Historic Resources Volunteer (2024)

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ORGANIZATION: National Park Service

NOTE: The full Volunteer Service Description will be emailed to all applicants.

Park Information:

Located approximately 20 miles northwest of center city Philadelphia, Valley Forge was the site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of George Washington and the Continental Army. The park commemorates the sacrifices and perseverance of the Revolutionary War generation and honors the ability of citizens to pull together and overcome adversity during extraordinary times. ( http://www.nps.gov/vafo)

Position Summary:

Are you passionate about helping people understand and enjoy history? The volunteer will work inside and around historic buildings and sites to provide friendly and professional assistance and historical information to visitors. Volunteers are primarily needed at Washington's Headquarters and potentially at Muhlenberg Brigade Huts.

Tasks & Responsibilities:

  • Accurately and professionally communicate the following kinds of information: historical dates and facts related to the site/building, and park regulations.
  • [OPTIONAL] Assist in a similar capacity outdoors at major park events and programs (e.g., annual March-in and March-out commemorative programs, Washington's Birthday, Jr. Ranger Day, Homeschool Day, Veterans Day).

Short Term Impact of this Work:

Visitors learn historically accurate information about the park’s historic buildings, sites, and resources.

Long Term Impact of this Work:

Visitors feel inspired to take action that furthers their knowledge, appreciation, or stewardship of Valley Forge and the National Park Service.


  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Ability and desire to follow applicable federal, state, and local laws/policies, as well as directions from staff and other volunteer leaders.
  • Excellent communication skills: be able to treat visitors, park staff, and fellow volunteers with professional courtesy, and ask for help when needed.
  • Ability to accurately recall and communicate historical facts and information.
  • Ability to stand for up to four hours at a time on a hard surface.
  • Ability to hear and follow conversations within a crowded room and outdoors.
  • Have a working email and cell phone.
  • [If at a special program or event outdoors] Ability to walk and stand for the duration of the shift over uneven ground in a variety of natural conditions involving weather (e.g., heat, cold, humidity, rain, wind, etc.), animals and pests (e.g., ticks, bugs, pollen, other animals, etc.), early morning or evening hours.

Time Commitment:

In additional to initial training, a minimum commitment of eight hours monthly, depending on the availability of shifts. The typical shift is 11am-3pm Mon-Fri from Mar-Nov (weekends only from Dec-Feb).

Start Date - 2024-04-04

End Date - 2025-04-03

Activities include: General Assistance;Historical Preservation;Visitor Information

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The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.


The U.S. National Park Service, www.nps.gov, cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage. We care for more than 400 national parks and help communities preserve their historic places and open spaces.


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