Volunteer

A park VIP helps with a revegetation project in a disturbed area of an alpine meadow.
A park VIP helps with a revegetation project in a disturbed area of an alpine meadow.

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Volunteering in Glacier

Glacier National Park depends on dedicated volunteers to perform duties and complete projects that we simply could not do without them. Each year, over 50,000 hours are donated by over 500 individual volunteers. From overseeing campgrounds to caring for native plants to patrolling over 700 miles of trails, our volunteers help protect our valuable resources and help visitors learn about, and safely enjoy, the many aspects of Glacier National Park.

How To Find A Position

Volunteer opportunities are posted online at https://www.nps.gov/getinvolved/volunteer.htm and at https://www.volunteer.gov/.

Some of the position we hire volunteers for are listed below, but there are others so check the links above.

 

Other Volunteer Opportunities

  • Citizen Science
    The Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center has a Citizen Science program that relies heavily on volunteers. After a little training citizen scientists can participate in wildlife monitoring and invasive plant management, while recreating in the park. We want to know what you see out there in the field.
  • Volunteer Repeat Photography
    The United States Geological Survey (USGS) Repeat Photography Project uses modern and historic photograph comparisons to document glacier recession. The photo archive is ever-growing and you can help! Participation involves printing historic photos from a provided list, locating and photographing the repeat photo, and submitting your photos.
 

Volunteer Opportunities for Students and Young People

  • Glacier Youth Corp
    Glacier Youth Corps is a partnership of the Glacier National Park Conservancy, Montana Conservation Corps, the National Park Foundation, and the National Park Service. The program provides a hands-on conservation opportunity with duties such as fencing, trail maintenance, habitat restoration and revegetation, while living and learning in Glacier. The program consists of two, four-week sessions. (You are encouraged to apply for one four-week session.) Corps members will spend the majority of their time camping in the field and will earn a monetary service award.
  • Student Conservation Association (Nationwide Opportunities)
    The Student Conservation Association has a Resource Assistant Program that places students in land management agencies, including the National Park Service. There are opportunities for high school and college level crew members.
  • Youth Conservation Programs (Nationwide Opportunities)
    Although Glacier National Park does not work with Youth Conservation Corps, there are numerous opportunities for young people ages 15 and up to gain work experience in other parks through the Youth Conservation Corps. Crew members are paid to work hard and have fun in national parks! Learn about other youth programs across the country.
 

International Volunteers

Glacier National Park encourages people from countries around the world to apply to volunteer. However, the park has extremely limited housing, which limits our ability to consider volunteers who do not already have housing in the local area. In addition, there are some special requirements for an international (non-U.S. citizen) volunteer. Please read the information at the National Park Service's NPS International Volunteers page, should you wish to volunteer at Glacier National Park or another site in the National Park System.

Last updated: May 1, 2020

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936

Phone:

(406) 888-7800

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