Friends of Harrington Beach

Volunteer opportunities

How to volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering at Harrington Beach State Park, contact the office at 262-285-3015 to discuss available opportunities. Anyone who would like be a volunteer must fill out a Volunteer Agreement. Property superintendents will review the agreement and interview and select all volunteers.

Be a concession stand volunteer

  • Greet visitors at the Welcome Center from Memorial Day through Labor Day
  • Answer visitor questions about the park and surrounding area
  • Sell ice cream treats, hot/cold beverages and snacks
  • Three hour shifts available weekends and holidays
  • Sign up on our Concessions calendar by emailing Tara Kos at

Be a campground host

  • Stay in a campsite at the campground and volunteer a few hours a day.
  • Greet and assist campers with information about the park and facilities.
  • Assist in daily campground operations and set an example by being a model camper.
  • Clean campsites, bathrooms, and facilities and assist with light maintenance.
  • Dispense park information and assist with campground programs.
  • Enjoy the company of other campers and make sure that they enjoy their stay.

Be a naturalists or nature center host

  • Present park interpretive and educational programs such as campfire talks, nature walks, multi-media shows, living history programs, and evening programs.
  • Lead school group programs on-site.
  • Conduct public workshops or classes.
  • Conduct nature events in campgrounds, on park trails, and at park facilities.
  • Support park staff in educational programming.
  • Greet visitors arriving at the Nature Center.
  • Answer questions about the environment, exhibits, and the property.

Be a visitor center volunteer

  • Greet visitors and provide brochures, maps, program schedules and answer questions.
  • Assist park visitors with vehicle admission stickers, campsite registration and state trail passes.
  • Staff a visitor center information desk or gift shop.
  • Help coordinate special events.
  • Help design and prepare exhibits, displays, and bulletin boards.
  • Help market and advertise park programs.
  • Provide newsletters, brochures, fact sheets, and information about the local area.

Be a volunteer for special projects

  • Repair and construct fences and bridges.
  • Clean up park grounds, campgrounds and facilities.
  • Complete special or seasonal maintenance tasks as needed.
  • Do carpentry, remodeling or other construction projects.
  • Make park information signs.
  • Assist with minor vehicle/boat/equipment repairs and maintenance.
  • Build and maintain new and existing trails.
  • Build informational kiosks.
  • Plant trees, remove invasive species and do prairie restoration.
  • Assist staff in building picnic shelters, accessible cabins and other property facilities.

Form 2500-120, WSPS Power Equipment Safety Acknowledgement [PDF]

Adopt-A-Trail in the State Park System

  • Provide trails support and clean up.
  • Perform as crew members on trail construction, renovation, and maintenance.
  • Assist with the control of invasive species and the planting of native species.
  • Report any trail obstructions or hazards.

If you are interested in adopting a trail, complete the Adopt-A-Trail Application and Permit [PDF] or contact the park, forest or trail manager.

Be a trail tender

  • Serve as trail host.
  • Patrol trails for the safety and enjoyment of all users.
  • Assist and provide support to other trail users.
  • Sell state trail passes.
  • Educate users on etiquette and regulations.

Additional information about the Trail Tender program is available in the Trail Tender Handbook [PDF]. If you are interested in becoming a Trail Tender, contact the Friends Group or DNR property manager associated with your preferred trail.

Volunteer Form