The National Park Service invites people of all ages to find their park and discover the national parks in their community through volunteerism.
Give a little, Learn a lot!
Volunteers have the opportunity to learn new skills, gain work experiences, meet new people, and participate in awesome adventures. In return, volunteers make valuable contributions towards the park's mission to protect the natural and cultural resources and expand and enhance visitor services.
Most Anyone Can Volunteer!
- Non-U.S. citizens with legal permanent resident status
- Even participants under 18 may volunteer
What's in it for you?
- Volunteers are invited to an annual appreciation event at the park.
- Volunteers receive on-site training and are protected by Workers' Compensation Programs for tort claims and injury compensation.
- We're flexible to accommodate your desires, interests, and schedule.
Positions of your Choice!
- Photographer - Take high quality pictures of scenery, wildlife, and Park Ranger programs for use in park publications, social media, and on the web.
- Interpretive Rover – Walk the battlefield trail and interact with visitors.
- Visitor Center Attendant – Staff the information desk and orient visitors to the park and its resources.Interpretive Guide – under the supervision of a Park Ranger, develop programs and talks for the public.
- Book Reviewer – Like to read? Pick a book from our Library or from the bookstore, read it, and write up a book review for the park's Facebook page, website, and the local newspaper.
- Gardener – Maintain the Native American Garden along the Dust and Fire Trail. Weed it, seed it, plant it, mulch it, and water it!
- Special Event Staff – Assist at special events by operating an activity, setting up, cleaning up, or working alongside a Park Ranger.
- Education Specialist - Help the park develop relevant curriculum based lesson plans using Washita Battlefield National Historic Site's natural and cultural resources as subject material.
- InDesigner - Have excellent visual media skills or computer graphic abilities? Help Park Rangers produce new site bulletins, flyers, posters, and the like.
- Videographer – Enjoy filming events and making YouTube videos? The Park would like your assistance in creating innovative films about the natural and cultural resources, or just professionally taping some of our programs.
- Social Media Planner – If you enjoy Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, use your skills and support the park with their social media outlets.
- Organizer – Let's face it, every organization that has issues with electronic files multiplying and closets accumulating stuff. The park could use a detail oriented, organized person to help us sift through and purge our 'stuff.'
- Outreach Coordinator – Like to travel and see other parts of Oklahoma? Join Park Rangers at fairs, festivals, and conferences and staff a booth!
- Event Planner – Are you great at networking, cold calling, and schmoozing? We could use a well-integrated community member to help us plan and market our events.
- Living History Demonstrator – If you have an interest in acting or pretending you are someone else, consider dressing up as a historical character from the Battle of the Washita (just like the Troop J 7th Cavalrymen).
- Editor – Even the best authors need editors, and Park Rangers need your second pair of eyes on our publications.
- Writer – If you are interested in writing, we could use your help to draft up articles for newspaper outlets, Facebook posts, or special handouts and brochures.
- Gallery Guide – Are you an aspiring art collector or enjoy great works of art? We are looking for someone to help plan different, rotating gallery exhibits in our Visitor Center.
- Artist-in-Residence – The Park is interested in artists that are willing to depict the Battle of the Washita, the landscape, or other associated themes in their artwork (e.g. visual media, sculpture, mixed media, etc.). They could plan a day to work onsite and interact with visitors, and have the opportunity to display their work in the gallery.
Although not exhaustive, this list encompasses just some of the volunteer opportunities at Washita Battlefield National Historic Site. If you have other skills and are willing to share your time and talents, let us know.
To get started, e-mail us, or call 580-497-2742 x 3003.