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Volunteer Program

Volunteers play a vital role in sustaining Washington State Parks, providing more than 190,000 service hours each year. Join the thousands of volunteers that help keep your Washington State Parks the special places they are.

Volunteer with Washington State Parks

Anyone can be a Washington State Parks volunteer! 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.

Individual volunteers

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 individual volunteer opportunities here.

Group volunteers

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

Beach cleanups

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.

Friends groups

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

Volunteering has its rewards

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


Contact Us

Department Volunteer Program
Phone (360) 902-8583
Email Parks.Volunteer@parks.wa.gov
Address 1111 Israel Rd SW Olympia , WA 98504