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People dressed in jackets and hats rake leaves out of ditches running along either side of a gravel road.
Volunteers rake leaves on the carriage roads at Take Price in Acadia Day. Photo by Ashley L. Conti/Friends of Acadia.

Acadia National Park was created by the individual efforts of people who loved this place and were motivated to care for it. Today, you can be a part of this legacy by volunteering for the park and with our partners at the Friends of Acadia and the Schoodic Institute. Whether you volunteer for a few hours, a few months, or year after year, you’ll see a new side of Acadia, feel a deeper connection to the park, and leave this national treasure a little better than you found it.

Listsed below are the typical volunteer positions that Acadia National Park hosts each year. You can visit volunteer.gov to see current openings at Acadia and other federal areas. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator to learn more about position details and availability.

 

Season-Long Volunteer Opportunities

Our season-long volunteer opportunities range from artists-in-residence, campground hosts, education interns, visitor services assistants, interpretation volunteers, and bird migration monitoring volunteers. Though dates vary for individual positions, volunteer dates typically take place from May to October.

 

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. 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.

Volunteer will help park staff with maintaining park campgrounds during the summer season.  Jobs may include, but are not limited to: Raking sites, cleaning fire places, splitting & stacking wood, scraping, sanding, & painting, sweeping roads, spreading gravel and wood chips, installing signs, pruning vegetation, and general campground clean-up.

When: late-May to mid-October
Where: Mount Desert Island & Schoodic Penninsula

Volunteer primary duties include, assisting park staff in presenting curriculum-based programs for K-12th grade students in accordance with established program themes and objectives. This involves researching related topics and park resources, working on projects as assigned, such as developing and distributing educational materials, props, handouts, student worksheets, and statistics, and answering visitors’ questions regarding park resources and education programs on a recurring basis.

When: April to October
Where: Mount Desert Island, Schoodic Penninsula

Visitor Services Volunteer will provide basic orientation and local area and event information to visitors in a pleasant and helpful manner. Volunteers will be asked to rove outside and interact with visitors throughout their shift. They may also be tasked with other small duties which may include light pruning, envelope stuffing, and traffic control for special events, administrative tasks, shelving books in the library, stocking maps and handouts, maintaining bulletin boards, and providing back-up help with use of special equipment – computers, laminators, printers and copy machines.

When: late-May to mid-October

Volunteer will present interpretive talks to the public about park natural and cultural resources. There may be other duties by mutual agreement.  Volunteers agree to provide interpretation and informal interpretation following the guidelines and requirements provided by supervisors. Volunteers agree that all work will be coached and audited to ensure quality visitor service.

When: May to October
Where: Mount Desert Island

This volunteer will assist with monitoring bird migration and species interactions (birds, insects, plants) from late August to late October. Volunteer will participate in field identification, including stationary as well as transect surveys of trails and/or established study areas as well as data collection and entry.  The volunteer may occasionally be involved with banding and bird education programs.

When: Late August to late October
Where: Schoodic Penninsula

 

Short Term Opportunities

Short term opportunities include drop-in days on trails, group service projects, and annual volunteer events such as National Trails Day and Take Pride In Acadia Day.
 

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; 8:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Where: Mount Desert Island

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. Contact the Friends of Acadia Stewardship Coordinator or call (207)288-3934.

When: As requested
Where: Mount Desert Island, Schoodic Penninsula

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. Contact the Friends of Acadia Stewardship Coordinator or call (207)288-3934.

When: First Saturday in June; 8:15 AM -Noon
Where: Mount Desert Island

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; 8:15 AM - Noon
Where: Mount Desert Island

 

Current Volunteer Opportunities

 

How To Apply

You can apply for these exciting volunteer opportunities at any time. However, season-long volunteer positions are typically filled the October/November prior. For short-term opportunities, take note of the dates mentioned in the above position descriptions.

Send a resume and completed application form in an e-mail to: volunteeracadia@nps.gov. Please include the following information in your e-mail or application in order to be considered:

  • Position
    • Which of the above opportunities are you interested in?
  • 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.
    • 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 accommodate a couple.
  • Timing
    • What months and days are you available? Please note, volunteers donate 32 hours per person to obtain park housing.
  • Type of Work
    • Tell us what type of work you're interested most in. We want to match your interests and skills with park needs.
 
 

Contact Us

Contact the park volunteer coordinator at:

Acadia National Park
c/o - Volunteer Program
P.O. Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Phone: 207-288-8716
E-mail

 

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    Last updated: March 14, 2022

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