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Prepare. Protect. Preserve. Volunteer at Glen Canyon.

Recreate Responsibly


Lake Powell beckons over a million visitors every year, each looking for something different: fun, relaxation, beauty, togetherness. Hundreds of these people make up a very special group who come to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area each year. They are Volunteers-in-Parks (VIPs)—stewards of the National Park Service. The reasons they share their services are different for each: love of Glen Canyon, wanting to do something positive, a strong sense of giving back and doing for others, care for the environment. Many of our volunteers return year after year because it is such a rewarding experience.

A houseboat and runabout are beached on a lake. Cliffs and clouds in the background.
The Trash Tracker houseboat and barge.

Houseboat Volunteer Opportunities

Trash Tracker Program

Applications for the 2024 Trash Tracker season will be accepted beginning Feb 1, 2024.

Grafitti Removal and Intervention Team Program

The GRIT program is currently on hiatus for health and safety reasons.


Current Volunteer Opportunities for Individuals

Spend a few days or a few weeks volunteering in Glen Canyon!

Current Volunteer Opportunities For Groups

Glen Canyon is a dynamic location with multiple volunteer opportunities. Peruse our current projects to see which one is best for you! Options are dependent on time of year and availability of staff. Logistics can be flexible; if your group has different parameters call the Volunteer Office at 928-608-6352 and we’ll try to work something out! More information can be found on the national level at Volunteer.gov.

Ongoing Activities

Activities appropriate for volunteers 15 and older. May involve the use of tools, heavy lifting, and long periods of standing/walking.

  • Bat Monitoring: Set up nets and record bat data! Half or full day commitment. (2-5 people)

  • Native Seed Collection: Collect seeds with the vegetation crew. (2-20 people)

  • Weeding: Remove weeds around orchard trees at Lonely Dell Ranch. Half day activity. (2-20 people)

  • Irrigation: Remove debris from irrigation tracks at Lonely Dell Orchard. (2-20 people)

  • Ditch Desilting: Clean out ditches at Lonely Dell Ranch. Half or full day. (2-20 people)

  • Invasive Species: Remove Arrowhead, Tamarisk, Black Locus trees at Lonely Dell Ranch. Half or Full Day. (2-20 people)

  • Graffiti Removal: Demolish graffiti left on sandstone. Includes repetitive arm movement and hiking with tools. Half or full day commitment. (4-25 people)

Family Friendly

Family friendly activities for all ages! Half day activities at various locations throughout the park.

  • Trash Clean-Up: Collect litter on beaches and along trails. (4-40 people)

  • Lonely Dell Pick-Up: Help keep Lonely Dell Ranch clean and healthy! (4-40 people)

  • Dragonfly Mercury Project: Contribute to a nation-wide project by collecting juvenile dragonflies. (2-10 people)

Skill Based Activities

Great for those who want to volunteer for multiple days and have specialized skills!

  • Historic Preservation Maintenance: Restore or maintain the Weaver House at Lonely Dell Ranch. Maximum of 5 people and skill based knowledge in areas such as construction, carpentry, painting, etc. (2-5 people)


Volunteer in the Escalante

There are many ways to work with NPS rangers in the Escalante backcountry and wilderness areas along the Escalante River. Participate in litter removal, mending fences, and caring for this beautiful but delicate landscape. Email the district ranger or call 435-826-5651.


Volunteer Spotlight

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    Last updated: January 8, 2024

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    Contact Info

    Mailing Address:

    PO Box 1507
    Page, AZ 86040


    928 608-6200
    Receptionist available at Glen Canyon Headquarters from 7 am to 4 pm MST, Monday through Friday. The phone is not monitored when the building is closed. If you are having an emergency, call 911 or hail National Park Service on Marine Band 16.

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