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Volunteer Opportunities

Wisconsin State Park System

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If you like to spend time in the outdoors, interact with and help other outdoor enthusiasts, and you care about protecting our natural resources, then Wisconsin State Parks needs you! Check out the wide variety of volunteer positions that are available below!

Discover more volunteering opportunities with the DNR.

Position descriptions

To apply, complete a Volunteer Application Form, save and send directly to the property(ies) where you wish to volunteer. Contact information can be found in each description below, or on the bottom right corner of each property’s web page.

Be a campground host

  • Applications are being accepted for 2020
  • 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.

Be a naturalist or nature center host

  • Present property 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.

Be a visitor center volunteer

  • 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.

Be a volunteer for special projects

  • 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.

Form 2500-120, WSPS Power Equipment Safety Acknowledgment [PDF]

Adopt-A-Trail in the State Park System

  • 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 [PDF] or contact the park, forest or trail manager.

Join a Friends Group

  • A Friends Group is a group of people who have an interest in Wisconsin’s natural resources and who volunteer their time, services and support in order to enhance Wisconsin's state park properties. These groups have a formal nonprofit partnership with the state park system.

Current campground host and volunteer openings

Click below for campground host and other volunteer openings in the Wisconsin State Park System.

 

Big Bay State Park - Beach Clean-up

Big Bay State Park
2402 Hagen Rd.
La Pointe, WI 54850
Email or call 715-747-6425

Property description

Located on Madeline Island, Big Bay State Park has a 1.5-mile beach, a family campground and outdoor group camp, picnic areas, a 1.3-mile boardwalk and more than seven miles of hiking and nature trails with incredible views of Lake Superior.

Available dates:
Volunteers are needed to clean the park beach. Please contact the property for more information.

Big Foot Beach State Park - Campground Hosts

Big Foot Beach State Park
Email or call 262-248-2528

Property description

This park on the shore of Geneva Lake, includes a 100-site campground, popular lakeside picnic area and miles of hiking trails. There is a swimming beach with 900 feet of shoreline.

Available dates:
Campground hosts are needed for the 2021 camping season. 

Blue Mound State Park - Campground Hosts

Blue Mound State Park
4350 Mounds Park Road
Blue Mounds, WI  53517
Email or call 608-437-5711

Description

Blue Mound State Park is the highest point in southern Wisconsin offering spectacular views and unique geological features. A volunteer Master Gardner is needed to weed, trim and plant in the prairie gardens at the Blue Mound State Park pool area. Morning work hours. Blue Mound State Park offers 78 individual wooded campsites, 12 hike-in/bike-in sites and a Rustic Accessible Cabin for individuals with disabilities. The campground host sites can accommodate large RV campers and have 30-amp electrical hook-ups.

Available dates:
Campground hosts are needed for the 2021 camping season. 

Copper Falls State Park - Campground Hosts, Trail Maintenance

Copper Falls State Park
36764 Copper Falls Road
Mellen, WI 54546
Email or call 715-274-5123

Property description

Ancient lava flows, deep gorges and spectacular waterfalls make Copper Falls one of Wisconsin's most scenic parks. Log buildings built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s add to the park's charm. There is plenty to do; hiking, bicycling, picnicking, fishing and swimming. The North Country National Scenic Trail passes through Copper Falls State Park.

Campground host available dates:
Two campground hosts are needed for the 2021 camping season. Available dates are May 15 - Oct. 15, 2021. 

Volunteers are also needed to help with staining and painting the Doughboy’s Trail.

Council Grounds State Park - Campground Hosts

Council Grounds State Park
N1895 Council Grounds Dr
Merrill WI 54452
Email or call 715-536-8773

Park description

Native American encampments once occupied the site of Council Grounds State Park. Located along the Wisconsin River and Lake Alexander, this 508-acre park is a favorite for water enthusiasts and also offers camping, hiking, hunting and fishing opportunities.

Available dates:
Campground hosts are needed for the 2021 camping season. 

Devil's Lake State Park - Trail Maintenance

Devil's Lake State Park
S5975 Park Rd.
Baraboo, WI 53913
Email or call 608-356-8301 ext. 140

Park description

With over 2.5 million visitors each year, the Devil's Lake State Park is in need of volunteers to help in a variety of ways. Help with special events, teach kids to fish, help support group hikes, be a nature center helper, help with kayak tours, parking assistants, help with trail maintenance, remove invasive species, help with summer bat watches and more. Whatever you can do, there's something for you.

