Volunteering is an American tradition that has made immeasurable contributions to communities, organizations and individuals throughout the country.
Join our team!
Volunteers-In-Parks (VIPs) are Very Important People! Your contribution of time and energy will help us to protect the magnificent natural and cultural areas entrusted to us, and you'll go home with a sense of pride at having participated in something worthwhile. Lake Mead National Recreation Area is your national park!
Every year, thousands of individuals contribute their enthusiasm and skills to help the National Park Service preserve and protect the natural and cultural resources and to serve and educate visitors. Volunteers help in almost every area of the park, from maintaining campgrounds to leading guided hikes. The time commitment for volunteer work varies from one-day projects to continuous work extending over months.
Individuals, families and organized groups are welcome to volunteer. Opportunities are available both for highly skilled professionals and for beginners with little or no experience in land management. Volunteers can expect physically demanding work conditions due to the park environment. The nature of the work at the park can be challenging - but rewarding!
Would you like to join our team to work either on a regular basis or intermittently as your schedule allows? Check out the listings on our Volunteer Operations page.
Just want to help out for a day or a weekend in the middle of your busy schedule? We have many short-term opportunities scheduled on our Volunteer Events page. Check out the complete list to find a project that meets your interests, skills and schedule!
Are you a member of a group looking for a project? Find information on our Group Project page and come join us.
Ready to apply? Our Forms page should have what you need.
Still have questions? Browse our Frequently Asked Questions page; view pictures of volunteers in action in our Photo Album; check out the latest highlights in our Experience page or contact the park's Volunteer Program Office by e-mail or by phone at 702-293-8714.
Long term volunteer opportunities offer an exciting chance to stay in or close to the park. You can truly explore all that Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Southern Nevada have to offer. All announcements will take you to volunteer.gov where details of the position are available and the opportunity to apply online. Positions change often so be sure to check our site regularly. If you have a skill or talent you would like to share with us and do not see an opportunity, please feel free to submit your application.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect when I arrive to volunteer? After you register for a volunteer assignment you will receive a response by e-mail with details about your project. Review the volunteer project information for the proper time and place to meet. Please be punctual. Allow plenty of time to travel to the park, as travel times are often longer than people expect. When you arrive at the work site, sign in with the project coordinator and get to know your fellow work party members. At the appointed time, the project leader will welcome you, brief you on the work at hand, and provide you with any training, tools, or protective gear you will need to accomplish the project safely. You can then begin the work! If you need to cancel, no problem, just let us know with as much advance notice as possible, so that we may fill your slot with someone else. When you sign up to volunteer, we're counting on you to complete a much-needed project, so it's important to let us know right away if your plans change.
Are housing or camping spaces provided to volunteers?
Only specific positions have access to camping/RV sites and competition is very high. There is a minimum number of hours per week required to qualify for a space. For further information, please speak with the Volunteer Program Office at 702-293-8714.
What other benefits can I expect to receive as a volunteer?
Volunteers will receive a park pass which will give you free admission to the park while volunteering. Participants in some projects may earn volunteer pins or other tokens of appreciation if sponsors are available.
Can I get educational or community service credit for volunteering?
In most cases, yes. Many schools require their students to complete service projects, or may offer educational credits for long-term assignments. We are happy to provide whatever proof of participation is required. You must be signed up as a volunteer with the park and submit your hours for us to sign your credit slip.
I’m a member of a club, organization, or business. Can we volunteer as a group?
Absolutely! We welcome group volunteers. Just make sure that all the members of your group can perform the required work for your project. Also note that some projects may have a maximum number of people we can work with at one time. Choose a project that can accommodate the number of people you expect, or be ready to divide your group into several smaller ones working on separate projects. Make sure you know how many people will be attending—it can cause problems if you commit to bringing 30 people but only 10 show up. Finally, give us as much advance notice as possible, and be flexible about the kind of work you're willing to do. Larger groups involve more crew leaders, more coordination with supervisors and other volunteers, more tools and more complex logistics.
What can we expect when we arrive to volunteer?
After you register for a volunteer assignment you will receive a response by e-mail with details about your project. Review the volunteer project description for the proper time and place to meet. Please be punctual. Allow plenty of time to travel to the park, as travel times are often longer than people expect. When you arrive at the work site, sign in with the project coordinator and get to know your fellow work party members. At the appointed time, the project leader will welcome your group, brief you on the work at hand, and provide everyone with any training, tools or protective gear needed to accomplish the project safely. Then begin the work. If you need to cancel, no problem, just let us know with as much advance notice as possible, so that we may fill your group's slot with another group. When your group signs up to volunteer, we're counting on people to complete a much-needed project, so it's important to let us know right away if your plans change.
What other benefits can we expect to receive as a volunteer?
Volunteers will receive a day park pass which will give you free admission to the park while volunteering. Participants in some projects may earn volunteer pins or other tokens of appreciation if sponsors are available.
Do you have options for Eagle Scout projects?
Yes. If you’d like to obtain more information, contact the Volunteer Program Office at 702-293-8714 and ask what options are available. Most projects are completed October 1st through May 15th, because of the extreme heat in the summer here at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. However, projects may be started at anytime; we keep an ongoing list of available options. Also up and coming is the new NPS/BSA Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger Program.
Can I sponsor a volunteer project?
Yes, contact the Volunteer Program Office for details. Sponsors are needed to provide equipment, supplies, snacks and recognition items for events, and will be acknowledged in all publicity for the sponsored event.
Can my children volunteer?
Yes, though not all volunteer projects are suitable for children. Check the project description for details. All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a signed parental approval form from a parent or guardian before volunteering. Permission forms will be available at volunteer events, or can be downloaded here and completed in advance. Please remember to bring the approval form with you on the day of the event.
Can I bring my pets?
Sorry, please do not bring pets to events. We have found that pets can be a significant distraction and in some rare cases a safety hazard. For volunteers that will be with us for a significant amount of time, please ask about our pet policy.
Can international visitors volunteer?
International volunteers are welcome. Special regulations do apply, however. Long-term international volunteers must sign up for a specific volunteer project, then apply for and receive a J-1 Visa before traveling to the United States, a process that typically takes about six weeks. Proof of health insurance is also required. For more information about the international volunteer program, visit the National Park Service’s Office of International Affairs or email the Volunteer Program Office.
When do you have volunteer opportunities available?
Here at Lake Mead National Recreation Area we have volunteer opportunities year round. Our single-day events are usually held October through May.
Can I suggest my own volunteer project?
The projects listed on this website are the tasks that we have identified as the highest priority to accomplish with our limited resources. However, we are open to suggestions for additional projects, especially if you have special skills or resources to contribute. Ask us how you can become a partner of our volunteer program!
Are there other places like Lake Mead National Recreation Area where I can volunteer?
Yes, Nevada has many wonderful natural areas, and their combined need for volunteers is vast. For information about volunteer opportunities with the National Park Service or any Federal land management agency, go to www.volunteer.gov/gov. You may also contact individual local or state parks to ask how you can help. Finally, Get Outdoors Nevada sponsors volunteer projects on many of the public lands in Southern Nevada.
I don’t have time to volunteer. How else can I contribute?
Lake Mead National Recreation Area offers other ways to show your support if you can’t volunteer. Find your own way to get involved by calling us at 702-293-8714 or email the Volunteer Program Office to discuss what you have to give that helps our current needs. Thank you for your generous support!
Last updated: December 23, 2015