• Conservation Education • Office/Clerical • Visitor Information • General Assistance
Visitor Center Aides are needed to staff the information desk at the refuge Visitor Center and give information to visitors, sell items in the Visitor Center non-profit bookstore as necessary, restock brochures, re-fill birdfeeders, and answer the phone. Aides will work under the supervision of the refuge Park Ranger. Opportunity may be available to give educational programs to school and other groups. Work times are flexible, but at least 24 hours/week is required of volunteers staying at refuge facilities. Non-resident volunteers are required to work at least one day/month. Two trailer pads (with full hookups) for RV volunteers are available.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Two RV pads at Refuge Shop area have full hookups.
• Computers • Office/Clerical • Other • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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The primary task of a scanning clerk volunteer is to produce legible digital copies of documents for retention purposes. Files may be in paper form or may need to be collected from division chiefs’ electronic records for filing purposes. The volunteer will also be responsible for organizing scanned documents on various local, network and cloud storage devices. After organization is complete, volunteer will need to train park employees how to locate records. Secondary job will include a variety of clerical duties, helping with maintenance assessments, and occasional visitor services at the Visitor Center and/or Living Historical Farm.
Skills and Abilities: The volunteer must be highly organized and well versed in various types of filing systems and procedures. They should also be comfortable working with computers, scanners, and computer storage systems and should be able to make any adjustments necessary for clean scans. Scanning systems can range from a single computer with a flatbed scanner or an automatic network-fed scanner.
Must be able to follow Records and Electronic Information Management (REIM) and Directors Order #11D guidance provided to them. Labeling files and folders correctly so they can be retrieved later is a large part of the job.
The volunteer might have access to sensitive information and will need to understand that this information is not to be used publicly or shared with outside sources.
Education: No requirement. Business student preferred.
Other requirements: Must be able to pass a federal background check for computer use; Must complete any required training; Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Shared park housing may be available. Contact the park for more information. Minimum time commitment of 32 hours a week.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups as part of The Park Connection volunteer program. Please visit our web site to learn about our opportunities and how to apply.
• Computers • Other • Science • General Assistance
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The National Map Corps - Volunteer Map Editor
Volunteers collect structures data for The National Map using our online mapping application. Structures include schools, hospitals, post offices, police stations, cemeteries, and other important public buildings. Volunteers check the location of existing structure points against aerial imagery to verify that it is on the correct building, and confirm that the name and address information are correct using authoritative sources (e.g. official school district website). Volunteers also add missing structure points to the map, and remove points for structures that no longer exist. By updating and verifying structures data across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, volunteers are making significant contributions to USGS National Structures Database, The National Map, and ultimately U.S. Topo Maps!
If you have access to the Internet and are willing to dedicate some time editing map data we hope you will consider participating! You do not need to live in any particular area to participate. Our editing guidelines explain how you can contribute data from anywhere.
Volunteers earn virtual badges for participating and are recognized for their contributions (with permission) via USGS and The National Map social media.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: This volunteer activity is done from your home or anywhere with Internet access.