10 Baby Boomer Volunteer Opportunities


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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  • 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


Does the Peace Corps want retired volunteers?

Does the Peace Corps want retired volunteers?

Does the Peace Corps want retired volunteers? Learn about the Peace Corps and how retired volunteers can serve