Volunteers clean national cemetery headstones
Serving those who served us: hundreds of volunteers have been working hard to clean the 14,000+ headstones and monuments in Chalmette National Cemetery.

No matter what your skills or interests, there's probably a place for you in the VIP (Volunteer in Parks) program at Jean Lafitte. Jean Lafitte volunteers make a difference every day: in 2017, over 2400 volunteers donated nearly 20,000 hours of work and had lots of fun doing it!

This pdf flier has information about volunteer projects and who to contact about volunteering as an individual or with a group (you can download the flier, print, and share). You can also email the park about volunteering.

For information about Jean Lafitte's six sites, see the plan your visit page.

Some volunteer positions may require training, which will be provided by the park, and uniforms may be provided for long-term volunteers. Project days which require little training and a minimum time commitment are regularly scheduled at some Jean Lafitte sites. Volunteers might help staff a park booth at a festival, dig out invasive plants, clean headstones at the national cemetery, or take photographs during an event. Group projects can also be arranged.

Current volunteer opportunities are listed below. Other volunteer projects include:

  • citizen science projects; you can participate as part of a group or on your own.
  • Volunteer Month at Chalmette National Cemetery is Saturday, March 17, through Friday, March 30. Volunteers will document, realign, and clean headstones, serving those who served for us. Morning and afternoon time slots are available. Groups, families, and individuals are welcome. Training takes place on site, and all volunteers receive a free water bottle and t-shirt. Follow the link to earn more and to sign up for Volunteer Month (information lives on another server so you will get a message that you are leaving the National Park Service website). Here's a Volunteer Month pdf flier to download, print, and share.

Follow the park on social media to find out about upcoming volunteer project days and to discover what's new with Jean Lafitte's krewe.

Equal Opportunity Policy: Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Park and Preserve is committed to a strong nondiscrimination policy respecting its employees and volunteers. Its policy is to provide equal opportunities for all and to eliminate discrimination based on sex (including sexual harassment and sexual orientation), race, color, national origin, religion, age, and disability.


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Current Volunteer Opportunities

Last updated: February 9, 2018

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419 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130


(504) 589-3882

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