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Calling all history lovers, educators, and customer service aficionados!
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site preserves and interprets an early American iron-making community and its effect on the nation’s industrial history. The historic village includes the charcoal-fueled furnace, Ironmaster’s mansion, tenant houses, and a blacksmith shop. We are one of the few parks that have an active farm program, showcasing animals that would have historically called the furnace home. Programs and events vary throughout the year; these events include sheep shearing, charcoal making, Fourth of July celebration, living history demonstrations, apple picking in the historic orchard, and other seasonally-themed events.
Hopewell Furnace is a small park, protecting 848-acres of America’s industrial heritage. In addition to visitors exploring the historic village, we receive a number of visitors enjoying the resources at neighboring French Creek State Park, including hikers, campers, and daily recreational users.
Come volunteer at this hidden gem within the National Park Service.
Duties of this position include:
Work with rangers to staff the Visitor Center information desk
Stand and greet visitors as they enter the Visitor Center. Orient them to the historic village as well as share information about special events and the local area
Educate visitors about the historical significance of the park
Answer frequently asked questions in person and over the telephone
Answer and direct telephone calls and deliver messages
Operate audio-visual equipment for the park orientation film as requested
Maintain accurate tally of visitors entering the visitor center, attending programs, and viewing orientation film
Communicate with park staff using a 2-way radio system
Restock brochures and other informational materials at the front desk
Assist in operation of Junior Ranger Program and swearing in Junior Rangers
Assist with America’s National Parks bookstore operations
Ensure visitors have an understanding of park rules and regulations, and that these regulations are important to protect resources within the park and to ensure safety of visitors
Know where first aid kit and AED are kept and be familiar with emergency protocols
May provide assistance during special events
Volunteers will be issued volunteer shirt(s) and hat but must provide their own pants
Skills & Qualifications Required:
Must enjoy interacting with people and have great customer service skills
Must be willing to learn about Hopewell Furnace and its history, and the resources that lie within and surrounding the park
Must be able to learn cash register operations, including the accurate handling of money and credit card processes
Minimum age 16, unless volunteering with a parent or guardian
Must possess reliable transportation to and from the park: there is no public transportation to the park
Volunteers are requested to work a minimum of eight (8) hours a month, sometimes on a weekend day. More hours may be available if requested by volunteer and schedules are flexible. Volunteers may be asked to help with special events, as their schedules allow..
If you have any questions, you may contact the park’s Volunteer Coordinator, Amanda Sherry, at (610) 582-8773 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mailing address: Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, 2 Mark Bird Lane, Elverson, PA 19520.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Description: Volunteer must provide their own housing.