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Volunteer Park Ranger (Interpretation)

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ORGANIZATION: National Park Service

Crater Lake National Park is seeking volunteers to present interpretive programs (boat tours, trolley tours, ranger talks, and junior ranger activities) and engage with the public at visitor centers and viewpoints. This is a great opportunity to work outdoors in one of America’s most beautiful and fascinating places.


Crater Lake National Park protects the deepest lake in the United States. Fed by rain and snow (but no rivers or streams), the lake is nearly 2,000 feet deep and is considered to be the cleanest large body of water in the world. The lake rests inside a 6-mile-wide caldera, formed 7,700 years ago when a 12,000-foot-tall volcano collapsed following a major eruption. Later eruptions formed Wizard Island, a cinder cone near the southwest shore. Today, old-growth forests blanket the volcano’s outer slopes, harboring more than 700 plant species and at least 72 types of mammals. The park is central to the cultural traditions of several American Indian tribes, whose ancestors witnessed the lake's formation. Established in 1902, Crater Lake National Park is the 5th-oldest National Park Service site in America, enjoyed by an average of 600,000 visitors annually.


Summers at Crater Lake are short but spectacular. Most of the park is covered by snow until mid-June. July and August bring beautiful displays of wildflowers. In July and August, daytime highs average 69 degrees, lows 41. Days are generally sunny, with occasional afternoon thunderstorms. The park’s Rim Drive, open from July to October, allows visitors to complete a scenic 33-mile loop around Crater Lake. Other activities include hiking, bicycling, fishing, swimming, camping, and stargazing. The park has 2 lodges, 2 campgrounds, and 3 restaurants.


The position will start on June 5. We are looking for volunteers who can stay at least through September 4, and ideally through the end of September. This is a full-time position. Volunteers will generally work 8 hours per day, 5 days per week. Both individuals and couples are welcome to apply.

Start Date - 2023-06-05

End Date - 2023-09-04

Activities include: Conservation Education;Tour Guide/Interpretation;Visitor Information

Difficulty_Level: Average

Hosts Housing Amenities: Cabins

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The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.


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Crater Lake National ParkCrate Lake, OR 97604



  • Environmental Education
  • Interpreter


  • People 55+



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