10 Baby Boomer Volunteer Opportunities


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National Park Volunteer

There are many jobs out there for a national parks volunteer.
There are many jobs out there for a national parks volunteer.
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There are over 390 national parks in the U.S. Each of them relies on teams of volunteers to serve visitors directly and help out behind the scenes [source: National Park Service]. The National Park Service calls its volunteer workers VIPs for "volunteers-in-parks." VIPs work in a wide variety of positions at national parks:

  • Giving guided nature tours
  • Clearing and maintaining hiking trails
  • Giving historical demonstrations in costume or period dress
  • Constructing and painting buildings and fences
  • Teaching a skill like maple syrup production or orienteering through classes
  • Serving at an information or help desk

Every national park is different, and some offer once-in-a-lifetime outdoors experiences for baby boomers. A great example is the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin, home to more historic lighthouses than any other national park. Lucky volunteers can spend anywhere from several weeks to a full summer living and operating one of the eight island lighthouses.

For lots more information about baby boomers and post-retirement life, take a look at the links below

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Sources

  • The American Association of Museum Volunteers. "2010 Volunteer of the Year: Thelma 'Tede' Johnson" (Accessed May 30, 2011.)http://www.aamv.org/aamv2010.html
  • American Museum of Natural History. "Volunteering at the American Museum of Natural History" (Accessed May 30, 2011.)http://www.amnh.org/join/getinvolved/volunteering/
  • Corporation for National & Community Service. "The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research." 2007 (Accessed May 31, 2011.)http://www.nationalservice.gov/pdf/07_0506_hbr.pdf
  • Feeding America. "Hunger & Poverty Statistics" (Accessed May 29, 2011.)http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-facts/hunger-and-poverty-statistics.aspx
  • Gilgoff, Julie. Peace Corps. "Seniors doing their peace." February 26, 2005 (Accessed May 30, 2011.)http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.media.medstories.view&news_id=1019
  • Habitat for Humanity. "Volunteer Opportunities -- United States" (Accessed May 30, 2011.)http://www.habitat.org/us_volunteer_program/default.aspx
  • Harvard School of Public Health - Met Life Foundation Initiative on Retirement and Civic Engagement. "Reinventing Aging: Baby Boomers and Civic Engagement." 2004http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/chc/reinventingaging/Report.pdf
  • National Park Service. "Volunteers-in-Parks" (Accessed May 29, 2011.)http://www.nps.gov/getinvolved/upload/vip_brochure.pdf
  • Peace Corps. "Who Volunteers?" (Accessed May 30, 2011.)http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=learn.whovol
  • SCORE. "Become a SCORE Volunteer and Make Dreams Come True" (Accessed May 30, 2011.)http://www.score.org/volunteer

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