The National Park Service Volunteers-In-Parks Program (VIP) was authorized by Public Law 91-357 enacted in 1970. The primary purpose of the VIP program is to provide a vehicle through which the National Park Service can accept and utilize voluntary help and services from the public. The major objective of the program is to utilize this voluntary help in such a way that is mutually beneficial to the National Park Service and the volunteer.

The National Park Service works hand-in-hand with communities to engage people of all ages and background in meaningful and mutually beneficial volunteer opportunities that support mission operations. WE FACILITATE active, meaningful volunteer and service opportunities which strengthens one’s sense of service to our public lands and to each other.

NPS Supervision of Volunteers Learning Plan

“Humans and nature must work hand in hand. The throwing out of balance of the resources of nature throws out of balance the lives of humans.” — President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Volunteerism is an organizational strategy, rather than a program, integral to the function and success of the National Park Service. We work hand-in-hand with communities to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in meaningful and mutually beneficial volunteer opportunities. The hundreds of thousands of volunteers that are mobilized annually serve alongside the ‘green and gray’ to positively impact our mission. The engagement of these volunteers is a core strategic function where all sectors of the National Park Service participate and find meaning in shared stewardship and effective community service.

According to Director’s Order 7, 15.2:

Anyone supervising VIPs is eligible for supervisory training. Such training is mandatory for those supervising VIPs (any number) whose combined hours of service equal or exceed 6,261 hours per year (i.e., those of three full time employees).

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