Volunteers in Parks

Sometimes volunteers must use chainsaws.
Park Volunteers build and maintain the trail.

NPS photo

The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is primarily built and maintained by Volunteers organized into 21 local Chapters throughout the state by our non-profit partner the Ice Age Trail Alliance. Materials and training are provided through the Volunteers in Parks (VIP) program of the National Park Service. Volunteering through the National Park Service's Volunteers-In-Parks Program comes with responsibilities that all volunteers are required to follow. Please click HERE to review the 'Professionalism in the Workforce' policy agreed upon by the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and the Ice Age Trail Alliance.

The following documents are provided to support our VIPs in their work on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and to ensure a fun and safe experience


Volunteer Safety Handbook includes important information about safety, the safe use of tools and equipment, and injury reporting instructions.

NPS Occupational Safety and Health Plan is a required document for all National Park sites.

Volunteers are requested to read the COVID-19 Risk Assessment before deciding to submit a Volunteer Agreement Form. The 301A Volunteer Agreement Form is for use by Chapter Leaders to sign up individuals and groups as official NPS VIP's. Instructions for completing the individual Volunteer Argeement Form are available here. The 301B Volunteer Group Roster should be used in conjunction with Form 301A when registering groups. Instructions for completing the Volunteer Group Roster are available here.

The Job Description Library is provided for Chapter Leaders to print out and attach it to the 301A Agreement Form. This will reduce the time it takes to generate the final Agreement Form.

It is important that all volunteers are aware of potential hazards and safety procedures related to their assigned tasks. The Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) listings are numbered for easy reference, and correspond to the Job Descriptions. Volunteers should be informed of these and provided hard copies as requested.

01-Lifting Heavy Objects
02-Long Handled Tools and Saws
03-Power Mowers
05-Litter Pickup
06-Chainsaw Operation
07-Food Handling
08-Motor Vehicle Operation
09-Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
10-Herbicide Safety

Having fun and enjoying the trail safely is important. The Tailgate Safety Series is available for viewing and use by both volunteers and other trail users. Relevant topics should be reviewed at beginning of the work day or hike to ensure a safe experience.

Chainsaws, Driving, General Hiking, HAZMA Encounters, Heat Disorders, Hike Leader, Hydration, Hypothermia, Insects/Snakes/Animals, Lyme Disease, Thunderstorms, Violent Enounters


Last updated: September 19, 2021

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