• Other • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
Minimum age: none (under 18 must have parental approval; under 16 cannot fire, & under 12 must have parental supervision)
Benefits to the volunteer:
Share your love of history with National Park visitors. Reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses may be available. Additional awards may be given based on the number of hours donated.
Goal or outcome of the job:
Provide park visitors with opportunities to make intellectual and emotional connections to the War of 1812, Battle of Lake Erie, the men that fought in them, and to the peace that has lasted since 1815.
Volunteer will provide historic weapons firing demonstrations in period dress. Demonstrations will include artillery, small arms, or both. Most of the demonstrations will occur weekly: Friday-Sunday. After gaining park knowledge, volunteer may take more of a leading role in the demonstration including conducting the interpretive talk. Historic weapons programs will help visitors to reach an emotional and intellectual connection to park resources.
Costumed interpreters must enjoy working with park visitors, be able to remain calm and courteous during busy times and emergencies, communicate effectively with the public and with park staff. Knowledge of early 19th century history and War of 1812 is preferred but not required. To actually fire volunteer will need to be 16 years old.
Training or other preparation required to begin:
A minimum of a 10 hour safety course on historic weapons will be provided that will certify you before giving any demonstrations at Perry’s Victory. This certification is subject to the approval of the park’s Historic Weapons Supervisors. Also you will be given a park orientation which will include training in the National Park Service mission, safety, basic interpretive skills, and park history. Historic clothing will be provided.
Most work will be outdoors. Volunteers should in good physical condition and capable of standing or walking outdoors in hot or cold weather. Historic clothing may not be comfortable in all weather.
Send your application to:
Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial
Attn.: Robert Whitman
PO Box 549
Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
If you have questions, call Robert Whitman at (419) 285-2184 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.