Glacier National Park relies on 50,000 hours of of volunteer help from over 500 individuals every year. You can find information about programs and requirements here. And, you can find an application form here. There is a limited amount of no-cost housing for volunteers working 32 or more hours per week.
Volunteers, primarily for work between June and September, are needed in the following programs:
- Nurturing Native Plants
- Transit Center
- Visitor Center
- Campground Host
- Citizen Science
- Back Country Patrol
- Aquatic Invasive Species
- Headquarters Phone Volunteers
- Group Projects
The Glacier Institute
The private nonprofit Glacier Institute offers educational programs and adventures within the park and the Flathead National Forest. Offerings include outdoor education courses, youth camps and the discovery school. According to the institute, “Volunteers are always appreciated at our field sites and include various duties such as assisting with educational programs and facility maintenance and cleaning.” Volunteer and staff position information can be found here.
Glacier National Park Fund
The Glacier National Park Fund was established in 1999 to conduct fund raising activities on behalf of the park. Their efforts support NPS and volunteer group projects such as the planned restoration of the Heaven’s Peak Fire Lookout.
Boy Scouts of America
Scouts volunteering in Glacier National Park dates back to the 1920s when Eagle Scounts helped create some of the park’s first trails. In 2010, both Glacier and the BSA celebrated their 100th birthdays; appropriately, the Scouts were volunteering again. Scouts, scout leaders, and parents who are interested in Glacier volunteer projects should contact the Nu-Ooh-Sa District for programs and information.
For information and volunteer needs throughout the nation’s 400 National Parks, click here. On the western site of the park, check with the North Fork Preservation Association for trail clearing and other opportunities.