• Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information
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Hamilton Grange National Memorial preserves the home of founding father Alexander Hamilton, a man whose work helped to ensure the success of the United States as a single nation. From his humble early years as an orphan in the Caribbean, Hamilton built a social and professional reputation that allowed him to become one of the most influential politicians in early American history. By joining our dedicated volunteer corps, you can help us protect this extraordinary place and share its stories with the visiting public.
Main Goals for This Position
Through front line customer service, volunteers will support the missions of the National Park Service, Manhattan National Park Sites, and Hamilton Grange National Memorial.
Brief Description of Work
Work may include:
Providing orientation and historical information for park visitors
Answering visitors’ questions
Presenting formal and informal interpretive programs, such as guided tours and self-guided open houses
Distributing mission-related materials, such as Junior Ranger activity booklets and badges
Performing routine office work in support of interpretive operations, such as answering the telephone and recording statistics
Operating radios and audiovisual equipment according to established procedures
Assisting with logistics for special events.
Be at least 18 years old.
Be comfortable interacting with the public, and be able to communicate effectively with both groups and individuals. The volunteer must answer repetitive questions about the park and its resources in a caring and professional manner.
Have an interest in the park and its resources and make an attempt to continually increase their knowledge of the same.
Wear the Manhattan Sites volunteer uniform while working with the public. General grooming and clothing needs to reflect a professional clean and neat appearance.
Have the ability to function in a professional manner during emergency situations.
Length of Commitment
Length of commitment is variable, and will be specified in the volunteer’s SF-301a Agreement Form. Volunteers are expected to work at least four hours per week.
Tools, Equipment, and Vehicles to be Operated
No vehicles will be operated within the scope of this position.
Tools and equipment will be limited to office supplies, general administrative equipment, and light support as needed for audiovisual capabilities.
Location Where Work Will Be Performed
Hamilton Grange National Memorial, 414 West 141st Street, New York, NY 10031
Physical Requirements of Work
The work is generally seated, standing, or walking with mild lifting (not more than 20 lbs) on an occasional basis. A narrow staircase leads to the period-furnished rooms where tours take place.
Benefits to the Volunteer
Opportunities to build skills in fields such as customer service, interpretation, research and education
Opportunities for training
The chance to become part of a network of like-minded, dedicated people who care about our nation’s cultural and natural resources.
Position Supports Which Division
Interpretation & Education
Volunteers will work under the guidance and support of the Hamilton Grange National Memorial Lead Ranger, Vladimir Merzlyakov (Vladimir_merzlyakov@nps.gov or 646-548-2310)
Scope of Contacts
Visitor Services/Interpretive volunteers should expect to have constant public contact during the performance of their duties.