• Botany • Computers • Historical Preservation • Office/Clerical • Other • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • General Assistance
Volunteers are a crucial part of the team at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center. While volunteers are directly supervised by the National Park Service, the Visitor Center is a busy, multi-agency center located on the outskirts of Ashland, Wisconsin. Volunteers assist with staffing the front desk, providing visitors with information about the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, the local area and National Forest, northern Wisconsin, Minnesota, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Providing programs for various age groups in the Center or outside is also an option for volunteers who are interested. Other duties may include:
Opening and closing the Visitor Center
Answering phone calls to provide visitors with information
Basic maintenance around the Center
Assist other agencies with their events happening at and around the Center
Give tours of the exhibit hall to groups and individuals
Present short programs for groups and the general public about the cultural and natural resources of the area
Help with trail maintenance being done by the YCC crew working through the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Orientation and training about the Visitor Center and Apostle Islands National Lakeshore will be provided. We’re looking for volunteers who are able to work 25-32 hours a week, and are available during the busiest season from the beginning of June through Labor Day weekend. We may be negotiable on dates but require a minimum of a 6 week committment, preference will be given to volunteers who can stay the whole season. An RV pad and utilities are provided a short walk (~150 yards) from the center. Most cell phone carriers have service around the Center, and Wi-Fi is available in the visitor center.
The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center is a 36,000 sq.ft, three-story building on 180 acres. We have a very large exhibit hall, 100-seat theatre, observation tower five stories up, a state reading archives, and many other things. Outside we have 2 trails, including a ¾ mile accessible boardwalk loop that winds through black ash swamp, sedge meadow, and mature cedar & tamarack swamp, as well as a seed garden, agroforest and solar panels. Feel free to check out www.nglvc.org to learn more.
For more information contact Hayley Bahr at 715-685-2662 or Hayley_bahr@nps.gov
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: RV pads are available to Information Desk/Education Services volunteers. The RV pads are gravel, have sewer, water and electrical (50 AMP) hook ups (equipment not provided) on each pad. There is no washer or dryer available onsite, there is coin-operated laundry mats in all nearby towns. There is no restriction on motorhome or fifth wheel length. Pictures of the RV pads are available upon request.