Have you ever dreamed of leading bird talks and discovering what brings people to Arizona from overseas, or assisting with interpretive programs at an 1870s military outpost or ancient Native American ruins? Arizona State Parks and Trails welcomes volunteers for one-time projects as well as long-term assignments.
If you live near one of our recreation, historic, or conservation parks, you may choose to be a local parks volunteer on a regular basis. Recruitment of community members occurs throughout the year, with volunteer open houses and trainings occuring during busy seasons.
Have you ever wondered what it takes to manage, coordinate, and implement all the daily activities/events of all the state parks? Arizona State Parks welcomes volunteers for one-time projects as well as long-term assignments to help with event preparation, greeting visitors, clerical work, data entry and community education at the state parks.
We are also looking for volunteers who are interested in giving their time at our central office, located in Phoenix at 23751 N. 23rd Ave, Suite 190. Volunteer opportunities are offered various times throughout the year when needed.
On-site support team volunteers may be asked to assist with a variety of tasks, with campground hosting being a primary area. Please check specific park web pages for the type of duties you can expect to be assigned at each park.
Volunteers provide their own lodging (tent, camper, trailer, motor home) and are provided a free campsite, most often with utility hook ups. We ask for a commitment of at least six weeks and donated time of at least 20 hour per week.
Since we receive many more requests for positions than we have available, this is a very competitive process. Please feel free to add letters of recommendation, pictures of yourself and your motor home, resumes and other information that you think might be helpful to us in making our selections.
Outreach Ambassadors will assist us with the dissemination of information regarding parks and programs. This primarily will be staffing information booths at community events. Volunteers who are interested in further training may be asked to present general information to community groups (such as Kiwanis, etc.) regarding the park system, or specific parks, as needed.
Arizona State Parks' mascot, Rocky Ringtail, is sometimes requested for community events to highlight the Junior Ranger program. This requires someone to wear the mascot costume, and one or more "wranglers" to guide the person in the costume. The costume has certain physical requirements and cleaning procedures. Training and a handbook will be provided.
Wranglers are guides for Arizona State Parks' mascot, Rocky Ringtail. The person wearing the costume is not permitted to speak and has limited hearing and vision. Wranglers guide Rocky, speak for Rocky, help Rocky get to a hidden place for breaks, drinks, and restroom visits. Wranglers interact with people, help them get their photo taken with Rocky, and answer questions about parks and programs.
Location: Various locations, primarily in Maricopa County to start.
Duration: Volunteers will be asked to support at least five booth shifts (usually four-five hours) or three presentations (or a combination of both) within a year of service.
Volunteers Needed: 20
Minimum Age: 12 years of age (minors are required to be accompanied by an adult)
Difficulty: Moderate – volunteers need to be comfortable speaking one-on-one with people of all ages as well as being around large groups of people. Ability to stand for long periods and to set up tables, chairs, and displays. Training is necessary for these positions – specifics will be given once volunteers register.
Equipment Provided By Park: Supplies for all presentations will be provided.
Project ID: 005
Applications for the Volunteer Program are now accepted online. Apply online now.