Volunteer Program Homepage

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Who We Are

Mount Rainier’s Volunteers In Parks (VIP) program provides meaningful service opportunities for hundreds of volunteers who commit thousands of hours every year to protecting our natural and cultural resources and providing a positive visitor experience. We seek to provide an avenue for people to connect with the park on a deeper level while developing skill sets, building community, and practicing stewardship through projects that support the park’s mission. Here at Mount Rainier our volunteers are a vital part to our operations and overall success.
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Where You Fit In

We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities ranging from single day projects to full time reoccurring positions for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. You can read position descriptions of our most popular volunteer programs in the Volunteer Handbook. The park also offers internship programs through our partner organizations. Whether you are interested in donating physical labor, subject area expertise, or customer service and education, there are many ways you can get involved!

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Current Volunteers

Thank you for all the time and energy you donate to Mount Rainier National Park. You are a vital part of our team when it comes to protecting the resources and promoting stewardship of this fantastic place. Please read through our Volunteer Handbook where you will find important information on volunteering in the park and the associated logistics.
If you are a Meadow Rover or are interested in becoming one, please see our Meadow Rover Handbook.

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Mount Rainier’s Volunteer Program would not be able to accomplish all that we do if it weren’t for our partners who contribute funding and supplies, lead projects, and recruit volunteers. They help further the park’s mission of promoting stewardship through education, advocacy, and the pursuit of their mission. We are grateful for their ongoing support and encourage you to learn more about our partner organizations.

Ranger and volunteer coordinator sign up a youth volunteer.

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For Supervisors of Volunteers

Volunteers have been donating their time and energy at Mount Rainier almost from the very beginning. Their work is vital to overall park function and success and can be a great option for completing projects and having extra hands on deck. However, there are things to consider before incorporating volunteers into your department as well as to keep in mind when working with them to ensure a successful partnership. In response, the Mount Rainier Volunteer Program has put together a supervisor handbook for supervisors who are looking to or already use volunteers in their departments.

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Connect With Us

We have many ways for both current and prospective volunteers to stay up to date with the current happenings of our Volunteer Programs:

Don’t know where to start? Read the answers to our frequently asked questions.

Last updated: July 27, 2020

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

55210 238th Avenue East
Ashford, WA 98304


360 569-2211

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