Volunteers in the Parks

Get involved at Massachusetts State Parks by becoming a volunteer


Volunteers play an essential role in keeping DCR parks clean, maintained, and accessible for everyone to enjoy. DCR volunteers come from all backgrounds and walks of life, and no matter your motivation, we are grateful for your service and appreciate your time. People often seek out these opportunities as individuals, or as members of non-profit, community, corporate, educational, recreational, or civic organizations.

Through your commitment, you help expand public awareness and understanding of resource management decisions, strengthen ecological values in our communities, and build public support for the Commonwealth’s parks and forests. By sharing your time, talents, and effort you enrich the experience of visitors, help preserve sensitive natural and cultural resources, keep active, and engage in rewarding stewardship that reflects your personal values and the values of our communities and our Commonwealth.

Get Started

Become a DCR Volunteer

Learn about how to become a volunteer and fill out the Volunteer Interest Form

What Volunteers Do

Learn what kinds of jobs volunteers do in parks

What Volunteers Should Bring

Learn what to bring when you volunteer in a park

Volunteering with the Universal Access Program

Learn how you can volunteer and get involved with the DCR's Universal Access Program

Park Serve Day

Get involved with Park Serve Day, DCR's annual day of stewardship!

Download the Volunteers in Parks Program Guide

Volunteers in the Park Program Guide Banner

The development of the Volunteers in Parks Program Guide provided DCR with an opportunity to achieve the goal of standardizing and simplifying the process for proposing, reviewing, and conducting all volunteer activities – whether under the supervision of the Department or a Nonprofit Organization – on DCR property statewide. Please review the guide when considering volunteering with DCR.

Volunteers in Parks Program Guide (PDF)

Remember to Be Kind!

Contact   for Volunteers in the Parks


Department of Conservation & Recreation
State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza | Suite 6620 , Boston, MA 02116

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