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Gulf Islands National Seashore
Main Goals for This Position to Accomplish:
Historic Weapons Demonstrators 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 will adhere to all National Park Service 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 his/her competency regarding the knowledge of the National Park Service 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 the Gulf Islands National Seashore’s 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.
Length of Commitment:
Demonstrations will be held Saturday – Sunday at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. Volunteers will be asked to serve a total of 80 hours annually on either Saturdays or Sundays from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. This does not include the historic weapons training sessions. Demonstrators who volunteer 96 hours or more annually will receive special recognition and scheduling consideration.
Tools, Equipment, and Vehicles to be Operated:
Historic Weapons Demonstrators will operate a historic reproduction weapon during the historic weapons demonstrations. The equipment guidelines can be found in the Historic Weapons Plan. No vehicles will be operated within the scope of this position.
Location Where Work Will Be Performed:
Historic Fort Pickens Located within the Fort Pickens Area of Gulf Islands National Seashore
Physical Requirements of Work:
There is a minimum age of 16. Volunteers must be able to carry, lift, and maintain control of weaponry weighing up to 20 pounds. There will be standing for long periods of time and marching to and from the firing range with historic weapons. Volunteer must be capable of being a part of a team that will move an 1800 pound reproduction cannon to and from the firing range.
Benefits to the Volunteer:
The volunteer’s work contributes to the understanding of park resources, and influences park visitor’s opinions, attitudes, and enjoyment of the park. The volunteer has a direct effect on individual and group safety, education, and appreciation of park history. The volunteer also has the added benefit of becoming part of a team, participating in special events, and enjoying that park from a vantage point that few will ever experience.
Position Supports Which Division:
Resource Education Division
Volunteers will work under the guidance and support of the nationally certified NPS Historic Weapons Supervisors.
Scope of Contacts:
Historic Weapons Demonstrators are asked to remain at the site of the historic weapons program for the duration of program and answer any visitor questions before and after the program.
Please note this opportunity requires significant investment by the Gulf Islands National Seashore Resource Education Division. Positions are limited to the most serious inquires. Also, 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