Volunteer to transcribe records contained in the Steamtwon National Historic Site Archives. The park has a world-class archives of information related to the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad as well as other significant rail-related collections that need transcibed. You can be part of the effort to enhance searchability and access for everyone, from scholarly academic research to historic structures preservation to family history and genealogical requests. Our virtual transcribers have made thousands of documents accessible!
Access to a personal computer with Microsoft Word programming.
Internet and email access.
Attention to detail in transcribing script, typewritten, or printed historical documents.
Must be at least 15 years of age to participate.
While previous transciption experience is useful, anyone who meets the above requirements can provide valuable volunteering from the comfort of one's own home. You will be able to coordinate with the park historian the appropriate number of scanned documents you wish to work on at any given time; they will be emailed to you. While the historian may periodically email to inquire on your progress, there is no set time limit for completing the transcriptions; accuracy is the key to a useful transcription. When the transcription is completed, email the scanned document and the transcribed Word document back to the park historian.
Contact Historian Patrick McKnight at 570-340-5193 with any questions.
Don't have the time to volunteer on a regular basis? Then consider helping at one or more special events throughout the year. Whether it's Railfest, our annual celebration of all things railroading, helping celebrate the holiday spirit with hundreds of visitors awating Santa's arrival on his own special train on the first Saturday in December, assisting with National Park Week activities in April, or at one of a host of other unique events, we can find a meaningful one-day role for you! Volunteers should be at least 16 years of age to participate and must complete site orientation training prior to special events volunteering.
• Research Library • Pest/Disease Control • Other • Natural Resources Planning • Fish/Wildlife
We have multiple different habitat programs to involve volunteers with.
The first wildlife volunteer opportunity is wood duck box management. We will need people to go out and inspect the boxes we currently have, let us know if any need repaired, repair if willing and able. After the initial inspection the boxes will need to be cleaned of all old material and replenished with new nesting materials. Ideally we would like the boxes to be checked after the fledglings have left the nest to retrieve an egg count for Rangers to put into a data set.
Another wildlife management opportunity we have includes fish habitat placement and installation. We have fish habitat structures that need to be built and strategically placed in the lake bed to provide fish with more cover. The lake also has a Christmas tree collection for people to recycle their Christmas tree for fish habitat in the lake. Volunteers are needed to assist with this process.
Bluebird box management we will need some more mobile to get out on the project and inventory all of our current blue bird houses. Volunteers can also help with box cleaning and egg counts to see how the bluebird population is doing around the lake. Placement of new boxes based on our research in order to increase the number of bluebirds around the lake.
Purple martin lovers! Yough Lake needs you! For years we have tried to encourage a population of purple martins to nest in our purple martin houses with no luck. Come help us come up with a way to get purple martins to stop at Yough and use our houses. Once a population comes in we will need someone to inventory and clean out the houses at the end of nesting season.
• Research Library • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Science
This volunteer opportunity is for anyone who loves to share knowledge and teach others about a specific topic. Are you interested in nature? Perhaps water? Even wildlife? We are looking for people to help us or create their own interpretative presentations to teach the public a skill or provide them with a better understanding of something related to the environment. We are also serious about water safety so if you know anything about water safety we would love to have you come present with us and represent the USACE well.
This position includes a free full hookup campsite for the duration of your service. Duties may include any or all of the following: assisting and greeting campers, assist campers with making reservations, public information, litter pick up, trail maintenance, fire ring and table cleaning, helping out with events such as Special Recreation Day, the chainsaw festival, Pumpkin Fest, and Shoreline Cleanup. Five day (30 hours) work week including weekends and holidays, days off are mid-week.
This is the perfect volunteer opportunity for someone with a vision. We currently have one partially developed trail for our visitors and we would like to revamp the trail and extend it. Anyone with a passion for working in the woods would be a great asset to complete our trail projects.
• Campground Host • Office/Clerical • Other • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Visitor Information • General Assistance
Several General Volunteer Positions Available 2020:
Dates: April 15, 2020 through October 01, 2020
Volunteer Duties: Volunteers will perform a wide variety of tasks including but not limited to cleaning fire rings, painting parking spaces, emptying trash cans, picking up litter, trail maintenance work, gardening, assisting in administrative duties and promoting the water safety initiative.
