5 Ways You Can Volunteer or Work in the Outdoors this Summer

outdoor volunteerIf you’re looking to make a difference in the outdoors this summer, whether by volunteering or collecting some cash for your efforts, numerous organizations are dedicated to getting people into the mountains, canyons and other natural places for a good cause. Read on!

Big City Mountaineers
Dedicated to giving under-served urban youth the opportunity to experience the wild places of the United States, Big City Mountaineers operates in several cities throughout the country, including Denver, Oakland, Seattle, and Minneapolis. As a non-profit, BCM relies on volunteers and fundraising to ensure that urban youth are able to go on some of the most awe inspiring adventures. From overnight camping trips to weeklong expeditions, young people learn valuable life lessons and team building skills.

National Park Service
There are nearly 400 national parks in the U.S. that employ thousands of people for a variety of purposes. Whether it’s seasonal work, permanent employment, an internship or volunteer work, NPS is certain to have something for everyone. Not to mention you’ll be living and working in some of the most beautiful areas our country has to offer.

Cal-Wood Education Center
Located in Estes Park, Colorado, Cal-Wood Education Center is a summer camp for children dedicated to teaching a younger generation love and stewardship of the land and its natural resources. It also focuses on survival skills and outdoor adventure. Camp counselors are paid a stipend in addition to room and board at the institute in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Most jobs do require a full-time, summer-long commitment.

Wilderness Volunteers
This non-profit organization partners with public lands such as the BLM, Forest Service, and state and national parks to find volunteers dedicated to land stewardship. Projects include trail restoration, removing invasive species from affected areas and much more. There is a trip fee and all volunteers must bring their own camping equipment.

U.S. Forest Service
The Forest Service is responsible for protecting some of our most beautiful woodland areas. There are jobs all over the country for both part—and full-time employment, and benefits are substantial. Some areas in which job hunters can find employment include reception, guest services and information, archeology, maintenance, and library science, to name a few. Volunteer opportunities are also available.