Work, Worship, Wilderness, Leadership
Live at the base of Halfdome. Hike the jagged peaks of the Tetons. Splash through the waterfalls of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Escape from another average summer and discover God through creation while loving and serving those in the national parks.
In 44 National and State Park locations across the US and Canada
About A Christian Ministry in the National Parks
What is your ideal landscape to live in and explore for an entire summer?
Hiking two hundred miles in Glacier? Cliff jumping in Crater Lake? Boating on Lake Powell?
A Christian Ministry in the National Parks (ACMNP) combines your love for the outdoors and a desire to grow as a Christian leader by ministering to those who live in and visit America's national parks.
While working a full-time job in a national park (which we help you secure), you have an entire summer to explore, hike, kayak or climb with people you also live and work with. ACMNP differentiates from just any national park job by equipping leaders and supporting them as they focus on relational ministry and lead interdenominational worship services every week in America's most incredible landscapes.
The Employee Experience
While living in one of 44 National (or state) Parks we offer, you will not only earn a paycheck and explore a new landscape for 3-4 months, but are prepared for and encouraged to grow as a servant leader throughout your experience.
You will go from friends to family with the ACMNP team you are placed with in the park, while also learning from new cultures working with international students from all over the globe.
Through worship services on Sunday and relational ministry opportunities with co-workers and guests throughout the week, you are empowered to cultivate a Christian community within the park you were called to serve.
When you are not working or leading worship services, the adventures you can take part in are unlimited. We encourage you to take co-workers on road trips, climb with the locals, kayak on glacial lakes, and hike with National Park Service employees.
ACMNP team members will not only be enriched personally, but will play a role in the impact of thousands of people that work in and visit the National Parks of America. As we prayerfully consider where and with whom you serve, each team member is then encouraged to make as much of this experience as they can!
Candidates must be...
- A follower of Jesus Christ and can affirm the Apostle's Creed
- Generally 18-30 years old (but all ages are welcome to apply)
- Able to plan and lead worship services every week in the park
- Able to work well on a team
- Able to work full-time and earn an income for the duration of your placement
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.
We are monitoring the developments with COVID-19 closely and adapting as needed to ensure the safety of our teams as we respond to the needs within the park communities. Many of the parks we serve in are planning for late May or early June openings. We are still accepting applications for limited spots on our teams, so apply soon! We feel more strongly than ever that God has called ACMNP to love and serve those in national park communities following this difficult season. We hope you can join us!