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

This student intern position is located at Isle Royale National Park, located in northern Michigan. Primary duties are assisting with or conducting programs (i.e. orientations, hikes, boat tours, talks, evening program, and social media). Other duties are staffing the visitor center desk and sales area, providing trip-planning assistance, and disseminating information in person. Volunteers will receive appropriate training, guidance, and supervision from the Lead District Interpreter. You may be duty stationed in Windigo or Rock Harbor. If you are 18 years of age or older, you may apply.

You may apply through the volunteer.gov listing: Isle Royale National Park Visitor Services & Interpretation Student Intern.

  • Applications for an upcoming summer will be taken September 1 to April 1 or until the positions are filled.
  • 2021 Positions are Filled: Apply after September 1, 2021 for Summer 2022 positions.

Natural Resource Technician Interns

This position is located at Isle Royale National Park, located in northern Michigan. This position assists resource management staff in investigating terrestrial biological components of the park’s ecosystem. The volunteer working in this capacity will receive appropriate training, guidance and supervision from Natural Resource Management staff. If you are 18 years of age or older, you may apply.

You may apply through the volunteer.gov listing: Isle Royale National Park Natural Resources Assistant Volunteer.

  • Applications for an upcoming summer will be taken September 1 to April 1 or until the positions are filled.

Natural Resource Management Assistant – Mosaics In Science

The primary project will be an analysis of snowshoe hare distribution and habitat on Isle Royale. Wolf reintroduction on Isle Royale is ongoing and the park is interested in the cascading impacts of predation throughout the ecosystem. While snowshoe hare are not a primary prey of wolves, the population and distribution is expected to be impacted. Snowshoe hare density surveys were last conducted in 2017 when the wolf population was 2, while the current wolf population is at least 14 (not counting pups born in 2020). Read more about this Mosaics in Science volunteer opportunity

  • Applications will be accepted until January 24, 2021.
  • Applications for 2021 are now closed.

Scientists in Parks Fellows Program

This project analyzing long term trends in bird abundance at Isle Royale will fill a critical management need in evaluating park biological resources. It provides natural resource managers with information to evaluate the status of breeding birds, understand trends in bird abundance, and assess the impacts of climate change on the park’s bird population. Isle Royale is currently reintroducing wolves to reestablish predation and control the populations of the island’s herbivores, primarily moose. The park does not currently understand how the impacts of moose browse on the island’s vegetation impacts breeding bird habitat. The products of this project will assist resource managers in understanding how the cascading effects of wolf reintroduction impact breeding birds and their habitats.

This position is offered through the National Park Service’s Scientists in Parks Program in partnership with Ecological Society of America. Read more about this Scientists in Parks volunteer opportunity.

  • Applications will be accepted until January 24, 2021.
  • Applications for 2021 are now closed.

Last updated: February 8, 2021

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Houghton, MI 49931

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