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.
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.
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