Rincon Mountain District Backcountry Closures Due to Wildland Fire Activity
Due to fire activity and for the safety of hikers and campers, some trail and campground closures have been enacted. All off-trail areas within Saguaro National Park east of Douglas Spring Trail and Manning Camp Trails are also closed. More »
Volunteering at Saguaro National Park
Volunteers at Saguaro National Park perform many of the functions that allow visitors to enjoy the park as well as many behind-the-scenes functions that are essential to maintaining the long term health of the park's resources.
Volunteer duties have included; staffing the visitor centers, leading nature hikes, presenting environmental education programs to school and community groups, conducting "Junior Ranger" programs and day camps, assisting biologists with research projects, pulling non-native weeds, day-to-day maintenance functions, trail building and maintenance, and patrolling trails on foot and horseback.
Current volunteer job descriptions are listed below. Click on a title for full details. If you see a job that matches your interests, skills, and availability, please contact the supervisor directly. They may ask you to submit an application, which can also be found below.
Although Saguaro National Park uses many volunteers in many capacities, there are not always immediate openings in every area. If you do not see a job that you are interested in, please check back. Volunteer job opportunities are sometimes seasonal or for relatively short-term projects and listings may change frequently.
Administration & Fee Management Volunteer
Volunteer needed to fill a part-time (2-3 days per week) position. Volunteer would serve as an Administrative Assistant and Fee Operations Assistant for Saguaro National Park. This position will be located at the Rincon Mountain District (East) and may include occasional duties in the Tucson Mountain District (West). Work schedule would vary Monday-Friday depending on needs of the operations. Duties include but not limited to assisting Administrative staff by processing and receiving park mail and packages, maintaining park files and assisting Fee staff by answering basic park questions from visitors, selling entrance passes and receipts and verifying and processing shift reports for deposit. For a more detailed job description clink on the link below.
Interested individuals should submit a volunteer application along with their most current resume with two (2) current professional references to e-mail us or drop application off at the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center. If you have any questions about this volunteer opportunity or its requirements, please call the park Administrative Officer at (520) 733-5104 or Fee Management Office at (520) 733-5121.
Environmental Education Volunteers
Volunteers are needed to assist with environmental education programs at both the Rincon Mountain (East) and the Tucson Mountain (West) Districts of Saguaro National Park. Volunteers work with local school groups, leading field trips at the park and presenting programs in the classroom. Typical time commitment is 4 - 5 hours per week, October - April. Formal training is provided in the fall each year and job shadowing takes place during the first few weeks as a new volunteer.
Visitor Center Volunteers
Volunteers are needed to staff the information desk at the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center, located in the east district of Saguaro National Park. Volunteers greet park visitors, answer their many questions and assist them in planning a memorable trip through the park by providing insights into the natural and cultural history of the area. Volunteers may develop and present short garden walks and/or patio talks. Time commitment is 4 hours a week; morning and afternoon shifts are available.
Trail Building and Maintenance Volunteers
Volunteers are needed to assist with trail building and maintenance activities at the Rincon Mountain District (East) of Saguaro National Park. Volunteers will work alongside park staff, acquiring and utilizing the skills needed to perform all aspects of trail maintenance and construction. Minimum time commitment is 8 hours a month, from October through April; summer hours to be determined. Please see Volunteer Job Description for more information.
Did You Know?
The average life span of a saguaro cactus is 150 years, but some plants may live more than 200 years. A 20 foot tall saguaro weighs approximately 1 ton (2000 pounds).