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Visit Montana's 54 State Parks and enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and more and discover some of the greatest natural and cultural treasures on earth.
We hope you visit Montana State Parks this fall. We truly appreciate your support.
Flash flood recovery efforts at Bannack were a success and the park re-opened on September 9th. Thanks for your patience and outpouring of support and concern.
We are excited to announce the creation of a new Montana State Parks & Recreation Board. The 63rd Legislature approved this 5-person citizen board overwhelmingly and Governor Bullock signed it into law at the end of April.
The new board, appointed by the Governor, held their inaugural meeting August 28th. For more information, see Montana State Parks and Recreation Board.
Montana State Parks offer volunteer opportunities for individuals of all ages, families with children, as well as service groups and clubs. Whether you can spend an hour, a day or a season, you’re sure to find something to match your interests and help today's visitors and future generations enjoy these special places, too.
Here are some excellent reasons why you might consider volunteering in Montana State Parks:
Current Volunteer Positions Available
Would you like to help at a visitor center, host a campground, share your love of history, culture, or science with park visitors, or do a project tailored to a special interest? Consider one of these volunteer positions:
Visitor Center Attendant
Special Projects Assistant
Please download and complete the application below. If you are interested in a volunteer position at a particular state park, return your application to the Park Manager listed as the contact for that park.
You may also submit your application to the Montana State Parks Headquarters, 1420 6th Ave, Helena MT 59620 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will work to match your application with the state park(s) that have volunteer opportunities.
(Volunteer Application (Word document) 292 KB | Volunteer Application (PDF file) 123 KB)
Although there is no deadline for submitting an application, it is highly recommended you do so by December 1st for the following summer season. Most positions are filled by mid-February. Occasionally, due to unforeseen circumstances, last-minute position vacancies occur.
Volunteer positions may include benefits such as training and orientation, Workers' Compensation insurance, reimbursement for travel and meals (up to $100 per month, or to the extent funds are available), volunteer uniform, college credit, or other special provisions unique to the site. Park Host benefits may also include one complimentary annual state park entrance pass, and a free campsite.
Positions are governed by the Volunteer Policy Guidelines ( Volunteer Policy Guidelines 15 KB) adopted by the Parks Division, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, and other applicable laws, rules, and policies.
Group Volunteer Opportunities
There are many ways your group can volunteer. This includes boy scouts, girl scouts, corporations, 4-H clubs, schools, community service groups, church groups, environmental groups and so forth. Duties are usually project specific and will be designed around the interests of the group as well as the needs of the park or program.
We understand that every group interested in volunteering has different priorities and requirements. For more information on group volunteering, please call 406-444-3750 or the park manager at the park you are interested in.
Take Part in Special Volunteer Days
Cleanup, weed pulling, trail building and other volunteer events are often planned in state parks on Earth Day, National Trails Day, Get Outdoors Day, Global Youth Service Day, National River Cleanup Week, and National Public Lands Day. See the Calendar of Events page for details of events already planned. If you or your organization are interested in planning your own event in a state park, please contact the park manager.
A variety of volunteer opportunities exist through “Friends Groups,” organizations that partner with Montana State Parks to provide additional support. Learn more at Montana State Parks Partners.
Parks Offering Campsites with Electricity and Other Accommodations
Beavertail Hill, Black Sandy, Brush Lake, Cooney, Finley Point, Hell Creek, Lewis and Clark Caverns, Placid Lake, Salmon Lake, Tongue River Reservoir, West Shore.
Backcountry Camping – Sluice Boxes State Park.
Cabins – Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park.
Yurts – Big Arm State Park.
Tipis – Bannack, Beavertail Hill, Lewis and Clark Caverns, and Missouri Headwaters state parks.
All commercial activities that involve a service or participation cost are subject to a commercial use permit and fee. For more information, see Commercial Use Permits. Contact the Park Manager or Regional Park Manager for permit application instructions.
All groups over 30 persons are subject to a group use permit and fee. For more information, see Special Use Permits. Contact the Park Manager or Regional Park Manager for permit application instructions.
Special events such as weddings, sporting events, etc. may be subject to a permit and fee. For additional information, see Special Use Permits, or contact the Park Manager or Regional Park Manager.
Smith River State Park
Permits and fees are required to float the 59-mile section of river between Camp Baker and Eden Bridge; permits are issued annually through a lottery. For more information, see Smith River State Park and Smith River FAQs.