Encountering God in the Wonders of Creation since 1951
Live at the base of Halfdome… hike the jagged peaks of the Tetons… splash through the waterfalls of the Blue Ridge… escape from another average summer (or winter!), and discover nature and God in a whole new way! Be sure to check out our winter team locations in Big Bend, Death Valley, Yosemite, Everglades, Rocky Mountain and Virgin Islands National Parks!
In National Park locations across the US and Canada
About A Christian Ministry in the National Parks
A Christian Ministry in the National Parks (ACMNP) is a grassroots, student-led ministry that began in Yellowstone National Park in 1951 with the dream of providing Christian community for the people working in, living in, and visiting the national parks.
ACMNP Ministry Teams lead interdenominational services of worship each summer in over 40 national park campgrounds and amphitheaters across America - everywhere from Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon to Denali, Alaska and Acadia, Maine. (We also have a smaller number of positions for select locations in the Winter.)
We bring Christian community to people often isolated from immediate contact with local churches, including millions of visitors and employees who come to enjoy God's great natural wonders each summer.
Each volunteer Ministry Staff Member is employed full time by a private concessionaire in the park and works as a desk clerk, housekeeper, bellhop, store clerk, wait staff, or other job typical of seasonal employment.
Room and board is provided with co-workers in park employee housing.
Besides leading worship and earning a full time income, you will participate in informal relational and cross-cultural ministry among your co-workers (including many international students), develop your leadership skills, explore issues of faith and the environment, encourage others to explore the many wilderness opportunities at your doorstep, and have endless adventures in your free time!
The Employee Experience
If accepted to serve with ACMNP, you will have an unforgettable summer in the beauty of God’s creation, and one of the most formative ministry experiences that will prepare you for a lifetime of work, service, leadership and adventure! By serving with us you will have your faith challenged, perspectives changed, and your heart filled! As a ministry team member you’ll spend your summer having unlimited hiking trails at your doorstep, leading weekly interdenominational worship services, developing your leadership skills, building cross-cultural friendships, and worshiping and growing in your relationship with God—all while earning an income in a national park!
The ideal candidate for ACMNP is a mature follower of Jesus Christ who can affirm the principles of the Apostle's Creed, a common statement of faith. We seek men and women, generally 18-30 years of age, who desire to grow as leaders and experience a challenging ministry adventure. All candidates must have the ability and willingness to interact relationally with co-workers and park visitors of different faiths, backgrounds, and cultures, and partner with people from different Christian backgrounds. Ideal candidates will have a summer availability of at least 90 days, preferably through August 20th or later. All candidates must display a high level of commitment to ministry and calling, a teachable spirit, and a great attitude! Most of all we want people who desire to be flexible, spontaneous, and adventurous to have the most rewarding summer of their lives!
Room and Board
As an employee for a national park concessionaire, room and board is provided at minimal cost by the employers within the park. Employee housing is shared with other employees, typically in a dormitory style setting, but differs by national park location and employer.
Each of our national park locations will have their own unique perks for employees. Whether it’s discounted gear, cheap trips, or free rentals—explore your park to find out their special deals for employees!
Getting Here and Getting Around
Ministry Team Members are responsible for transportation to and from the national park where they will serve. Bringing your personal vehicle is highly recommended due to lack of public transportation, but is not required.
Take time to adventure and explore the national park that you’ll get to call your new backyard! Hiking, backpacking, white water rafting, wildlife watching, kayaking, climbing, hammocking, photography, star gazing—our national parks have it all, and whichever park you serve in will have its own unique opportunities for adventure!
How to Apply
Please visit the ACMNP web site to learn more about our history in the National Parks and the possibilities for your volunteer ministry work with us.