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Support Montana State Parks. Volunteer!

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Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park

Montana State Parks offer volunteer opportunities for individuals of all ages, families with children, as well as service groups and clubs. Whether you can spend an hour, a day or a season, you’re sure to find something to match your interests and help today's visitors and future generations enjoy these special places, too.

Here are some excellent reasons why you might consider volunteering in Montana State Parks:

  • Meet new people and build relationships
  • Be an environmental steward
  • Learn about the parks and what they protect
  • Improve health
  • Spend time amongst Montana’s natural and cultural beauty
  • Enhance work and volunteer experience
Current Volunteer Positions Available

Would you like to help at a visitor center, host a campground, share your love of history, culture, or science with park visitors, or do a project tailored to a special interest? Consider one of these volunteer positions:

Please download and complete the application below. If you are interested in a volunteer position at a particular state park, return your application to the Park Manager listed as the contact for that park.

You may also submit your application to the Montana State Parks Headquarters, 1420 6th Ave, Helena MT 59620 or e-mail, and we will work to match your application with the state park(s) that have volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Application
(Volunteer Application (Word document) 292 KB | Volunteer Application (PDF file) 123 KB)

Although there is no deadline for submitting an application, it is highly recommended you do so by December 1st for the following summer season. Most positions are filled by mid-February. Occasionally, due to unforeseen circumstances, last-minute position vacancies occur.

Volunteer positions may include benefits such as training and orientation, Workers' Compensation insurance, reimbursement for travel and meals (up to $100 per month, or to the extent funds are available), volunteer uniform, college credit, or other special provisions unique to the site. Park Host benefits may also include one complimentary annual state park entrance pass, and a free campsite.

Positions are governed by the Volunteer Policy Guidelines ( Volunteer Policy Guidelines 15 KB) adopted by the Parks Division, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, and other applicable laws, rules, and policies.

Group Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways your group can volunteer. This includes boy scouts, girl scouts, corporations, 4-H clubs, schools, community service groups, church groups, environmental groups and so forth. Duties are usually project specific and will be designed around the interests of the group as well as the needs of the park or program.

We understand that every group interested in volunteering has different priorities and requirements. For more information on group volunteering, please call 406-444-3750 or the park manager at the park you are interested in.

Take Part in Special Volunteer Days

The 22nd annual National Public Lands Day is Saturday, September 26, 2015. Lend a hand with general clean up, tree-planting, cave restoration, listen to interpretive talks, go on a guided walk, and more; finish the celebration with a free BBQ or other refreshments. For event details, see park links below, or check with your local state park.

Other opportunities for special volunteer events at Montana State Parks are offered on Earth Day, National Trails Day, Get Outdoors Day, Global Youth Service Day, and National River Cleanup Week. See the Calendar of Events page for details of events already planned. If you or your organization are interested in planning your own event in a state park, please contact the park manager.


A variety of volunteer opportunities exist through “Friends Groups,” organizations that partner with Montana State Parks to provide additional support. Learn more at Montana State Parks Partners.



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