The Original Volunteer Vacation
Work will be performed under the direct supervision of the Trash Tracker pilot or his/her designated representative. Project work will be performed during daylight hours, in an outdoor setting, and volunteers should expect to be exposed to rugged, rocky terrain and extreme weather conditions. Work will involve picking up, transporting, and unloading trash, debris, and waste collected from the Lake Powell shoreline.
The Trash Tracker Program is a high visibility project and those associated with the program must present a professional image at all times. Volunteers will, in the course of their work, have a great opportunity to enhance the experience of numerous visitors here at Lake Powell.
All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and willing to perform basic clean-up functions. Volunteers must be in good health and able to do bending, lifting, and walking for extended periods in temperatures reaching the 100's during the summer months. Due to close living conditions aboard the houseboat, volunteer must be adaptable, flexible, and respectful of others.
Although the assigned location may be near developed park areas, volunteers should be prepared to have only basic amenities available for the entire trip. The park and Lake Powell Resorts will provide certain items. All volunteers must provide food and other personal items not on this list. The Trash Tracker Pilot, according to the work schedule, will coordinate leisure time.
Volunteers will be asked to commit to working a minimum of 6-7 hours per day removing trash, debris and waste from the shoreline of Lake Powell.
Crew members bring their enthusiasm and gear. They also bring their own breakfast and lunch food and provide one dinner for all crew members one night of the trip. If you plan on applying, please read the Equipment List page. Participants receive a Trash Tracker t-shirt, a magnificent experience on Lake Powell and the personal satisfaction of taking care of the park.
HOW HAS THE PROGRAM HELPED?
The Trash Tracker is used in conjunction with Glen Canyon National Recreation Area's Water Quality Program to keep Lake Powell pure. In past years, canyons and beaches have closed due to excessive human waste, but now Lake Powell can be considered one of the cleanest lakes on the country.
Apply for a Trip
Trips are limited to 4 volunteers and are booked on a first come first come served basis. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. This is a very popular program and trips fill quickly. The more flexible you are, the more likely it is that we will be able to place you. Please refer to the trip calendar at the bottom of the page for exact dates. If you are also applying for the GRIT program, please send a separate application. Both Trash Tracker and GRIT trips will be filled at the same time to prevent overlap.
The Trash Tracker 2021 season is suspended until further notice. We will not book any trips until Glen Canyon National Recreation Area's volunteer program resumes. We do not have an estimated date that this will happen.
Last updated: January 15, 2021