• Giant Sequoia Trees

    Sequoia & Kings Canyon

    National Parks California

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  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Institute Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

    Effective July 28, 2014, the parks are in Stage 2 fire restrictions. See link below for more information. These restrictions will remain in place until further notice. More »

  • Road Construction Delays on Park Roads for 2014 Season

    Expect occasional 15-min. to 1-hour delays in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks beginning Monday, June 2, weekdays only, between 5:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., including delays to/from the General Sherman Tree, Crystal Cave, and Grant Grove. More »

  • Vehicle Length Limits in Sequoia National Park (if Entering/Exiting Hwy 198)

    Planning to see the "Big Trees" in Sequoia National Park? If you enter/exit via Hwy. 198, please pay close attention to vehicle length advisories for your safety and the safety of others. More »

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    We are experiencing technical problems receiving incoming phone calls. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please send us an email to SEKI_Interpretation@nps.gov or check the "More" link for trip-planning information. More »

About Volunteering

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Volunteers-In-Parks Mission
The Mission of the Volunteer-In-Parks (VIP) program at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks is to involve individuals and groups in the preservation and enhancement of the park's resources in an atmosphere of respect and cooperation. The program will provide training for growth in job performance while fostering commitment to National Park Service goals and recognizing the contributions of all park volunteers.

Core Values of the VIP Program

Cooperation

We will create and maintain partnerships with volunteers representing local, national and international organizations.

Commitment

Our program will foster long term dedication and dependability by our volunteers.

Enjoyment

Park staff will create and maintain a positive and pleasant work environment.

Flexibility

We will manage a variety of volunteer projects and collaborate in switching priorities when necessary to assure identified outcomes.

Fulfillment

Volunteers will be treated as members of the park team with a parkwide perspective and voice. Park staff will provide meaningful work that allows for personal growth/satisfaction and measurable outcomes.

Integrity

We will focus on sound programs with high standards and clear commitments to our volunteers. Within our parkwide Volunteer program we will build pride and stress personal responsibility

Lifelong Learning

We recognize the importance of continually providing training to improve our volunteers' knowledge of the resource, sharpen skills and increase effectiveness.

Open-minded

We will focus on a creative work environment that promotes an approachable staff and volunteers who exemplify a "Can Do Attitude".

Respect

We will recognize everyone as an individual. We will accept each person as a valued team member while acknowledging and appreciating cultural differences and varying abilities.

Recognition

We will acknowledge our volunteers with sincere appreciation for their contributions. We will be sensitive to their individual needs.

Who can be a VIP?
Anyone can be a VIP. Individuals, couples, families, students, and organized groups can volunteer. Those under 18 years of age may volunteer with the official, signed permission of a parent or guardian. We welcome Volunteers-In-Parks from all over the United States and the world.

What do VIPs do?
Volunteers-In-Parks play an ever-increasing role in national parks doing a variety of jobs. Here is a sampling of volunteer activities at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National parks:

  • Working at an information desk answering visitor questions
  • Building fences, painting buildings, and making cabinets
  • Giving guided nature walks and evening campfire programs
  • Assisting with preservation of museum artifacts
  • Maintaining trails and building boardwalks
  • Designing computer programs or park websites
  • Assisting with plant removal and/or propagation

Working as a VIP
As a VIP you will represent the National Park Service, work in unique settings, preserve this country's natural and cultural legacy, and help visitors discover the resources, meanings, and values found in your national parks. Based on your job assignment, you may wear an official volunteer uniform. Park housing and reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses may also be available. You will be covered for worker's compensation in the event of an injury while on duty and, in the event of property damage or personal injury, you will be covered for tort claim liability. Volunteer time can be counted as work experience for future jobs, but does not count towards Federal Civil Service time if you should later become a Federal employee.

Did You Know?

Copper Creek Valley.

The mid-elevation Sierra coniferous forest supports a remarkable diversity of tree species. Here ponderosa pine, incense-cedar, white fir, sugar pine, and scattered groves of giant sequoia intermix, forming one of the most extensive stands of old-growth coniferous forest remaining in the world. More...