Volunteer Hosting Program

Contact: Glen Stubbolo
89 Kings Hwy., Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 739-9193
Fax: (302) 739-3817
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Living History Host

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Bring History to life! Assist a living history program as a tour guide or costumed character, recreating a Civil War fort, WWII gun battery, or historic turn-of-the-century lifesaving station.

Locations:

Cape Henlopen State Park

Fort Delaware State Park

Delaware Seashore State Park

Responsibilities:

  • Greet program participants. Provide direction and answer questions of program participants.
    • Conduct initial orientation for visitors.
      • Interact with program participants, answering questions, assisting with activities, and ensuring participation opportunity for all attendees.
        • Help gather materials and assist in set up for assigned program. Assist in cleanup from assigned program.
          • Cleaning/repair of interpretive areas and materials: sweeping, dusting, polishing period and reproduction interpretive rooms, equipment, furniture and gear.
            • Dress in provided period costume as a background character, helping recreate mood of period
              • Costumed interpretation in interpretation stations: as assistant or lead character, for station demonstration and visitor participation.
                • Research, develop and create character for interpretation station
                  • Assist with supervision of other volunteer interpreters.
                    • Assist Nature Center Manager with operation Nature Center
                      • Assist Nature Center Manager with presentation of general environmental, cultural or historical programs.
                        • Lead nature/trail walk.
                          • Report suggestions and observations.
                            • Assist with Special Events.
                              • Maintain tracking of program participants. May complete program report
                                • Other duties as determined by interest and skill.

Benefits:

  • Park and Division Recognition Program
    • Training Opportunities
      • Admission to Park
        • Park and staff events
          • Special events

Required Skills:

  • Able to communicate effectively with a diverse public and speak publicly in front of groups or audiences.
    • Strong interest in history, some knowledge of historical period and willingness to learn.
      • Ability to understand and appreciate the historical context of the program.
        • Ability to recreate mood of historical period.
          • Professional appearance and demeanor.
            • Responsible and trustworthy
              • Pleasant and personable, enjoys people
                • Independent and responsible
                  • Presents program as instructed by Park Interpreter, Educator or Nature Center Manager.
                    • Ability to understand and follow verbal and written instructions.
                      • Able to assist with both Indoor and Outdoor programs.
                        • Able to stand for long periods, lift 10 pounds from crouching position, and walk 5 miles
                          • Attends training.
                            • Performs duties in compliance with Division and Park Customer Service Guidelines and Safety Guidelines.

Time requirements:

24 hours per week (or as scheduled), flexible schedule.

Supervision:

Direct supervision by Park Administrator, Superintendent, Assistant or Manager

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.