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 under-fur of the beaver have microscopic barbs which make excellent quality felt for hats of the 16th-18th centuries. This hidden property was the reason why the beaver was the "standard" pelt for the fur trade.