Retirement Volunteer Opportunities: National Park Volunteer

Retirement Volunteer Opportunities: National Park Volunteer



A national park volunteer planting

A National Park Volunteer helps with a revegetation project in a disturbed area of an alpine meadow.


Ideal for: Teachers, Life-long learners, Explorers, Science Lovers, History Lovers
Activity Level: Various

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If you love history or science or just love to explore, a National Park Service volunteer position may be the perfect way to give back in retirement.  There so many positions open at a range of sites.  You can volunteer at National Parks like the Everglades or  Yosemite or at Historical Sites like Ellis Island. 

The current volunteer postings cover everything from gardener to social media photograph or tour guide. It’s a great way to learn more about something you have an interest in all while you give back. Volunteering for national parks is also an excellent way to meet new people. If you like to socialize this volunteer opportunity will give you the chance to meet people from all over the world.  Retired teachers may also find this a great opportunity to give back using those teaching skills you’ve perfected after all these years as a tour guide or docent.

To see a list of open positions, you can visit .  There you can search for opportunities in your area.  The site is very helpful and categorizes opportunities by difficulty and location.  

As a bonus, volunteers with over 250 volunteer hours get a free national park pass, to check out the other 418 national park sites.