Support for NPS Volunteers-In-Parks Program
The National Park Service relies on volunteers to help with specific tasks, from enhancing the visitor’s experience to protecting the parks' resources. The Friends provides direct, targeted funding for the Volunteers-In-Parks program, giving the Parks the ability to support volunteers with training, tools, and support.
For more information on volunteer opportunities and to visit the Volunteer Events and Service Saturdays calendar visit the NPS website.
Volunteer opportunities may include:
Cultural and Historic Resource Monitoring – Site Stewardship
Volunteers assist Cultural Resources staff with monitoring and documenting of archaeological sites located in the four parks and monuments of southeast Utah. The stewards will monitor their assigned sites for impacts and provide important data that allow Cultural Resources' staff to maintain an on-going log of natural or human-caused changes.
Volunteers are assigned specific trails within one of the four parks or monuments in southeast Utah. They monitor their assigned trail to identify hazard issues, ensure the trails are properly marked, and to interact with visitors.
Volunteers assist and work closely with NPS Natural Resources staff with invasive weed removal in Arches and Canyonlands to identify and remove a variety of invasive weeds. These many include ripgut brome, puncture vine, Russian thistle, tamarisk, and Russian olive.
Service Projects and Events
Volunteers may be asked to participate in park projects and events as needed. On occasion, the National Park Service conducts special events and coordinates opportunities to participate in one-time projects where extra helping hands are needed.