Volunteer With The Maryland Park Service

The Maryland Park Service's volunteer programs provide many ways for citizens to help with a number of functions. The Maryland Park Service recognizes the benefit that is derived from the time and effort donated by its volunteers. Individuals and groups are encouraged to become part of the statewide network of park volunteers.

You Really Do Make A Difference!

Thousands of volunteers in Maryland's 65 state parks and five state forests donate hundreds of thousands of service each year. Volunteers provide enthusiasm, energy and creativity to the wide variety of tasks they accomplish. Volunteers experience many benefits -- among them companionship, a sense of responsibility and enhanced skills. There is an opportunity for everyone!

Volunteers having fun!

Volunteer Coordination System Launched

The Maryland Park Service has launched a new online statewide volunteer coordination system to make volunteering in state parks easier than ever and provide new functionality including powerful opportunity search options. We encourage all volunteers to take advantage of the capabilities available in the new system. Please click here to find instructions for accessing and using the system."

Getting Started

  • View or download a copy of the Maryland Park Service Volunteer Manual
  • Maryland's state parks and forests offer volunteer options for weekdays and weekends.
  • Search for volunteer opportunities.
  • Volunteer in the Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden, or help support garden programs and operations by donating time in the gift shop.
  • You can also volunteer with Scales and Tales, an environmental education program that uses live animals native to the state of Maryland, and help educate thousands of school children statewide.
  • Join the Volunteer Ranger Program and assist the Department's regular ranger force in state parks and forests with operations, programs and public service.
  • Become a volunteer Camp Host and help keep campgrounds clean and in good condition. In return for your generous efforts, you'll receive a free campsite.
  • Many state parks have advocacy volunteers, or "Friends Of" groups, whose efforts raise awareness, consciousness and appreciation for the protection, preservation and improvement of Maryland's public lands. These volunteers play an instrumental role in organizing events, lobbying elected officials in support of public lands legislation, promoting park activities and raising money to support park programs.
  • Look up current contact information for all State Park Volunteer Coordinators sorted by region.
  • DNR Volunteer Spotlight highlights the efforts of the volunteers in State Parks.
  • For more information please email Jay Myers at ljmyers@dnr.state.md.us or via phone at 410-260-8184 (office).