Youth volunteers use loppers to complete landscaping work.
Youth Conservation Corps volunteers use tools to complete landscaping work at the Quincy Mine.

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Volunteering is an American tradition that has made an immeasurable contribution to communities, organizations, and individuals throughout the country. Today's volunteers are active, dynamic, creative individuals who possess the skills, desire, patience and time to accomplish a wide variety of tasks. Volunteers-In-Parks are Very Important People (VIPs)! Volunteers donate million hours to your national parks annuanlly. Volunteers are accepted from the public without regard to race, creed, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability.

A copy of the park's volunteer management plan can be made available upon request.


Keweenaw Heritage Sites Volunteer Opportunities

There are twenty-one Keweenaw Heritage Sites which partner with Keweenaw National Historical Park, all of which contain significant cultural and/or natural resources and share their own unique chapter of the Keweenaw's copper mining heritage. Many of these sites rely on volunteers to make their operation and upkeep of the site possible.

Adventure Mining Company - Greenland

Opportunities: Masonry preservation work and general site maintenance
Timeframe: Summer into Fall.
Contact: Matt Portfleet, (906) 883-3371

Calumet Theatre - Calumet

Opportunities: Tour guides, ushers, security, facility maintenance, publicity (poster hanging), special event assistance
Timeframe: Year-round
Contact: Marlin Lee, (906) 337-2610
Email: ctoffice@pasty.net

Chassell Heritage Center - Chassell

Opportunities: Greeters and tour guides, special event help, opportuntiies for historical speakers and music groups to perform
Timeframe: Summer season
Contact: (906) 523-1155
Email: info@ChassellHistory.org

Copper Country Firefighters History Museum - Calumet

Opportunities: Tour guides, building maintenance
Timeframe: Summer season
Contact: (906) 337-4579

Copper Range Historical Society - South Range

Opportunities: Greeters and tour guides
Timeframe: Summer season
Contact: Jean Pemberton, (906) 482-6125

Coppertown Mining Museum - Calumet

Opportunities: Museum tour guides, admission collection and gift shop operation, general site maintenance
Timeframe: Summer tourist season, June through September
Contact: Dick Dana, (906) 337-0545

Finnish American Heritage Center - Hancock

Opportunities: Special event assistance, publicity (poster hanging), carpentry and painting help, artifact exhibit creation, research assistance
Timeframe: Year-round
Contact: Joanna Chopp, (906) 487-7347

Hanka Homestead - Pelkie

Opportunities: Brush clearing, artifact inventory help, part-time tour guides
Timeframe: Summer season
Contact: (906) 334-2601

Houghton County Historical Society - Lake Linden

Opportunities: Train operators and conductors, tou guides, site maintenance, grant writing assistance, office help, research and artifact cataloging
Timeframe: Varies - many needs are year-round
Contact: (906) 296-4121

Keweenaw County Historical Society

Opportunities: Greeters and tour guides
Timeframe: Summer season
Contact: Ginny Schubert, (906) 289-4607

Keweenaw Heritage Center - Calumet

Opportunities: Tour guides, facility cleaning and maintenance
Timeframe: Summer season
Contact: Phyllis Locatelli, (906) 337-1640

Old Victoria - Rockland

Opportunities: Building maintenance and cleaning, tour guides, special event help
Timeframe: Summer season
Contact: Patty Pattinson, (906) 886-2617

Ontonagon County Historical Society - Ontonagon

Opportunities: Greeters and tour guides, minor cleaning and maintenance at the lighthouse, gift shop assistance
Timeframe: Year-round
Contact: Bruce Johanson, (906) 884-6165

Quincy Mine Hoist Association - Hancock

Vegetation Management - Assistance removing vegetation in selected locations helps to preserve critical cultural landscape views of the industrial landscape.
Lawn Restoration - Lawn restoration assistance is needed around a large facility identification sign. This work will repair a lawn area to make it easier to maintain while also improving the appearance.
Staining - Assistance needed with staining exposed wood surfaces including tram loading platforms, decks, and window panels. This work will ensure these surfaces remain serviceable for years to come.
Timeframe: Summer season
Contact: Glenda Bierman, (906) 482-5569

Two volunteers look through documents inside the History Center.
Park volunteers look through documents at the Keweenaw History Center.

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Keweenaw National Historical Park is continually seeking the volunteers for the following volunteer positions:

  • Information Desk Assistant at the Calumet Visitor Center or Quincy Mine Hoist
  • Education Assistant
  • Interpretive Assistant
  • Media/Graphic Designer
  • Cataloging and Preservation of Museum Artifacts
  • Archives Assistants with Historic Structure Preservation

The popular season for volunteers is June through October, but winter also provides volunteer opportunities for those who enjoy lots of snow! Individuals may volunteer a few hours a month or up to several days per week.

If you would like more information regarding Keweenaw National Historical Park's volunteer program, please contact the Park Volunteer Coordinator at (906) 483-3028 or email us.

Last updated: June 8, 2020

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25970 Red Jacket Road
Calumet, MI 49913


(906) 337-3168

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