Special Skills: None
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: A full hook-up site with water, sewer and electric is provided to volunteers for the duration of the time they are volunteering, in exchange for 30 hours per week for a couple and 20 hours per week for individuals.
• Campground Host • Office/Clerical • Visitor Information • General Assistance
Campground Park Host:
Volunteer Duties: The duties required are act as the face of the Corps of Engineers to perform a meet and greet for all visitors and assist all visitors with any questions they may have of the park and surrounding area. We would also ask the host to relay any rules that the visitors need to abide by. The host will also be responsible for assisting visitors with the reservation system. A motorized cart will be provided to the host to assist with the duties. We ask the host be at the campground to help visitors every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at least 20 hours a week to assist the visitors during our busy times.
Special Skills: People skills (Updated 12/31/2019)
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Water and electric campsite will be provided to the host at no cost during their volunteer time. Once the host is finished with the host duties they will be rewarded with one week of free camping.
This volunteer position varies in length of time. Various opportunities exist at different times during the year. Opportunities include but are not limited to fisheries management, wildlife surveys and nesting box maintenance. (Updated 12/17/2019)
Volunteers with good communication skills that enjoy meeting people are needed. Visitor Center Hosts will be expected to do miscellaneous work assisting the Park Ranger staff, and may be involved with duties that include:
1.Offering assistance to the public, explaining rules & regulations, operating and maintaining audio visual displays.
2. Presenting nature walks and water safety demonstrations.
3. Providing information to the public about interpretive activities through advertising & public relations (i.e. news releases, bulletin boards, and brochures).
It is staffed daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm, but flexible part-time schedules are available that include weekends and holidays. Located near Warren, PA, Kinzua Dam and Allegheny Reservoir is a great place to enjoy the outdoors, especially Allegheny National Forest, and other local attractions. (Updated 12/31/2019)
• Campground Host • General Assistance
Photo Courtesy of USACE
Tionesta Recreation Area Campground:
Dates: Variable, 1-2 months between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2020
Event Description: Duties may include any or all of the following: assisting and greeting campers, public information, assisting ranger staff as needed and in entrance station, traffic control, litter pick up, trail maintenance, firering and table cleaning, Information Center staffing, restroom inspection. Five day work week required including weekends and holidays, days off are mid-week.
Special Skills Needed: Volunteers must be capable of performing the tasks required, be friendly and able to communicate effectively. (Updated 10/28/2019)
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Hosts must provide their own camping equipment and will be provided a campsite with full hookups. Hosts may have one pet, but no aggressive breeds.
• Campground Host • Office/Clerical • Other • Visitor Information • General Assistance
Campground Host/Bush Recreation Area Campground:
Volunteer Duties: Advice visitors of campground rules and regulations. Serve as point of contact between visitors and ranger staff. Assist campers at Bush Recreation Area Campground with self-registration and provide information about local points of interest. Act as campground surveillance. Must maintain daily campground log and stock honor vault with envelopes. Assist with light maintenance duties ie litter pick up and light janitorial duties.
Requirements: Ability to work and deal with the public. Must volunteer at least 25 hours a week (Thursday through Sunday and holidays) and wear a volunteer shirt/hat or name tag. Must pass a background check. (Updated 12/31/2019)
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Camp site provided for 25 hours worked with water and electric.
• Other • Trail/Campground Maintenance • General Assistance
Dates: This Position is Year Round 2020
Volunteer Duties: Here at Crooked Creek, we are looking for someone to volunteer their time to help enhance and maintain the park. We are able to accommodate all ages and interest areas. There are no time requirements, we can work around your schedule. Other volunteer projects have been, painting parking lots, installing and painting signs, planting flowers, assisting in creating a pollinator plot, staining a bird and butterfly viewing platform, building and installing owl and blue bird boxes, etc.
Special Skills: N/A (Updated 12/31/2019)
HOUSING & AMENITIES Description: A camp site is not provided.
