Volunteer

Due to COIVD-19, volunteer activites are functioning differently. For updated information e-mail us.

 
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Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteer News-Check out what volunteers are doing in the park!

 

Short Term Opportunties

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. *Due to COVID-19 this program is temporarily suspended.

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.
*Due to COVID-19 this program is temporarily suspended.

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
*Due to COVID-19 this program is temporarily suspended.

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. *Due to COVID-19, participation is limited this year, registration is required, and no gatherings will take place at park headquarters.

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

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 accepted January - March 30th for the upcoming season. *Due to COVID- 19 this program is temporarily suspended.

Artist-In-Residence

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: May 28, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Phone:

(207) 288-3338

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