through the Student Conservation Association and the Geologic Society of America. SCA and GSA both provide a small living allowance, and sometimes educational credit. Mount Rainier National Park supplies housing.
Geologist-in-Parks internships for Summer 2012 are advertised in December 2011 and are usually due at the end of January. Visit the GSA website for information about how to apply.
For a list of internships currently advertised through the Student Conservation Association, visit the SCA website. Here's a list of some of the positions we've filled in recent years, and may fill again:
Most internships are advertised and filled during the spring. Few positions are available during the winter.
Internships may also be available through local colleges like The Evergreen State College or Northwestern University. Teachers may be interested in our Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program.
Did You Know?
The Paradise meadows were once home to a golf course, rope tows for skiers, an auto campground, and rows of tent cabins. All of these activities damaged the meadows, as does walking off-trail. Management practices have changed over the years, and we now protect and restore our precious subalpine meadows.