Protecting the Park for Future Generations

Join a dedicated community of Yosemite enthusiasts as you work together to preserve and protect the park. Our work crews are led by National Park Service rangers, in cooperation with Yosemite Conservancy, to improve habitats and trails throughout the park.

Work Crews

Projects have varying fitness levels, often requiring physically demanding work. Crews of up to 20 volunteers camp in the park and receive three hearty meals a day, as well as a commemorative gift. Participants generally work four days per week and are off on Friday to explore and enjoy the park. Our crews complete a variety of projects in Yosemite alongside teams from various National Park Service branches, including Trails, Vegetation and Ecological Restoration, Climbing Rangers, and Fire and Aviation. Find more information about this year’s priority projects below.

Work Week Fee

Our work week participation fee is $350. A limited number of scholarships will be available in 2022 to those in need of financial assistance. Please indicate on your application if you are interested in applying for a scholarship.

Learn More

Yosemite is a dynamic place with unpredictable weather and natural conditions. While work week projects are planned with specific goals in mind, they could be modified or canceled by the National Park Service at any time.

COVID-19 and the regulations put in place to stop the virus from spreading have presented many challenges for the work week program, mostly due to the remote setting and lack of sanitation infrastructure. All volunteers are required to follow current state and federal regulations and mandates regarding COVID-19 at the time of, and leading up to, their program in the park. Before submitting an application, please be advised that Yosemite Conservancy requires all employees and volunteers to have a current COVID-19 vaccination. An updated COVID-19 Operations Plan will be provided before your program begins.

In 2022, work week crews will be spread far and wide throughout the park, providing continued stewardship of Conservancy funded projects like the restoration of Mariposa Grove and Ackerson Meadow, continuing our partnership with NPS Climbing Rangers to improve access routes to popular climbing areas, breaking new trail on what was once the Old Tioga Wagon Road, and working with Yosemite’s Fire and Aviation team to help with ongoing fuel reduction efforts in various forests.

We are now accepting 2022 Work Week applications! Anyone interested is encouraged to apply.

by Yosemite Conservancy/Mark Marschall.
by Russell Morimoto.
by Photo: Steven Matros.

OTHER WAYS TO VOLUNTEER

Volunteer Art Instructor

Use your creative talents to lead Yosemite-focused art classes that inspire and educate visitors.

Corporate Work Projects

Build camaraderie with coworkers while supporting the park during a weekend of restoration work.

Visitor Information Assistants

Spend a month sharing your Yosemite knowledge to help visitors navigate and enjoy the park.

Youth Art Teacher Volunteer

Help Yosemite’s youngest visitors connect with the park through art during the summer season.