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Photo ambassadors

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Photo ambassadors

Looking for an interesting, creative and unique volunteer opportunity? Michigan state parks photo ambassadors work hand-in-hand with the DNR to share and curate beautiful images at Michigan state parks, trails and waterways. Ambassadors help us build a new library of stunning imagery for the state's parks and recreation system by providing photos to the Michigan DNR in exchange for promotion and swag.

Photo ambassadors help highlight and showcase outdoor recreation, state parks, trail and water-based destinations by:

  • Sharing posts from with your followers every month.
  • Providing the Michigan DNR with at least 4 high-quality photos per month that will become property of the Michigan DNR with credit to you (when applicable).
  • Sharing your own stories about Michigan state parks on your social accounts.

Ambassador perks

  • Social media exposure (all ambassadors are featured on
  • Complimentary Michigan state parks swag.
  • Opportunities for your images to be used in official Michigan DNR promotions with credit to you (when applicable).
  • Time spent in some of Michigan's most beautiful places.
  • Access to our invite-only group.

Selection process

Photo ambassadors are selected based on the applications received. Photo ambassadors should have:

  • A love for the outdoors and Michigan state parks, trails and waterways.
  • An eye for capturing interesting and engaging photos.
  • An ability to post engaging content on social media and to encourage others to visit Michigan state parks, trails and waterways.
  • Your own public Instagram account.

*Ambassadors must be 18 or older, must pass a background check and may not be employed by the DNR.

How to apply

Follow @MiStateParks on Instagram for announcements on the 2023 application process.


If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Yancer at