Volunteer Program


REvised COVID-19 update for volunteers

(Updated 06/05/2023)

Please read the COVID-19 guidance on volunteer activity to learn more about the current health and safety requirements for volunteers.  

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State Parks volunteers play a vital role in sustaining the treasures that are Washington state parks, providing more than 190,000 hours of service each year. Anyone can be a Washington State Parks volunteer--individuals, couples and groups. Explore our volunteer opportunities below to find out how you can get involved.

Park Host program

The popular Park Host Program offers enthusiastic and interested volunteers the chance to stay and have fun in beautiful and diverse park settings while gaining experience in park operations and visitor services. Hosts are needed year round in many Washington state parks. Learn more about our host program here.


Beach cleanups are suitable for the whole family and are a fun and exciting way to participate in a meaningful activity while enjoying a day at the beach. Volunteer for one of our cleanups and help get marine debris off our beaches! Learn more here.

LOCAL Individuals - COMMUNITY volunteers

Would you like to support your community and play a role in keeping your local state park open, clean and green? Many parks need volunteers on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. You can support your local park by volunteering a few hours each week or month. Learn more about our individual volunteer opportunities here.

Group Volunteers

Is your family, scout troop, school, business or organization looking to get outdoors and make a difference? Groups of all kinds can help support state parks on a one-time or recurring basis. Learn more about our group volunteer opportunities here

Friends Groups

Friends groups help support and promote local state parks around the state. Consider becoming a member or volunteering for your local state park's friends group. Learn more about our Friends Groups and how you can get involved here.


Hours spent on certain volunteer projects can qualify volunteers for a complimentary Discover Pass. Learn more here.

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