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On your own

Can't join us on a volunteer trip? Contribute to one of our citizen science projects when it fits into your schedule. Browse current opportunities ›


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In the field

Itching to get outside? Volunteer on a research or restoration trip and spend time roaming around the plateau's mountains, canyons, and forests. Learn about our projects ›


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From afar

If you live in New York, California, or anywhere in between, no problem. You can advocate for public lands on the Colorado Plateau anytime, anywhere. Here's how ›

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COVID-19 considerations

Our top priority is the safety and comfort of our trip participants. Safety measures that will be taken on trips will be communicated in pre-trip emails. If we feel that a trip cannot be safely conducted due to public health conditions, we will cancel the trip with as much notice as possible. For the safety of all trip participants, we require everyone to be fully vaccinated prior to attending, unless a reasonable accommodation is approved. Volunteers or participants in need of an exemption from the vaccine requirement due to a medical reason, or because of a sincerely held religious belief, must submit a request for accommodation to volunteernow@grandcanyontrust.org. Reasonable accommodations will be granted where they do not cause the Grand Canyon Trust an undue hardship or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others.

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Sign up for volunteer updates

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We need you

Cutbacks in funding, staffing, and resources for managing our public lands mean we need volunteers to complete research and restoration projects on public and Native American lands. Our growing community of passionate citizens is our best hope for conservation on the Colorado Plateau — and beyond. 

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Like a lot of folks, it means a lot to me to do more for causes I believe in than just cut checks.  I really value the opportunity to get my hands dirty and up close to that which we're fighting for."
— Matt McWright, Atherton, CA

How to sign-up

  • Browse our trip list, and choose one you'd like to join
  • Click "Apply now," and follow the prompts
  • Check your email for further instructions
  • Send in your volunteer application form
  • Become a member of the Grand Canyon Trust
  • A Trust trip leader will confirm your spot

Questions? Email volunteernow@grandcanyontrust.org.

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Shots from the field

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Give us your time. We'll make it worth your while.

We know you volunteer out of love for the Colorado Plateau, but here's what's in it for you:

  • Spend a week in the mountains, canyons, or forests of the Colorado Plateau. Our field sites range from the north rim of the Grand Canyon to stunning southern Utah.
  • Work hard and play hard. You'll sweat during the day but have plenty of time to relax at camp in the evenings.
  • Learn or hone a new skill. From using power tools to identifying plants, you can learn from the best. Trust staff are experts in their fields and excited to share knowledge (and occasionally useless trivia) with you. 
  • Become a part of our community. When you volunteer with the Trust you join a big family of people who are passionate advocates for the Colorado Plateau.  


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Can't join us in the field? No problem.

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Volunteers are Essential

We're growing our community of volunteers and putting boots and shovels to the ground for conservation. In 2019, over 200 people collectively contributed more than 4,500 hours to restoration and research projects across the Colorado Plateau. Explore the map to see what we accomplished in the field.

2019 volunteer hours and projects:

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Questions? Contact us.

Curious about the menu on volunteer trips, or the gear you'll need?

Read through our FAQs or get in touch ›

Volunteers in Action Blog


Pronghorn and barbed wire fences don't mix, but volunteers are changing the landscape, one wire at a time.

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Four fascinating facts about pinyon jays that will have you ready to birdwatch in the name of conservation.

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Volunteers do the heavy lifting so native plants and wildlife have healthy water sources in the forest.

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Volunteer with us!
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