Volunteers assist in many aspects of park opertaions, from giving cave tours to helping maintain the Hummingbird Garden.
Volunteers are a vital and integral part of the programs at Kartchner Caverns State Park. Volunteering at the park is a unique experience because of the variety of service positions available and the opportunity to connect yourself and the visitor to a rarely seen environment. Kartchner Caverns is a beautifully decorated cave with many different types of formations. Whether you are in the cave or campground, hummingbird garden or Discovery Center, there are many ways to help the visitors enjoy their experiences while on the park. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator with any questions. Available positions include:
Attention Scientists & Researchers (Active or Retired)
Both actively employed and retired scientists and engineers serve as volunteers in our acclaimed Research, Inventory and Monitoring (RIM) Program. Scientists and engineer volunteers assist Arizona State Parks as field researchers, collecting data related to a variety of natural and cultural resources at our parks. Observing hummingbird activity, mapping out agave clusters, conducting geologic mapping, doing hydrologic analyses, identifying migrating bird nesting areas and assisting with non-native plant removal are just a few examples of the type of scientific and public service available in this program. Learn More
Attention K-12 Teachers
Arizona State Parks supports your critical role in shaping tomorrow's generation of scientists, resource and park stewards, teachers, urban planners, policy-makers and other professional vocations critical to your community and the state's prosperity. Don't miss an opportunity to volunteer as RIM Resource Specialist (entry through mid-level) to gain invaluable lab and field experience. Learn More
On-site or Local Volunteers
Kartchner has 17 sites on park specifically dedicated to volunteers who devote their time here. A site in the "Volunteer Village" can be reserved for couples who work up to 20 hours per week, (each person) or for a single person who works up to 25 hours per week. Volunteers staying in the area or from the local community are encouraged to work at least 6 hours per week.
Lead cave guides, Trail cave guides
Interpretive Services volunteers support an array of educational and recreational programming. These volunteers include those who Lead cave tours (40 hr. class required), Trail cave tours (8hr class required) and provide service in the Discovery Center. The development and presentation of environmental programs (interpretive hikes, school presentations, etc.) and recreational programs (campfire talks, special demonstrations, etc.) is also considered to be a part of Interpretive Services.
Gatehouse, Front Desk, Discovery Center, Cave Portal
Visitor Services volunteers will assist parks in a variety of clerical and administrative functions as well as customer satisfaction/service needs. These could include typing, filing, answering the phone or computer work. Gatehouse support assists a Ranger in the selling of Day Use and Camping permits and provides travel directions or information to the visitors. Front Desk support will assist Rangers in distributing reservation tickets, answering the phone and providing visitor information. Cave Portal position assists with the smooth operation of the tours.
The Campground Host’s primary responsibility is to assist park visitors. This includes greeting visitors, helping them get settled, answering questions, receiving comments, communicating park rules and regulations and possibly collecting fees. Campground Hosts are also expected to be observant for activities within the park that require immediate attention by staff and/or outside emergency support. Hosts provide their own lodging (tent, camper, trailer, motor home) and are provided a free campsite, most often with utility hook ups. The Park Manager or his/her designee will approve specific duty hours and other assignments.
Miscellaneous Maintenance, Tram Driver, Trail & Garden Maintenance
Maintenance Services volunteers will assist parks with general maintenance and small construction projects. Examples include trail work, painting, plumbing, weeding, planting or other projects as designated by the Park Manager or his/her designee. Tram drivers transport visitors on tour between the Discovery Center and the cave. Volunteers will not be required to perform any extensive maintenance or repairs, especially to equipment and vehicles. Trail and Garden Maintenance will be responsible for the general upkeep of the trail system and/or the Hummingbird Garden.
Special project volunteers account for individuals or groups that assist the parks in accomplishing a specific one-time project or a short-term ongoing project. These projects may include, but are not limited to: Creating interpretive displays, research, gardening, clean-up projects and trail work. Scout groups, service, learning and non-paid internships typically fall into this category.
Friends of Kartchner Liaison
Several Parks, including Kartchner, now have supporting “Friends” groups. These volunteers assist parks with fundraising, marketing and special projects. Please contact the Volunteer Resources Planner (602-542-7152) or the Volunteer Coordinator (520-586-4121) for further information regarding membership.
Marlo Buchmann, Kartchner Caverns Volunteer Coordinator
phone: (520) 586-4121
ASP Volunteer Programs
Visit the Volunteer Program Home Page or Start Online Volunteer Application
Parks Volunteer On-Site Volunteer Service Projects Site Stewards R.I.M. Project OHV Ambassadors Friends Groups Historical Re-Enactors
Friends of Kartchner Caverns State Park
The Friends of Kartchner Caverns State Park (FKCSP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1999. The Mission is to ensure continued preservation of Kartchner Caverns through advocacy, education and public awareness in partnership with the community and Arizona State Parks. The Vision of FKCSP is to be the model to follow in the active support of cave research, preservation, appreciation, and education in the preservation of a living cave.
Friends of Kartchner Caverns State Park
P.O. Box 26500
Tucson, Arizona 85726-6500
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