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Volunteer at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

Volunteers are a vital part of the National Park Service. Each year thousands of people around the country work to keep our parks vibrant and special for future generations.

All volunteer positions are posted on volunteer.gov. Simply search "Elverson, PA" for available positions.

To learn more about volunteering at Hopewell Furnace, please visit volunteer.gov or contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 610-582-8773.
 
Visitor Services Volunteer at the Visitor Center
Volunteer Luke welcomes visitors at our Visitor Center.

NPS Photo.

Visitor Services

Assist visitors at the front desk by answering questions about the park and telling the stories of Hopewell Furnace.

Requirements:
  • Must volunteer at least 8 hours per month
  • Assist visitors with planning their visit and answer questions about the park
  • Training and uniform provided

Apply Now
 
Blacksmith hammers a piece of iron on an anvil.
Blacksmith Bud Carns works around the anvil.

Anika Christman. NPS Photo.

Historic Trades

Help provide visitors with a picture of what it was like to live and work at Hopewell Furnace by participating in demonstrations of historic activities. Trades include charcoal making, blacksmithing, brick oven baking/hearth cooking, domestic crafts (fiber arts), and molding and casting.

Requirements:
  • Must volunteer at least 8 hours a month during summer visitation season
  • Willingless to work outdoors and in variable conditions
  • Training and uniform provided

Apply Now
 

Cultural Resources

Work with Cultural Resource staff to create a digital index of the 19th century account books from Hopewell Furnace. Account books document information including payments to 19th century workers, their store purchases and payments from dealers. Project goal is for books to be searchable by book types, dates, names of individuals, and companies.

Requirements:
  • Must work at least 8 hours per month
  • Attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel
  • Access to a computer
Work may be done from home. Apply Now
 
Volunteers Plant Trees
Volunteers help plant trees for National Public Lands Day.

NPS Photo

Special Events

Volunteers help make special events memorable. Assist with the main special events held at Hopewell each year. Events include, but are not limited to, July 4th, Establishment Day (first Saturday in August), National Public Lands Day (4th Saturday in September), Hopewell Halloween (last Saturday in October), and Iron Plantation Christmas (first Saturday in December).

Requirements:
  • Willingness to work outdoors, rain or shine
  • Flexibility in project assignments

 
Volunteers Rebuild the Colliers Hut with wood.
Rebuilding the Colliers Hut.

NPS Photo.

Maintenance Worker

Gain first-hand knowledge about daily operations of Hopewell Furnace by performing duties such as painting, repairing historic structures, minor electrical work, equipment maintenance, and plumbing repairs. Duties also involve working with the maintenance team on orchard maintenance, grounds care, and custodial work.

Requirements:
  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Must work at least 8 hours per month
  • Willingness to work outside in variable conditions
Apply Now
 

For more volunteer opportunities, visit volunteer.gov

Last updated: October 12, 2020

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2 Mark Bird Lane
Elverson, PA 19520

Phone:

(610) 582-8773

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