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Brief overview of the National Park Service VIP Program.

Brief overview of the National Park Service VIP Program.

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  • This is a brief overview of the National Park Service’s Volunteers-In-Parks program.

NPS Volunteers-In-Parks '09 Presentation NPS Volunteers-In-Parks '09 Presentation Presentation Transcript

  • Volunteers-In-Parks Program
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  • VIP Program Goals The national office is working to enhance and expand the VIP program throughout the Service. Our national goals are to:
  • VIP Program Goals
    • Support the 44 parks in bringing on new volunteer managers.
    • Distribute VIP Special Funds for volunteer projects around the Service.
    • Implement a Strategic Plan that will guide the program through its expansion.
    • Let new supplies contract.
    • Improve recruitment tools and increased recognition.
  • VIP Program Goals Implement suggestions derived from the Servicewide VIP Program Assessment conducted in 2006 to determine program weaknesses and areas for improvement at the national, regional, and local levels.
  • VIP Program Goals Conduct a beginner and advanced volunteer program management workshop in FY2009.
  • VIP Program Goals
    • Enhance the visibility of the VIP program to improve recruitment and recognition.
    • Update the existing web-based report system and servicewide VIP database
    • Print, and distribute new VIP brochure
    • Launch the new volunteer tracking system on volunteer.gpv/gov
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  • VIP Program Categories and Supplies
  • Volunteers-In-Parks any individual or group that operates under a signed VIP agreement.
  • Volunteers-In-Parks Official VIP Insignia
  • Master Volunteer Ranger an elite cadre of VIPs who have made a formal commitment to volunteer at least 500 hours per year or any volunteer who has expertise in areas of particular interest to the NPS such as archeology, geology, education, natural science, cultural science, preservation, hydrology, etc.
  • Master Volunteer Ranger
  • Presidential Volunteer Ranger any volunteer who contributes at least 4000 hours of cumulative service to the NPS. Recognition includes a patch, pin, and certificate from the USA Freedom Corps.
  • Presidential Volunteer Ranger Proposed Patch
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  • VIP Program Costs VIP funds are allocated to the regional offices and other program areas for distribution. For FY08, the public investment in the VIP program was $5.25 million. $2.4 million went to 44 parks/sites for additional volunteer management positions and the remainder to the Washington office for distribution to the regions and the special projects fund.
  • FY2008 Reported Volunteers-In-Parks Program Statistics # of VIPs Hours FTE Equiv. Value/Hour Total Value 172,000 5.5 million 2644 $19.51 $107,300,000
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  • VIP Program Current Issues and Activities
  • VIP Program Assessment
    • 6700 paid staff and volunteers participated in the survey process
    • Final report is posted on InsideNPS and nps.gov/volunteer/assess
  • America the Beautiful Pass
    • Will replace all other passes including the National Parks Pass
    • Will be given to volunteers in recognition of their significant service
    • Federal Interagency Team on Volunteerism defined “significant” as 500 hours
  • America the Beautiful Pass (cont’d)
    • In order to be eligible for the pass, volunteers must log in to volunteer.gov/gov where they can track their volunteer jobs and hours.
    • Park VIP Coordinators or volunteer supervisors will verify a volunteer’s hours once he/she reaches the 500-hour threshold.
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  • VIP Program Capacity Building capacity to handle the anticipated program growth is an immediate and ongoing need being addressed through increased funding, training, and action items from the evaluation process.
  • VIP Program Capacity Currently, the average grade of a volunteer coordinator in the field is a GS 09 who spends approximately 25% of his/her time working on the volunteer program.
  • VIP Program Capacity Volunteers are members of the staff and require training, supervision, and recognition. The National Park Service emphasizes the importance of providing consistent, high-quality service to the public. The standard is the same for all paid and non-paid staff.
  • VIP Program Capacity Focus on VIP Program Management Training and Certification increases program efficiency as well as raises the visibility and professionalism of the program. An introductory on-line training course for Park Volunteer Managers is also being planned.
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  • VIP Recognition Recognizing volunteers for their contributions and maintaining consistent and accurate records of their service is a priority.
  • The George Hartzog VIP Recognition Program The George B. Hartzog, Jr. Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service are made possible by a generous donation to the National Park Foundation from former NPS Director, George Hartzog.
  • The George Hartzog VIP Recognition Program
    • 5 Categories of Recognition
    • Individual
    • Group
    • Park VIP Program
    • Youth
    • Lifetime Achievement
  • “ When a VIP agrees to share his talents, skills and interests with the National Park Service, he is paying us one of the highest compliments possible by offering a most valued possession – his time.” George B. Hartzog Jr. Director, National Park Service 1963-1972