NPS Volunteer In Parks Patch

Missouri National Recreational River (MNRR) depends on volunteers to assist in education and outreach activities, resource management projects, and other duties as assigned. From taking part in river cleanups to staffing the Mobile Ranger Station, our volunteers help care for valuable resources and educate visitors about the many aspects of these last free flowing stretches of the Missouri River.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

  • 8-Hour Sampler - Have 4 to 8 hours to spare? Volunteer for a day.
  • Associate Naturalist / Historian - Assist with or lead ranger-led events and living history programs.
  • Interpretive Aide - Provide information to visitors, staff at the Mobile Ranger Station or assist with guided programs.
  • Trail Keeper Program - Adopt a trail for one or two years to keep trails clear and enjoyable for our visitors. Perfect for individuals, families and groups.
  • Friends Needed - Become a member of the Friends of the Missouri National Recreational River.
For more information or to sign up please email or call 605-665-0209 extension 28.

Upcoming Volunteer Events

16th Annual Missouri River Clean Up - Saturday, May 4, 2019

The National Park Service seeks your help for our annual river clean up. Over 150 volunteers participated in the clean-up in 2018 collecting over one ton of debris. With the help from area public and private organizations, the National Park Service stage this annual community event from Yankton's Riverside Park.

Civic groups, service clubs, scout troops, families, and individuals all join together to help cleanse the river of debris and garbage. Volunteers are treated to early morning refreshments and a post-cleanup lunch.
Check out photos from an earlier cleanup!

How Do I Get Involved?
If you're interested in volunteering we ask that you visit the Park Headquarters 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to speak to our Volunteer Program Coordinator for details. You can visit the program coordinator by phone or email by calling Dugan Smith at 605-665-0209, Ext 28, or e-mail us.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Student Conservation Association Program
You may also apply to the Student Conservation Association (SCA). They have a Resource Assistant Program that places individuals in land management agencies, including the National Park Service. More information may be obtained at their website: www.thesca.org.

Volunteering With The Federal Government
Visit Volunteer.gov, the portal to volunteer opportunities throughout the federal government.


Last updated: February 4, 2019

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