• Mount Rainier peeks through clouds, viewed across subalpine wildflowers and glacial moraine.

    Mount Rainier

    National Park Washington

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  • Nisqually to Paradise delays and Kautz Creek area closure.

    Road construction from the Nisqually Entrance to Longmire. Expect a 30-minute delay, Monday through Friday. Beginning May 29 to mid-June, all services at the Kautz Creek parking and picnic area are closed through the week. Limited parking on Sat & Sun. More »

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    Be aware of hidden- and potentially fatal- hazards created by snow bridges and high streamflows on Mount Rainier. More »

Volunteers at Mount Rainier

 
A volunteer helps with exotic plant removal

A volunteer helps with exotic plant removal at Mount Rainier

Every year, hundreds of individuals contribute their enthusiasm and skills to help the National Park Service preserve and protect its natural and cultural resources, and to serve and educate its visitors. Volunteers help in almost every area of the park, from maintaining trails to leading guided hikes. The time commitment for volunteer work varies from one-day projects to recurring projects or full-time work extending over months or years. Both individuals and organized groups are welcome to volunteer, and opportunities are available both for highly skilled professionals and for families with little or no experience in land management.

Consider joining our team! Your contribution of time and energy will help us to protect the magnificent natural and cultural areas entrusted to us, and you'll go home with a sense of pride at having participated in something worthwhile. Mount Rainier is your national park!

Would you like to join a long-term project, working either full-time or intermittently as your schedule allows? Check out the listings on our Long-Term Volunteer Projects page.

Looking for an internship through the Student Conservation Association, the Geologic Society of America, or your college that provides a stipend, housing, and possibly educational credit? Take a look at our list of current Internship Opportunities.

Just want to help out for a day, a weekend, or a week in the middle of your busy schedule? We have many short-term opportunities listed in our volunteer blog. Browse through the recent news, calendar, or volunteer opportunity listings to find a project that meets your interests, skills, and schedule!

Still have questions? Download our "Volunteering at Mount Rainier" brochure; browse our Frequently Asked Questions page; view pictures, videos, and PowerPoint presentations of volunteers in action in our Photo Album; check out the latest news in our Blog; or contact the park's Volunteer Program Manager by e-mail or by telephone at 360-569-6567.

 

 
Volunteers help rebuild a damaged section of the Wonderland Trail

Volunteers help rebuild a damaged section of the Wonderland Trail


A Special Thank You to Our Partners!
Mount Rainier National Park's volunteer program is assisted by many community partners. These groups help us recruit volunteers and lead projects, work with us to set up special volunteer opportunities and internships, and provide material support through fundraising, financial contributions, equipment, and advocacy. They help us to engage more people in park stewardship, and to accomplish more for the protection of Mount Rainier, than would be possible without their help, and we are grateful for their support. Visit these groups on the World Wide Web to find out how you can help them help Mount Rainier!

In addition, many other community groups, schools, churches, and businesses visit Mount Rainier on a regular basis to participate in volunteer projects. We're happy to set up something for you! Please call Volunteer Program Manager Kevin Bacher at 360-569-6567. We look forward to working with you!
 

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Did You Know?

human-food-habituated red fox

Feeding wildlife invites aggressive animal behavior, road accidents, and harm to people. Feeding birds artificially concentrates nest predators, harming young songbirds. Feeding animals in the park is prohibited, and is liable to a $100 fine. Follow link to learn how to Keep Wildlife Wild: More...