• Historical Preservation • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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Job Title: Lockkeeper’s House / Constitution Gardens Rover
Job Description: Staffs the newly restored Lockkeeper’s House (LOHO) and roves the Constitution Gardens (COGA) area. Assists visitors by providing directions and orientation to the park and surrounding area; sharing historical (cultural and natural) information about LOHO and COGA; and providing informal and roving interpretation. Volunteers may also have opportunities to assist with formal interpretive programs and living history programs. Other duties include maintaining brochure/map stock, monitoring visitation, and reporting safety and security concerns and emergencies.
excellent communication skills
desire to assist visitors and provide excellent customer service
enthusiasm, friendliness, and a positive attitude
knowledge (which can be acquired) of LOHO, COGA, NAMA, and the surrounding area
willingness to learn
ability to ride an information tricycle (not required)
Multilingual individuals are encouraged to apply.
Goals/Outcomes: Visitors will:
feel welcomed to our nation’s capital, the National Mall, LOHO, and COGA
be treated with respect and provided with excellent customer service.
learn about the history and significance of LOHO, COGA, NAMA and the surrounding area.
be encouraged to personalize how they experience park resources, thereby discovering their own meanings and values in the resources.
be encouraged to help protect and become stewards of National Parks.
Benefits to Volunteers:
opportunity to make a difference by helping others
meet, interact with, and assist diverse visitors of all ages from inside and outside of the United States
learn about park history and resources
develop/refine personal and professional skills
meet other volunteers and participate in volunteer events
6 months (8 hours per month, more encouraged)
short term--summer, etc. (able to volunteer at least 2 days per week)
Location of position:
Lockkeeper’s House and Constitution Gardens, near the intersection of Constitution Ave. and 17th St., NW, Washington, DC
Age: 18 or older (Younger applicants with parental/guardian approval may be considered.)
Must wear park-issued volunteer uniform and name tag
As representatives of the NPS and National Mall & Memorial Parks, volunteers must adhere to the NAMA Volunteer Code of Conduct.
Volunteer work may include standing for long periods of time, walking short and long distances, climbing/descending steps and inclines, and riding a tricycle.You may be exposed to inclement weather conditions, including heat/humidity, cold, rain, snow, and wind.
Training for this position will be provided. In addition, guides, rangers, and supervisory personnel will be available for questions and assistance via the radio or phone.
Hours / Days of Operation
Days of operation will be based on the number of available volunteers.
Saturdays and Sundays (10 - 4)
Fridays (10 - 4)
Winter hours TBD
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
9:30 - 1:30: Volunteer will pick up LOHO key and radio at Survey Lodge at 9:30am. If willing and able, volunteer will ride the brochure trike to the LOHO.
12:30 - 4:30: Volunteer, will leave LOHO at 4pm to return the LOHO key, radio, and trike to Survey Lodge.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
12:30 - 4:30:Volunteer, will pick up (12:30pm) and return (4pm) LOHO key and radio. If willing and able the volunteer will gather and return the brochure trike at Survey Lodge along with the radio and key.
Additional shifts may be added.
Specific days and shifts available to volunteer:
Sunday - morning and afternoon shifts are available
Tuesday - afternoon shifts are available
Wednesday - afternoon shifts are available
Thursday - every other afternoon shift is available
Friday - morning and afternoon shifts are available