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Volunteer in Parks Program

  • Do you enjoy Nebraska's great outdoors?
  • Would you like to learn new skills or share your knowledge with others?
  • Is making a meaningful contribution to Nebraska's parkland resources important to you?

If you can answer yes to any or all of the above questions, you may qualify to become a Nebraska State Parks VIP.

Who Are VIP's?

VIP's are volunteers who serve without pay helping the Commission provide quality outdoor recreation as a project to satisfy their personal goal of community service. VIP's contribute their time and energies to projects which assist the Commission with accomplishing its many goals. Volunteers develop lasting friendships while contributing to the betterment of Nebraska's state park system.

Volunteer Projects

The list of available projects at every state park, historical park, recreation area and recreation trail is virtually endless. The nature of the project depends on the needs of the individual park and the skills of each volunteer. Examples of typical projects include serving as Camp Hosts; building, renovating and maintaining nature trails; staffing entrance booths and information desks; conducting living history; recycling; improving handicapped access; shoreline / roadside / trailside clean-up, and helping park staff with various maintenance activities.

VIPs may work as few or as many hours as they wish. Many projects require as little as an hour per week.

Who Can Volunteer?

Anyone can participate, including children under 16 with parental permission and supervision. At least one adult should be present to supervise every five (5) children 15 years old and under. Non-profit community service groups with large memberships are preferred, so volunteering does not become burdensome to a dedicated few. Political parties and elected officials may not volunteer, because erecting a sign with a political name on it could constitute a partisan endorsment and could be an illegal use of state funds.


Selection of VIP's depends on the needs of each park area and the skills of each applicant. Volunteers should be in good health and physically able to carry out their duties.

How to Volunteer

Complete the written Volunteer In Parks Application form and apply directly to the park of your choice. Be sure to include any special skills or interests you have.

Click Here! to request an application form!

Upon selection as a VIP, an agreement will be signed by both the park superintendent and the volunteer describing each party's responsibilities. The agreement is non-binding and may be cancelled at any time by either party without penalty.

The Commission will recognize volunteer groups on a sign erected at the park area. Projects involving significant permanent improvements will be eligible for permanent sign recognition. Roadside / trailside litter pick-up projects and similar efforts of a temporary, though on-going nature, will be recognized with signs posted through-out the period during which volunteers are actively honoring their agreement. Upon conclusion or termination of the agreement, recognition signs will be removed.

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