Volunteers-in-Parks (VIPs) are essential members of the National Park Service (NPS) family, as they help Buffalo National River staff achieve the NPS mission and park operational goals. By demonstrating shared stewardship for America's public lands, volunteers set the example for future generations and ensure safety, access, and enjoyment for today's park visitors.The VIP program was created to provide a way for the NPS to accept and utilize voluntary help in a way that is mutually beneficial to the NPS and to volunteers. VIPs work alongside NPS staff and partners to help preserve and protect our natural and cultural resources.The volunteers at Buffalo National River play a critical role in the overall success of the park. Check out the different volunteer opportunities below and learn more about some of the great work our volunteers and partners have done here.
Short - Term Volunteer OpportunitiesOrganized volunteer opportunities like river cleanups and trail maintenance days are normally associated with Earth Day (April), National River Cleanup Day (May), National Trails Day (June), and National Public Lands Day (September). Please see our calendar for our planned one day or weekend events.
The Buffalo National River Partners host a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the year including river cleanups, invasive plant removal, trail maintenance, elk education, and more. Check out their calendar for upcoming opportunities.
Episodic and Long-Term Volunteer OpportunitiesFor those who are interested and available on a more consistent basis please see our list of our current episodic and long-term opportunities. Some long term volunteer positions will require a formal application via volunteer.gov and selection is based on favorable qualifications and background checks.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Buffalo National River 50-Miler Patch
This patch is awarded to all Scouting and Venture group members that complete a 50-mile float/hike and an approved 10-hour service project within 10 consecutive days.
The trip report should be submitted within 10 days of the completion of the trip and safe return to the group's home station.
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Rob Stephens is the Arkansas Advocate for the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. Through his volunteer support for educational programs, signage/publication/web content development and community science efforts, he has been instrumental in Buffalo National River's distinction as a Leave No Trace Gold Standard Site. Thank you for your volunteerism and stewardship, Rob!
Last updated: November 21, 2021