Volunteer portraying Polly Merrill, during annual Living History event
Volunteer Liz, protrays Polly Merrill during annualy Timeline Living History Event

Volunteering is a great way to support your National Park Service. Volunteering allows you to experience a park in new ways, give back to national parks, meet new people, have fun, earn credit for school, develop new skills and interests, and so much more.

From late fall through early spring, our opportunities for volunteering are primarily indoors. Between late spring and early fall, there are many opportunities to volunteer both inside and out of doors working with the public or behind the scenes. Opportunities include tasks such as serving as a campground host, assisting first-time visitors with caving, answering visitor questions, mapping and cleaning caves, controlling weeds, and much more. Recreational vehicle campsites with hookups may also be available for volunteers.

If you have questions about volunteering at Lava Beds National Monument please contact volunteer manager Angela Sutton at 530-667-8119 or Angela_sutton@nps.gov


Student internships

Lava Beds recruits a limited number of students from several youth organization such as the non-profit American Conservation Experience (ACE) and/or Student Conservation Association (SCA) and/or Conservation Legacy Environmental Stewards (ES). Student interns engage in activities such as staffing the visitor center, providing interpretive programs, roving caves, trail work, resource management, and cultural resources.

Learn more about ACE and SCA and ES

Upcoming Volunteer Events

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Monday, January 15, 2018
Join people across the country in community based service. In 2017, Americans across the country served in food banks, in schools, in hospitals, and outdoors. Click here to learn more and register for 2018 opportunities.
2016 Trails Day logo
National Trails Day, Saturday, June 2, 2018
In the past volunteers have performed minor maintenance on trails including tree and shrub pruning, addressed erosion of shoulders and added shoulder aggregate materials. In addition to trail work, cave entrance signs have been repaired and replaced as needed. Check back on this site for updates closer to the event. Click here to learn more about the national event and more ways to get involved.

National Public Lands Day - Saturday, September 22, 2018

Check back here for more information as we get closer to the event. Click here to learn more about the national event and other ways to get involved.


Current Volunteer Opportunities

Last updated: November 16, 2017

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P.O. Box 1240
Tulelake, CA 96134


(530) 667-8113

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