Volunteer opportunities

Volunteers from Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) helped reopen trails at Mount Rainier after storms during the winter of 2006-2007.
Volunteers from Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) helped reopen trails at Mount Rainier after winter storms.

Mount Rainier has many opportunities for volunteer service for both individuals and groups, including single-day projects, full-time positions, and long-term commitments that can be adjusted to fit your schedule. Whether you're looking for a one-time experience, a residential position working alongside National Park Rangers every day, or an ongoing assignment that requires a flexible commitment of a few days per month, you'll find many opportunities to participate in the stewardship of your national park.

Many short-term volunteer opportunities are available! Even if you only have a day or two to contribute, we have plenty of opportunities for you to participate with us in the stewardship of your national park! Most projects occur during the summer months (between June and September), and are appropriate for either individuals and organized groups. To keep up with current projects:

  • Follow our Volunteer Blog or Facebook page for the latest news about our program.
  • Check out our volunteer project calendar.
  • Find the answers to Frequently Ask Questions about volunteering.
  • Read through our complete list of current volunteer opportunities, listed below.
  • Sign up for our mailing list. We send out updates roughly once a month during the summer and as opportunities arise year-round.
  • If you represent a group that would like to volunteer, contact us to let us know what you're interested in, when you're available, how many people are in your group, and their age range. We'll do our best to match you up with a good project.

Thanks for your interest in helping out!

If you're interested in long-term or recurring volunteer opportunities, here's a list of projects for which we're currently recruiting:

Current Volunteer Opportunities

A man wearing snowshoes places snow poles to mark a snow covered trail.
Nordic patrol volunteer marking a trail during the winter.

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Mount Rainier Volunteer Nordic Patrol
The Mount Rainier Nordic Patrol works with park staff to provide information to visitors, maintain winter trails, and assist ranger personnel with Emergency and Search and Rescue incidents. Volunteers must participate in at least one day of training and four days a year on patrol in the park. Explore the park in winter and also help protect visitors!

A Geologist-in-Parks volunteer assists a visitor at Sunrise
Geologist-in-Parks volunteer Carrie Brugger assists a visitor at Sunrise.

Mount Rainier National Park hires several internship positions every year, mostly during the summer, through the Student Conservation Association, the Northwest Youth Corps, and the Geologic Society of America. All three provide a small living allowance, and sometimes educational credit. Mount Rainier National Park supplies housing.

Geologist-in-Parks internships are typically advertised in December and are usually due at the end of January. Visit the Geologic Society website for information about how to apply.

For a list of internships currently advertised through the Student Conservation Association and Northwest Youth Corps, visit their websites. Here's a list of some of the positions we've filled in recent years, and may fill again:

  • Backcountry Intern
  • Biology Intern (Lake Studies)
  • Citizen Science Coordinator
  • Climate Change Intern
  • Community Crews (high school crews)
  • Community Volunteer Ambassador
  • Curatorial Assistant
  • Education Program Intern
  • Geomorphologist
  • Interpretive Media Intern
  • Junior Ranger Ambassador
  • Plant Propagation Intern
  • Preventative Search and Rescue Ranger
  • Restoration Intern
  • Sunrise Patrol Intern
  • Trails Maintenance Coordinator
  • Vegetation Mapping Team
  • Visitor Services Interns
  • Visual Information Specialist
  • Wilderness Inventory and Monitoring

Most internships are advertised and filled during the spring. A ffew positions are sometimes available during the winter.

Internships may also be available through local colleges like The Evergreen State College or Northwestern University.

Depending on available funding, we sometimes hire trail crews through the SCA, Northwest Youth Corps, EarthCorps, or the Washington Conservation Corps. Contact us to ask about current opportunities.


Last updated: January 26, 2017

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