Volunteer Program

COVID-19 update for camp hosts and volunteers

Effective July 1, Washington State Parks will begin to welcome back camp hosts and other volunteers. 

To ensure the health and safety of our volunteers, staff, and visitors, Washington State Parks has developed new COVID-19 guidance on volunteer activity. Please review this guidance to learn more about the new health and safety requirements for volunteers.  

Volunteer opportunities this year will be limited as not all facilities are currently open. Visit the Parks Status webpage for a list of parks that are open for day-use and camping and those that remain closed. 

We encourage you to communicate with the Volunteer Program and/or park staff to determine if you are willing and able to meet the new volunteer criteria and requirements this year. We respect your decision to continue to serve with us in 2020, or to cancel or postpone.

Thank you for your understanding and flexibility in these difficult and uncertain times. We are grateful for your continued support and patience as we all move forward together.

Parks are calling will you answer

Do you love Washington state parks?

State Parks volunteers play a vital role in sustaining the treasures that are Washington state parks, providing more than 250,000 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.

Volunteer Hosts

The popular 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.

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 state park by volunteering a few hours each week or month.

Group Volunteers

Groups of all kinds may help with park improvements such as trail maintenance, tree planting, litter pickup, habitat restoration, and more. Families, clubs, organizations, schools, businesses and other groups are invited to volunteer at state parks.

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.

Volunteering has its rewards: earn a Discover Pass!

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

Volunteer Thank You