Here is a great opportunity to volunteer as Campground Hosts at Gettysburg National Military Park. Our Campground Hosts work as volunteers at the McMillan Woods Group Campground. The hosts provide information to Boy Scouts and assist them with locating their assigned campsites. The hosts provide visitors with information on things to do and see in the park and surrounding areas. The hosts assist in organizing horse trailer parking, Hosts may perform minor restroom and campground maintenance duties, gather occupancy information, and keep the protection staff informed of any law enforcement issues within the campground. Other duties may be assigned as mutually agreed upon. The campground is located on the west side of the park. Spring and fall can bring cold, windy weather, humidity, fog, rain, and occasional snow. Summers are hot and humid with occasional thunderstorms. Power outages may occur. A variety of animals and insects such as skunks, gnats, deer, are native. The closest grocery store is located approximately 4 miles away from the park in Gettysburg. We are seeking volunteers with excellent customer service skills who like to meet and communicate with a variety of people. A good attitude, the ability to listen, and the ability to relay information are important to this position. A valid driver’s license and background investigation is required.In return for your volunteer work, you will be provided with a camping site which includes water and electric hookups. You will need to provide a recreation vehicle for your lodging. Volunteer uniforms (hats, shirts, and nametags) will be issued. Training, including portable radio operations, will be provided. Hosts will work a minimum of 30 hours per week, which includes weekends and holidays. Hosts will have two consecutive weekdays off. Shifts will vary depending upon operational needs. The campground is open from April through October.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Electric, water provided. No sewer dump tank on site, however contractor will empty your RV tanks once a week.
• Computers • Other • Science • General Assistance
Photo Courtesy of USGS
The National Map Corps - Volunteer Map Editor
Volunteers collect structures data for The National Map using our online mapping application. Structures include schools, hospitals, post offices, police stations, cemeteries, and other important public buildings. Volunteers check the location of existing structure points against aerial imagery to verify that it is on the correct building, and confirm that the name and address information are correct using authoritative sources (e.g. official school district website). Volunteers also add missing structure points to the map, and remove points for structures that no longer exist. By updating and verifying structures data across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, volunteers are making significant contributions to USGS National Structures Database, The National Map, and ultimately U.S. Topo Maps!
If you have access to the Internet and are willing to dedicate some time editing map data we hope you will consider participating! You do not need to live in any particular area to participate. Our editing guidelines explain how you can contribute data from anywhere.
Volunteers earn virtual badges for participating and are recognized for their contributions (with permission) via USGS and The National Map social media.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: This volunteer activity is done from your home or anywhere with Internet access.
• Botany • Natural Resources Planning • Fish/Wildlife • Science • Weed/Invasive Species Control
Photo Courtesy of NPS
The Natural Resource Park Ranger Internship position is located in the Division of Resource Management. Duties include, but are not limited to: collecting water samples, measuring water quality characteristics, inventory of natural resources along the river, evening bat counts, fish and mussel surveys, vegetation surveys, invasive species removal or treatment, pollinator garden maintenance, electro-fishing, GPS/GIS and mapping, outreach with the public regarding park’s resources, data collection and entry, natural resource record keeping.
Applicants need to be currently enrolled in a college or university working towards an undergraduate or higher education degree. Majors can include but are not limited to Biology, Chemistry, Fish & Wildlife Studies, Environmental Studies, Zoology, Hydrology, Environmental Conservation, Geology, and Botany. We are looking for outgoing students who enjoy working outdoors, and are comfortable being in the field with limited access to amenities and cell phone service. Some experience working in the field is preferred, but not specifically required. Experience can be from personal outdoor enthusiasm, coursework, shadowing, previous internships, school related clubs, community work, etc. Because of the nature of the field work performed during this internship, it is important applicants have a positive attitude about potentially getting wet or dirty, as well as working in and around open water and thick vegetation. There are also some physical aspects to this internship; such as lifting, walking on uneven/unpaved rocky surfaces, swimming (possibly), canoeing/kayaking, working from a motorized boat.
All interns will be provided with two weeks of training which includes an orientation to the National Park Service, Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, First Aid, CPR, and canoe and whitewater rescue training. On the job training is provided by experienced natural resource staff members prior to being in the field.
The Internship position will run from May 11, 2020 through mid-August 2020. Dates are flexible to accommodate school schedules. The park anticipates filling one internship position for 2020. Interns work a 40-hour workweek, with some weekend and evening work. A daily stipend of $30.00 is given for each day worked.
A personal vehicle is required. The intern is responsible for travel to and from school/residence and the park.
