Individual Volunteers

Artist-in-Residence Cathy Erickson shares her quilting artistry with Manzanar's visitors.


Opportunities for individual volunteers are available year-round. Volunteers may assist with visitor services, assisting at the front desk, participating in the Annual Public Archeology Project, research, administrative support, and much more! Your contribution helps us to protect and preserve the natural, cultural, and historical resources of Manzanar National Historic Site!

Below you can learn more about our current individual volunteer opportunities.


Current Individual Volunteer Opportunities

Interpretation and Visitor Services

Visitor Services
Greet visitors, answer questions, show movies, present programs, and help create a positive visitor experience.

Library Assistant
Organize books, reference files, slides, oral histories, and photographs located in the park library. Inventory new additions to the library. Create finding aids to historic resources such as the Manzanar Free Press.

Oral History Assistant
Transcribe, edit, synopsize, and index oral histories.

Administrative Assistant
Assist interpretive staff with photocopying, proofreading, and maintaining mailing lists.

Perform research at local, state, and regional libraries for the historical information on a variety of information related to Manzanar including Japanese Americans who served in World War II.

Former internees and others with close personal ties to Manzanar give talks and tours to visitors.

We currently work with the Student Conservation Association to host an annual intern. We also successfully host interns from various universities who complete projects related to their studies and career interests.

Big Projects and Volunteer Days
Individuals can also participate in some of our big projects and special volunteer days we have planned throughout the year. To learn more about our upcoming opportunities, check out Manzanar's Volunteer Days page.

Become a Volunteer

To become a volunteer, please fill out an application form along with two references that we may contact and a resume if you have one. Once your application is completed, you can email, fax, or mail your application to Volunteer Coordinator Manzanar NHS.

Manzanar National Historic Site
PO Box 426
Independence, CA 93526
Phone: 760-878-2194
Fax: 760-878-2949

To learn more about volunteering with the National Park Service, please visit the National Park Service Volunteers-In-Parks webpage.

Last updated: June 14, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Manzanar National Historic Site
P.O. Box 426
5001 Highway 395

Independence, CA 93526


(760) 878-2194 x3310

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