Current Volunteers and Staff

This page contains tools and information for volunteers supporting Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes.
If you’re interested in volunteering with us, please visit our  Volunteer Page

COVID-19 Response

June 1, 2021

The President has signed an executive order mandating masks in all federal buildings and on all federal properties. What does that mean for our volunteer operation? 

  1. Continue to wear your masks inside all buildings. 
  2. Continue to wear masks inside all government vehicles (Gator included – unless w/ members of the same household)
  3. Remember to have a mask handy outside and wear it when 6′ distances can’t be maintained, like passing by visitors on a trail or beach. 
  4. This executive order does apply to visitors, but at this time, volunteers are not going to enforce or even suggest masks for visitors. 

A note from Park Superintendent, Scott Tucker: 
Areas that you may experience where 6′ social distancing can not be maintained and those who are NOT vaccinated SHOULD wear masks: Pierce Stocking Drive outlooks, specifically the observation deck at the #9 outlook, at the top of the Empire Bluff or Pyramid Point trail outlook where the trail is only wide enough for one person to pass another, and some of the trailheads. Please be respectful when passing others on the trail. 
Museum buildings and Historic sites will remain closed until further notice. 
Per Coast Guard regulation, ALL PASSANGERS must wear a face covering on the Manitu Transit Ferry

Statement from the NPS Website:

As the National Park Service monitors and responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, we work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health to use the latest science to guide our decision making. Consistent with CDC recommendations, people who are not fully vaccinated (less than 2 weeks past your final dose) must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces. All people, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask on all forms of public transportation and in healthcare settings on DOI lands.

Current NPS Guidelines can be found here: https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/news/public-health-update.htm

Guidance for volunteer activities: 
  1. Your safety is our number one priority. If you are not comfortable with any aspect of your volunteer activity, don’t do it – if you have concerns/suggestions contact your supervisor, and/or me. 
  2. If you do not feel well, DO NOT come to work. The National Park wants all Staff and Volunteers to be healthy. 
  3. If you come across a visitor who is making you feel uncomfortable, or “within your personal bubble” please feel free to walk away and the Park is happy to answer any further questions that may come from that visitor. 
  4. Staff and volunteers will not be enforcing, or even educating, visitors on social distancing or mask wearing. Just be a good example, model good behavior, and keep yourself safe. I have attached an NPS graphic with tips on distancing, please look that over carefully and follow the listed precautions — I know it’s easy to blow past anything that says wash your hands, but there is some good info on visitor interactions. We are strongly encouraging you to wear a mask whenever interacting with people, and/or when a 6′ distance can not be maintained. Example: If you are an Adopt.a.Trail volunteer – no need to wear a mask while hiking alone, but if a visitor approaches you to ask a question, we recommend you slip on your mask. 
  5. Some volunteers may be within the CDC identified “at-risk” population. If you are in this category do not feel compelled or pressured to begin volunteering. We are allowing staff in this category wide latitude to take leave as needed. Anyone with concerns, or apprehension about resuming volunteer activities, please delay your return as needed. 
  6. Recommend you stay well informed on the current status of park facilities prior to heading out to volunteer. Then you will be aware of what is available for you, as well as being able to answer visitors questions. Available resources…read through the Plan Your Visit page on the Park website and our social media https://www.facebook.com/sbdnl


For Friends Volunteers: 

  • Our administrative processes are already online and can be done remotely. Members should use these capabilities to avoid the need to get together.
  • Meetings and training sessions should be moved to ZOOM conferences or audio call. 
  • Our participation in National Lakeshore events will be determined by the particular guidance provided by SLBE management.
  • In all cases, members should determine for themselves whether or not to participate in Friends activities, and these decisions must be respected. No individual should feel expected or pressured to do anything with which he or she is not comfortable.

Volunteer Resources

All of our volunteers are registered as volunteers with Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Volunteers who need an annual pass to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to do their volunteer work, and should request one at the Visitor Center after reporting volunteer hours for at least one month.

The 2020 VIP Handbook is a resource for all volunteers.

The FOSBD Org Chart lists who is responsible for each task under the organization’s main functions and is a good tool to help get to know more about the Friend’s. Learn more about all Friends activities and view the Org Chart on our Job Descriptions Page.

Click to view the current Org Chart.


Current Friends Volunteers Report Volunteer Hours and Information

Click on the appropriate link below to report your hours and comments:

If you observe a safety concern please visit the SAFETY REPORT page to fill out a report.

Do you have a suggestion for a New Event or Program?

Propose a fundraising or informational event. Click the link and fill out the form and your idea will be sent to other staff or board members, who can assist you with the event. If approvals are required, this form will initiate the approval process. 

Propose a new program (like Adopt-A-Beach or Ambassador program). All new programs for Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes must be approved by the Board of Directors. This form will send your idea and background information to the right people to work through the approval process.

Join our Volunteer Group on Facebook! 

We want your experience to be fun and rewarding. A great way to enhance your involvement with the Friends is when you make real connections with other like-minded folks who share your love and devotion to your National Lakeshore. 

Our closed group on Facebook is exclusively for FOSBD volunteers. You can go there and share all kinds of things of interest with fellow volunteers. Make new friends, learn new skills, ask questions or give advice, share your experiences, and post your pictures!
We encourage all our volunteers to join and participate! Click on the image above or use this link to go to the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes Volunteer Group and JOIN! 

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