Volunteers are a critical part of the success of America’s national parks, especially at a time when many park resources and staff need additional support. From clearing trails to providing visitors with information to assisting archaeologists, volunteers provide invaluable services.
What do national park volunteers do?
As a volunteer, you can work behind the scenes on maintenance projects or as a park ambassador greeting and guiding visitors. Let’s explore just some of the ways you can get involved at a national park near you!
What do you do working at a national park?
Although the following occupations are just a sampling of the NPS’ diverse workforce, they do highlight the many career paths available through the National Park Service:
- Education Specialist. …
- Park Ranger (Interpretation) …
- General Park Ranger. …
- Park Ranger (Protection and Law Enforcement) …
- Park Guide. …
- Wildland Firefighter.
What activities can people do when visiting this national park?
You probably already know that the National Park Service offers a range of traditional outdoor recreational activities for visitor enjoyment including bicycling, camping, climbing, equestrianism, fishing, hiking, hunting, swimming, snowshoeing, and more.
Can I work at a national park without a degree?
The National Park Service, requires a bachelor’s degree or higher without suitable experience to substitute. Those with at least one year of experience at the GS-4 level only need two years of post-secondary study to meet the education requirements.
What is required to work at a national park?
A year of relevant experience in an area such as fish, wildlife, or recreation management, scientific work, or law enforcement. A relevant bachelor’s degree with related coursework in a discipline such as conservation, botany or forestry.
How do you start volunteering?
Here are the steps you can take to volunteer in your community:
- Decide which causes you care about.
- Identify the skills and knowledge you can offer.
- Create a volunteer resume.
- Determine how often you can volunteer.
- Research volunteer opportunities in your community.
- Consider using a volunteer site.
What skills do you need to volunteer?
Here are some examples of skills volunteers need to have:
- Strong work ethic.
- Time management.
Which are examples of volunteer opportunities?
Helping the Hungry and/or Homeless
- Build a house with Habitat for Humanity.
- Donate your old clothes.
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
- Donate old eyeglasses to an organization that collects that and distributes them to people in need.
- Donate non-perishable food to a food bank.
- Donate blankets to a homeless shelter.