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

  • Associate Naturalist / Historian - Assist with ranger-led programs and events.
  • 8-Hour Sampler - Have 4 to 8 hours to spare? Volunteer for a day.
  • Interpretive Aide - Assist staff at the Mobile Ranger Station.
  • Trail Keeper - Assist with special events, trail and sign maintenance.
  • Friends Needed - Become a member of the Friends of the Missouri National Recreational River.

Past Volunteer Events

14th Annual Missouri River Clean Up - Saturday, May 6, 2017

Over 150 volunteers participated in the annual Missouri River clean-up on Saturday, May 6, 2017. The National Park Service and a number of area public and private organizations 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 the photos from past cleanup events!

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: July 7, 2017

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