Park volunteer points out something to young visitor
Volunteer Eric Schreiner leads a hike in the Rainbow Forest area


Volunteer opportunities at Petrified Forest National Park are as diverse as the natural and cultural resources. This is the place to use skills you already have or to learn new ones.

Housing is available for volunteers but is limited, especially in the summer. A minimum workweek of 32 hours for volunteers and 40 hours for student interns, as well as a 2 month minimum commitment, is required to be eligible for park housing. Available housing includes:

  • 3-bedroom, 2-bath houses for 3 or more volunteers, student interns, and/or researchers
  • 1-bedroom apartments, usually reserved for couples
  • trailer spaces with hookups.

Positions are in Interpretation, Resource Management, Administration, and Maintenance. See below for some of the duties within each division.

smiling vip leans on furniture in pdi lunchroom
Volunteer Zak ready to answer questions at Painted Desert Inn



  • visitor center operations
  • presenting formal programs and making informal visitor contacts throughout the park
  • behind-the-scenes work, including correspondence, word processing, creative writing, coordinating special events, web work, and photography

Resource Management

  • habitat restoration
  • flora and fauna documentation
  • boundary surveys
  • data entry
  • water and air quality monitoring
  • archeology and paleontology research projects
  • management and care of the park museum collection objects
Paul Cox works on large, wooden NPS Arrowhead
Volunteer Paul Cox uses his wood working skills on large, wooden NPS Arrowheads found at several locations within the park.

NPS/Marge Post


  • word processing
  • correspondence
  • research for special projects


  • fence repair
  • trail maintenance
  • trash pickup and custodial duties
  • carpentry, plumbing, electrical, or painting jobs if you have certifications

To apply for a volunteer position, send a Volunteer Application (PDF 559 KB) to the address below. Include a cover letter listing the dates you are available and your reasons for applying to Petrified Forest National Park. If you are a full-time or part-time student applying for a student internship, you must include your educational history.

To apply, or to find out more regarding the Petrified Forest National Park volunteer program, please contact the volunteer coordinator at Petrified Forest National Park
ATTN: Volunteer Coordinator
PO Box 2217
Petrified Forest, AZ 86028

e-mail us

Phone: (928) 524-6228 ext 264


Current Volunteer Opportunities


Artist-in-Residence Program
Interested in arts in the parks? Learn about Petrified Forest's AiR program and how to apply.

Last updated: March 23, 2017

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Mailing Address:

1 Park Road, #2217
Petrified Forest, AZ 86028


(928) 524-6228

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