Volunteering

Both the Friends of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park and the State Park itself benefit from thousands of hours of volunteer effort every year. Please consider volunteering with FoRB or the State Park.

FoRB Volunteer Opportunities

Community Outreach - By tabling at community events we educate people about the park, how to get there, what to do, how to help.

Stewardship - Twice a year we clean up litter along 163 where it goes through the park, remove old fencing in the park and take out invasive plants in the park.

Board - Board members ensure that we have the resources (funds, volunteers, expertise) to support and promote outreach, stewardship and events, as well as be a voice for the park in community decision making. Board members raise funds, recruit volunteers, see the right paperwork gets filed at the right time, and speak on the park's behalf at P&Z, city council and county commission meetings about issues affecting the park. Terms are two years and run from June 1 to May 31.

To Volunteer email weaverjc@missouri.edu or call 573-424-9438


State Park Volunteer Opportunities

To volunteer in the park, contact Roxie Campbell at roxie.campbell@dnr.mo.gov or call 73-449-7400

Four Categories of Volunteers
There are four categories of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park volunteers. Each of these positions varies as to the degrees of responsibility, level of training and requirements.
  1. Park Steward: Park Stewards are volunteers who do not wish to make a long-term commitment to the park but are looking for ways to help with a single project. Training is not generally provided. Individuals, scouts, community service workers fall under this classification. A group application and group work agreement forms must be filled out. The park does not regularly recruit park stewards but tries to maintain a list of projects suitable for groups or individuals desiring this commitment. Potential park stewards should call the park if they have a desire to serve. Volunteers who desire to serve in this category on more than two projects annually are encouraged to become park aides.
  2. Park Specialists: Park Specialists are individuals who possess rare or specialized knowledge or skills. They serve only in their area of expertise and on a specific project (such as someone whose only duty is to lead spring wildflower walks). A park specialist may provide training to volunteers, cultural or natural resource management, interpretation or other technical assistance. Park specialists must complete an official application. No training is provided. Generally, the department recruits park specialists but occasionally a citizen will recognize a need that they can meet due to their knowledge, skills and availability.
  3. Park Aide Apprentice: Volunteers who miss or have not yet completed the park aide certification course may serve as Park Aide Apprentices. Apprentices may serve in the same duties as park aide except for those roles that require public contact.
  4. Park Aide: Once you have passed the volunteer interview, completed the training sessions, and passed the written test, you will be certified as a Park Aide. As a Park Aide, you may be involved in the following duties: trail patrol, stewardship projects, scientific research, office assistance, park or trail maintenance, park representative, historical research, or journalist (writing articles for The Bridge which is the newsletter of the Friends of Rock Bridge). With additional training, you have the option of adding specialties such as Naturalist, Fire Crew or Wild Cave Tour Leader. We require all Park Aides to serve 40 hours per year (an average of 3-4 hours per month).
Volunteer Benefits
  • Enjoy being outdoors in a beautiful, natural setting
  • Act directly to protect the parkís natural resources
  • Interact with the public to increase their appreciation of our natural and cultural resources
  • Meet and work with other volunteers and park staff
  • Receive the Friends of Rock Bridge Newsletter, "The Bridge," which includes articles, updates, and a calendar of park programs and events
  • Receive incentives for volunteering (see "Volunteer Awards" below)
  • Receive DNR Volunteer and Rock Bridge cloth patches
  • You may choose from a variety of duties, tasks and projects, based on which interest you the most.
Volunteer Awards
At the end of each calendar year, the DSP Volunteer-in-Parks program awards incentives to volunteers who contribute hours at the following levels between January and December of each year:
  • Level 1: 0-10 hours – Certificate, current year patch
  • Level 2: 11-100 hours – Certificate, current year patch, additional gift
  • Level 3: 101-250 hours – Certificate, current year patch, additional gift
  • Level 4: 251+ hours – Certificate, current year patch, additional gift
The VIP gifts are different at each level, and differ from year to year.
Volunteer Eligibility, Service and Training Requirements
  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and in good legal standing (exception is permitted for minors who are accompanied during volunteer duties by an adult park aide who signs an agreement to be responsible for the minor).
  • All volunteers must submit a completed V.I.P. application* (which includes a background check) and avolunteer work agreement. You must also attend a brief interview with park staff (in person or by phone) to see if you and the park are a good match and to obtain approval for volunteering.
  • Serve 40 hours per year (an average of 3-4 hours per month). Note that your hours do not have to be evenly distributed throughout the year. You can volunteer during the times that best fit your schedule.
  • To qualify as a park aide you must complete the certification course** which is usually offered once every year or two. It is conducted by park staff and consists of one or more days of general training and a written test. Additional training may be offered depending on your position and/or experience.
  • Park Aides are encouraged to attend at least one park-sponsored program per year to gain knowledge of park resources.
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  • * Park stewards do not need to complete V.I.P. application
  • ** New volunteers who have not yet completed the certification course are considered park aide apprentices. Apprentices can serve in most positions and often begin by assisting park staff or current volunteers with cultural and resource management projects or with regular operations such as maintenance, litter pick up, and trail repair. You must complete the certification course before serving in the park representative, naturalist or wild cave tour leader positions or any capacity that involves public contact.
Volunteer Duties
Park Representative Serve at a booth at special events to answer questions, share interpretive information, hand out literature, and assist the public. Operate equipment to give automatic audio/visual presentations to school or civic groups.
Naturalist Assist or lead groups (often school-aged) in programs about the parkís geology, history, biology, and/or other features. Lead hikes, guide groups on Connorís Cave tours, and facilitate other educational activities. You may create your own program and offer it to the public. Staff can provide information, tips on techniques and opportunities to observe existing programs.
Wild Cave Tour Leader Guide groups of up to10 people on day-long wild cave tour adventures in Devilís Icebox Cave. Your duties include safety, cave protection and providing an educational & recreational experience. Additional training and a 2-4 year commitment are required.
Steward Conduct resource management activities such as collecting and planting prairie wildflower seeds, helping with butterfly counts and frog & toad surveys, removing old fence wire and non-native invasive species, and cutting undesirable trees.
Maintenance Pick up litter along roads, trails and streams. Repair trails. Assist staff with mowing and weed-eating. Check and re-stock restrooms.
Trail patrol Walk or bicycle park trails while wearing Trail Patrol vest and carrying either a park radio or personal cell phone. Duties may include assisting visitors by providing information and brochures, informing them of park rules, helping lost or hurt visitors; duties may also include maintaining trail conditions by replacing signs, picking up litter, removing fallen limbs and trees and reporting other maintenance needs.
Burn Crew Assist staff conducting prescribed burns of native grasslands and some woodlands, usually on fall or winter weekdays. Walk firelines and carry and use various hand tools. You will be assigned to a crew and provided training.
Historian Research information regarding the parkís cultural history and document it for the parkís records. Archive newspaper clippings, slides and other materials. Conduct oral history interviews.
Journalist Write articles for publication in the FORB newsletter, "The Bridge." Distribute flyers.
Office Assist. Answer the phone, take reservations and payments, process mailings, make photocopies, laminate materials, file reports, and use park computers to enter data.
Coordinator Make contacts with other park aides in your position to coordinate activities.

To Volunteer contact Roxie Campbell at 573-449-7402