• Currier & Ives lithograph depicting the bombardment of Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter

    National Monument South Carolina

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    The museum, restrooms, bookstore, and top level of Fort Sumter are only accessible by climbing stairs. For more information, visit the link below or please call (843) 883-3123. More »

Types of Volunteers

Fort Sumter National Monument and Charles Pinckney National Historic Site have two types of “Very Important People” in the Volunteers-In-Parks program.

  1. Local Volunteers
  2. RV Volunteers

The job positions, goals, major duties, qualifications and training are the same for both types of volunteers. The difference is that RVers volunteer more hours per week in exchange for the park providing a free RV site at Charles Pinckney NHS. Please read the RV Volunteers section for more details.

A volunteer may be asked to work at any of the four NPS sites in the Charleston area. Opportunities are available to work at:

  1. Fort Sumter
  2. Fort Moultrie
  3. Fort Sumter Visitor Center and Tour Boat Facility
  4. Charles Pinckney National Historic Site

There is a variety of job opportunities at each of the sites. It is our goal to match the park’s needs with the volunteer’s interests and skills to ensure a positive experience for all. The following job titles will give you an idea of the major volunteer opportunities. Please realize that this in not a complete job listing as we can tailor a job description to meet the volunteer's and park’s needs:

  • Visitor Center Assistant
  • Curatorial Assistant
  • Historical Transcriber
  • Library Assistant
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Resource Management Assistant
  • Writer / Editor For Park's Administrative History

Did You Know?

A portion of the 33-star United States flag, also known as the Fort Sumter garrison flag

On April 14, 1865, Maj. Gen. Robert Anderson came out of retirement to re-raise the same U.S. flag over Fort Sumter that he had lowered in surrender four years earlier. This flag is now on exhibit at the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC