• The iconic first flight of the Wright brothers in their 1903 Wright Flyer

    Wright Brothers

    National Memorial North Carolina

Volunteer

Wright Brothers National Memorial Needs You! We need your time and your talents…as a volunteer. Interested in meeting people from all over the world? Want to learn about the fascinating beginnings of aviation in our country? Do you like sharing what you know with an interested audience? Or perhaps you would enjoy working in an office that is only steps away from where geniuses once changed the world.

 
Volunteer award 2009

Steve Jones, Joe Hardman, and Jerry Raveling with their Lifetime Volunteer Awards.

NPS

Then you should become a National Park Service VIP (Volunteer-In-Parks) at Wright Brothers National Memorial. Below are just a few descriptions of our volunteer opportunities. For further information or to become one of our very valuable volunteers, call Park Ranger Darrell Collins at 252-475-9404.

Volunteer Opportunities

Operate information desk: Greet visitors and staff the information desk in the Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center and First Flight Pavilion. Provide visitors directions and information about park facilities, programs, exhibits, and events. Answer visitor questions about the park. Answer the telephone and respond to the caller's request or direct the call appropriately. Distribute brochures and park papers and ensure adequate quantities of brochures and similar materials are available and accessible to the visitors. Announce events and activities of the day and operate audio visual equipment (TV/VCR and P.A. system, video projection system).

Provide formal presentations: Conduct formal presentations and informal talks about the Wright Brothers and related topics. Lead tours and gives talks at historical sites within the park. Conduct aviation related activities for kids such as kite making, paper airplane making demonstrations, and flying objects programs. Perform demonstrations in conjunction with special events, programs, and exhibits. Uses public address systems and operates video equipment.

Provide informal roving contacts: Interact with park visitors, answering questions and conducting impromptu talks while roving in the vicinity of specific exhibits and historical areas. These areas can include camp area, first flight area, Kill Devil Hill and the monument and locations in the vicinity of the visitor center and pavilion.

Conduct administrative duties: Perform administrative tasks such as filing, stuffing envelopes, Xeroxing, reviewing text, and maintaining records, answering correspondence, maintain school and tour group reservations.

Don't see something that interests you or have a project in mind, let us know. Call Park Ranger Darrell Collins at 252-475-9404.

 
Volunteering at the National Park Service Outer Banks Group
At the National Park Service Outer Banks Group, 99 volunteers who donated 18,383 hours work side-by-side with National Park Service employees at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Community VIPs may work on weekdays, weekends, mornings, or afternoons with a minimum of four hours per week. Volunteers provided park housing or a trailer pad work a minimum of 32 hours per week for 6 weeks. The schedule and amount of time worked will be negotiated. Training for all duties is provided. Uniforms are provided for volunteers who work with the public. Volunteer to be a part of our staff, which serves over 3 million visitors each year!

Did You Know?

Cloth and wood taken to the moon.

Neil Armstrong, the first man to step foot on the moon, carried with him a piece of the cloth and wood from the original 1903 Wright Flyer.