Available opportunities:

  • Trail Maintenance (help remove brush, pick up litter, repair trail sections, etc.)
Governor Dodge State Park - Adopt-A-Trail

Governor Dodge State Park
4175 State Highway 23 N
Dodgeville, WI 53533
Email or call 608-935-2315

Park description

Governor Dodge State Park is one of the state's largest parks, with 5,350 acres of steep hills, bluffs and deep valleys plus two lakes and a waterfall. Located in Wisconsin's scenic driftless area, Governor Dodge offers camping, picnicking, hiking, canoeing, biking, hunting, fishing, off-road biking, cross-country skiing and horseback riding opportunities.

Adopt-A-Trail volunteers needed:
Contact the park for available opportunities throughout the year.

Governor Knowles state Forest - Campground Hosts

Governor Knowles State Forest
325 State Road 70
Grantsburg, WI 54840
Email or call 715-463-2898

Property description

Governor Knowles State Forest is 55 miles long, encompassing 32,500 acres, acting as an extended resource protection zone for the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The St. Croix Family Campground is located near Grantsburg and offers 30 rustic camping sites for campers who want to get away and enjoy the seclusion and beauty of the northwoods. The Trade River Equestrian Campground offers 40 campsites with picnic tables, fire rings and horse tie lines. Electrical hookups are available at some sites. More than 40 miles of maintained, well-marked horse trails wind through the forest.

Available dates:
Campground hosts are needed for the 2021 camping season. 

Hank Aaron State Trail - Trail Maintenance

Hank Aaron State Trail
2300 N MLK Jr Drive
Milwaukee WI 53212
Email or call 414-263-8559

Trail description

This state trail provides a continuous connection between Milwaukee's Miller Park Stadium and the Lake Michigan lakefront, as well as providing connections to famous Milwaukee landmarks. The development of the Hank Aaron State Trail has contributed to the restoration, protection and enhancement of the Menomonee River Valley.

Available dates:
Volunteers are needed for trash pickup and to trim branches along the trail. Contact the property for more information.

New Glarus Woods State Park - Campground Host

New Glarus Woods State Park
W5508 CTH NN
New Glarus, WI 53574
Email or call 608-527-2335

Property description

New Glarus Woods is a 435-acre state park offering camping, hiking, picnicking and snowshoeing. The park also offers direct access to The Sugar River State Trail, a 24-mile linear trail surfaced with compressed limestone screenings, for bicycling, hiking, snowmobiling and, in some areas, hunting.

Available dates:
Campground hosts are needed for the 2021 camping season. 

Peninsula State Park - Nature Center Hosts

Peninsula State Park
9462 Shore Rd.
Fish Creek, WI 54212
Email or call 920-868-3258

Park description

Considered Wisconsin's most complete park, Peninsula offers 468 campsites, three group camps, a summer theater, an 18-hole golf course, sand beach, bike trails, a lighthouse and eight miles of Door County shoreline. The rollicking waves that skip towards Peninsula's sky high bluffs are part of the Niagara Escarpment.

Volunteer needs:

  • Nature Center Host. Nature Center hosts work 5 days a week, Wed–Sun, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., with Mondays and Tuesdays off. The Nature Center Host position includes an electrical campsite. Nature Center Hosts are needed for the 2021 season.
Richard Bong State Recreation Area - Campground Hosts

Richard Bong State Recreation Area
26313 Burlington Rd.
Kansasville, WI 53139
Email or call 262-878-5601

About the property and nature center

Named after a WWII flying ace, this property offers camping and other traditional outdoor activities as well as unique recreational opportunities. Dog training, model airplanes, rocketry and ATV/dirtbike trails co-exist with rare species and habitats.

The Molinaro Nature Center has displays, live animals and and hands-on exhibits about the property. The solarium showcases seasonal exhibits including butterfly rearing and nature free play. Typically Nature Center hosts are needed for Friday through Monday, about 10:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., with some flexibility. A full hook-up campsite is available to Nature Center host volunteers.

Campground host available dates:
Campground hosts are needed for the 2021 camping season. 

Turtle Flambeau Scenic Waters Area - Campsite Stewards, Volunteers

Turtle Flambeau Scenic Waters Area
5291 N. Statehouse Circle
Mercer WI 54547
Email or 715-614-5120

Property description

The Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area is located in southern Iron County in far northern Wisconsin. Undisturbed, wooded shorelines and islands offer the opportunity to boat, camp, fish and enjoy the outdoors in wild and rugged northern Wisconsin. Spread across 40,000 acres in Iron County, the Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area offers remote campsites accessible by water only.

Volunteer Island Campsite Stewards:
Volunteers are needed for dates Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Contact the property for more information.

Adopt-A-Trail volunteers:
Volunteers are needed year-round for the Wilson Hills Trail and the Big Island Trail. Contact the property for more information.

Adopt-A Boat Access volunteers:
Volunteers are needed from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year for Sturgeon Bay Landing and Sportsman’s Landing. Contact the property for more information.