Individuals can give back to their community by volunteering at their local state parks. A variety of short- and long-term opportunities are available based on the unique needs of each park.
Individuals can give back to their community by volunteering at their local state parks. A variety of short- and long-term opportunities are available based on the unique needs of each park. Park volunteers can help with:
- Invasive, non-native weed removal
- Maintaining trails
- Picking up litter
- Performing office duties
- Assisting with interpretive programs
- Assisting with park events
- Park store operations
- And much, much more!
How to volunteer at Washington State Parks
Getting started as a park volunteer is as easy as 1-2-3! Follow the steps below to become a volunteer at your favorite Washington state park.
1: Find a State Park's volunteer opportunity near you
Explore the Volunteer Opportunities List to find out which parks are currently accepting new volunteers and the types of volunteer opportunities they offer.
2: Connect with your park
Reach out to the park contact to let them know you are interested in volunteering and to learn more about their current opportunities.
After you've connected with park staff and have mutually agreed upon volunteer duties, you will be asked to complete and submit a Volunteer Application.
Completed application forms can be submitted in one of the following ways:
- Hand it in – Print out a hard copy and submit at the park office
- Email – Scan or save your application to your computer and submit via e-mail to the park contact. If there is no email address listed, you may email your application directly to the Volunteer Program.
Please note, depending on your volunteer duties a background check may be required. We are not accepting court-ordered community service volunteers at this time.
Additional volunteer opportunities may also be available through one of our many Friends Groups. Contact your local state park's Friends Group to see how you can get involved.