Volunteer

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.

 
Bike Patrol
Bike Patrol Volunteers

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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.
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
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
Chip Littlefield
Chip_littlefield@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
*Because of current restrictions due to COVID-19, the Saguaro National Park Visitor Centers are closed and the park is not accepting new interpretation volunteers at this time
Richard Hill (TMD)
Richard_hill@nps.gov
Melanie Florez (RMD)
Melanie_florez@nps.gov
Resource Management 1) Data Entry
2) Buffelgrass
3) Weed-Free Trails
i. Second Saturday of every month October-April help remove invasive buffelgrass
ii. Help keep the park's trail network free of invasive plants
*Because of current restrictions due to COVID-19, the Saguaro National Park Resource Management division is not holding buffelgrass volunteer events or accepting new Weed Free Trails volunteers at this time.
Invasive Plant Team
SAGU_invasive@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)

Last updated: August 21, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

3693 S Old Spanish Trail
Tucson , AZ 85730

Phone:

(520) 733-5153
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