Mission Statement for Grand Portage’s Volunteers-In-Parks Program
Grand Portage has an outstanding team of Volunteers in Parks (VIPs). These VIPs assist the park with a wide variety of tasks. These include greeting and orienting visitor, assisting with special events, fee collection, answering visitors’ questions, data entry, filing, answering phones, designing curriculum, library and inventory projects, archive/collections/archeology work, and conducting living history and education programs.
Current VIP opportunities at Grand Portage NM
Living History Interpreter: Inform visitors about the trade interactions of Grand Portage Ojibwe and French, British and American fur traders. Interpreters wear period dress, issued by the Monument during annual seasonal training in May, and may work in six historic venues: Great Hall, Kitchen, Canoe Warehouse, Voyageur Encampment, Ojibwe Village and Historic Three sisters and Kitchen gardens.
SCA Intern: Become a Student Conservation Association (SCA) interpretive intern at Grand Portage National Monument. View the announcement on the SCA website.
If you are interested in applying to be a Grand Portage VIP, please read some sample job descriptions and complete the application.
Did You Know?
The 40 foot “Montreal” class of birchbark canoe used on the Great Lakes during the 18th century, could carry the weight of two mid-sized cars…that’s over four tons or about 8,000 pounds!