Come Volunteer!

Share your time and talent with us as we work to engage the public and reach visitors around the world on the African Landing Memorial.

By volunteering at Fort Monroe you will have the chance to make an important impact on our local community by engaging visitors as they learn about the rich history of Point Comfort/Old Point Comfort/Fort Monroe.

Put your research skills to work and help us find interesting stories about this history that we can share with others. Or, put your teaching hat on and help us as we educate students across the globe. If you’re a people-person, then help us engage the public about the project.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Description

The Interpretation and Education Researcher researches assigned topics through the current body of literature in order to provide content for upcoming interpretation and education products pertaining to the landing of the first Africans in 1619 in English-speaking North America This position conducts interviews of subject matter experts, collects media in the field, conducts field surveys or research to provide site-specific details of the interpretive topic, writes up all research findings, develops internal training materials, and collaborates with Fort Monroe Authority Museum, Education and Interpretation Department employees on the development of products.

Duties

  • Research assigned interpretation and education topics
  • Conducts interviews of subject matter experts
  • Collects media in the field
  • Conducts field surveys or research to provide site-specific details of the interpretive topic
  • Writes up all research findings
  • Develops internal training materials

Qualifications

This position requires a high degree of attention to detail, the ability to understand and synthesize scientific publications, solid writing skills, and the ability to collect or match media with subject matter.

Skills

  • Historical Research
  • Writing/Editing
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Description

The interpretation volunteer serves as a frontline representative of the Fort Monroe Authority Museum, Education & Interpretation Department working at the Visitor and Education Center. The volunteer will greet visitors, provide information about the African Landing Memorial, and provide orientation and information on directions, programs, events, and activities to do. Provide accurate information on the location’s history. The position may include giving 30-minute tours at the future site of the memorial.

Qualifications

Volunteers will: represent Fort Monroe by acting in a courteous and professional manner with visitors, staff, and other volunteers: possess good communication and interpersonal skills and an interest in American History, have the ability to learn about the historic site and share this information with visitors.

Skills

  • Public Speaking
  • Visitor Information
  • Working with People
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Description

The Fort Monroe Authority’s Museum, Education & Interpretation Department is seeking volunteers for visitor services to assist with the African Landing Memorial. Initially, the position is at the Visitor & Education Center at Fort Monroe and will later transition to the future site of the memorial. Volunteers will provide information and orientation to visitors. Additionally, volunteers will also help deliver interpretive talks and programs, lead guided walks and tours, and represent the Fort Monroe Authority at off-site events.

Duties may include:

  • Working in the visitor center (VC) and at the information desk to provide information and orientations to visitors
  • Delivering interpretive talks, demonstrations, and programs either inside the visitor center or outside on the grounds of the visitor center;
  • Leading guided walks of about one half mile for groups of up to 40, including school field trips
  • Representing the Fort Monroe Authority at off-site events or delivering off-site programs

 

The work schedule is flexible and could include shifts of between two and four hours per day. A background check is required. The position is unpaid.

A minimum of 2 hours of orientation and 4 hours of on-duty individualized training will be provided to the volunteer prior to their performance of duties.

Qualifications

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are a must with customer service–oriented work experience desired.

A volunteer should have the ability to

  • Maintain a courteous, professional demeanor in the face of stress and adversity;
  • Provide courteous and prompt service;
  • Speak with visitors one-on-one as well as in groups of up to 40 at a time; this includes working with school and other group tours ranging in age from five years old to senior citizens;
  • Gain knowledge and willingness to continuously seek knowledge on subject matter;

Volunteers must have a willingness to work and get along with a diverse variety of co-workers and visitors, plus be able to deal with the public in an enthusiastic and positive manner. Volunteers must demonstrate an ability to work in an organized, dependable, and safe manner. A genuine desire to ensure that each visitor has an enjoyable experience is important.

Skills

  • Public Speaking
  • Visitor Information
  • Working with People
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