Volunteer with Trails & Rails

Man and woman standing in front of Grand Canyon rail station
Trails & Rails volunteers staff special events such as Rail Heritage Days at Grand Canyon National Park.

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The Trails & Rails Program is part of the National Park Service’s Volunteers-in-Parks (VIP) program.

Join the Fun & Excitement Serving as a Volunteer with the Trails & Rails Program

  • VIPs are not paid, and are not considered federal employees by the U.S. government;
  • VIPs are eligible for compensation for medical expenses if injured while performing official duties;
  • VIPs are required to meet Amtrak physical requirements annually, and successfully complete mandatory training classes;
  • VIPs should live within a reasonable commuting distance in areas where Trails & Rails programs are based; and The National Park Service and Amtrak do not provide funds for local transportation and lodging.

To find out if there are volunteer opportunities with the Trails & Rails program near you, please go to volunteer.gov.

Last updated: October 9, 2020