December 2, 2008
Can I Volunteer in Yellowstone?
Volunteerism in Yellowstone is important. Annually, more than 500 volunteers provide services to the Park and its visitors while learning new skills and getting to know Yellowstone from the inside out.
Although the Park receives hundreds of applications each year, they can accept only the number for whom they can house or provide an RV campsite, as well as training and supervision. Volunteer campground hosts, for instance, arrive in their own RVs and are supplied with a campsite and an electrical hook-up.
Many volunteers are already located at the Park, working in the hotels or gift shops, and help on their days off. Some volunteers return to their same job year after year; others help for a day or a week at a time.
There are many opportunities to serve as a volunteer from being an archeological assistant to staffing the desk at the Heritage & Research Center, to clearing hiking trails.
One very popular program is the Yellowstone Park Foundation’s Fly Fishing Volunteers Program which takes groups of anglers out for a day at a time during the summer. These folks fish and collect tiny fin samples for researchers before releasing their catch. For more information about this program, please email YPF at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put you in touch with the appropriate parties in the Park.
Learn more about other volunteer opportunities in Yellowstone National Park>>