A young volunteer shows off a bag of garlic mustard she pulled at Peninsula State Park.
Campground hosts greet and assist campers with information about the park and facilities.
A camp host teaches children about horse care.
- Contact information
- For information, contact:
- Friends of WI State Parks
P.O. Box 7921
Madison WI 53707-7921
Wisconsin State Park System Volunteer opportunities
If you like to spend time in the great outdoors and you care about our environment and protecting our natural resources - then Wisconsin State Parks needs you!
If you are interested in volunteering in Wisconsin State Parks, contact the property supervisor where you would like to volunteer to discuss available opportunities. Anyone who would like be a volunteer must fill out a Volunteer Agreement. Property superintendents will review the agreement and interview and select all volunteers.
- Stay in a campsite at the campground and volunteer a few hours a day.
- Greet and assist campers with information about the park and facilities.
- Assist in daily campground operations and set an example by being a model camper.
- Clean campsites, bathrooms, and facilities and assist with light maintenance.
- Dispense park information and assist with campground programs.
- Enjoy the company of other campers and make sure that they enjoy their stay.
- Present park interpretive and educational programs such as campfire talks, nature walks, multi-media shows, living history programs, and evening programs.
- Lead school group programs on-site.
- Conduct public workshops or classes.
- Conduct nature events in campgrounds, on park trails, and at park facilities.
- Support park staff in educational programming.
- Greet visitors arriving at the Nature Center.
- Answer questions about the environment, exhibits, and the property.
- Greet visitors and provide brochures, maps, program schedules and answer questions.
- Assist park visitors with vehicle admission stickers, campsite registration and state trail passes.
- Staff a visitor center information desk or gift shop.
- Help coordinate special events.
- Help design and prepare exhibits, displays, and bulletin boards.
- Help market and advertise park programs.
- Provide newsletters, brochures, fact sheets, and information about the local area.
- Repair and construct fences and bridges.
- Clean up park grounds, campgrounds and facilities.
- Complete special or seasonal maintenance tasks as needed.
- Do carpentry, remodeling or other construction projects.
- Make park information signs.
- Assist with minor vehicle/boat/equipment repairs and maintenance.
- Build and maintain new and existing trails.
- Build informational kiosks.
- Plant trees, remove invasive species and do prairie restoration.
- Assist staff in building picnic shelters, accessible cabins and other property facilities.
- Provide trails support and clean up.
- Perform as crew members on trail construction, renovation, and maintenance.
- Assist with the control of invasive species and the planting of native species.
- Report any trail obstructions or hazards.
If you are interested in adopting a trail, complete the Adopt-A-Trail Application and Permit or contact the park, forest or trail manager.
- Serve as trail host.
- Patrol trails for the safety and enjoyment of all users.
- Assist and provide support to other trail users.
- Sell state trail passes.
- Educate users on etiquette and regulations.
Additional information about the Trail Tender program is available in the Trail Tender Handbook. If you are interested in becoming a Trail Tender, contact the Friends Group or DNR property manager associated with your preferred trail.