The Dead Horse Ranch State Park Volunteer program began with the park’s inception in 1977. By 1997, volunteers were giving more than 9,000 hours annually of their valuable time towards the park’s success. Ten years later, following the completion of major redevelopment projects and increased infrastructure, volunteers have become an integral part of the park’s operation. In 2007, average annual volunteer hours totaled more than 22,000. This is the equivalent of 11 full-time employees; roughly double the current full-time staff. Volunteers, with their experience and passion, are the lifeblood of our park.

Visitor Services volunteers help with daily operation of the Visitor Center.

Dead Horse Ranch Volunteer PhotographEvery two weeks, the Volunteer Coordinator meets with our on-site volunteers to discuss ongoing operational issues, answer questions, clarify policy, and learn more about the park and the surrounding area. Frequently, guests are invited to speak at volunteer meetings as part of our ongoing educational efforts. Volunteers assist park staff with maintenance and repair, park improvement projects, interpretive education, and visitor services.

This park recruits both local and on-site volunteers. Local volunteers live nearby and come to the park to help with the park’s daily operation. On-site volunteers reside at the park during their service commitment and are provided with full hook-ups. The park recruits volunteers throughout the year. For more information please contact the Volunteer Coordinator.

Dead Horse Ranch Volunteer Photograph
Volunteers also help in a variety of other ways, including trail work, landscaping, and more.

Campground Services/Host
This is an on-site position requiring a minimum of 20 hours of service per person/per week. Campground Hosts work with Rangers to accomplish the many tasks necessary to operate a state park. They often assist campers and other park visitors with questions, directions and fee payment.  

Lagoon Host
This is an on-site position requiring a minimum of 20 hours of service per person/per week. The Lagoon Host is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the Los Alamos Day Use Area. In addition to garbage pickup around the lagoons, and maintenance of the restrooms and ramadas, Lagoon Hosts may also be involved with after hours fee collection. 

Visitor Services
This position includes both off-site and on-site volunteers, and generally work at the park’s Contact Station. They perform many diverse tasks, including registering campers, answering a wide variety of questions, and taking reservations. 

Maintenance Services
This category of volunteers includes off- and on-site volunteers who perform the many, many tasks necessary to ensure seamless operation of the park. Jobs can include small engine repair, carpentry, electrical work, plumbing, landscaping, building maintenance and event support.

ASP Volunteer Programs

Visit the Volunteer Program Home Page or Start Online Volunteer Application