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    Jean Lafitte

    National Historical Park and Preserve Louisiana

Volunteer

Image of man with insect capture net and students identifying insect
Volunteers at BioBlitz 2013 in May helped students explore their world and contribute to scientific knowledge by identifying Barataria Preserve insects.
 

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

  • Helping with programs for children and adults
  • Music and craft demonstrations
  • Teaching Cajun dancing
  • Working behind the scenes or as a living history reenactor during the annual Battle of New Orleans commemoration
  • Carpentry and landscaping projects
  • Working with the park library and museum collections
  • Trail maintenance
  • Assisting with visitor center operations
  • Taking pictures or video of park programs and events
 

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.

  • at the Barataria Preserve, 78 volunteers cut back vegetation along trails, picked up litter, and cruised waterways in boats to pick up trash.
  • at Chalmette Battlefield and Chalmette National Cemetery, 128 volunteers cleaned about 200 national cemetery gravesites and cut back vegetation along the battlefield loop road.

 
 

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Did You Know?

Vanishing Louisiana Coast.

Louisiana’s coastline is slowly disappearing into the Gulf of Mexico. Land in coastal Louisiana is sinking about one inch every 2 ½ years.