How to Apply
Learn how to explore opportunities and apply to volunteer positions.
Short Term Volunteers
Short term opportunities include drop-in days on trails, group service projects, and annual volunteer events.
Long Term Volunteers
Our season-long volunteer opportunities range from artists-in-residence, campground hosts, visitor services assistants, and more.
Learn about past and present projects volunteers at Acadia have assisted with.
Acadia National Park is supported by countless volunteers every year.
Volunteers help through season long opportunities to short term opportunities, assisting with visitor services, trail and carriage road maitenance, trail monitoring and much more.
2024 Seasonal Volunteer Opportunities Posted the month of August through volunteer.gov.
Contact the Volunteer Coordinator if you have questions about the positons posted or if you have skillsets that are not represented in the positions offered that you want to share with the park.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Long Term Volunteer Opportunities
Our season-long volunteer opportunities range from artists-in-residence, campground hosts, visitor services assistants, interpretation and education volunteers. Volunteers are expected to volunteer 32 hours a week. 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. This includes providing information and orientation about the park and local area, assisting campers with registration, performing maintenance duties including painting, repairing picnic tables, operating a weed trimmer, cleaning campground grills and fire pits, and picking up litter. Occasionally, volunteers will be asked to assist with traffic control and emergency situations and may be asked to work after hours. Volunteer must posses their own recreational vehicle, be willing to volunteer 32 hours per week, be able to lift 30 lbs., and enjoy meeting, talking, and helping people from all over the world. Preference will be shown to volunteers avaiable to volunteer the whole season.
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.
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.
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.
Roadside Assistant Volunteers work in teams to provide roadside assistance. Teams will drive a courtesy patrol vehicle that is clearly identified as a 'non-law enforcement vehicle'. Volunteers will assist in traffic control, provide minor roadside assistance (fluids, battery jump starts, unlock vehicles), perform campground patrols to look for food storage violations, and provide visitors with information and directions. Volunteers are required to have previous law enforcement experience.
Short Term OpportunitiesShort term opportunities include drop-in days on trails, group service projects, and annual volunteer events such as 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.
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.
Help Save Our Summits in Acadia by participaiting in our summit restoration work, by hiking up Penobscot or Sargent Mountain with a bag of soil on Wednesday, June 21, 2023. Advanced registration is required!
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.
Contact Acadia's Volunteer Program:
Acadia National Park
Last updated: October 12, 2023