• A view of the South and North abutments of the South Fork Dam.  The Visitor Center, Unger House, and Spring House are visible in the background.  As is visible, a spur railroad line connects coal trains with the main line of the railroad.

    Johnstown Flood

    National Memorial Pennsylvania

Volunteer

Becoming a volunteer is one of the most rewarding and tangible ways to support the National Park Service. As a volunteer you have the opportunity to share skills and ideas and to learn new ones. Volunteers also gain the intangible benefit of knowing that they are making a real contribution to the preservation and protection of the unique resources at Johnstown Flood National Memorial.

If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities at Johnstown Flood National Memorial site contact park volunteer coordinator, Greg Zaborowski at 814-886-6140. Current volunteer opportunities are listed below.

Volunteer Interpreter

If you have a passion for history and enjoy sharing it with others, consider volunteering with the park interpretive staff. Volunteers provide information and orientation at the park visitor center and at historic structures. They also assist park staff with special events held throughout the year.

Volunteer Researcher

If you are a history buff who feels more comfortable in libraries, consider assisting us with on-going research. There are yet many stories to be discovered about the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club and those who experienced the Johnstown Flood. Help us uncover those stories and share them with the public.

Internships

Internships for college students interested in gaining experience in interpretation or with historic research are also available. For more information about internship opportunities contact Megan O’Malley, Chief of Interpretation at 814-886-6156 or through email at Megan_OMalley@nps.gov

Did You Know?

locomotive 1889 style

Before the flood hit East Conemaugh, train engineer John Hess tried to warn the residents by tying his train whistle down and racing to town ahead of the wave.