“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.

Our mission is to strengthen volunteer engagement efforts and to support the transformation to quality volunteer programs throughout the service. Volunteer service facilitates connection to place, supports operations, and strengthens one’s sense of service to our public lands and to each other.

NPS Supervision of Volunteers Learning Plan

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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