Volunteer

Minnesota Conservation Corps volunteers celebrate working on a park trail with tools raised above their heads.
Minnesota Conservation Corps volunteers celebrate their trail maintenance work.

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If donating your time and effort while living on a remote, roadless island surrounded by the largest freshwater lake in the world appeals to you, consider volunteering at Isle Royale National Park.

Summer volunteer positions are available in the Division of Resource and Visitor Protection, Interpretation and Cultural Resources, Natural Resources, and Maintenance.

Work may require travel throughout the park's backcountry; camping, backpacking, and small boat handling experience is desirable but not mandatory. The time commitment for most positions is 12 weeks, full-time (40 hours/week).

Volunteer positions typically have an application deadline of March 1, though occasionally positions are filled earlier.

 
Two visitor services volunteers pose on the ground in front of Lake Superior for a photograph with a Find Your Park sign.
Could you Find Your Park as a visitor services intern?

NPS, Kelly Morrissey

Isle Royale Volunteer Opportunties

Visitor Services Interns

Each year the park hires visitor services interns. These interns serve on the northeast end of the island at the Rock Harbor Visitor Center or on the southwest end at the Windigo Visitor Center. If you are 18 years of age or older, you may apply. Check out the volunteer.gov listing for the Visitor Services Intern position.

2020 Visitor Services positions are now closed. Any applications received after February 20, 2020 will be put into consideration for summer 2021 positions.

Natural Resource Technician Interns

Funded through the Great Lakes Research and Education Center, this internship is focused on collecting and entering baseline data as part of the herbivory monitoring program. The intern will be part of a 2 person crew and will work with partners from the University of Michigan and the park’s Natural Resources Management (NRM) division to accomplish project goals. Check out the volunteer.gov listing for the Natural Resource Technican position.

2020 Natural Resource Technicians positions are now closed. Any applications received after February 20, 2020 will be put into consideration for summer 2021 positions.

Last updated: March 23, 2020

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