Seasonal Volunteers

Help Indiana Dunes when we need it most. We are looking for those who can commit to volunteering at their assigned spot, whether it’s staffing the visitor center once a week or helping resource management in the summer.
Variety of positions available including working with kids, taking care of animals, and tending to our greenhouse.
CVA and two volunteers tabling for the park
Indiana Dunes CVA and volunteers tabling at a local fair


Volunteer Adminstration

Volunteer Event Ambassador

Help advocate for the volunteer program by being an event ambassador! Highlight the important work our volunteers do and encourage visitors to check out our program. Duties include preparing for and organizing event outreach, tabling, and sharing details about our program.

Volunteer Photographer

Calling all photographers: this is your opportunity to showcase both your photography skills and the work of our volunteers. Having personal access to a camera, Photoshop or other editing software, and the ability to organize, edit, and upload photos to Google Drive are preferable.

Photo of Volunteer at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Seasonal Volunteer

Park Interpretation Division

Park Ranger Assistant

Our rangers need your help leading our public hikes and programs. With several events going on every week, volunteers are needed to help guide and assist visitors. This is your opportunity to experience life as a ranger and to educate the public about our natural and cultural resources.

Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center Information Desk Assistant

Do you have a friendly smile, enjoy talking to people, or just love helping visitors from all over the world? If so, we have a place for you at the information desk at the Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center. This position requires a minimum commitment of four hours per week.

Paul H. Douglas Center Information Desk Assistant

Volunteers are needed to help staff the front desk at the park's Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education. Help greet visitors and school groups, share information about the center and park, and answer the telephone. We have lots of fun activities and exhibits you can share with visitors. Help children with nature crafts or assist families as they explore the building and feed the native animals in our Animal Room.

Critter Sitter

Do you like working with all different kinds of animals? If so, we need additional help at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education. The Douglas Center's animal room has fish, reptiles, and amphibians that need frequent attention. We need volunteers to feed, handle, monitor, and clean the aquariums. There are also opportunities to take out the animals and educate the public with them.

Cross Country Ski Assistant

Volunteer checks out cross country skis, boots, and poles, as well as snow shoes, to visitors free of charge. Volunteers may also be expected to demonstrate and teach proper ski and snow shoe techniques to visitors.

Photo of Volunteer Gardeners

Park Resource Management Division

Restoration Crew

If you thought maintaining a backyard garden plot was a chore, try 15,000 acres! We are always on the lookout for invasive plant species around the park, so if you want to help us control exotic plant species, here is your opportunity.

Greenhouse Caretaker

Volunteers help at the park's greenhouse by potting, repotting, and weeding plants throughout the year. Because this is a delicate process that requires patience and precision, our staff request that you commit to a regular schedule. Plants grown in the greenhouse are later planted in restoration plots around the Park.

Wildland Fire Squad

Volunteers can help with the preparation of prescribed fires control lines. Good preparation of a burn unit prior to ignition contributes to the success of the parks burns. Prescribed fires benefit our natural resources and reduce the risk of unwanted wildfires in the future. Volunteers can also assist with the construction and maintenance of out Wildland Urban Interface fire breaks. Most of the work to be completed will consist of running a brush cutter, mower or leaf blower and removal of debris by hand. We schedule our volunteers for the months of February, March, April, September, October and November (during our fire season), Thursday and Fridays from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Please bring a lunch as we will be in the field.


Last updated: October 21, 2019

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Mailing Address:

1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304


(219) 395-1882
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center phone number.

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