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The National Park Service offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups as part of the Volunteers-In-Parks
Some positions are specialized and require particular talents, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as a background check. Other positions only require a desire and willingness to volunteer. Individuals under the age of 18 must have written consent of the parent or legal guardian before they may volunteer. To learn more about the laws and policies that guide our volunteer programs, see our program's Reference Manual.
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Share a little time and make a big difference for national parks and communities across the country through the National Park Service's Volunteers-In-Parks program.
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Free! For volunteers with 250 service hours with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program.
Reference Manual 7
This Volunteers-In-Parks Reference Manual 7 (RM-7) offers guidance to NPS employees, partners, and volunteers themselves.
Community Volunteer Ambassador Program
The CVA program connects communities, increases volunteers in parks, improves volunteer mobilization, and organizes stewardship days.
There are Artist-in-Residence programs for visual artists, writers, musicians, and other creative media.
Citizen scientists of all ages head out to the field to gain deeper knowledge and contribute valuable information to parks.
National Parks BioBlitz
The National Park Service and National Geographic Society have collaborated to host large-scale BioBlitzes.
Girl Scout Ranger Program
Girl Scouts are invited to participate in a variety of organized educational or service projects at national parks.
Programs for Boy Scouts
Boy scouts can explore the national parks, learn about our mission, and help protect the nation's natural and cultural resources.
Participants from around the world train in and contribute to US national parks.
Amtrak Trails & Rails
Volunteers with the Amtrak Trails & Rails program educate train travelers on the natural and cultural heritage of a region.
George and Helen Hartzog Awards
The George and Helen Hartzog Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service recognize the exemplary contributions of these very important people.
Last updated: September 2, 2020