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Main goals for this position to accomplish:
Volunteers must be able to demonstrate using the proper weaponry, the skills regarding the care, loading, and commands of the historic weapon, as well as the knowledge of the cultural significance of events and the location.
Brief description of work to be performed:
Historic Weapons Demonstrators must adhere to all NPS rules and regulations and only present programs in accordance with the themes and approaches approved by the park’s Historic Weapons Plan.
Competency must be proven through the training and testing process provided by the Historic Weapons Supervisors. The Historic Weapons Demonstrator is required to complete and pass the Range Monitor and Demonstration Interpreter training and modules and subsequent Historic Weapons training and modules (musket and cannon).
The Historic Weapons Demonstrator will be required to demonstrate their competency regarding the knowledge of the NPS range safety requirements, misfire procedures, appropriate demonstration techniques (including but not limited to gun cleaning and loading as well as commands used), and any park specific requirements to the satisfaction of Gulf Islands National Seashore Historic Weapons Supervisors.
Historic Weapons Demonstrators must adhere to the proper uniform, safety, and training requirements of the Historic Weapons Plan. There is a level of professionalism that is asked of each Historic Weapons Demonstrator.
There is a minimum age of 16.
Ability to work independently, as part of a team, and accept supervision.
Excellent public speaking skills and interpersonal abilities.
Ability to work enthusiastically with diverse audiences.
Ability to read, remember, and transmit accurate content according to interpretive goals.
Sound judgment in response to challenging situations.
Positive attitude and ability to build respectful working relationships.
A federal background investigation is required.
Location where work will be performed:
Historic Fort Pickens located within the Fort Pickens Area of Gulf Islands National Seashore.
The national park has a humid subtropical climate. Volunteers work outdoors and are exposed to hot and humid summers and mild winters, strong winds, and occasional rain.
Volunteers work in and around a historic forts and supportive structures.
Volunteers are required to participate in a park-wide Volunteer Orientation for new volunteers.
Volunteers are required to participate in and pass a 16 hour historic weapons course.
Historic Weapons Demonstrators wear historical United States military costumes (provided) appropriate for the middle 1800s.
Length of commitment:
Volunteers must commit to serving a minimum of 80 hours (excluding 16 hour training) annually and work 8 hour days.
Demonstrators who volunteer 96 hours or more annually will receive special recognition and scheduling consideration.
This position may be terminated by the volunteer or volunteer supervisor at any time.
Tools, equipment, and vehicles to be operated:
Historic Weapons Demonstrators will operate a historic reproduction weapon during demonstrations.
The equipment guidelines can be found in the Historic Weapons Plan.
No vehicles will be operated within the scope of this position.
Volunteers must be able to carry, lift, and maintain control of weaponry weighing up to 20 pounds.
Volunteer must be capable of being a part of a team that will move a 1,800 pound reproduction cannon and 1,800 pound limber to and from the firing range.
There will be standing for long periods of time and marching to and from the firing range with historic weapons.
Benefits to the volunteer:
The volunteer’s work helps to establish the meaning and relevance of Gulf Islands National Seashore and influences guests’ opinions, attitudes, and enjoyment of the park.
The volunteer has a direct effect on individual and group safety, interpretation, education, and appreciation of park resources and the NPS mission.
Volunteers who earn 250 or more hours receive a free America the Beautiful Volunteer Pass, which allows free entry for one year at all federal recreation fee sites, in addition to other service awards.
Position supports which division:
Resource Education Division
Volunteers will work under the guidance and support of nationally certified NPS Historic Weapons Supervisor Casimer Rosiecki, Park Ranger (Casimer_rosiecki@nps.gov).
Scope of contacts:
Volunteers will serve as front-line representatives of Gulf Islands National Seashore and the U.S. National Park Service. They have constant engagement with diverse audiences during their service at the park.
Please note this opportunity requires significant investment by the Gulf Islands National Seashore Resource Education Division. Positions are limited to the most serious inquiries.
The procedure for the position placement is dependent on the volunteer’s success in the training and testing process.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Description: No housing available