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Become a Volunteer-in-Parks

Volunteering is an American tradition that has made immeasurable contributions to communities, organizations, and individuals throughout the country.

Join our team! Volunteers-In-Parks (VIPs) are Very Important People! Explore, learn, and share your time and talent while helping us protect this special place!

A wide variety of volunteer service opportunities are available at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore:

  • Be a lightkeeper- spend 3-weeks or a full summer giving lighthouse tours and assisting park visitors.
  • Serve as an island host at an island campground.
  • Assist the public at a mainland information desk.
  • Take part in natural resource management projects.
  • Work with our maintenance crew in caring for buildings and grounds.

The work our volunteers do makes a difference!

Volunteer positions are a great way to serve one of Americas National Parks. Volunteers will help protect the natural & cultural resources, meet visitors, and experience the park. Every year, thousands of individuals contribute their enthusiasm and skills to help the National Park Service preserve and protect the natural and cultural resources.

Housing is provided for island-based volunteers when they are at their duty station and there may be an RV site available for some mainland positions. Housing is often shared with rangers and maintenance staff.

If you'd like to know more about the volunteer program at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, follow these links:

Frequently Asked Questions

Types of Volunteer Positions

Island Overview

The application period for most summer volunteer positions (when needed) will be posted on volunteer.gov.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the park Volunteer Coordinator by email or phone: 715-779-3398 extension 1303.

We look forward to hearing from you!



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Last updated: February 8, 2024

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PO Box 770
Bayfield, WI 54814


715 779-3397

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