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Volunteer Trail Crew Program

Please note:   In the interests of health and safety, all in person events and related volunteer opportunities are canceled.  As soon as that changes we will be looking to you for your incredible support.  Until then, stay safe!


Friends of the VI National Park maintains the 27 miles of Virgin Islands National Park trails and helps uncover, restore, maintain, and interpret the ruins so your help is essential. The Volunteer Trails Program works with individual volunteers, Virgin Islands' students, and service groups from all over the world to help maintain our trails and historic sites.  

GROUP SERVICE CAMPS

The Friends of Virgin Islands National Park has long-standing relationships with such prestigious organizations as Sierra Club, Appalachian Mountain Club, American Hiking Society, and many others. These volunteer service groups come for week-long service trips that include trail maintenance projects, trash removal and beach cleanups, and the clearing of culturally and historically significant sites. During their stay on St. John, the volunteer groups reside at the Friends’ Volunteer Camp at Cinnamon Bay. Please contact mgestwicki@friendsvinp.org if you have a group interested in volunteering.

VOLUNTEER SERVICE CAMPS -- March 29 to May 10, 2020
Are you interested in a working vacation on St.John in the Virgin Islands?   The Friends of Virgin Islands National Park is seeking applicants for our Volunteer Trail Crew.  
The Volunteer Trail Crew's scope of work includes trails maintenance, clearing of historical sites, native tree planting projects, invasive species removal, and trash/debris removal. Volunteers are expected to donate a minimum of 4 days of labor in exchange for 7 nights of free accommodation at our campground at Cinnamon Bay. The minimum time commitment is 1 week and the maximum is 6 weeks. The program will run from March 29 to May 10, 2020.
 
The volunteer campground is a three minute walk to Cinnamon Bay's beautiful white sand beach with excellent swimming and snorkeling. Living at the camp comes with some unique challenges and volunteers are expected to be resourceful, adaptable, and resilient. The campground is equipped with propane stoves, propane grills, kitchenware, picnic tables, and coolers for food storage, drinking water, a shower, kitchen sink, and portable toilets. Each volunteer will be given a cot and assigned a large 12 person tent. You may be asked to share a tent depending on the number of participants. Volunteers are responsible for feeding themselves and there will be at least two resupply trips to Cruz Bay per week. Please note that there is no electricity, plumbing, or cell phone coverage at camp. Cell service is available at the east end of the beach. 
 
Volunteers need to be in good physical health and prepared to work from 8am to 2pm in hot and humid conditions. Every participant should have close toed shoes, a day pack, sun protection, long pants, and capacity to carry a minimum of 3 liters of water. The Friends will supply all necessary tools, training, gloves, and transportation.Volunteers will need to cover the cost of airfare and food.
 
Prospective volunteers should email mgestwicki@friendsvinp.org and request an application form. You will be notified whether or not you are accepted into the program. Please do not purchase flight tickets or anything else until you have received confirmation that you have been accepted into the program. 

ONE DAY WALK-UP PROGRAM
There is a Walk-Up Program for individual volunteers every Tuesday and Thursday from November to the end of May where anyone can come out and work for the day. It’s common to have the same volunteers come out week after week and several individuals have been volunteering in this capacity for years. The walk-up program can be a great way for visitors or residents of St. John to see the National Park while also donating their time and energy to a good cause.


Anyone interested in volunteering through the the Walk-Up Program should be at the NPS maintenance lot near Mongoose Junction at 8am. We generally work until 2pm. Tools, gloves, ice water and transportation are provided. Please wear closed toe shoes (no sandals), bring your own water bottle and lunch, sun protection, and appropriate attire for a day working in the bush.

For additional information, check our Facebook event page or contact the Friends Volunteer Coordinator, Mark Gerstwicki at mgestwicki@friendsvinp.org

Your help makes a difference! Thank you!

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