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Gold Rush Docent at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP

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ORGANIZATION: Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

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Marshall Gold Discovery SHP invites you to join other volunteers who are helping to keep the history of the park and the gold rush vibrant and alive.

As a volunteer at Marshall Gold Discovery, you will complete a comprehensive training program that provides information about the park, its history, and its historic buildings, as well as training on park services, historic interpretation, leading tours and school programs, and historic clothing. Ongoing learning and research opportunities are also available to volunteers on a regular basis. Volunteers are asked to make a commitment of volunteering a minimum of 8 hours per month.

The next training will be done partially by ZOOM and partially in person at the park. New volunteers will need to attend all training dates to complete the volunteer training program. Following are the training dates.

Thursday, September 8, 5:30 - 7:30 pm Zoom

Saturday, September 10, 9am-2:30pm In person

Tuesday, September 13, 5:30-7:30 pm Zoom

Thursday, September 15, 5:30 - 7:30 pm Zoom

Tuesday, September 20, 5:30-7:30 pm Zoom

Thursday, September 22, 5:30 - 7:30 pm Zoom

Saturday, September 24, 9am-2:30pm In person

Thursday, September 29, 5:30 - 7:30 pm Zoom

Saturday, October 1, 9am-2:30pm In person

More opportunities with Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.

About Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

Location:

310 Back Street, Coloma, CA 95613, US

Mission Statement

The mission of Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is to secure, preserve, interpret, protect and restore the Gold Discovery Site and maintain its historical integrity for the people of California and the world.

Description

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park (SHP) in Coloma, California is the site of the gold discovery that initiated the California Gold Rush. Prior to the gold rush, the Coloma Valley was home to native Americans who lived off the richness of the land. In the early days of the gold rush, Coloma was the hub of mining activity up and down the American river and the many canyons surrounding the valley. Today Marshall Gold Discovery SHP hosts schoolchildren from all over the state and visitors from all over the world who come to learn more about the rush for riches that helped propel California into statehood in 1850.

Marshall Gold Discovery SHP has many volunteer opportunities available including:

  • Leading educational programs, talks and tours
  • Living history demonstrations
  • Blacksmithing
  • Working in the mercantile
  • Greeting visitors at the visitor center/museum
  • Performing park maintenance/landscaping
  • Promoting the park and its events
  • Interpreting historic buildings
  • Research
  • Preservation of the library collections
  • Clerical and administrative tasks

Spring is a busy season at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP with thousands of schoolchildren visiting the park and taking part in the Eureka Program. Volunteers are needed to lead gold panning lessons, Wagons Ho programs, pouch making activities, and park tours. The park also hosts two big events during the year in October and December that require substantial volunteer assistance.

CAUSE AREAS

Arts & Culture
Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Education & Literacy

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

310 Back StreetColoma, CA 95613

(38.8281,-120.883)
 

SKILLS

  • Customer Service
  • History
  • Research
  • Storytelling

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimum 8 hours per month
  • Complete 9-session training to become docent for park. Ongoing volunteer opportunities following completion of training. Weekly and monthly volunteer opportunities. Park hosts 2 big events each year, which require large volunteer involvement.

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