Volunteering at Saguaro National Park
Volunteers at Saguaro National Park perform many of the functions that allow visitors to enjoy the park as well as many behind-the-scenes functions that are essential to maintaining the long term health of the park's resources.
Volunteer duties have included; staffing the visitor centers, leading nature hikes, presenting environmental education programs to school and community groups, conducting "Junior Ranger" programs and day camps, assisting biologists with research projects, pulling non-native weeds, day-to-day maintenance functions, trail building and maintenance, and patrolling trails on foot and horseback.
Saguaro National Park does not have RV or trailer site campgrounds. Volunteer hours can not be exchanged as payment for overnight backcountry passes.
Volunteer Opportunities at Saguaro National Park
*Please note that all positions may not be available at all times; contact the appropriate supervisor for further volunteer position inquires.
Currently Available Volunteer Positions
Environmental Education Volunteers
Volunteers are needed to assist with environmental education programs at both the Rincon Mountain (East) and the Tucson Mountain (West) Districts of Saguaro National Park. Volunteers work with local school groups, leading field trips at the park and presenting programs in the classroom. Typical time commitment is 4 - 5 hours per week, October - April. Formal training is provided in the fall each year and job shadowing takes place during the first few weeks as a new volunteer.
Visitor Center Volunteers
Are you excited about our amazing Sonoran Desert? Do you like talking to people? Become a volunteer at Saguaro National Park. The west district of the park is looking for some folks to help at the visitor center. Work in a beautiful area and meet interesting visitors. Gain the satisfaction of helping others to enjoy and understand this amazing area and what they can see and do at the park. For those interested in more opportunities to share your enthusiasm about the natural history of the area, you can give short talks, lead walks or go “roving” out in the park to talk to visitors.
Resource Management Volunteers
We are seeking short-term and long-term volunteers--both individuals and groups. The volunteers for Saturday events from November-April work as part of a team to remove buffelgrass or fountain grass. They must enjoy hiking and be strong enough to hike a mile or two and work for at least 4 hours in the desert sun digging up invasive plants. We also accept volunteers to work independently through our Weed-Free Trails program to kill weeds such as buffelgrass, fountain grass, Sahara mustard, and Malta star-thistle. We train these volunteers in plant identification and park safety protocols, and they work on their own schedules. If you are a group that enjoys working outdoors, we can also set up a special volunteer event. For more information, please contact the invasive plant team at SAGU_invasive@nps.gov.
Fence removal and repair volunteers will work as part of a team with park staff on Saturdays or weekdays during the cooler months of November-April. Volunteers must love to work hard in the outdoors, including hiking several miles, handling barbed wire, and working during the desert heat. For further information, please contact Don_Swann@nps.gov or (520) 733-5177.
Last updated: September 30, 2021