This is a uniformed position and the uniform is provided. The intern uniform consists of khaki pants/shorts, a blue polo shirt, and a blue ball cap. As this position requires outdoor work, personal protection equipment and outerwear are also provided. The intern is responsible for bringing suitable footwear for outdoor work, i.e. hiking shoes/boots. If the applicant has personal field gear they would prefer to wear for fieldwork, they are encouraged to bring it with them so that they are comfortable working outdoors. Personal gear will have to meet any safety codes, should they apply (i.e. life-jacket).
For those interested in the Natural Resource Park Ranger Internship email a resume and two letters of recommendation to the Don Hamilton, Chief of Natural Resources: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please place Natural Resource Park Ranger Internship Application in the subject line.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Housing will be a shared house or apartment.
• Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife
Photo Courtesy of NPS
During the 2020 summer season, Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River will have five Park Ranger Internship opportunities available. The park includes 73 miles of a clear, free-flowing river, remnants of the D&H Canal, and the home of western novelist Zane Grey. The Upper Delaware River forms the border between New York and Pennsylvania, stretching from Hancock, NY in the north, to near Port Jervis, NY in the south. A very active timber industry once utilized the swift waters of the river. Today, canoeists and rafters join fishermen and other outdoor recreationists in enjoying the clean and nearly pristine waters.
The Park Ranger Internship position is located in the Division of Interpretation. Duties include: staffing river access sites; presenting river safety talks and providing area information to river users; performing river patrols; and developing and presenting other educational programs on the geology, hydrology, ecosystems, natural history, and cultural history of the river valley. Programs will be presented to park visitors, local community groups, and summer youth camps.
Applicants need to be currently enrolled in a college or university working towards an undergraduate or graduate degree. Majors can include but are not limited to History, Education, Environmental Sciences, Parks and Recreation, Social Sciences, or Biology. We are looking for outgoing students who enjoy working and talking with adults and children. Experience working in an environmental setting and presenting education programs is helpful but not required.
All interns will be provided with two weeks of training which includes an orientation to the National Park Service, Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, interpretive and education program development, First Aid, CPR and canoe and white water rescue training. On the job training is provided by experienced interpretive staff members prior to the interns being placed in the field on their own.
The Internship positions will run from May 11, 2020 through mid-August 2020. Dates are flexible to accommodate school schedules. The park anticipates filling five internship positions for the 2020 summer season. Interns work a 40-hour workweek including weekends and holidays. A daily stipend of $30.00 is given for each day worked.
A personal vehicle is required. The assigned fixed duty stations are spread out over 30 miles up and down the Upper Delaware River Valley. The intern is responsible for travel to and from school/residence and the park.
This is a uniformed position and the uniform is provided. The intern uniform consists of khaki pants, a blue polo shirt, and a blue ball cap. As some mornings can be cold and some positions and duties require park staff to work outdoors, outerwear is also provided. For those interested in the Park Ranger Internship send a resume and two letters of recommendation to the Internship Coordinator. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Early applicants will be given first consideration. Send to Internship Coordinator: ingrid_peterec@email@example.com
PA 18405 For more information about the Internship Program, contact Internship Coordinator Ingrid Peterec at (570) 685-4871 ext 6605, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River check out the park web page at:http://www.nps.gov/upde
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Housing is provided and is shared by other intern staff. The house is furnished with basic necessities. Bed linens, pillows, blankets, and towels will need to be brought with you. All utilities are provided. Television reception is not available in the area but cable television is available at minimal cost.
• Other • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information
Living History Soldiers present soldier life talks and musket or artillery firing demonstartions on a regular basis to groups of adults and children. Training and tour outlines are provided by the park. National Park Service Rangers are available to help with training, program development and presentation. It is beneficial if applicants possess a general knowledge of American history, especially 18th century and F&I War history, and have the ability to speak before groups of people. Knowledge of soldier life in the 18th century British & French armies is a plus, as well as a general knowledge of the materiel culture of the F&I War & Seven Years War.
There may also by opportunities to present guided programs and tours to Fort Necessity, the site of George Washington’s first military action during the opening battle of the French and Indian War.
Training begins the first week in June. A minimum eight-week or 250 hour commitment is preferred.
References will be required. You may enter references in block 18 of the on-line application or provide them to the park volunteer coordinator after the application is received.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Bunk House Description: Housing is available to volunteers who work in the park at least 32 hours per week. Housing is dormitory style and is available on a first come, first served basis and is extremely limited.