Volunteer Abroad Volunteering in the USA

Conserving the pristine nature of Canyonlands National Park

Conservation work in Utah

Become part of a fascinating conservation project in the USA and help protect Canyonland National Park’s pristine natural areas as a volunteer.

Supporting this project means demonstrating “field hardiness” and getting your hands dirty – as a volunteer who is eager to acquire new skills and knowledge you will be involved in tasks that require full physical commitment and hard work. The goal: Conserving the native species of Canyonlands National Park that are repressed by invasive vegetation.

During your time as a conservation volunteer you discover the breathtaking wilderness of Canyonlands National Park from up close, meet people from all over the world and gather valuable hands-on experience in environmental protection, in one of the most impressive places on earth.

Services Our Services at a Glance

Included

  • Placement in the project
  • All meals during the project – volunteers help to cook
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Project-related transport
  • Assistance with selecting travel insurance
  • Project-related equipment
  • Assistance with booking flights
  • On-site orientation and project training
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • English-speaking support by long-term experienced staff
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • 24/7 support throughout the project
  • Accommodation during the project
  • Certificate

Not included

  • Flights
  • ESTA fee/visa fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses and optional excursions

Canyonland National Park

Start DateDurationCostNATUCATE-ID V.US-011
8 Weeks 1.800 €
10 Weeks 2.200 €
12 Weeks 2.400 €
Requirements

Requirements

To be able to take place in the project you must be 21-35 years of age, have a valid driver’s license and be conversational in English. It is very important that you are able and willing to serve outdoors in varying weather conditions and participate in often strenuous physical labour (including long hikes with pack-weight in beautiful but difficult terrain). This is why we ask you to hand in a doctor’s certificate confirming that you are healthy and fit. Furthermore, you must be able to work alone and together with a team, be open-minded, flexible and eager to do cultural integration and exchange.

Details Voluntary service in Utah

Details
Country Information

Volunteering in Utah

You need to book a flight to Salt Lake City International Airport. After your arrival you will be picked up and taken to your project site. Here you can settle in and receive information about your volunteer tasks and essential safety instructions.

For the following eight to twelve weeks you make an active contribution to conserving the biodiversity of Utah’s Canyonlands National Park, together with staff members of the park. Usually, you work for 40 hours per week.

As a volunteer you will be exposed to a variety of terrain to implement and document invasive plant management control methods including manual, mechanical, and chemical techniques. Additionally, you will be responsible for using GPS and GIS to locate and document sites and invasive plant populations. Volunteer tasks involve often strenuous physical duties and take place in varying weather conditions – that’s why you should expect a stay abroad characterized by physical labour, but also by rewarding and educational experiences surrounded by incomparable natural landscapes.


Accommodation

Accommodation during the project

During your time in the project you are accommodated in a volunteer house together with other national park staff members. You sleep in a shared room and also use a shared bathroom. Furthermore, board is included: you’ll receive a food card (of $500 "food value") which you can use to buy food items in the nearest supermarket for your daily meals.

Everybody interested in volunteering abroad should be able to adjust to entirely unfamiliar standards of living in their future host country. Therefore, we would like to point out the importance of being flexible and adaptable regarding the accommodation and sanitary facilities provided by the project. Those are very basic and – depending on the project – cannot be compared to European standards. The equipment and furnishings are limited to a minimum; air conditioning is not available. Depending on your host country occasional power blackouts or water outages are quite common. Please contact us if you have further questions about your accommodation. We are pleased to provide you with comprehensive information since we would like you to feel entirely prepared for your time abroad.


Leisure time

Leisure time in the USA

You usually work on four consecutive days, followed by three off-days. Sometimes work may take place on eight consecutive days, with a six-day weekend. You can use these off-days to explore the park, the surrounding area and other parts of the United States. In case you have enough time, we recommend traveling either before or after the volunteer programme as this region of the USA offers countless places to visit.


Background

Project background

Majestic rock formations, torrential rivers and swashbuckling adventure trails – the Canyonlands National Park is a vast and awe-inspiring wilderness, consisting of flat, sedimentary rock layers, colourful canyons, rock stacks and arches. Wide parts of this raw area in Southeast Utah are still completely untouched – a mighty natural wonder with a magical atmosphere.

As in many other places, invasive plant species have also found their way into Canyonlands National Park – after habitat loss the greatest threat to global diversity. Specific conservation measures have been developed in order to conserve the native vegetation of this impressive region in Utah. The support of international volunteers is essential to secure the protection of the national park’s sensitive nature.

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