Delaware State Parks is still accepting applications for internships, campground hosts, Veterans Conservation Corps and the Youth Conservation Corps beginning in June 2020. As part of precautions against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Delaware State Parks is implementing safeguards consistent with guidance from State and Federal health agencies. We currently intend to operate services during the summer of 2020; however, our summer services could necessitate changes up to and including cancellation of these summer positions, contingent of the status of the COVID-19 outbreak.
We understand that your ability to work may change based on your circumstances, and we ask you to notify us as soon as possible if your status changes. We will contact those selected with updates on decisions that impact your service as soon as such information becomes available.
Candidates are encouraged to check for updates frequently for program status updates by visiting this page or by emailing DNREC_HelpYourPark@delaware.gov. For more information about Delaware State Parks' response to COVID-19, visit our COVID-19 page
It is a tremendous task to manage, protect and interpret the natural and cultural resources entrusted to Delaware State Parks. Our hardworking staff relies on dedicated volunteers like you to help fulfill that mission!
In as little as 2 hours, individuals and groups can make a difference in Delaware State Parks. They come from every corner of our state, and represent the wonderful diversity to be found in Delaware:
Only have a few hours or want flexibility on when you can volunteer? Check out our Volunteer Calendar for volunteer activities schedules in parks throughout the state.
Just for Groups: Weekday projects in New Castle County - Check Corporate/Business Volunteer Project Calendar
Not sure what you are looking for? Didn’t find something that works for you? Complete our Volunteer Interest Form.
This provides us with information to help better understand your interests and availability and match these against the help needed in the park, guiding us to prepare for a successful and rewarding volunteer activity.
Individuals: A variety of flexible volunteer opportunities to meet your schedule and interests, such as:
Help us plan your team’s service project!
From as few as 5 to as many as hundreds, volunteer groups can make a big impact in our parks – We work with you to coordinate a project specific to your groups schedule and interests, such as:
Join your team mates for a great day in the park!
Delaware State Parks Internship Program - provides opportunities for qualified students and career-focused graduates to apply learned theory and experience to practical situations and to observe an organization first-hand. is a training program that provides practical work experience and valuable training in the many and varied careers in the State Park system.
Volunteer Host Program - Individuals and couples with an RV volunteer in campgrounds and parks and receive a free campsite.
Veterans Conservation Corps - award-winning AmeriCorps program for military veterans or immediate military family members. Learn skills and gain certifications that will assist you in gaining employment in the natural resources field.
Youth Conservation Corps - Summer jobs program providing hands on work experience along with environmental awareness opportunities for young people aged 14 - 21 These are environmentally focused, outdoor summer jobs, not a summer camp experience; Corps members should expect to work hard, get dirty, and make a difference.
Delaware State Parks is fortunate to partner with 14 outstanding non-profit Friends Organizations who support the mission of the parks. Look into the many ways Friends groups make an impact and consider becoming a "Friend" of Delaware State Parks.
There are many reasons why volunteers choose to make a difference in Delaware State Parks.
While yours motivations may be as unique as the different opportunities to volunteer, there is a framework that determines what is required to volunteer. For more information about what it takes to be a volunteer in Delaware State Parks, please see our Delaware State Parks Volunteer Code
Ready to begin a new and exciting activity? One that will benefit not only you , but countless other visitors to Delaware's State Parks?
We need the help of people just like you. So join our team in Delaware's State Parks - VOLUNTEER!