Human Ecology

, Volume 35, Issue 4, pp 489–496 | Cite as

Volunteer Management in German National Parks—from Random Action Toward a Volunteer Program

  • Sina Bremer
  • Peter GraeffEmail author
Brief Communication


Without the commitment of volunteers, it would have never been possible to realize many aims of nature conservation in Germany. Though volunteers have been active in nature conservation for decades, research in the field of volunteer management has only recently gained importance.

In the framework of the “International Year of Volunteerism” in 2001, the volunteer component in nature conservation in Germany was examined for the first time. Since then, a few other investigations have been undertaken, mainly concerning volunteerism in nature conservancy associations. A closer look at the situation of German national parks is still lacking. Little is known about the extent to which volunteers are used in national parks, and there is no tradition of volunteer management in nature conservation in Germany. This study analyzes the conditions and structure of volunteer management in German national parks to develop improved means of matching volunteers’ interests with national...


Protected Area National Park Volunteer Work Volunteer Program Volunteer Management 
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The authors thank the interview partners in the national parks for their support and assistance. Without them, this work would not have been possible. We are grateful to Mr. Rolf Porst from the Center for Survey Research and Methodology (ZUMA) in Mannheim, Germany, for his valuable comments on methodological aspects.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.BonnGermany
  2. 2.Dresden University of TechnologyDresdenGermany

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