Volunteer

Catalina Volunteer PhotographCatalina State Park offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. The park is located in a beautiful natural area on the northwest side of Tucson, Ariz. with all the nearby amenities and cultural attractions of a large southwestern city. Tucson is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the sunbelt.

To inquire about volunteer opportunities, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator.

Onsite positions include a free campsite with water and electric hookups (30 or 50 amp) for the volunteer’s RV. These sites do not include sewer hookups. All volunteers must work 20 hours per week per person.

Campground Hosts: 
Campground Hosts work full time to support the operation of the park. They live on-site at the park for part of the year and support park operations, including greeting campers and helping them find a site. In addition, they are responsible for site and campground maintenance and maintaining the integrity of the campground. Hosts are the rangers’ eyes and ears. They inform visitors of rules and regulations and at times assist the rangers in enforcing these. Hosts may also perform the scheduling and training of the Campground Maintenance Volunteers, and do follow-up checks for custodial tasks in restroom and shower facilities.

Catalina Volunteer Photograph
Maintenance Volunteer Bill Hupp helps rangers keep up with weed control. Volunteers help with a variety of crucial tasks at this beautiful park north of Tuscon.

Campground Maintenance: 
Campground maintenance personnel support the park by performing routine custodial tasks in restroom and shower facilities. This position requires a flexible schedule particularly during the busy season as the restroom/showers require frequent checks and cleaning throughout the day due to the heavy visitation in the campgrounds.

  • Winter (busy season): appointment lasts approximately six months. Volunteers are required to work three days a week on these custodial tasks with the remainder of their time requirement be fulfilled between visitor services and/or grounds maintenance. 
  • Summer (slow season): appointment varies in length. In addition to performing custodial tasks four days a week, volunteers can supplement their time requirement with visitor services and/or grounds maintenance.

Group Area Hosts: 
Group Area Hosts work full time to support the operation of the park. In addition to greeting groups and campers and assisting them in finding their areas/sites, they are responsible for area/site maintenance and maintaining the integrity of the group area. They inform visitors of rules and regulations and at times assist the rangers in enforcing these.

  • Winter (busy season): appointment lasts approximately six months, often working three days on/three days off schedule. Hosts also perform routine custodial tasks in restroom and shower facilities. This position requires a flexible schedule particularly during the busy season as the restroom/showers require frequent checks and cleaning throughout the day due to the heavy visitation. 
  • Summer (slow season): appointment varies in length. Workdays are based upon group area reservations and are often on the weekends. In addition to performing the regular tasks, volunteers may also need to supplement their time requirement with visitor services and/or grounds maintenance.

Interpretive Volunteers:
Interpretive volunteers work to educate the visitors at Catalina State Park. They create and lead a program/walk at least twice a week. These volunteers also may assist with Ranger-led programs/walks when needed. Workdays are based on program/walk schedules and are often on the weekends. Expertise and passion in a variety of subjects including geology, history, archeology, biology, etc. are beneficial but not required. In addition to these programs, volunteers may also need to supplement their time requirement with visitor services and/or grounds maintenance.

  • Winter (busy season): appointment lasts approximately three to six months. Volunteers also participate in the Catalina State Park Nature Program held each Saturday from October through April and fulfilling duties as assigned. 
  • Summer (slow season): appointment varies in length.

The next four positions do not require the volunteer to reside in the park, or work 20 hours per week per person. Typically, these volunteers are full or part-time residents of the community.

Visitor Services Volunteers: 
Visitor services volunteers work in the Visitor Center/ranger station a minimum of four hours a week, and at times, shoulder to shoulder with a Ranger or other volunteer(s). They collect fees, issue park permits, make camping reservations, and check campers in. In addition, they provide information about the park, local attractions, and transact gift shop sales. A friendly attitude is essential, and basic computer skills are helpful.

Gift Shop Volunteers: 
Gift shop volunteers work in the Trailhead Gift Shop a minimum of four hours a week beginning around Labor Day and ending approximately Memorial Day. They provide information about the park’s trails and transact gift shop sales. A friendly attitude is essential, and basic computer skills are helpful. (This position is seasonal and may only be available on weekends depending on the time of year and necessity.)

Trail/Work Crew Volunteers: 
Trail/work crew volunteers support the park by performing a variety of upkeep and development tasks. This position is available year-round, about four hours a week. Tasks might include building maintenance, pruning, mowing, painting, trail maintenance and much more. Especially helpful, but not necessary, are experience in plumbing, electrical, carpentry, welding, and landscape maintenance. It is essential to be willing to work hard in all weather condition, be physically able to hike, and able to work with groups or alone.

Catalina State Park Nature Program Volunteers: 
Catalina State Park Nature Program volunteers help out each Saturday from October through April fulfilling duties as assigned including teaching visitor about plants, animals, geology, and bugs. Help is also needed throughout out the year with special events, continued care of the animals, and other projects to keep this program growing. This position is available year around, about four hours a week in the winter.

ASP Volunteer Programs

Visit the Volunteer Program Home Page or Start Online Volunteer Application

Friends of Catalina State Park

Friends of┬áRoper Lake State Park"The mission of the Friends of Catalina State Park is to work in partnership with the park staff and our community to support its volunteers and to promote, improve and preserve Catalina State Park for present and future generations." If you hike, cycle, or ride the park trails … If you enjoy the nature programs with the live snakes, gila monsters and other wild animals … If you enjoy the park’s boulder terrain and mountain vistas … If you want to continue the education programs that hundreds of elementary school children enjoy … Please join us in supporting our park!

Friends of Catalina State Park
11570 N Oracle Road
Tucson, AZ 85737
http://www.friendscsp.org