• Canoeists paddle by tree lined shores

    Saint Croix

    National Scenic Riverway WI,MN

Volunteer Opportunities

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Date: May 11, 2009
Contact: Dale Cox, 715-483-2272
Contact: Jean Schaeppi, 715-483-2271

The National Park Service at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is pleased to announce new volunteer opportunities. These are great ways for community members to get involved in learning more about the Riverway, helping to protect the river, and providing information to the public.

Volunteer Program Intern: Work with National Park Service staff to coordinate volunteer efforts along the Riverway this summer. Duties include providing volunteers with the proper information, instruction, and equipment to allow them to perform their duties safely and to the best of their ability and participating in a variety of volunteer projects throughout the park, such as island restoration, visitor contacts, and invasive plant removal. Intern will be based in St. Croix Falls but with much work in the Stillwater area.  Small stipend available. Must be 16 years or older. College student or immediate post-college person preferred. Contact Dale Cox at (715) 483-2272.

Oral History Intern: Conducting interviews with community elders and other citizens with intimate knowledge of the river and its past is perhaps one of the best ways to document the history of the park. Intern will be trained on recording equipment and interview techniques and be scheduled to interview selected individuals. Transcribing interviews is also a part of this position. Position can be based in Grantsburg, St. Croix Falls, or Trego, Wisconsin. Small stipend available. Must be a college or graduate student. Contact Jean Schaeppi-Anderson at (715) 483-2271. 

Stillwater Islands Volunteer: Join the team helping to protect the Stillwater Islands area of the St. Croix River! This 4-mile stretch, located from the Soo Line (Arcola) High Bridge downstream to north Stillwater, is known for its scenic cliffs and islands and is a very popular area for motorized boating, day use, and camping. Volunteers can work in several areas: educating the public about the significance of the Riverway and specific regulations that help to protect this area, restoring native plants to the islands and shorelines, and assisting with island clean-up – all while spending time outdoors along the river. Schedules and time commitments are flexible. Those interested in volunteering should complete a simple application at http://www.volunteer.gov/gov/results.cfm?ID=9739 or contact Dale Cox at (715) 483-2272.

The NPS will provide training and orientation for all volunteers, as well as provide all supplies and equipment. Most volunteer work will take place during the summer months.

Did You Know?

Three waterboatmens on a rock, they are dark brown and the leags are visible

Water boatmen have no gills but rather trap air with the hairs on their legs and the air bubble encircles their bodies, making them appear shiny. Their front legs are short, their middle legs are long and slender and their back legs are shaped like paddles fringed with hair.