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Volunteer In Parks Program

General Information

two volunteers painting a fenceAre you concerned about state parks and the outdoors?
Do you have skills or talents you would like to share with others?
Do you like to meet and work with people?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has something for you. It is called the Volunteers In Parks (VIP) Program and it is for everyone – professionals, senior citizens, students, housewives, young people and civic groups.

VIPs provide invaluable assistance to Missouri State Parks on a wide variety of tasks and projects around the state. Volunteers assist people in visitor centers and contact stations. They help catalog historic items and documents, and they serve as natural history interpreters and tour guides. Some VIPs perform maintenance or light construction tasks, or help with constructing or renovating trails. There is almost no limit to the types of work that volunteers can perform. The main requirement is a willingness to serve.

How to Get Started

To get started, click here.


  • You will receive volunteer training, supervision, and the tools and adequate space to do your work well.
  • You will be considered part of the staff and will be given orientation to the park system and trained in park practices
  • You will spend time at your favorite park while, at the same time, making it a better place for everyone else.
  • You will be asked to perform volunteer tasks to the same standards as paid employees.
Questions/More Information

For more information, contact:
Volunteer Coordinator
573-751-7733 / 800-334-6946