Backcountry Volunteer Opportunities

Zion National Park is seeking friendly, positive, and professional volunteers available 3 to 4 months. Volunteering in the Backcountry of Zion National Park is a great way to gain valuable experience and meet new people while living in an amazing location.

Area Information
Zion National Park is famous for its majestic sandstone monoliths, slot canyons, climbing routes, beautiful colors, hanging gardens and unusual rock formations - attracting 2.7 million visitors annually. The backcountry of Zion ranges from 4,000 feet in elevation in the desert to 8,000 feet on the plateaus. Many of the hiking/backpacking trails are steep and strenuous. Zion also has many canyoneering routes that require rappelling skills. Good physical condition is necessary to enjoy Zion's adventurous backcountry.

Position Duties
50% Backcountry Permits Desk – Located in the main canyon visitor center, this is where you issue backcountry permits and collect fees, assist visitors with planning their backcountry trips, answer telephone questions, educate visitors on LNT ethics and techniques, provide information concerning trail conditions, hazards and flash flood information.

50% Backcountry Patrols and Projects - Hike trails and canyoneering routes (rappel routes) to make visitor contacts, check permits and report on trail conditions. Opportunities may exist to assist in Search and Rescue operations. Assist with Resource Management projects, including peregrine falcon monitoring, archeology site monitoring and exotic plants removal/native plant restoration. There is a moderate to strenuous activity level - Day hiking, overnight backpacking and canyoneering.

Prior backcountry and public contact experience is essential. Some of the skills that will help you get the most out of this position are day hiking, backpacking, map reading, climbing or rappelling. Excitement and love for the backcountry are the most valuable skills of all.

Area Housing - shared housing will be provided in the park.

A car is recommended, but not required. Applicant should have a valid driver’s license.

Stipend will be provided

Volunteer shirts and hat will be provided by the park. The volunteer is asked to provide their own shorts or pants (tan, green, or brown) and boots or shoes. Backcountry gear needed to perform the duties is provided.

How to Apply
Apply through the Volunteer website at or send application including work experience, education, outdoor skills, and references to Please indicate which months you are applying for.

Other information
This position can fill the requirements for internships in many cases. We offer a spring, summer, and fall position yearly. The nearest town is Springdale. We work nine hour days so every other weekend is a three day weekend.

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Last updated: February 24, 2015

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Mailing Address:

Zion National Park
1 Zion Park Blvd.
State Route 9

Springdale, UT 84767


(435) 772-3256
Staffed daily from 9 am - noon. Recorded information is available 24 hours a day. If you are unable to reach someone by phone, please email us at

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