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Missouri State Parks now has a new online volunteer recruitment signup tool, called Better Impact.

The State Parks division invites anyone concerned about state parks and the outdoors, who has skills or talents to share, and who likes to meet and work with people to volunteer at a state park or historic site, according to a news release.

The Better Impact program allows people to sign up for the Volunteers In Parks (VIP) Program. This program is for anyone interested in assisting in the outdoors, including professionals, senior citizens, students, young people and civic groups.

VIPs provide assistance in parks on a variety of tasks and projects around the state. Volunteers can assist people in visitor centers and contact stations, help catalog historic items and documents and serve as natural history interpreters and tour guides. Some VIPs perform maintenance or light construction tasks, or help with constructing or renovating trails.

Missouri State Parks sites in the Jefferson City area with volunteer opportunities listed, as of Monday, include the Missouri State Museum, Katy Trail State Park and the Central Office.

For more information about the program and volunteer opportunities, visit mostateparks.com/page/57872/volunteer-parks-program.

All past and present volunteers with Missouri State Parks already have an account created in the Better Impact system. Emails with more information on how to get started were sent out last month. Past volunteers who did not receive an email but believe they should have may email the volunteer coordinator at [email protected] or call 573-751-7733.

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