Park Stewards gain valuable
skills & experience for personal & professional
The aim of the Park Steward volunteer program is to give the community a
sense of ownership of their desert parks and mountain preserves. The Phoenix
Parks and Recreation Department is seeking a network of volunteer individuals
who can help actively monitor and maintain the areas of land that we protect and
preserve. With a limited number of Park Rangers on hand to manage the nearly
35,000 acres of public land, Park Stewards are a focal point for land
stewardship. By becoming a Park Steward, you will come to learn how to “give
back” to these beautiful areas that so many enjoy. Becoming a Park Steward also
means having fun, learning new skills, and getting outside
There are many ways in which you can become a member of the Park Steward
team. From being a trail monitor, to maintaining trailhead gates; from assisting
with litter pick up, to providing educational information to park users. Park
Stewards can even perform their duties while using their own personal equipment
such as a bicycle or horse! The possibilities are endless. We invite YOU to
share in our commitment to caring for YOUR Desert Parks & Mountain
Become part of our team
Park Stewards set a good
example for our children and our community
Park Stewards are a valuable part of our conservation team. They receive
identification gear, field training, and continuous support from park staff. In
addition to gaining new skills and meeting new people, Park Stewards are
recognized for their dedicated volunteer service. The professional integrity and
appreciation of a Park Steward parallels that of a Park Ranger and other park
It’s a privilege…
Taking on the stewardship of an area of Mountain
Preserve or Desert Park is a privilege. It is important that the Park Steward
take the responsibilities of monitoring their area seriously.
Please submit an application if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.
Then attend an orientation class to learn more about becoming a Park Steward
Volunteer. Upcoming class will be held:
Park Steward Recruitment Requirements
- Participants must submit a Park Steward Application (Individual Application
or Group/Family Application).
- Participants must be at least 16 years of age to qualify for the “Individual
Application” Park Steward category.
- Participants must attend an Orientation/Field Training session led by City
of Phoenix Park Rangers.
- Participants must be willing to volunteer a total of 60 hours per year.
- Participants should be in sound physical health.
- Individual participants must possess a valid I.D. Card or Driver’s License.
- A fingerprint or background verification may be required.
Just a few of the benefits of becoming a Park
- Gain valuable skills & experience for personal & professional
- Improve & protect YOUR Phoenix Public Lands
- Community Service / School credit hours
- Free Park Steward T-shirt / ID Badge
- Healthy activities for you and your family
- Meet new people / Make new friends
- Set a good example for our children and our community
- Share your time, skills, and expertise
- Build self-esteem / Get in Shape
- Make a difference!
Which areas can I volunteer at within the Natural Resources
- South Mountain Park/Preserve
- South Mountain Environmental Education Center
- North Mountain Area / Phoenix Mountains Preserve
- Piestewa Peak / Dreamy Draw
- North Mountain Visitor Center
- Papago Park
- Camelback Mountain / Echo Canyon
- Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area
- Reach 11 Recreation Area / Horse Lover’s Park
- Camp Colley
- Sonoran Preserve and Deem Hills
Want more information on the Park Steward
Please contact us at:
Park Steward Program
2700 North 15th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
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