Individual Volunteer Opportunities

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boys working to build a rock wallInterpreter

As an interpreter, you would assist in presenting interpretive programs, which help visitors discover and understand the natural surroundings or the state’s historic past. The greatest need for interpreters is during the spring and summer season. Volunteers in this capacity will undergo training from staff.

Park/Site Aide

As a park/site aide, you would assist full-time staff in the daily operations of a facility during the summer and other high-use periods. Work may include providing information to the public, cleaning rest rooms, mowing grass and collecting litter.

Trail Worker

Trail workers assist park personnel in all aspects of trail construction and maintenance. This can be done individually or in small groups. Work may be done year-round, but springtime is the best season.

Katy Trail Volunteer

Katy Trail State Park is built on the former corridor of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) Railroad. Duties may include trail watch, interpretation, trail maintenance, resource management, special event coordination or working at greeter booths. Katy Trail volunteers are expected to give at least four hours of service per month.

two women volunteers helping at the information booth on the Katy Trail RideSpecial Event Volunteer

More than 100 special events are held in Missouri state parks and historic sites each year. These events are great for individuals or groups looking for short-term, limited duration projects. Events might include nature programs, concerts, historical arts and crafts festivals, fishing tournaments, park cleanups and dedications. Generally, you would help with registration, setup and teardown, information booths, and planning and coordination.

Park Beautification

Assistance with litter clean up, painting and gardening is always needed in the parks. Native plant restoration projects and exotic plant removal are popular ways to volunteer.