Lewis and Clark National Historical Park's Volunteers in ParksFort Clatsop has an outstanding team of Volunteers in Parks (VIPs). These VIPs assist the park with a wide variety of tasks.
These include greeting and orienting visitors, fee collection, custodial work, conducting foot and kayak tours, invasive plant control, answering visitors’ questions, sewing living history clothing, data entry, leading hikes, native plant nursery work, answering phones, designing curriculum, library and inventory projects, archive/collections work, conducting living history and education programs, and special events (e.g. monthly 3rd Sunday speaker series, spring and fall elk pellet surveys, 2nd Wednesday of July Newfoundland dog event; March, June and September fun runs).
Volunteers may be fingerprinted and undergo background checks.
Volunteers are encouraged to participate in park training. This includes the annual staff training in June as well as monthly staff safety meetings.
RV sites at a nearby campground can sometimes be reimbursed by direct deposit for VIPs with distant homes who are scheduled to work a minimum of three days per week for at least one month as Visitor Information Associate.
Mission StatementThe mission of the Volunteers in Parks program of Lewis and Clark National Historical Park is to provide individuals opportunities to commemorate, preserve, and communicate the stories associated with the Corps of Discovery and its winter near the mouth of the Columbia River. Volunteers are important team members of the park staff and are encouraged to participate in all trainings, meetings, special events, etc. that are available to staff. This program will affirm their ownership and stewardship of this park and the entire National Park Service and will honor their specific contributions.
Volunteer At Lewis and Clark National Historical ParkInterested in volunteering for our parks? Here are the opportunities to consider. Please contact the park at (503) 861-4424 if you have any questions.
America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Volunteer PassThis pass is for volunteers who donate 250 hours on a cumulative basis. Valid for a year from the date of being awarded, it provides access to, and use of, federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas and admits the pass holder plus three other adults at per-person fee areas. Children under 16 are admitted free.
If you are interested in applying to be a Fort Clatsop VIPComplete an application at www.nps.gov/volunteer; or mail your completed application with your resume to:
Volunteer Program Manager
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
92343 Fort Clatsop Road
Astoria, Oregon 97103
For more information contact our volunteer program manager.
Last updated: February 22, 2019