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 while ensuring safety, access, and enjoyment for today's park visitors.
Episodic (One-Time) 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).
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 website for upcoming opportunities.
Long-Term Volunteer OpportunitiesLong-term volunteer opportunities are often geared toward visitor services and education. These types of volunteer positions, such as Campground Hosts and Visitor Services Assistants, are advertised on Volunteer.gov and require formal application and selection based on favorable qualifications and background checks. Current vacancies for these positions are listed below.
Other long-term opportunities are geared toward routine maintenance and upkeep of park resources and facilities. These positions do not require formal selection or background investigation. Individuals may join the Adopt Your Adventure Program by selecting a cemetery, trail, campground, or river section to maintain on a long-term basis. This program offers people of all skill levels and abilities to serve their park. From easily-accessible boat launches to technical backcountry terrain, adopted areas should be checked and maintained at least 3 times per year. Litter pickup, trimming vegetation, and documenting major damage or obstacles to park staff are the primary responsibilities of trail and river adopters. Find out more by contacting the VIP Coordinator: e-mail us
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.
Last updated: May 3, 2020