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As a Volunteer for the Gateway Arch Park Foundation and/or National Park Service, you will be a part of  creating meaningful experiences and making the Gateway Arch, Old Courthouse, its grounds, neighboring public spaces and attractions vital, welcoming and a well-supported resource for the community and nation.  

Our Volunteer Program is co-managed by the National Park Service and the Gateway Arch Park Foundation

Volunteers make a Positive Impact

“I love the Arch, and I have always been intrigued by how it represents exploration. It’s such an inviting, historical, and elegant national monument in our city,” said Melanie Fries, Gateway Arch National Park volunteer.

As a volunteer, you play an active role in protecting and supporting our region’s national treasure. Your impact allows the park to thrive and better serve those around it. We invite you to share your love for the Gateway Arch National Park and our community with visitors from all over the world!   

Volunteers under the arch

Volunteering is for Everyone

Our program provides options for people of all ages, abilities, and interests to participate and find their place as a volunteer. (Volunteers under 18 years-old require written parental or legal guardian consent before they may volunteer.)

We also provide unique opportunities for groups of all kinds including corporate, school, youth groups, clubs and many more. These opportunities promote   team-building skills while sharing your talents with and contributing to the community.

Volunteering has its perks

  • The pride that comes with a personal connection with the Gateway Arch National Park
  • Recognition opportunities to celebrate our amazing volunteers
  • Annual general membership to the Gateway Arch Park Foundation
  • Free parking during volunteer hours
  • Connect with like-minded individuals
  • Participate in learning and sharing stories in a world-renowned museum
  • Spend time outdoors and enjoy our urban national park
Volunteers under the arch

Volunteer Opportunities

Days of Service

Days of service demonstrate and celebrate the power of volunteers working together to support neighborhoods, communities, and the world. The National Park Service participates in national and local days of service to help preserve the national park for years to come. See a list of events to participate in below:

  • National Public Lands Day (September)
  • National Park Week (daily events in April)
  • National Volunteer Week (daily events in April)
  • Family Volunteer Day (November)

Individual Service Opportunities:

The Gateway Arch Park Foundation and Gateway Arch National Park recruit individual volunteers on an as needed basis. Individual Service volunteers work with both organizations in the following departments:

  • Gateway Arch Park Foundation
    • Operations
    • Communication
    • Development
    • Events
  • Gateway Arch National Park
    • Administration
    • Education and Interpretation
    • Library and Museum
    • Grounds Keeping
    • Visitor Services

Trails and Rails

Trails & Rails volunteers share the heritage of our region with passengers aboard Amtrak trains between St. Louis, MO and Springfield, IL. This is part of Amtrak’s national Trails & Rails program to enhance the journeys of Amtrak passengers. More information on how to become a Trails & Rails volunteer can be found here.

Group Opportunities

Group volunteer opportunities provide corporate groups, youth groups, and community organizations with team-building experiences and help preserve an international icon. Group volunteer opportunities may include landscaping, park clean up, or assisting with other meaningful projects. Schedule your personalized volunteer group opportunity here or by contacting Gateway Arch Park Foundation’s volunteer manager,  meagan.patterson@archpark.org.