Youth and Scouting volunteer Opportunities
The National Park Service recognizes youth like you as key players in the preservation and protection of national parks. Whether learning about the park by hiking, joining a ranger-guided program, or engaging in a service project, you can make an impact today which will last for years to come. Learn more about some of the available volunteer opportunities below!
Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger Program
The Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger program invites Girl, Boy, and Cub Scouts to participate in educational and/or volunteer service projects at national park sites to spark their awareness of the national parks and to provide scouts with the opportunity to explore the national parks and learn more about protecting our natural and cultural resources. Scouts are awarded certificates and/or patches for participating in the program.
Scouts can earn a certificate or patch by participating in:
To earn a troop certificate, troops must participate for a minimum of five hours at one or more national park sites. To earn a patch, individual scouts must participate for a minimum of ten hours at one or more national park sites.
To get started, visit the youth programs website and select the appropriate scout organization to find out more information about the program. Then, find a park near you and contact the park to discuss and schedule a program or project to fulfill program requirements.
Eagle Scout Projects
Are you a Life Scout looking to organize your Eagle Scout project? Many Eagle Scouts have successfully completed their projects at the park. In order to apply for an Eagle Scout project at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, please follow these steps:
The park occasionally hosts competitive, unpaid internships in a variety of park service disciplines including historical interpretation. These internships are aimed at giving students a taste for what working for the National Park Service is like while earning students school credit at their respective college or university. For more information, please email the volunteer coordinator.
If you are interested in paid employment with the National Park Service, please visit the Work With Us portion of the website. For information about the National Park Service's Pathways Program for student employees, please visit the Pathways Program website.