No matter what your skills or interests, there's probably a place for you in the VIP (Volunteer In Parks) program at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Current Jean Lafitte VIP projects include
For more information, call the site where you would like to work (see park home page for site list) or e-mail the park. Your volunteer job may require training, which will be provided by the park, and uniforms may be provided for long-term volunteers.
To find out what's new with Jean Lafitte's crew, keep in touch via park social media.
Project days which require little training and a minimum time commitment are regularly scheduled at some Jean Lafitte sites. Volunteers might help staff a park booth at a festival, dig out invasive plants, or take photographs during an event. Group projects can also be arranged (for group project inspiration, read about the summer 2012 volunteer projects by members of the 2012 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Youth Gathering here).
Jean Lafitte volunteers make a difference every day: in 2013, over 1,900 volunteers donated nearly 19,000 hours of work (and had lots of fun doing it!).
Equal Opportunity Policy: Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Park and Preserve is committed to a strong nondiscrimination policy respecting its employees and volunteers. Its policy is to provide equal opportunities for all and to eliminate discrimination based on sex (including sexual harassment and sexual orientation), race, color, national origin, religion, age, and disability.
A special thanks to everyone who participated in National Public Lands Day on September 28, 2013! Your "helping hands for America's lands" made a big difference---in just a few hours, you did the work of a dozen people working a 40-hour week.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Did You Know?
Lubber grasshoppers are sometimes known as devil's horses in south Louisiana. They lay their eggs in the fall and prefer loose dirt, so they often lay their eggs in cemeteries. These enormous flightless grasshoppers hatch in spring and spend the summer munching their way through vegetation.