Help Your Parks

Volunteers at Acadia National Park
Volunteers help clear a drainage on the carriage roads of Acadia National Park. Photo by NPS/Todd M. Edgar.

The national parks are national treasures that belong to and need the help of everyone. Check out the examples below for ideas about how you can become more actively involved in the stewardship of these national treasures. Also, head over to the National Park Service's Get Involved web page for other ways to help.

Volunteer in a National Park

Help preserve and protect America's natural and cultural heritage for the enjoyment of this and future generations. At the same time, enjoy volunteering in a park while performing rewarding projects. Volunteer opportunities abound for groups such as Scouts, Student Conservation Association crews, and the local community as well as individuals. If you are interested in volunteering, be sure to visit the National Park Service's Volunteer web page for more information.

Work in a National Park

Working for the National Park Service can be the opportunity of a lifetime. It can provide opportunities to experience some of our nation's crown jewels, discover its less-known natural wonders, develop a new perspective on our heritage, and understand the complexities of managing our natural resources. It is challenging and rewarding. If you are interested in such a career, be sure to visit the National Park Service's Work with Us page.

Internship in a National Park

We invite you to interns in some of the most beautiful areas of the country. Internships can provide learning opportunities through activities such as wilderness revegetation in the 877,000 acre wilderness of Olympic National Park, assistance with the native cutthroat trout preservation and restoration project at Yellowstone National Park, water quality or piping plover monitoring at Assateague Island National Seashore, serving as a crew member in the Spotted Owl Survey Program at Crater Lake National Park, or giving educational cave tours at Wind Cave National Park. Many parks and central offices offer opportunities for internships. Unfortunately, a centralized list of internships is not available. If you are looking for an internship in a park, we suggest that you find a park that interest you and contact them directly. Information on how to contact a park is available on each park's web site.

Emeritus Program

Careers in the NPS develop individuals with unique qualifications in areas such as applied science, resource management, education/interpretation and outreach, policy, and the humanities. The National Park Service (NPS) Emeritus Program provides opportunities for NPS retirees to contribute their knowledge and expertise to parks, regional offices, or Washington Office programs on a volunteer basis. It encourages continued involvement of retiring NPS leaders, scholars, and subject matter experts over a broad range of research, interpretation, education, and administrative activities useful in natural and cultural resource management in parks. The Emeritus Program is part of the NPS Volunteer Master Ranger Corps.

Last Updated: March 31, 2015