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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.
Division Volunteer Positions Duties Contact
Trails 1) Group events
2) Drop-in events
Brushing the trail corridor, adhere to park's trail standards.
*Requires ability to hike, use of and care for hand tools, and to work Safely and in a group.

We offer a variety of ways to work with us.
1 If you want to volunteer as a group or organization inquire about our group event options
2 Curious about trail work and want to get involved? Email us about our drop-in events.
*Because of current restrictions due to COVID-19, the park is not accepting new interpretation volunteers at this time
*Because of current restrictions due to COVID-19, the park is not accepting new trails volunteers at this time
Nick Huck
Nick_huck@nps.gov
Maintenance 1) Trash Collection
2) Maintenance
i. Help clean up litter on the highly-traveled roads along the park borders during pick-up events
ii. Aid in day-to-day maintenance duties around the park
*Because of current restrictions due to COVID-19, the park is not accepting new maintenenance volunteers at this time
Richard Goepfrich
Richard_goepfrich@nps.gov
Environmental Education 1) Curriculum-based Program
2) Experiental-based Program
3) Other School-based Programs
i. Preparing and facilitating K-12 environmental ed. activities for park field trips and at schools
ii. Planning and leading hikes (day/night), family picnics, 3-day Wilderness Camps, Jr. Ranger Camps, camping trips (in/out of the park), and backpacking trips
iii. Leading STEM/Science night activities, participate in Love of Reading Week events, judging science fairs, and other enrichment programs
Heather Taylor
sagu_education@nps.gov
Interpretation 1) Visitor Center
2) Guide Hikes & Trails
3) Assist with Park Programming
i. Helping visitors find the information they need for their trip in the park, sell gift store merchandise
ii. Provide interactive learning opportunities to guests while guiding hikes and talks
iii. Help interpretive staff create and improve programming for park visitors
*At this time, the park is not accepting Interpretation Volunteers.
Richard Hill (TMD)
Richard_hill@nps.gov
Melanie Florez (RMD)
Melanie_florez@nps.gov
Resource Management 1) Invasive Plants
2) Weed-Free Trails
3) Fence Removal and Repair
i (a). Second Saturday of the month November-April; work with park staff to help remove invasive buffelgrass in the park's EAST district
i (b). Third Saturday of the month November-December and Fouth Saturday of the month January-April; work with park staff to help remove invasive buffelgrass in the park's WEST district
i (c). Every Saturday of the month November-April; work with park staff to help remove invasive fountain grass in the park's EAST district
ii. Independent work; help keep the park's trail network free of various invasive plants or adopt parts of the park to protect from invasive plants; BOTH park districts
iii. Work with park staff to make fences wildlife-friendly and to remove old fences; BOTH park districts
For buffelgrass pulls, fountain grass pulls, independent weed-free trails work, to adopt an area of the park, or for special group volunteer events: Invasive Plant Team at SAGU_invasive@nps.gov

For fencing: Don Swann at Don_Swann@nps.gov



Outreach 1) Outreach i. Raise awareness of Saguaro National Park within the local community through non-curriculum based school programs, tabling at community events and thorugh various partnerships by bringing the park to the public
ii. Help with "In-Park" events and programs
Cam Juarez
Cam_juarez@nps.gov
Fees/Admin 1) Fee Booth Unfortunately, this volunteer position is not currently available.

i. Sell park entrance fee/passes and receipts, give visitors needed information and answer basic park questions from visitors, verify and process shift reports for deposit, and provide relief for booth staff as needed in both districts
Molly Travis
Molly_travis@nps.gov
Law Enforcement 1) Hiking Patrol
2) Bike Patrol
i. Be a courteous and friendly point of contact for visitors while promoting safe and respectful use of park resources
ii. Provide assistance to Protection Rangers in response to visitors needs (i.e. giving out park information, providing basic first aid, advising visttors of regulatuions, etc.)
John Vonk
*Due to COVID-19, the park is not currently accepting application for new volunteers to this program.

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Currently Available Volunteer Positions

 
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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.

Job Description, Environmental Education Volunteer (Saguaro National Park - East)
Job Description, Environmental Education Volunteer (Saguaro National Park - West)

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.

Time Commitment: 4.5 hours per week. Year-round residents preferred.

Knowledge and Skills Desired: Ability to acquire basic knowledge of desert natural and cultural history. Training provided. Ability to work as part of a diversified team. A desire to learn. The volunteer will be required to wear a volunteer uniform.

If interested contact:
Richard Hill
richard_hill@nps.gov

Resource Management Volunteers

Invasive Plants:

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.

Fencing:

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

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Mailing Address:

3693 S Old Spanish Trail
Tucson , AZ 85730

Phone:

(520) 733-5153
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