Who is a State Parks Volunteer?

Camp Host - Park Resident Volunteers:

Camp Hosts receive a campsite (with utility hookups where available) and hands-on training by experienced park staff. In exchange for a commitment of 24 hours a week per provided campsite is required. A two-month term of service is strongly encouraged. Schedules are flexible based on the parks needs and volunteer availability.

Community or Day Volunteers:

These volunteers citizens of a nearby community or are visiting one of our state parks. Day Volunteers can perform a variety of different jobs and will receive mentorship and training from our qualified park staff.

Projects/Events Volunteers:

Individuals, couples, organized clubs, scout troops, or other groups who contribute to one-time projects or events, or ongoing as needed. Group leaders are advised to contact the Park Coordinator, to arrange logistics, at least two weeks in advance. Youth (under age 18) must have prior written consent from a parent or legal guardian.

  • Visitor Center Associates
  • Maintenance Volunteers
  • Interpretive Assistants
  • Boating Safety Instructors
  • Special Events Volunteers
  • Archaeology Site Stewards
  • Presentation and Tour Guides

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You Can Make a Difference!

New Mexico's 34 State Parks offer year-round natural wonders, historic sites, interpretive and educational programs and recreational activities.  Join the growing number of State Park volunteers who make a difference, and play a vital role in preserving and maintaining the quality of experience our visitors have come to expect.  Find your NICHE and share your knowledge, experience, and skills with park staff, visitors, and volunteers.

How to Become a State Parks Volunteer


Applications are available on-line, and can be completed and submitted electronically, printed in PDF format, or requested by mail or fax through the Statewide Volunteer Program Coordinator and/or any of the New Mexico State Parks.  Apply online below or applications can be mailed or faxed:

Volunteer Application - ONLINE


Placement selection is based on park needs, volunteer experience, park availability, and volunteer preferences. An applicant's ability to be flexible will greatly increase the effectiveness of timely placement.

Once an application has been submitted, applicants are encouraged to contact the Parks Volunteer Coordinator or the Manager/Superintendent directly regarding availability and opportunities. For more program information please contact the Statewide Volunteer Program Coordinator,
Janice Krish at: janice.krish@state.nm.us

For more details please contact the Volunteer Program Coordinator or the New Mexico State Parks directly.

We look forward to having you join our team!

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We need Camp Hosts

  • Do you like to camp
  • Do you enjoy meeting new people?
  • Do you like helping others and being a part of the team?

Come Join Our Team

The opportunities are endless to apply your skills and develop new ones!

Not only do you get to stay some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes but you also get to work with some of the friendliest people in the New Mexico.

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This is my first camping experience in north western NM. I have finally found a home and it’s the only home I have ever had. The only place that I have seen such professionalism, dedication to duty and honesty, other than here, was in the military. – Earl Hatmaker, former Camp Host, El Vado Lake

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