• Sunlight illuminates the top of historic Mission San José de Tumacácori church.


    National Historical Park Arizona


Tumacácori Volunteers receiving the national Take Pride in America award for Volunteer Program
Tumacácori NHP's volunteer program received the national Take Pride in America Award in 2004.
NPS Photo

Volunteers are involved in every aspect of park operations at Tumacácori. If you would like to join our staff, contact the park's volunteer coordinator by calling (520) 377-5060, or e-mail us.

Suggestions for volunteer help

Supervision and/or training is provided for all positions. Some volunteer positions are regular, ongoing positions; others are seasonal or for special projects.


  • Docent - lead tours, develop programs for visitors
  • Assist at Visitor Center Information Desk, including sale of books and other materials
  • Videotaping
  • Translate / transcribe old Spanish documents
  • Translate brochures / site bulletins into Spanish, German, or French
  • Miscellaneous organizational and clerical work for Interpretive Division (filing photos/slides, photocopying, annual guest register census, updating clipping file, scrapbook, etc.)
  • Develop posters / exhibits for public areas
  • Historical research on selected topics


  • General landscaping (tree trimming, raking, clearing land, etc.)
  • Garden work (weeding, trimming, etc.)
  • Small engine maintenance (weed-eaters, mowers, etc.)
  • Lube work on equipment (mixers, tractors, etc.)
  • General repair work
  • Litter pickup
  • Trails maintenance - cleaning/dusting exhibits and trail signs
  • Carpentry (routing signs, finishing benches, etc.)
  • Plastering
  • Painting


  • Computer data entry



Current Volunteer Opportunities

Did You Know?

Tumacácori Mission church, ca. 1889

Construction of the Franciscan church at Tumacácori took place from about 1800 through the early 1820s. Due to lack of funds, the plans for the structure not only had to be modified, the building was never finished.