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    Voyageurs

    National Park Minnesota

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Volunteer

Park volunteers stand with canoe paddles in hand after leading a guided North Canoe trip in the park.

Volunteers help in many ways, including leading canoe programs during the summer months.

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Volunteers in Parks (VIPs)

Last year over 120 people contributed nearly 10,000 hours of service to the park. Volunteers help keep visitor centers open, maintain park facilities, conduct park research, rehabilitate historic sites, help out behind the scenes in the park library, and help to coordinate and staff special events throughout the year.

Housing is available for selected volunteers who contribute 32 hours per week or more and live outside the local area. Housing can include cabins or trailer pads with hook-ups.

 

Long Term Volunteer Opportunities

Ethno-botanical Garden & Visitor Center Volunteer (Summer of 2015)
We have filled our 2014 Ethno-botanical Garden & Visitor Center Volunteer slots. We are now recruiting for summer 2015 staff. This volunteer(s) maintains an Ethno-botanical Garden and provides visitor center services at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center. If you like working outdoors and talking with people, please consider this opportunity. Selections generally occur in October of the preceding year.

Visitor Center Volunteer (Summer of 2015)
We have filled our 2014 Visitor Center Volunteer slots. We are now recruiting for summer 2015 visitor center staff. If you enjoy meeting great people from around the country, and would like to spend a summer volunteering in the North Woods of Minnesota, we want to hear from you. Selections generally occur in October of the preceding year.

Local Area Volunteer Opportunities

Headquarters Volunteer (Year Round)
Volunteer at the park headquarters in International Falls. Assist with different projects from data entry, to information requests, to brochures. Hours are flexible, generally one day a week for a few hours.

Website Assistant Volunteer (Year Round)
Volunteer at the park headquarters in International Falls. Assist with updating web information, layout design, and page development. Hours are flexible, generally one day a week for a few hours. You would work closely with park staff and receive detailed web management training. Prior web experience is preferred but not mandatory.

Rainy Lake Visitor Center Volunteer (Year Round)
The Rainy Lake Visitor Center is open year round. If you like meeting new people and providing information to park visitors, this may be the position for you. Hours are flexible, filling in at the visitor center when there is a need, generally one to two days a month.

Ethno-botanical Garden & Visitor Center Volunteer (Summer Only)
This volunteer(s) assists with maintaining an Ethno-botanical Garden and provides visitor center services at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center. Learn the botany of the area and help educate the public on invasive species and native plants. If you like working outdoors and talking with people, please consider this opportunity. Hours are flexible, usually a few hours a week. Individuals works closely with long term summer volunteers and park staff.

Kabetogama and Ash River Visitor Center Volunteer (Summer Only)
The Kabetogama and Ash River Visitor Centers are open year round. If you like meeting new people and providing information to park visitors, this may be the position for you. Hours are flexible, filling in at the visitor center when there is a need, generally one to two days a month. Individuals works closely with park staff.

Voyageur Tour Boat Deckhand Volunteer (Summer Only)
Volunteer on the Voyageur, a USCS approved tour boat vessel: prepare the boat for tours, secure lines during docking and undocking, be trained on boat safety procedures. Tours leave from the Rainy Lake Visitor Center. Hours depend on tour boat schedule.

 

Applying to be a Volunteer

Apply online at www.volunteer.gov. A "Keyword" search of "Voyageurs National Park" will list current summer opportunities.

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Fill out a volunteer application form and send it to the park's volunteer program coordinator at the address below, or call for more information.

 

Volunteer Coordinator Contact Information

Volunteer Program Coordinator
Christopher M. Amidon

Voyageurs National Park
360 Highway 11 East

International Falls, Minnesota 56649

Phone: (218) 283-6636
Fax: (218) 285-7407

Did You Know?

close-up view of showy ladyslipper orchid, Minnesota's state flower

You can view yellow and showy ladyslipper orchids outside of the Kabetogama Visitor Center in Voyageurs National Park. Blooms typically occur in late spring or early summer. Call ahead for details.