Volunteers are the heart of Acadia National Park!

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Volunteer Opportunities:

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Short Term Opportunties

Trails Drop-In Days

Join the Trails & Carriage Road Stewardship Team cutting back overgrown vegetation, clearing drainage ditches, graveling, and much more! Arrive in work clothes, closed toed-shoes, and have a backpack with water and a snack with you, and our Stewardship Staff and Volunteer Crew Leaders provide the rest.

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.

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 the 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

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.

When: First Saturday of November
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.

Youth *We are Hiring!

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. Applications are being accepted now through March 30th.


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

There are no volunteer opportunities at this time.

To view more NPS volunteer opportunities, go to www.nps.gov/volunteer or www.volunteer.gov.

If you do not see a position that interests you, you may submit a copy of your latest volunteer reseme, as well as a completed application, to volunteeracadia@nps.gov or you can mail applications to Acadia National Park, Volunteer Program, P.O. Box 177, Bar Harbor, ME 04609.

Tips for Applying

Acadia National Park receives hundreds of volunteer applications each year for a limited number of positions. Help us place you and make your application stand out at the same time by following these tips.

  • Housing: Do you have lodging needs? Do you have an RV? If so, please tell us what dimensions. Please note pets are only allowed in RV units, and not in regular park housing.

  • Timing: What months and days are you available? Please note, volunteers donate 32 hours per person to obtain park housing.

  • Are you an individual, or a couple? Please include that information in your application; as some housing is for individuals only, while other housing options can accomodate a couple.

  • Tell us what type of work you're interested in. We want to match your interests and skills with park needs.

Last updated: January 12, 2022

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Bar Harbor , ME 04609


207 288-3338

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