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Phil is a Visitor Services Volunteer at Valles Caldera.

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You Can Make a Difference.

National parks prove to be inspirational to those who visit them. They inspire visitors to explore other parks, to learn about local and national history, to tell their friends, and to get involved themselves. Public support is critical to the management of National Park Service lands, and we thank you for your support both past, present, and in the future.

Become a VIP (Volunteers-In-Parks)!

Valles Caldera offers a variety of volunteer opportunities, welcoming people from all over. Positions can range from working in the visitor contact station to assisting staff in various maintenance, clerical, trail rehabilitation, cultural resources, or natural resource projects.

Current open volunteer positions are listed below. These links will take you to Volunteer.gov, where you can learn more about each opportunity.

  • Once you have completed the online application process from the above website, your completed application will be reviewed by the volunteer coordinator.
  • A supervisor will contact you directly with more details.

Volunteer Spotlight: Phil Chiaviello

Phil Chiaviello has been a Visitor Services Volunteer at Valles Caldera National Preserve since 2022. He volunteers in the Entrance Station to welcome visitors, provide park information, and assist with bookstore sales. Here are Phil's answers to a couple of questions about his volunteer experience at Valles Caldera.

What inspired you to become a volunteer with the National Park Service?
I started visiting the national parks in the late 1980s, and I've been enjoying them ever since. Now that I'm retired, I felt that it's time to give back a little bit and, at the same time, spend time in a place that I love.

What advice do you have for somebody who is interested in volunteering?
Well, first, get out and see the parks. Find one that you love. Go on Volunteer.gov to see what types of opportunities there are for volunteers at that park, and off you go!

Special Considerations

  • At this time, Valles Caldera does not have housing or RV/trailer pads available.
  • Primitive camping may be available for longer volunteer projects, but amenities, such as electricity and water, are not available. (See volunteer opportunity description for those offering camping.)
  • Some opportunities may require a background check. (See volunteer opportunity description for those requiring a backgroung check.)
  • Some opportunities will require a certified copy of your driver's license in order to operate a government vehicle.

Current Volunteer Opportunities


Valles Caldera Volunteer Stories

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    Last updated: April 26, 2024

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