Board Members Wanted!

The Northwoods Volunteer Connection is currently seeking passionate individuals to join the board of directors.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Northwoods Volunteer Connection board members are expected to provide oversight of organizational activities and engage in strategic planning, board development and fundraising activities. Other responsibilities include:

  • Attending the majority of board meetings throughout the year. Board meetings are typically held every other month on the first Wednesday of the month from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm in Grand Marais. A conference call line is made available for board members who are unable to attend in person.
  • Reading documents distributed prior to meetings including meeting agenda, meeting minutes, financial statements and other items that pertain to board discussions. 
  • Participating in organization activities outside of meetings as needed.
  • Serving as an advocate for the Northwoods Volunteer Connection, promoting the mission and goals of the organization.

Experience and Qualification Requirements:

Northwoods Volunteer Connection board members should have a passion for conserving public resources and a connection to the northwoods of northeastern Minnesota. Prior experience with non-profit organizations, board management, volunteer coordination or public land management is a plus but not required.

How To Apply:

Interested? Contact us at Please include a statement that describes your interest and qualifications.

From a Northwoods Volunteer...

Written By Bill Hagan


My brother and I have taken 20+ trips into the BWCA over the past 30+ years. We have always wanted to find a way to give back to the wilderness that which we have so immensely enjoyed!

I can tell you from first-hand experience that the project we completed with the Northwoods Volunteer Connection was one of the MOST rewarding volunteer projects that I have ever participated in! The project was well coordinated between NVC and the U.S. Forest Service for the Superior National Forest. NVC provided most of the tools and equipment needed (with some assistance from USFS) and I only had to bring my personal gear and a sleeping bag! How easy is that!


We were base camped on Big Moose Lake and then day-tripped across the lake to the Big Moose-Cummings portage that contained the boardwalk that was to be repaired. While it did involve some "good old" physical labor, we were able to pace ourselves so the entire experience was enjoyable (had many laughs along the way). It was very fulfilling to come together with other "strangers" who have the same passion for the BWCA. We were also able to clear another portage of trees down from storm damage. I have personally used many boardwalks when portaging and come upon fallen trees blocking a portage trail and I can tell you that those who will follow will appreciate the work that we completed. I have an even greater appreciation for the work that the Forest Service does and can respect their extremely long list of "To-Do" projects that time, $ and resources just cannot reach. I strongly recommend to anyone who has traveled this area (or any other pristine, protected wilderness area) to think about taking time out of your "busy schedule" to participate in a future NVC volunteer project. I know my brother and I will!!

Bill and Kevin Hagan participated in one of the Northwoods Volunteer Connection's week-long Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness projects. Stay tuned to our social media pages and website for information on how you can get involved in projects like this one and gain a new experience in the Superior National Forest!

From Explorers Dave and Amy Freeman

"After traveling hundreds of portages over the last 8+ months, we have really grown to appreciate all the work that goes into maintaining the portage trails that connect this maze of lakes and rivers. This is why we are really excited about the Northwoods Volunteer Connection.

Northwoods Volunteer Connection is a new non-profit organization dedicated to preserving recreation and natural resources on public land in northeastern Minnesota through the work of volunteers. This summer, NVC is partnering with the Superior National Forest to offer volunteer opportunities inside and outside of the BWCAW. They have three, 5-6 day Wilderness projects planned where volunteers will be clearing trails and repairing portages. NVC will provide most of the equipment and tools that volunteers need and the Forest Service will oversee their work.

These are great opportunities for people to experience the Wilderness in a new way and to help preserve it for future generations. They are also organizing shorter volunteer projects throughout the summer including invasive species removal and trail clearing projects. You can find more information on their Facebook page or their website, Amy and I are hoping to help repair the boardwalk between Big Moose and Cummings Lake in September, we hope you will learn more about NVC and consider volunteering as well."

-Dave and Amy Freeman
Dave and Amy Freeman are spending a year in the BWCAW to help protect the area
from the threat of proposed sulfide-ore copper mining on the Wilderness edge.
Find the original Facebook post here.