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    Apostle Islands

    National Lakeshore Wisconsin

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Types of Volunteer Positions

A Brief Description Of Duties

Lighthouse Keeper
Volunteer would greet visitors and conduct interpretive guided tours of the light stations; hike island trails and perform light trail work and tree litter pickup; notify supervisor when hazardous conditions exist or submit work orders for routine maintenance needs; administer first aid to self and visitors; provide on-site presence to prevent vandalism of historic structures; mow lawns and perform routine grounds maintenance; perform light housekeeping including sweeping, washing windows, etc.; assist Historic Structures Preservation maintenance workers with planned maintenance projects; clean and disinfect vault toilets, replenish supplies and notify supervisor when vault needs to be pumped; maintain visitation records; and monitor visitor activities for infractions of lakeshore regulations. Parkwide orientation and training would be provided.

Island Host (Campgrounds)
Volunteer would greet and help orient tent and boat campers; clean campsites, picnic area and boat dock; clean and disinfect vault toilets, replenish supplies and notify supervisor when the vault toilet needs to be pumped; hike and perform light trailwork including trail litter pickup; notify supervisor when hazardous conditions exist or submit work order requests for routine maintenance needs; monitor visitor activities for infractions of lakeshore regulations; provide visitor information and services; and, administer emergency first aid when needed. Parkwide orientation and training would be provided.

Interpretive Assistant (Information Desk)
Volunteer would provide visitor information and services at one of the park's visitor centers. Duties may include: operating an information desk; answering visitor questions; taking campground reservations and issuing camping and diving permits; opening and closing the building; operating AV equipment; providing park program and safety information; conducting over-the-counter sales; maintaining visitation records; designing and updating bulletin boards; accompanying cruise service tours; giving interpretive talks or conducting tours, and on occasion, assisting with basic custodial duties. Parkwide orientation and training would be provided.

Interpretive Guide
Volunteer would greet visitors and conduct interpretive guided tours at various sites in the national lakeshore and/or provide outreach to school groups or other organizations. Duties may include: presenting interpretive talks, walks, or conducting tours of natural and/or historic sites such as the Lakeshore Trail, Manitou Fish Camp, or Hokenson Brothers Fishery; accompanying Apostle Islands Cruise Service cruises to assist with tours at island locations; conducting environmental education programs for school groups; or presenting slide programs for school groups or other organizations. Parkwide training and orientation would be provided.

Museum Assistant
Volunteer would help document and care for the park's museum collection. The collection consists of a variety of objects, photographs, and documents pertaining to commercial fishing, logging, lighthouse keeping, and farming as well as natural history specimens, such as animal skins and mounted insects. Duties may include maintaining paper record files, entering data into the computer, locating objects for inventory, cleaning objects, and conservation work. Previous training is useful, but not necessary, except for conservation work. Volunteer would work under the direction of the park's museum curator, or ranger with curatorial duties.

Library Assistant
Volunteer would assist in the day-to-day maintenance of park library resources which includes assigning subject headings and preparing items for vertical files, accessioning books and other materials into the library, preparing catalog cards for materials, updating and maintaining overdue borrower records, sorting and filing news clippings and magazine articles, and filing, labeling and checking out/in slides and photographs. The volunteer would also assist with computerized cataloging of the library collection.

Clerical Assistant (Office Automation)
Volunteer would assist headquarters office staff with copying and mailing projects, slide filing, photograph filing, clipping and mounting newspaper articles, miscellaneous typing, and other clerical duties as needed. Projects are scheduled on an "as needed" basis.

Artist/Photographer
Volunteer would provide assistance with graphic art projects, sketch art or other art related projects depending on the skills of the volunteer. Photographers will provide photographic images of the lakeshore, employees at work sites, visitors, and lakeshore special events. Slide film and film development will be provided by the lakeshore. Projects are assigned on an "as needed" basis.

