Fort Clatsop 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 visitors, assisting with special events, fee collection, invasive plant control, 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.
Volunteers are encouraged to participate in park training. This includes the annual staff training in June as well as monthly staff safety meetings.
RV sites with no hookups are available for VIPs with RVs who don't live locally. RV sites at a nearby campground can sometimes be arranged for RVers who work at least three days per week for a month or more.
If you are interested in applying to be a Lewis and Clark National Historical Park VIP please read some sample job descriptions below or at www.volunteer.gov/gov and complete the application at www.nps.gov/volunteer ; or mail your completed application with your resume to Sally Freeman, Volunteer Program Manager, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, 92343 Fort Clatsop Rd., Astoria, Oregon 97103.
Current VIP opportunities at Lewis and Clark NHP
Volunteer Program Manager
For more information contact: Sally Freeman at (503) 861-4424.
Mission Statement for LEWI's Volunteers in Parks Program
The mission of the Volunteers in Parks program of Lewis and Clark National Historical Park is to provide individuals opportunities to commemorate, preserve, and communicate the stories associated with the Corps of Discovery and its winter near the mouth of the Columbia River. Volunteers are important team members of the park staff and are encouraged to participate in all trainings, meetings, special events, etc. that are available to staff. This program will affirm their ownership and stewardship of this park and the entire National Park Service and will honor their specific contributions.
Did You Know?
The area where the Saltmakers made camp is in present day Seaside, Oregon. Seaside is approximately 15 miles away from Fort Clatsop. It was the first place which provided firewood, rocks, fresh water, game animals and good neighbors.