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Privacy Policy for the Volunteer.gov Website

The Volunteer.gov web site is managed by the Department of the Interior (DOI) for natural resource agencies to provide you with a central point where you can view volunteer job opportunities around the country available at different natural resource offices. We also provide you with the option to file your application of interest online. The information you submit is then routed to the identified agency, or to that agency most likely able to respond to your request, comments, or questions.

Your privacy is of the highest concern to the DOI and participating agencies in the Volunteer.gov web site. This is how we will handle information we learn about you from your visit to our web site. The information we receive depends upon what you do when visiting our site, and will be handled as indicated below.

  1. Information Automatically Gathered When You Visit Our Site
  2. Monitoring Network Traffic Monitoring Network
  3. Does this Web Site Use "Cookies"?
  4. Providing Information to Third Parties
  5. If You Send Us an E Mail
  6. If You Complete and Online Application
  7. Is Information Collected from Children?
  8. To Whom May We Release Information?
  9. Notice When You Use Links from Volunteer.gov to Other Web Sites
  10. Questions and Comments
  1. Information Automatically Gathered When You Visit Our Site

    By browsing the Volunteer.gov website, the following information will be automatically collected and stored about your visit:
    • the name of the domain from which you access the Internet (for example, aol.com, if you are connecting from an America Online account, or princeton.edu if you are connecting from Princeton University's domain);
    • the date and time you access our site; and the Internet address of the web site from which you linked directly to our site. This information is stored as part of a systems log file. We do not store any personal identifiers.

    For site management, information is collected for statistical purposes. This government computer system uses software programs to create summary statistics, which are used for such purposes as assessing what information is of most and least interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas. We use the information we collect to measure the number of visitors to the different sections of our site, and to help us make our site more useful to visitors. This information is only used internally, does not contain personal identifiers, and will be used for internal management purposes.
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  2. Monitoring Network Traffic

    No attempts are made to identify individual users unless illegal behavior is suspected. So that this service remains available to you and all other visitors, we monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise cause damage to the web service. Use of this system constitutes consent to such monitoring and auditing. Unauthorized attempts to upload information and/or change information on this web site are strictly prohibited and are subject to prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and Title 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1001 and 1030.
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  3. Does this Web Site Use "Cookies?"

    A cookie is a small file that a website transfers to your computer to allow it to remember specific information about your session while you are connected. Your computer will only share the information in the cookie with the website that provided it, and no other website can request it. There are two types of cookies, session and persistent. Session cookies last only as long as your Web browser is open. Once you close your browser, the cookie disappears. Persistent cookies store information on your computer for longer periods of time.

    The Volunteer.gov web site may use session cookies for technical purposes such as to enable better navigation through the site, or to allow you to customize your preferences for interacting with the site. A few Volunteer.gov may also make use of persistent cookies to remember you between visits so, for example, you can save your customized preference settings for future visits. Each web site using persistent cookies identifies itself as doing so. If you do not wish to have session or persistent cookies stored on your machine, you can turn them off in your browser. However, this may affect the functioning of some websites.

    USA.gov provides instructions for "opting-out" of web measurement and customization technologies, through disabling cookies on your web browser.
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  4. Providing Information to Third Parties

    DOI may share information with private organizations as part of a service that provides DOI users with increased capabilities or functionality on the site.

    Google Analytics: “Like many services, Google Analytics uses … cookies to track visitor interactions. These cookies are used to store information, such as what time the current visit occurred, whether the visitor has been to the site before, and what site referred the visitor to the web page. Browsers do not share … cookies across domains” (from the Google Analytics privacy policy).  The Department of the Interior does not collect personally identifiable information from these third-party tools, nor provide them with additional PII.  We use IP masking in order to share only a portion of the IP address for geolocation.  In addition, Google provides an Opt-out Browser Add-on “to indicate that information about the website visit should not be sent to Google Analytics.”  DOI does not endorse and makes no representation about the effectiveness of the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

    We use the information provided by third-party tools to improve our Web presence and the end-user experience.
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  5. If You Send Us E Mail

    These web pages also offer you the opportunity to ask questions, request information, or provide comment via email. Use of this option is voluntary and may require your providing an email address.

    The information collected from email messages is routed through the DOI National Business Center system and sent to different agency offices either identified by you, or most likely able to address the comment or questions you submit through the email message. The information sent out from this system and printed out by the various agencies will be maintained according to those agencies separate records schedules, Privacy Act and FOIA implementing regulations, and Privacy Act System of Records notices when applicable.
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  6. If You Complete an Online Application

    The online application form, "United States Department of Agriculture Form 301: Volunteer Application for Natural Resources Agencies" is an approved Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Government wide form (OMB Control Number 0596 0080). The form is used by the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to collect information about individuals interested in volunteer opportunities. The information collected about potential volunteers includes the category of volunteer work they are most interested in, their qualifications and skills, their availability, the geographic locations they are interested in, and contact information including: name, email, home address, phone number, The information provided by potential volunteers assists the agencies in matching potential volunteers with available volunteer opportunities.

    The information collected from completed online forms is routed through the DOI National Business Center system and sent to different agency installations identified by the applicant. Information sent out from this system and printed out by the various agencies will be maintained according to those agencies' separate records schedules, Privacy Act and FOIA implementing regulations, and Privacy Act System of Records notices when applicable.

    For the public reporting burden and specific privacy statement for the online form see the information provided on the volunteer application form.
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  7. Information Collected from Children 13 Years of Age

    Only persons 13 years and older should complete the on-line application form. We respect the privacy of children and for children 13 years and older who may visit this web site, we collect and store automatically only information identified in section #1 above. If children under 13 choose to send us e-mail if they have questions or comments we do not collect any more personal information than reasonably necessary to respond to a specific request for information. We will only use information for the reasons provided here. The information will be handled as we indicated in section #3 above by the appropriate agency. For more information on children's privacy protection on web sites implementing the Children's On line Protection Act, see the Federal Trade Commission website at: http://www.ftc.gov/privacy/privacyinitiatives/childrens.html
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  8. To Whom May We Release Information?

    If you send us information electronically, either by e-mail or by filling out an online application, you need to know that the information you provide may be reviewed by various people who have a need to see the information in order to process you request for information, answer a question, or process your application.

    Any information we collect and maintain in the course of responding to you or processing your application will be handled in accordance with the access and privacy protection requirements of the Privacy Act, and the Freedom of Information Act at the various government offices who will either respond to your request or process you application.
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  9. When You Use Links to Other Web Sites

    Our web site has links to other government websites. We also link to other organizations' websites when we have a good business reason to do so. This does not constitute an endorsement of their policies or products.

    Please note: Once you link to another site, you are subject to the privacy policy of the new site, and should review that website's privacy policy statements.
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  10. Questions and Comments

    If you have any questions or comments about the information presented here, please contact support@volunteer.gov.
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LINK to the DOI Web Privacy Statement

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