Position-based volunteers live within commuting distance from the park and typically volunteer at least 16 hours per month. These volunteers work closely with park staff on long-term projects. Preference is given to those with experience, though it is not necessary. Park housing is not available. These positions are posted at various times throughout the year. Please visit volunteer.gov to apply.
Residential volunteersResidential volunteers work at least 32 hours each week, including weekends and holidays, and must commit at least 2 months. Campsites are provided. The park typically posts these positions in mid-late summer. Please visit www.volunteer.gov to apply.
Volunteer internshipsVolunteer internships are available on a case-by-case basis, depending on park needs and internship requirements. These internships are unpaid with limited housing available. Interns must provide their own reliable transportation. Contact the park volunteer coordinator at 760-367-5507 or by email (email@example.com) to inquire.
Internships at Joshua Tree National Park are more often offered through partner associations, including Americorps and the Student Conservation Association. These internships are managed by those partners, so check availability and to apply on their websites.
The Geoscientists-in-the-ParksThe Geoscientists-in-the-Parks (GIP) program works with partners to match college students and recent graduates age 18 - 35 years old with short-term, paid internships with the National Park Service. These internships occur in spring and fall. Please visit the GIP webpage for more information.
Last updated: September 17, 2020