Volunteer Vacations

Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless. 

Giving back isn’t just something you can do at home. When you travel, it’s a special opportunity to become part of the community you’re visiting. Check out the organizations and opportunities below, and see where you might find some way you can help. These organizations need volunteers for events, work parties, and regularly scheduled shifts throughout the year. Please contact them directly for further details.

San Juan County Parks & Fair

Calling volunteers! Help us keep a favorite park open by assisting with grounds maintenance, litter pick-up, monitoring park activities, public information and outreach, park interpretation, data entry, or special projects. Individual or group service projects available and often tailored to fit your group. 

Contact: parks@sanjuanco.com or call (360)378-8420

Moran State Park

Volunteers operate the gift shop and learning center from May to September but also involved in park projects like the annual spring clean-up. Get involved! 

Contact: info@friendsofmoran.org 

San Juan Island National Historical Park

San Juan Island NHP participates in the National Park Service's Volunteers in Parks (VIP) program. The program uses voluntary help in a way that is mutually beneficial to the National Park Service and the volunteer. Volunteer applications can be submitted directly to the park.  

Friends of Lime Kiln Society Lighthouse

Share the wonders of Lime Kiln Point State Park through running the interpretive center, guiding lighthouse tours, as a park naturalist, and more. No experience necessary, training provided. 

Contact: Erin Corra, ErinCorra@FolksSJI.org 

San Juan Preservation Trust

The San Juan Preservation Trust offers a volunteer program that invites active participation in our efforts to preserve our cherished island places. There’s something here for everyone who wants to help. To learn more about the many ways to connect with us or to find answers to your questions, please reach out to SJPT’s Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, Jack Russillo jack@sjpt.org

Volunteer with other organizations when they visit the San Juan Islands. Many of these groups have programs linked to the San Juans, so check their schedules to plan your own volunteer vacation! 

American Hiking Society

Be a part of a crew of outdoor lovers and help rehabilitate trails all across the country. Crews consist of 6-15 volunteers accompanied by a crew leader. Volunteer Vacations involve backpacking or day hiking and accommodations vary from primitive campsites to bunkhouses or cabins. Tools and supervision are provided by the host agency or organization. 

Contact: info@americanhiking.org

Washington Native Plant Society

The San Juan Islands Chapter is dedicated to the preservation, conservation, study, and restoration of native plants and vegetation throughout the San Juan Islands and supports educational outreach on the values of the native flora and its habitat throughout the islands. San Juan Island Chapter welcomes new members, and those who are interested are encouraged to volunteer. Contact: info@wnps.org

WWOOF (Worldwide Workers on Organic Farms)

Be a part of the organic agricultural movement through a variety of farm educational opportunities—growing vegetables, keeping bees, making wine, working with animals, etc. Several farms in the San Juan Islands have WWOOFers working in their fields and gardens, including Doe Bay Resort and others. Membership required. Contact: info@wwoofusa.org

Whale Scout

Looking for opportunities in Washington after your trip to the islands? Check out Whale Scout's new app Podmatch and get involved in habitat restoration projects around the Salish Sea. 

The Whale Trail

Help promote awareness and stewardship of the marine environment through outreach, social media, and any other ideas you can come up with! Contact: info@thewhaletrail.org

Washington Trails Association

Trails across Washington need our help and support more than ever. WTA welcomes anyone who wants to lend a hand and help out on the trail—whether you've had years of experience or you're brand new to tools. We look forward to seeing you at the next work party!

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San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau
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P.O. Box 1330, Friday Harbor, Washington 98250
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