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Volunteer Opportunities in Idaho State Parks

We are now accepting applications for 2024!

Apply now for volunteer hosting opportunities.

The process for 2024 will ramp up in September and continue through May 2024. Popular positions are filling quickly. The fastest way to get consideration for a position is to complete an application today by clicking on the link below.

There are many ways to volunteer your time with Idaho State Parks and Recreation. You may volunteer as an individual or as a part of a group on short term projects of one day or less, or on a long term project in specialized programs. The following are some of the most popular volunteer programs:

  • Campground Host
  • Interpretive Host
  • Visitor Services Host
  • Maintenance Host
  • Special Projects and other volunteer work

Campground Host

What you give:

Campground Hosts are park ambassadors. They perform a variety of tasks such as greeting visitors and handing out information, replacing restroom supplies, cleaning campsites, picking up litter, and informing the rangers about potential problems. Hosts serve as official greeters and must like people, be courteous, outgoing, and helpful to all park visitors. Host volunteers need to be physically capable of performing these duties. You will be scheduled to work varied days and hours, usually 24-30 hours per week. We ask for at least a 30 day commitment, however some assignments can also be extended for the entire camping season (May-October) if desired. View a sample job description.

What you get:

  • An all-access state park pass (for entry to all Idaho state parks) in return for 100 hours of donated time
  • Free camping with full or partial hookups (depending on the park) and a sign for your campsite
  • A Volunteer Orientation Guidebook about Idaho State Parks
  • A uniform designating your status as volunteer – consisting of a cap, vest, patch, and name tag
  • Training by state park personnel
  • Insurance for job-related medical costs
  • All you need to provide is your own housing–park housing available at some parks

Interpretive Host

Interpretive hosts are trained volunteers who interpret the cultural, natural and recreational resources of Idaho State Parks to visitors. They receive continued training to which they can add their own unique approach and experiences. Interpretive hosts can either be on-site campers or come in on a day-to-day basis from the local community. Interpretive hosts provide guided tours about the natural features of the area, historical and cultural information specific to the area, especially at historic parks, assist with research and development of programs, perform clerical tasks, greet visitors and other public oriented services. View a sample job description.

Visitor Services Host

Visitor Service volunteers answer questions and provide information to park visitors at park entrances or visitor centers. They volunteer as clerks in the parks’ retail stores and help with clerical and front desk receptionist duties. Computer and secretarial skills can also be used to help park personnel do various reporting procedures. Click here to view a sample job description for the History and Education Center Gift Shop Clerk. View a sample job description.

Maintenance Host

Maintenance Hosts assist in the minor repair and maintenance of park facilities. Existing buildings and other structures need cleaning, painting, repairing, and improvements. Skills sought include: electrical, carpentry, painting, masonry, landscaping, small motor repair. Maintenance hosts can also help park staff on new construction projects. Click here to view a sample job description for Maintenance Host. View a sample job description.

Special Projects and Other Volunteer Work

Volunteers can also help in our Boating Safety Education programs, non-motorized trails programs and off road vehicle programs. Special projects can be developed for both groups or individuals.


Visit these Idaho state parks for exceptional volunteering opportunities:

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