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.
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.
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.
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.