Volunteer

 
Logo for the National Park Service's Volunteers-in-Parks program.
The logo for the National Park Service's Volunteers-in-Parks program.

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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.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Buffalo National River has volunteer opportunities for all different ages, interests, and time commitments. Explore our current volunteer openings below. Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Buffalo National River and we look forward to working together!

 
A large group of river cleanup volunteers holds a Buffalo National River banner by the canoe launch at Ponca.
Buffalo National River Partners Earth Day 2019 river cleanup volunteers.

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Short - Term Volunteer Opportunities

Organized 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.
 
A group of volunteers and rangers pose together while holding elk antlers.
A group of volunteers and rangers pose together while holding elk antlers and brochures.

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Episodic and Long-Term Volunteer Opportunities

For 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

 
A oval patch with a green ring along the edge which says "Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger" The ring surrounds a smaller brown oval that has the NPS arrowhead and boy scout logo.
Boy scouts can earn a patch on their visit to Buffalo National River.

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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.

Requests should be sent to the VIP Coordinator: e-mail us

The initial request should include tentative dates, put-in and take-out locations, total number of participants to include child/adult ratio, group representative with phone number and email address, any logistical needs of the group that might be facilitated by the park, and if you would prefer the awards to be presented in person or mailed after the completion of the trip.

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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Jacque Alexander from the Backcountry Horsemen of America explains why she volunteers at Buffalo National River.

 
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North Central Arkansas Master Naturalist Dwan Garrison talks about her volunteer experience at Buffalo National River.

 
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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!

 
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2019 Volunteer of the Year Aletha Tetterton shares her role in coordinating river cleanups at Buffalo National River.

 
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1 minute, 19 seconds

Volunteer campground host Jerry Goller shares his role at Buffalo National River.

Last updated: November 21, 2021

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