• Image of the reconstructed stockade at Fort Vancouver and Pearson Air Museum looking northeast from the Land Bridge.

    Fort Vancouver

    National Historic Site OR,WA

Volunteer Opportunities

Archaeology volunteers at work

Two archaeology lab volunteers work to analyze a horseshoe excavated from the Fort site

NPS PHOTO

Fort Vancouver's Public Archaeology Program accepts volunteers in the fall, winter, and spring. Volunteers perform a variety of tasks, mainly conducted in the Fort's archaeology lab, located in the reconstructed Fur Store building.

Volunteer duties include cleaning, sorting, and analyzing artifacts recovered in the field, and data entry. Volunteers who perform 100 hours of archaeology lab work are eligible to volunteer for Fort Vancouver field work projects, including assisting with our annual Public Archaeology Field Schools.

To learn more about what our archaeology lab volunteers do, check out our Archaeology Volunteer Position Description (PDF, 45 KB).

The lab is currently closed. The lab closes seasonally during the summer Public Archaeology Field School. To inquire about volunteer opportunities this fall, call (360) 816-6250.

 
Volunteers at work
Archaeology lab volunteers at work analyzing artifacts
NPS PHOTO

Did You Know?

Black and white image of Dr. John McLoughlin

Did you know that John McLoughlin, Chief Factor at Fort Vancouver, is known as the “Father of Oregon” for his aid to American immigrants arriving over the Oregon Trail? His home in Oregon City, Oregon is a unit of the national park system administered by Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. More...