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Historic Building Restoration Volunteer

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Washington Parks & People

  • 38 people are interested

Washington Parks & People is looking for a hard-working restoration/renovation intern. No previous experience necessary. The intern will learn under the supervision of our Sites Manager, taking care of the renovation of a Historic Building - the Josephine Butler Parks Center. The intern will gain valuable knowledge across all spectrums of restoration. Some examples include painting, carpentry, landscaping, gardening, deep cleaning, and the overall historic restoration of this National Register property. WPP is looking for someone who is willing to learn and open to a flexible schedule.

Since our beginnings in 1990, Washington Parks & People (a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization) has been helping to transform forgotten and even dangerous locations into living green places that serve their communities. Parks & People connects immediately and directly to people where they live. We understand and address ecological and social issues in a local, human way by equipping neighbors with knowledge and tools to reclaim their own public spaces. Our scope is geographically small - in some cases literally block by block. We work across the city to address injustice and empower local residents to transform their public spaces, parks, and communities.

Washington Parks & People has strict COVID-19 guidelines to keep volunteers and staff safe.

Interns are able to work with staff to create a weekly schedule, however, we are looking for someone who is able to come on a weekly basis between the hours of 9am-5pm.

If you are interested, please send an email to volunteer@washingtonparks.net for more details.

****Parks & People is able to sign off on hours volunteered as community service hours.

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About Washington Parks & People


2437 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009, US

Mission Statement

To breathe life into parks and transform communities across the nation's capital.


Recognized as one of America's top parks/community partnerships, Parks & People is Washington's city-wide public/private parks partnership. Founded in 1990 to reclaim Meridian Hill/ Malcolm X Park, the organization led the transformation of that park from the most violent national site in the region to one of the safest. To date, Parks & People has helped advance over 160 parks, trails, streams, playgrounds, schoolyards, and community gardens. Parks & People's facilities include the historic Josephine Butler Parks Center, a vibrant and award-winning multi-purpose 40-room "greenhouse" for revitalizing innercity greenspaces; the Riverside Healthy Living Center, providing park programming, youth development, and healthy park-based business incubation; the Marvin Gaye Community Greening Center, a training farm, native tree nursery, and base of park reclamation and workforce development through our DC Green Corps; and the North Columbia Heights Green, a once-blighted vacant lot that serves as a hands-on outdoor classroom for sustainable food production and permaculture practices. Among key parks being helped right now, Parks & People has led the transformation of Marvin Gaye Park, DC's longest municipal park, for 14 years. It also helps Oxon Run Park, Shepherd Parkway, the Escarpment Ridge and Fort Circle network of parks, Walter Pierce Park (where 8,428 African Americans were buried after the Civil War), and the east side of Rock Creek park. Over the past decade, Parks & People has mobilized well over 300,000 hours of volunteer service for parks of all kinds. Parks & People volunteers work hard, have fun, and make a massive difference.



We'll work with your schedule.


Josephine Butler Parks Center2437 15th St. NWWashington DC, DC 20009



  • Facilities Management
  • Renovation
  • Landscaping
  • Construction
  • Electrical
  • Carpentry


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • 5-10 hours per week
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs

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