Park volunteer attends to family at Junior Ranger Table

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Review a list of Current Volunteer Opportunities to find the right Acadia experience for you

Young people with landscaping equipment participate in Take Pride in Acadia Day

Short-Term Volunteer Opportunities

Want to spend some time as a Short-Term Volunteer giving back while you are here?

Seven volunteers with saws and pruning tools outside a Nature Center

Season-Long Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in being a Season-Long Volunteer and immersing yourself into the Acadia team and culture?


Check out Acadia Volunteer News to learn the latest on what volunteers are doing in the park!


Short Term Opportunities

Trails Drop-In Days

Join our Stewardship team cutting back over grown vegetation, clear drainage ditches, build bog walk and much more! All you need to bring is clothes to work in, closed toed-shoes, and a backpack with water and a snack; we provide the rest. Check out the latest schedule to see what projects are coming up next.

When: Tuesday's, Thursday's, and Saturday's, June-September
Time: 8:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Group Service Projects

Do you have a group that is interested in doing a service project here at Acadia? We can offer half-day, full day, or multi-day experiences. Call the Friends of Acadia Stewardship Coordinator at (207)288-3934 or e-mail stewardship@friendsofacadia.org.

Take Pride in Acadia Day

Want to be a part of the largest volunteer event of the year? Register for Take Pride in Acadia Day and help us put the carriage roads to bed. At the end of all of your hard work, enjoy a free meal of chili, corn bread, and cake provided by Friends of Acadia.

When: First Saturday of November
Time: 8:15 AM - Noon

National Trails Day

Celebrate National Trails Day at Acadia National Park! Come for light refreshments and an opportunity to participate in trail maintenance or join a guided trail walk. Call Dana Petersen, Friends of Acadia Stewardship Coordinator at (207)288-3934 or e-mail stewardship@friendsofacadia.org for more details.

When: First Saturday in June
Time: 8:15 AM -Noon


Season-Long Volunteer Opportunities

Our season-long volunteer opportunities range from campground hosts, education interns, visitor assistance patrol, to bird migration monitoring volunteers. Check the below listing or visit volunteer.gov to see current openings. Not seeing what you are looking for? Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (207)288-8716 or e-mail us to learn more about position availability.
A girl wearing a hard hat, kneels next to a rock and has a hammer held above her head, behind her a young man wearing a hard hat holds a sledge hammer close to its head and is holding it above a pile of crushed rock.

Friends of Acadia/Julia Walker-Thomas


Acadia Youth Conservation Corps (AYCC)- This is a full-time, eight week, non-residential trail maintenance program for High School Students ages 15-18. The program runs late June to mid-August, pays minimum wage, and awards participants who complete the eight weeks an education award. Join a team of your peers, learn valueable skills for the future, and help restore and maintain Acadia National Park's beloved trails and carriage roads. This program is offered in partnership with Friends of Acadia. Accepting applications until April 19th, 2019.

Painter with small easel works by open ocean

Photo courtesy of Lise Greil. Used with permission.


The Artist-in-Residence program is dedicated to creating new ways for visitors to experience Acadia through the arts. In exchange for a two-week residency, artists lead one outreach presentation for the public, and donate within one year one work of art that depicts a fresh and innovative new perspective of the park for visitors that's drawn from their own experience.

Selected artists travel to and take part in the program at their own expense at the invitation of the park superintendent. An online application process is open to all, but is highly selective based upon prior professional achievement and broader program goals to foster innovation, diversity, and relevance with new audiences. Three categories of applicants are considered: Visual Artists; Writers; and At-Large Participants working in such forms as music composition, performing arts, indigenous arts, and emerging technologies. Applications are reviewed by appointed juries including park staff, community members, past program participants, and subject matter experts. Learn more.


Current Volunteer Opportunities


Last updated: February 25, 2019

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Bar Harbor, ME 04609


(207) 288-3338

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