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Friday, June 10, 2011

Zion National Park Seeks Volunteers

Zion National Park has started a "drop-in" program where volunteers can just show up and help with a variety of tasks to protect and improve park resources. Advanced scheduling is not needed. Just show up on a Friday morning and they will put you to work.

In addition, the park need regular volunteers on a scheduled basis. The park provided the info below that describes the two volunteer programs. More information.

Zion National Park Weekly Drop-in Volunteer Program
The weekly drop-in volunteer program at Zion National Park is being offered every Friday through the end of November. This program allows visitors and local residents the chance to lend a hand with much needed projects that help keep the park clean and beautiful. It’s a great way to help preserve Zion National Park, as well as have a fun and worthwhile experience.

Interested volunteers should gather at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center Shuttle Stop at 9:00 a.m. Projects last two to three hours and require no prior knowledge or training. Possible projects include litter removal, minor trail maintenance, and the management of invasive plants.

Participants should bring water, a hat, sunscreen, and good walking shoes. Gloves and tools will be supplied.

Everyone is welcome. No registration is required for individuals. Groups larger than 10 people are required to pre-register. Minors under the age of 18 must be joined by an adult. Please contact the volunteer coordinator at 435-772-0184 for more information or to pre-register a group.

Volunteers in Parks (VIP) program
VIP’s are an integral part of the staff at Zion, and perform a wide variety of duties including (but not limited to):
  • Campground hosts for South and Watchman Campgrounds

  • Interpretation: includes staffing the information desk 3-4 hrs/day, guided walks, talks, roving interpretation, Junior Ranger Program assistants, and other activities.
    Office and library work: includes a wide assortment of routine work and special project oriented work.

  • Museum and photo/slide collection cataloging.

  • Resource management assistance: wildlife inventory and monitoring, native plant nursery, alien plant eradication and archeological surveys.

  • Maintenance work.

  • Housing in the park is generally limited for volunteers between April and October. From November through March, dorm spaces or shared housing may be available. Campground spaces are available for campground hosts. To qualify for housing, when available, an individual would need to volunteer a minimum of 32 hours per week.

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