Five 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.