Volunteer

Interested in Volunteering?

Contact Abby Wines , volunteer coordinator, (760-786-3221) to inquire about volunteer opportunities or to schedule your service project.

Volunteer In the Parks (Long-Term)

During the winter season, October through April, Death Valley has openings for long term volunteers. Positions may be as campground hosts, maintenance workers of any and all disciplines, or as assistants to scientific researchers working in the field. Volunteers should be committed to staying at least a minimum of three months, and since housing, other than campground hookups, is very limited, volunteers should be prepared to bring their homes with them.

Volunteer Groups (Short-Term)

Are you part of a group that would like to donate a half day or more to assisting Death Valley National Park? We welcome groups from service clubs, university alternative break groups, or extended groups of friends & family!

Girl Scout and Boy Scout groups are encouraged to engage in service projects to earn their Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger patches. Many parks including Death Valley National Park participate in this national program. Find out more information here: Girl Scouts & Boy Scouts

Projects will depend upon current park needs, plus availability of park staff to coordinate the work day. The group's size, age, skills, interests, and available time will also be considered to match groups with the right volunteer opportunity. Potential projects include:

  • Litter pickup at popular sites, such as campgrounds and trails
  • Assisting with parking or visitor orientation at Star Parties or other special events
  • Removing nonnative plants (palm seedlings, Sahara mustard, etc.)
  • Wilderness restoration
  • Graffiti removal
  • Erasing tracks left by illegal off-road driving
  • Removing non-historic debris left by flood near Scotty's Castle
  • Surveying for signs of rare plants or animals
  • Archaeological site processing

Drop-in Volunteer Days

Through the cooler fall through spring months, Death Valley occasionally hosts volunteer projects on a drop-in or sign-up basis. Check the current calendar for information about upcoming events.

 
A bighorn sheep ram stands on a ridge line looking down.
A bighorn sheep ram is taking a look.

(NPS photo)

On-going Independent Opportunities

Share Wildlife Data with iNaturalist.org

See any cool wildlife during your visit? Here is how to contribute:
  • Go to iNaturalist.org and create an account. You can also download the iNaturalist app for your smart phone or tablet.
  • Search for “Death Valley Wildlife” under the projects tab.
  • Click “Add Observation” and enter your data — date, time, weather, location, behavior, and anything else you find interesting. If you took a picture, you can add that too!
  • Check out our project site to view the Death Valley species list and to see other visitors’ observations.
 

Student Conservation Association (SCA)

The National Park Service needs volunteers throughout the year to assist with all aspects of park management: from archeological surveys to trail construction. Many of our volunteers work through the Student Conservation Association a non-profit organization that provides more than three thousand volunteers per year for conservation projects. For information on the SCA and on becoming a member, visit their website at www.thesca.org

 

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Last updated: January 27, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328

Phone:

(760) 786-3200

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