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Become a Great Basin Volunteer!

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Come live and work in a National Park!

Volunteers are an important part of the park staff, donating thousands of hours of their time to National Park Service sites around the country and helping us with our daily goals and operations. Volunteering in any national park is a rewarding experience ripe with opportunities for personal development and career advancement. Fulfill that dream of working and living in a national park as part of the Volunteers in Park (VIP) Program.

Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator. Call (775) 234-7521 for more information. Check back often for updated volunteer opportunities.
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Become a permanent summer resident in the campgrounds as a volunteer.

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Campground Hosts

Spend the summer living and working in Great Basin National Park!
Great Basin National Park looks to fill three campground host positions every summer. Campground hosts spend the summer season assisting visitors in the campground, making rounds throughout the day, working on projects, and being available for after hours problems and emergencies. Trailer pads and hookups are provided for campground hosts at three developed campgrounds: Wheeler Peak, Upper Lehman Creek, and Baker Creek. Campground hosts are usually asked to commit to the entire summer season, lasting from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

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You could give interpretive tours of Lehman Caves!

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Interpretation & Education

Jump start your NPS career by presenting interpretive and educational programs.
Volunteers assist in staffing the visitor center desk, providing information and direction to visitors, and selling bookstore merchandise. Volunteers will be able to research and present interpretive and educational programs to the public. Possible programs include: cave tours, astronomy programs, telescope demonstrations, patio talks/demonstrations, evening programs, and junior ranger activities. Formal training in the art of interpretation will be provided upon arrival.

Natural & Cultural Resource Management.

Volunteers may assist in tracking, restoration, telemetry, fish, and various wildlife projects.
Interested in exploring your national park? Come immerse yourself in this magnificent wilderness - maybe you can be part of the next big discovery here at Great Basin! Our Lint and Restoration Camp is very popular, and we especially need volunteers for our annual BioBlitz.

Have a Group Ready to Volunteer With Us?

Keep the following questions in mind prior to contacting the Volunteer Coordinator:
  • How many adults will participate?
  • For children under the age of 18, an adult/child ratio of one to seven must be maintained. Please provide the number of children, including ages.
  • We would need a minimum time commitment of 6 hours. For how long would your group be available? Please be as specific as possible with dates and times, etc.
  • Would you need space at one of our campgrounds for the duration of your service? If so, how many spaces do you anticipate needing?
  • Would you group be willing to work outside under adverse weather conditions?
  • Can your group provide its own transportation to and from the worksite?
  • Does your group provide its own supervisor or crew lead?
  • For multi-day projects, will your group be willing to work independently with minimal supervision from park staff?
  • Please provide a date or date range for which your group would be available.

More Information

Volunteer opportunities are available year round. Housing may be available, depending on the length and season of service.

Contact the park's Volunteer Coordinator by calling 775-234-7521 for more information.

If you have astronomy experience and are interested in volunteering at our annual astronomy festival, visit our
festival volunteer page.


Last updated: April 24, 2021

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Mailing Address:

100 Great Basin National Park
Baker , NV 89311


Available 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day

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