Student Conservation Association volunteer trail crew
Volunteering is an American tradition that has made an immeasurable contribution to communities, organizations, and individuals throughout the country. Today's volunteers are active, dynamic, creative individuals who possess the skills, desire, patience, and time to accomplish a wide variety of tasks.
When Can We Volunteer?
What Do Volunteers Do?
Volunteers have assisted park staff in each operational division, though most volunteers assist in the maintenance, visitor services, interpretation, and science divisions.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
How Long May I Volunteer?
Your contribution depends on the type of work and the time you have to offer. Scout groups often complete one or two day work projects as they hike the Lakeshore's segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail. Organized volunteer trail crews from universities or other organizations normally work a week or more in the park. Campground hosts are asked to sign up for a minimum four week stay. Student Conservation Association aides generally stay for about two months.
Volunteers are provided a VIP uniform and protective gear if required. A small stipend may be available to reimburse for travel and food expenses. Housing may be available for long-term volunteers. Most volunteers work an eight hour day.
Please refer to the VIP recruiting site bulletin for more information.
How Do I Become A VIP?
Did You Know?
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore shares a visitor center with the Hiawatha National Forest. The interagency visitor center was dedicated in 1988, and serves over 40,000 people annually. Other federal interagency visitor centers are located in Alaska, Utah, California, and Idaho. More...