Every year, thousands of individuals and groups support our national parks as Volunteers-in-Parks, or VIPs. Volunteers perform a number of important duties, including serving as campground hosts, maintaining trails, assisting researchers and resource managers, and educating visitors.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can volunteer?
Everyone! There are opportunities for volunteers of all ages, interests, and abilities, though some do have certain required qualifications. Individuals, families, and organized groups can volunteer. Check the information on volunteer.gov, or call the Big Thicket visitor center at (409) 951-6725.
What kind of work do volunteers do?
Volunteers can support the preserve in a wide variety of ways. Past projects have included the Centennial Forest tree planting program and Village Creek clean-up canoe trips. Volunteers also help Big Thicket’s resource management program with field and office work, assist visitors in the visitor center, clean and maintain day use areas and many miles of trails, and even contribute photos and videos for the preserve’s website and social media.
How do I find out about volunteer opportunities?
You can find volunteering opportunities by going to volunteer.gov, and searching “Big Thicket” to find a list of current opportunities. You can also talk to a ranger at the visitor center near Kountze, or call our visitor center at (409) 951-6725.
Is there a time commitment for volunteering?
Volunteering at the Big Thicket has many forms, and the hours will depend on the particular project and personal preference. A volunteer opportunity may mean participating in a day long event, or spending a few hours monthly or weekly in the office or on the trails.
How do I sign up?
To apply to volunteer at Big Thicket, go to volunteer.gov and search “Big Thicket” in the keyword search box. You can also search by state. Find the opportunity that best fits you, and complete the quick online application. After the paperwork is complete, a ranger will contact you to finish the process.
Is housing available for volunteers?
Generally, Big Thicket is not able to provide visitors with housing, except for certain long-term projects. There are no RV hookups or campsites within the preserve, but there are private RV campgrounds nearby. Backcountry camping is allowed with a permit.
Last updated: December 19, 2017