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.
Click here to download the VIP (Volunteers in Parks) application and send to the appropriate contact listed in the table at the bottom of this page.
Currently Available Volunteer Positions
Resource Management Volunteers
Environmental Education Volunteers
Volunteers are needed to assist with environmental education programs primarily at the Tucson Mountain (West) District 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, garden walks, and theater presentations as well.
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.
Last updated: December 5, 2023