Special Projects Assistant
Volunteer would assist lakeshore staff by informing the local public of the mission of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and how it relates to them. This may be done in the following ways: presenting a slide program to school groups; conducting environmental education programs to school classes or other organizations; providing migratory or breeding bird interpretation to the public. Projects are assigned on an "as needed" basis. Volunteers may also assist with special events that are scheduled by assisting with planning and coordinating the events.

Adopt-A-Trail
Volunteers would be responsible for hiking portions of the mainland trail once a month during spring, summer, and fall to pick up litter and check that signs are in good condition and in place. Volunteers may do minor repairs as needed but will report major repair needs and any unusual situations to staff. After each trail visit, the volunteer is asked to report on the status of the area to the Trails Foreman in person or by telephone. Volunteers will be responsible for their own transportation to the mainland trail site. Trash bags will be provided and collected litter may be brought to the dumpster at Roys Point maintenance facility. Volunteers are asked to dress appropriately for outdoor work, which should include long pants, closed-toe shoes and work gloves.

Maintenance Caretaker
Volunteer would assist park staff in maintenance and upkeep of Little Sand Bay administrative and public use facilities and the Meyers Beach public use area. Duties may include minor construction; mowing lawns and trimming shrubs; tree litter pickup; routine cleaning of offices and other work areas; raking and picking up yard litter; collecting garbage; painting, scraping, and staining; cleaning and disinfecting vault toilets and restrooms and replenishing supplies; and loading/off-loading boats and vehicles. Cleaning facilities may involve work before or after normal operating hours. May assist maintenance crews with mainland projects.

Maintenance Preservation Assistant (Trades Helper)
Volunteer would assist Historic Structures Preservation maintenance workers with island-based historic structures and utilities projects. Duties may include repointing, masonry work, carpentry, roofing, scraping, painting, staining, and plumbing glazing. Volunteer would develop or increase skills in several trades. Volunteer must be in good condition, able to work on scaffolds, boatswain chairs, and ladders of varying heights and be able to wear PPE safety equipment for up to 10 hours per day.

Maintenance Historical Assistant
Volunteer would gather data for documenting the current condition of historic structures in the park. Structures include those associated with light stations, commercial fishing sites, logging camps, farming sites, and stone quarries. The volunteer would work with the park's cultural resource management and maintenance staffs in collecting photo documentation, measuring, simple surveying, sketching, providing input for draft reports, researching and entering data. There are 113 National Register Historic Structures within the park.

Maintenance Assistant
Volunteer would assist park maintenance staff by being assigned maintenance tasks that may include sign repair, vehicle washing/waxing, boat washing, painting and carpentry, picking up, delivering and receiving materials, and cleaning engine compartments and painted surfaces of boats. Tasks assigned will be dependent on skills of the volunteer. Volunteers may also be involved in field/island projects such as sign installation, kiosk staining, cleaning and disinfecting vault toilets and replenishing supplies, and routine cleaning of buildings. Volunteer may also be asked to assist with clerical and administrative duties in the maintenance division at Roys Point, headquarters and Little Sand Bay. Projects are scheduled on an "as needed" basis.

Historical Assistant
Volunteer would assist park staff by performing research relating to the historic resources of the Apostle Islands. Topics include lighthouses, shipping and shipwrecks, commercial fishing, logging, farming, and stone quarrying. Tasks may include field survey of historic sites and structures, oral history interviews, archival research, and management of historic document and photo collections.

Resource Assistant (Natural Resources)
Volunteer would assist with fieldwork, carrying out a variety of monitoring projects including breeding and migratory bird surveys, forest vegetation, sandscapes, bald eagles, campsites, bluff erosion, and frog/toad surveys. The volunteer may enter data in a database, summarize data, and write draft reports. A background in biological science, good observation skills, ability to record accurate and complete field notes, and walk moderate distances on and off-trails through dense forest vegetation, and ability to travel by motorboat would be required. Personal transportation and a valid driver's license are required. Assistance is primarily needed during the summer months.

Did You Know?

Lake Chart

There are actually 22 Apostle Islands (not 12, as might be implied by the name "Apostle"). All but one are included in the national lakeshore.