Flexibility: Medium

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: If you have a passion for history and like interacting with the public, then volunteering at a National Park to share your knowledge with visitors might be for you. Volunteers play a critical role in helping protect, preserve and interpret the cultural and natural resources found within our National Parks.

Amava Take: Want something out of the ordinary? Get your actor on and become a period player at your favorite historical National Park. This is a great way to exercise your brain and meet lots of people while sharing your passion for history. If you are interested in making money, there are also paid opportunities at National Parks.

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?

People who like to talk with people, who are open to meeting people from all over the world with all kinds of questions.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Bring your humor, your knowledge, and your garb to play the part.  Have fun.

What’s a typical day like?

Lots of standing, lots of talking, lots of very interesting people from all over.  

From the Trenches:  

What’s the most satisfying part of the job?

Hanging out with a reasonable facsimile of Teddy Roosevelt!

How would you describe the hard parts?

Weather. And creatures.

What’s the most memorable experience you had?

A little kid knew my lines!

Special Requirements: You may need to provide your own period style attire and accoutrements.

Related Classes: Mastering Public Speaking, Research Methods for Writers, Genealogy Basics

Finding a Position: Every U.S. National Park seeks volunteers of all sorts from time to time. Here’s a link to the national site.  Or find either the nearest park to you or your favorite park. Here’s an example at the Minuteman National Park in Concord, Massachusetts. There are also plenty of state and local opportunities for reenactor gigs, so check out what’s happening near you.