• Research Library • Historical Preservation • Other • Tour Guide/Interpretation
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The volunteer will work to provide a meaningful and educational experience for visitors through living history. Throughout the year, the park offers a variety of interpretive programs, including living history, to visitors, free of charge. Due to the high demand of these programs, the park needs Living Historians to assist in providing quality experiences for visitors. This interpretive technique can cover the period of the Colonial South Carolina Backcountry experience, the Regulator Movement, the French and Indian War, and the American Revolutionary war, although an emphasis is placed on the American Revolution. Living history presentations can involve demonstrations, talks, weapons programs, etc. These programs do not have to be just during special events, they could be held during school group visits, as well as weekends.
Volunteers must be able to work independently, or with other volunteers and park staff in the implementation of the interpretive goals.
The volunteer is required to be on time and in the proper period and social clothing for their program.
Although living history programs may be available year round, the greatest need for living historians is during the annual 96 Crossroads weekend event in April. There are also other smaller events that require living historians as well, most in the summer months.
The volunteer should work with the VIP Coordinator and park staff to determine topics, length, and program dates. Volunteers are required to follow the park’s interpretive themes, as well as living history program and event guidelines to ensure authenticity and accuracy of presentations.
The use of historic weapons will be governed by NPS black powder safety regulations. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to fire historic weapons.
Assist park staff by providing efficient, courteous and helpful information and services to park visitors.
Knowledge and Skills Required
Ability and willingness to acquire knowledge of the cultural history of Ninety Six and its significant.
Good communication skills; ability to determine visitor needs and answer questions; positive attitude; professional demeanor; knowledge of park information; reliability; willingness to talk with visitors about the chosen subject; ability to encourage visitors to stewardship; flexibility for various types of weather conditions.
Ability to prepare and present well planned, researched, and organized living history programs to small to medium sized audiences of families, national and international visitors, and school groups. Knowledge of the proper use of equipment is required.
The volunteer will possess a mature and professional demeanor while working with park visitors and staff. Be able to remain courteous and calm during possible hectic and or emergency situations.
Communicate and organize effectively with staff. Knowledge of the proper use of equipment is required.
Willingness to adhere to park interpretive themes and guidelines related to living history activities.
Volunteer must understand that the sales of any items are not permitted on park property
Training, Tools, Equipment, etc.
Park interpretive themes will be provided to the VIP. The park library is recommended for independent learning about the park and can provide some insight into possible demonstrations. Volunteers will provide their own transportation to the park. If transportation to another park is needed, use of a government vehicle may be approved.
If volunteer is doing weapons demonstrations they must pass the required black powder training provided by the park’s Historic Weapons Safety Officer.
Unless otherwise discussed, the park will provide fire wood for those demonstrations that require fire. This is to cut down on the chance of spreading invasive species and pest that could damage the ecosystem.
Personal possession of period costuming is ideal; the park can provide period costuming on a limited basis.
Volunteer will have contact with the public, and park staff. Standing for long periods of time, walking bending, lifting, and sedentary work is required.
All work will be conducted at Ninety Six NHS or the Southern Campaign Parks Group. The terrain where activities are held may be rugged and uneven. Volunteers may work inside and outdoors in a variety of weather condition, including hot and sunny days, stormy weather, rain, cold, etc. There is potential for excessive exposure to the sun, so the VIP must take precautions. There is potential for becoming dehydrated or overheated, so the VIP should carry plenty of water and drink regularly while working outdoors at the park. Please use common sense, take every precaution, and keep yourself safe. If in doubt, please check with park staff.
The mission of the National Park Service is to preserve America’s national, cultural, and historical legacies. This makes it a unique and respected federal agency. Aside from the reward of a positive affiliation with the agency, the returns from volunteering at Ninety Six National Historic Site depend on the goals of the volunteer. Gaining work experience here can result in a solid reference for one’s resume and invaluable work experience.
The direct supervisor is the VIP Manager/Supervisor. They are responsible for assigning duties, and supervising volunteers in this duty.