Picacho Peak State Park offers locals and visitors a broad range of volunteer opportunities. Volunteers should have a professional work attitude, be people-oriented, friendly, and open to acquiring new skills. Volunteers will receive training for their respective positions as needed. Volunteers may be asked to operate park vehicles and must have a valid drivers license.
Volunteers who stay in the park may use a campsite with electric, water, and sewer for a weekly donation of 20 hours of park service in any of our volunteer positions listed below. Volunteers who stay on-site are responsible for their own housing.
Campground Host’s primary responsibility is to maintain the park’s campground. This includes assisting the park’s camping visitors, maintaining campsites, providing information, and communicating park rules and regulations (not enforcing them), etc. Campground Hosts are to be observant for activities that require Ranger involvement, such as enforcement issues or medical situations, and to notify necessary staff when the occasion arises. Hosts are required to take care of the two restroom/shower buildings located in the campground (daily chores include sweeping and mopping floors, clean showers and toilets, wipe down mirrors and sinks, and toilet paper refills.) Hosts need to make constant rounds through the campground to maintain sites (raking, removing trip hazards, cleaning fire grills, and litter pickup) along with keeping office personnel up to date on availability of campsites. When campground duties are caught up, the hosts often assist Rangers and other volunteers with additional maintenance projects and duties throughout the park. Camp hosts will operate park vehicles and must have a valid drivers license.
Visitor Center Volunteer’s primary job is to carry out the operations of the Visitor Center. These duties include greeting visitors, answering phones, taking group reservations, collecting fees, providing park and area information, park store support, etc. Volunteers will need to know basic park history and trail information to answer visitor questions. All information will be provided. Volunteers normally operate on two four-hour shifts. First shift is morning hours. Second shift is afternoon hours. Third shift will occasionally be used midday, during the busiest days of peak season. Visitor Center volunteers must be willing and able to operate a computerized cash register, use web-based campground reservation software (training for both will be provided), and handle public monies.
Maintenance Service Volunteers will assist the park staff with general maintenance and small construction projects. Examples include daily park upkeep, trail work, painting, plumbing, weeding, or other projects as designated by the Volunteer Coordinator. Volunteers will not be asked to work on projects that are beyond their level of knowledge or ability. All maintenance volunteers will be operating park vehicles and must have a valid drivers license. Experience with a variety of hand and power tools is preferred, but not a requirement.
If you're not able to commit 20 hours per week, the park also offers a variety of shorter term volunteering options such as:
We need Civil War re-enactors for our Annual Event: Civil War in the Southwest. You may read more about our Historical Re-enactor Guidelines and Clothing, Weapon, Artillery, and Cavalry Standards for this event.
Take the next steps!
If you would like to volunteer, you can start the Online Volunteer Application.