Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Devil’s Lake State Park needs Campground Hosts, Nature Center Helpers, Visitor Information volunteers and more.

We all know that many of our Wisconsin State Parks are over-loved, understaffed and underfunded. (Yes, I can say that!) Well if you love being outdoors interacting with other outdoor lovers, you can do something to help right now. Volunteer.

Campground Hosts

  • Stay in a campsite at the campground and volunteer a few hours a day.
  • Greet and assist campers with information about the park and facilities.
  • Assist in daily campground operations and set an example by being a model camper.
  • Clean campsites, bathrooms and facilities and assist with light maintenance.
  • Dispense park information and assist with campground programs.
  • Enjoy the company of other campers and make sure that they enjoy their stay.

Nature Center Helper

  • Present park interpretive and educational programs such as campfire talks, nature walks, multi-media shows, living history programs and evening programs.
  • Lead school group programs on-site.
  • Conduct public workshops or classes.
  • Conduct nature events in campgrounds, on park trails and at park facilities.
  • Support park staff in educational programming.
  • Greet visitors arriving at the Nature Center.
  • Answer questions about the environment, exhibits and the property.

Visitor Center Volunteers

  • Greet visitors and provide brochures, maps, program schedules and answer questions.
  • Assist park visitors with vehicle admission stickers, campsite registration and state trail passes.
  • Staff a visitor center information desk or gift shop.
  • Help coordinate special events.
  • Help design and prepare exhibits, displays and bulletin boards.
  • Help market and advertise park programs.
  • Provide newsletters, brochures, fact sheets and information about the local area.

Trail Work

You can also join us on volunteer days to help “make the trails great again!” (Sorry, it was there!) Many of Devil’s Lake State Park’s trails are in need of some TLC. Much of the work is not all that hard, pruning plants that have grown over the trail, clearing away brush and the like.  The next Volunteer Day will be Saturday April 29th from 10am – 1pm at Devil’s Lake State Park. The plan is to work to clean up along stream crossings along the trails that are becoming covered in brush and fallen trees. “All tools will be provided, but you may want to bring a pair of work gloves and water along too. Stay for the whole time or come when you can to help. Volunteers meet up at the Devil’s Lake Nature Center at 10am.

To Volunteer at Devil’s Lake State Park
Contact Sue Johansen, Park Naturalist
(608) 356-8301 Ext. 140

For all volunteer opportunities at all Wisconsin State Parks click here.

***Obligatory Disclaimer:  Whenever you read a hint of “Irreverence” in this blog, I’ve been asked to remind you that this website is NOT associated with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The views expressed in this blog are mine and do not represent the official views of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.


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