Lend a Hand for Acadia National Park!

Volunteer this season to maintain trails, guide visitors at Wild Gardens, share stories with visitors at Jordan Pond House, or help out at the office. So many ways to help the park with Friends of Acadia!

We volunteer because it feels good. Even better, giving your time and talents to Friends of Acadia adds up to real impact for Acadia National Park.

Whether you dig getting your hands dirty on a trail, you love sharing stories of Acadia with visitors at Jordan Pond House, or you prefer to help out in the office behind-the-scenes, volunteering with Friends of Acadia enables you to give back to the park in a way that you feel grand about.

Check out all the the ways to volunteer with Friends of Acadia this season:

Zoë Smiarowski (right), Friends of Acadia Stewardship Assistant, helps volunteer Jasper King, from the Sierra Club, move a wheelbarrow full of gravel while working to resurface the Schooner Head Path as part of a volunteer stewardship group. (Photo by Ashley L. Conti/Friends of Acadia)

Drop-in Stewardship Volunteers

While being led by our amazing Volunteer Crew Leaders, you’ll help with important work like cutting back vegetation, clearing drainage features, building bogwalk, tread work, weeding carriage roads, and other tasks. Projects run three days a week from June through October, weather permitting. Come once or many times throughout the season. No experience or reservation is required – just show up!
> Learn more: Drop-in Stewardship Volunteer Program

Office Volunteers

With year-round opportunities in the Friends of Acadia office, volunteers help with data entry, prepare mailings, and otherwise lighten the load on our staff—a much-appreciated service that helps maximize the effectiveness of our organization.

To learn more about these and other volunteer opportunities, contact Friends of Acadia at 207-288-3340.

Wild Gardens of Acadia

Help guide visitors and maintain the gardens, which showcase Acadia’s indigenous flora. During summer and fall months, docents greet visitors at the Wild Gardens, orient them to the habitats, answer questions, and highlight any interesting features or flowers. Training is provided, and weekend and weekday volunteer opportunities are available.
> Learn more about volunteering at the Wild Gardens of Acadia

Membership volunteer Georgia Munsell, right, at the membership table at Jordan Pond House.

Membership Table

During weekdays from June to September, volunteers staff a table at Jordan Pond House, helping spread the word about Friends of Acadia. They engage with a lot of visitors in the park, starting conversations with the multitude of hikers and cyclists and folks stepping off an Island Explorer bus to explore or enjoy a popover at Jordan Pond House. Shifts are 2.5 hours, with a single shift on Monday and Tuesday and two shifts (morning and afternoon) Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
> Learn more: Bringing New Members to the Table

Special Events

Lend a hand at one of our volunteer events that give back to Acadia and surrounding communities, like Take Pride in Acadia Day (Nov) and Earth Day Roadside Cleanup (April).


The Power of Volunteers

Volunteers represent not only tangible benefits to the park through the work they do, but they pass on the message of stewardship and inspire others.

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Acadia National Park Volunteer Opportunities

Acadia National Park offers many direct volunteer opportunities in addition to its partnership programs with Friends of Acadia. For the latest information, visit the park website and click on Get Involved, Volunteer. Here’s a brief overview of some of those opportunities.

What’s New?
Acadia is on the lookout for photographers, performers, and artists who are interested in donating their time and talent towards preservation efforts and enhanced visitor understanding of this special place. We welcome any amount of time you are interested in donating, whether that is an hour, a day, or a week!

A new historic preservation volunteer program is starting this spring: “The Plaque Preservationists." Acadia is recruiting four local volunteers, who are willing to commit two years to the program and assist with the cyclical maintenance and preservation of our historic bronze and stone plaques in the park.

If you are interested, email volunteeracadia@nps.gov, or call (207) 288-8716.

Help Us Spread the Word
During the month of August, on volunteer.gov, the park will be recruiting and accepting applications for all 2025 seasonal volunteer positions. This includes: Campground Hosts, Bass Harbor Head Light Volunteers, Visitor Services Volunteers, Education Volunteers.

Learn more about volunteer positions at Acadia National Park: