Volunteer

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Volunteers-In-Parks (VIPs)


To accomplish its important duties of preservation and education, the National Park Service relies on the efforts of volunteers who give their time and expertise to help achieve the National Park Service mission.


Volunteers play a key role at Richmond National Battlefield Park and are active in many areas of park operations.


Volunteers will:
• Learn about the Richmond National Battlefield Park and the National Park Service
• Receive training in Richmond National Battlefield Park history, operations, and procedures
• Have a flexible schedule
• Enjoy the satisfaction and experience in communicating with and helping park visitors while representing the National Park Service
• Be recognized for sharing their time, knowledge, and expertise

 

Types of Opportunities:

Volunteers are needed across the many departments of Richmond National Battlefield Park. Most volunteers fall under two types of projects: interpretation and resource management.

Interpretation volunteers will work with rangers to help share the stories of Richmond National Battlefield Park by staffing visitor centers, giving tours, and working special events.

Resource management volunteers can work on a variety of projects including native species management, planting, park cleanup and trails maintenance. This work is also particularly well-suited to service groups.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I sign up to be a volunteer? Contact the park's Centennial Volunteer Ambassador, Lindsey Kellogg (contact info below), or apply to one of our listings on volunteer.gov

What other benefits can I expect to receive as a volunteer? Volunteers receive training and knowledge about the Richmond National Battlefield Park. Reimbursements for travel or other expenses may be available for some long-term projects. Participants in some projects may badges, T-shirts, or other tokens of appreciation if sponsors as available. Additionally, any volunteer who logs in 250 hours is eligible for a free America the Beautiful pass.

Can I sponsor a volunteer project? Sure! Contact the Lindsey Kellogg for details. Sponsors are needed to provide equipment, supplies, snacks, and recognition items for events, and will be acknowledged in all publicity for the sponsored event.

Can my children volunteer? Yes, though not all volunteer projects are suitable for children. Check the project description for details. All children under the age of 18 must have written permission from a parent or guardian before volunteering. Permission forms will be available at volunteer events, or can be completed in advance.

Can international visitors volunteer? International volunteers are welcome! Special regulations do apply, however. Long-term international volunteers may need to be in possession of a J-1 visa, depending on the project.

I'm a member of a club, organization, or business. Can we volunteer as a group? Absolutely! We welcome group volunteers. Please contact Lindsey Kellogg with the info below to express your interest in volunteering, and we'll match you up with an appropriate project. We'll do our best to meet your needs and appreciate your flexibility! If your group is very large, we may need to divide your group into several smaller ones working on separate projects. Make sure you specify how many people will be in your group.

Can I get educational or community service credit for volunteering? In most cases, yes. We are happy to provide whatever proof of participation is required.

Do you have options for Eagle Scout projects? Yes—If you'd like to participate, contact Lindsey Kellogg or Kristen Allen (contact info below) and ask what options might be available. Be sure to suggest your own ideas.

What if I get injured while working as a volunteer? When you begin working as a volunteer, you will sign up either as an individual volunteer or as part of an organized group of volunteers. When your term of service begins, you will receive training in how to perform your assigned duties safely. Safety is always our highest priority. If you are nevertheless injured "on the job," notify your supervisor or project leader immediately, who will help you to arrange prompt medical care. For purposes of liability or injury only, volunteers working within their position descriptions are fully covered by the Federal Government through the Workers Compensation program, just as if they were paid employees.

Are there other places where I can volunteer? I'm glad you asked! Yes, the Richmond area has many wonderful organizations that you can volunteer for, most of which can be found at handsonrva.org. In addition, you can volunteer at the 400+ units of the National Park Service by looking for opportunities at volunteer.gov.

Volunteer Contacts:

Lindsey Kellogg, Centennial Volunteer Ambassador: lindsey_kellogg@partner.nps.gov

Kristen Allen (Natural Resources): 804-795-5019 x 1

Ed Sanders (Interpretation): 804-226-1981

 
Men and Women of USS Fort McHenry 2013 @ Shelton House for web

USS Fort McHenry sailors worked at the Rural Plains unit as part of the Adopt-a-Battlefield program.

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