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Volunteers In Parks (VIP)

Become part of the VIP program by assisting park staff with interpretive, biological, archeology, or maintenance projects. Every year volunteers donate over 2,000 hours to Hopewell Culture! The work done by volunteers at Hopewell Culture is invaluable to the park, the community and visitors. Individuals or groups can volunteer at any time of the year. Contact the park's volunteer coordinator by phone at 740-774-1126 or send an email request for more information.

The VIP program began in 1969 when congress passed the Volunteers in the Parks Act of 1969. Read Director's Order #7: Volunteers in Parks, which has more information about volunteering in the national parks.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

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VIP's Gail and Keith Lindeman

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Volunteers in the Division of Interpretation help with duties at the visitor center and assist with special events. If you've ever thought of doing some sort of public speaking, interacting with people in a high-traffic environment or possibly leading a group tour, then this would be a good fit for you.

For current opportunities in the Interpretation division, please send an email with the subject line of "HOCU Interp VIP" to inquire about volunteering in Interpretation.

Online Interpretation Training
Check out the online class Foundations of Interpretation on eppley.org. In addition to helping determine whether interpretation is for you or not, this course will explain exactly what interpretation is, what skills are needed to be a successful interpreter, and how to prepare basic interpretive programs. There is no fee to take the course, but you need to sign up and become a registered user with the site in order to access the course. Once you complete the course, you will receive a printable certificate of completion. Additional online courses in interpretation are available for free and for cost.

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Park Biological Technician Andrew Molloy and a park volunteer record data for the park's annual frog and toad survey.

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Natural Resources

For current opportunities in the Natural Resources division, please call the park at 740-774-1126 or send an email with the subject line of "HOCU RM VIP" to inquire about volunteering in Natural Resources.



For current opportunities in the Maintenance division, please send an email with the subject line of "HOCU Maintenance" to inquire about volunteering in Maintenance.



For current volunteering opportunities in Administration, please send an email with the subject line of "HOCU Admin VIP" to request information about current volunteering opportunities in Administration.

Last updated: April 23, 2020

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16062 State Route 104
Chillicothe, OH 45601


(740) 774-1126

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