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Located approximately 20 miles northwest of center city Philadelphia, Valley Forge was the site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of George Washington and the Continental Army. The park commemorates the sacrifices and perseverance of the Revolutionary War generation and honors the ability of citizens to pull together and overcome adversity during extraordinary times. For additional information please visit the park website at http://www.nps.gov/vafo.
Are you passionate about helping people understand and enjoy history?
Historic Structures Interpretive Volunteers help park visitors connect with our past and become stewards of Valley Forge National Historical Park. You will actively help Park Rangers achieve our goal of furthering each visitor’s understanding, enjoyment and appreciation of Valley Forge and its historical resources through accurate and effective formal and informal historical interpretation. Additionally, volunteers assist park staff with interpretation and visitor services during major park events and commemorative programs (e.g. annual March-in and March-out commemorative programs and park celebrations such as Washington's Birthday). Volunteers are primarily needed at two primary sites: Washington's Headquarters and David Stephens farmstead (Varnum's Quarters).
Volunteers here are encouraged to wear period style attire to interpret the site’s historical significance. This 18th century period clothing can include either Continental Army military attire or proper 18th century civilian dress depending on the volunteer's interpretive role. If the volunteer chooses to not wear period-clothing, the Volunteer will be required to wear the park's volunteer summer or winter uniform. Washington’s Headquarters is a historic building with uneven steps and no air conditioning. The building is located within the historic Village of Valley Forge downhill approximately 1/3 mile from upper parking lot and restrooms. It is subject to constant visitor interaction with few rest opportunities.
Volunteers here are encouraged to wear period style attire to interpret the site’s historical significance. This 18th century period clothing can include either Continental Army military attire or proper 18th century civilian dress depending on the volunteer's interpretive role. If the volunteer chooses to not wear period-clothing, the Volunteer will be required to wear the park's volunteer summer or winter uniform. The Stephen's farmhouse is located approximately 200 yards from the parking lot via a paved walking path. Restroom facilities are located approximately one-quarter mile away in the Varnum's Parking lot across State Road 23.
NOTE: The park offers 18th-century clothing on a check-out basis. New volunteers are not required to purchase proper clothing unless they chose to do so. All clothing or materials loaned by the park (e.g. hunting shirt, overalls) must be returned when the volunteer ceases his/her service to the park.
Stay mentally fit while improving your community and country through service to your local national park.
Meet new people from all over the world who share an interest in history.
Receive complementary training (e.g., park historical and natural resources, etc.).
Be eligible for perks associated with the National Park Service Volunteers-in-Parks program (e.g. The Volunteer Pass to federal lands and recreation sites).
Be eligible for perks associated with the Valley Forge’s Volunteers-in-Parks program (e.g. April free passes to area museums, park holiday party and summer barbecue, annual volunteer appreciation luncheon, 20% discount all products at The Valley Forge Encampment store, etc.).
Be 18 years or older.
Have a working cell phone.
Have a working email address.
Ability to communicate courteously and professionally with visitors, park staff, and fellow volunteers.
Successfully complete orientation and training.
NPS Background checks may be required.
Perform at least two 4-hour shifts per month (Apr-Oct). Winter shifts are optional.
Attend one of the bi-annual working meetings.
Complete sign-in at the beginning or end of each shift.
As of January 2018, we have a need for weekend shifts at Washington's Head-Quarters.