Join us Saturday, January 28
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
at the Volunteer Open House!
At the Open House, prospective volunteers will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with Park staff and talk with current volunteers to learn about the various positions that are available. Informal tours of the operation will be conducted, and snacks will be served.
Volunteer applications must be submitted by February 6 and a volunteer training program will begin in mid-February. Community members are encouraged to join this worthwhile program that offers an opportunity to support a local state historic park while learning more about California’s rich history, meeting new people and developing friendships with those who share similar interests.
We are looking for volunteers who enjoy working with the public, and love to share their enthusiasm for history and railroading with our visitors. Prior experience with trains or public service is not required.
Benefits to volunteering at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park include; membership in the California State Railroad Museum Foundation, free entrance and train rides at Railtown 1897 and the California State Railroad Museum, a variety of social activities, interesting training opportunities and guest speakers, discounts at the Depot Store, and an annual volunteer recognition dinner. We ask all of our volunteers for a minimum commitment of 8 hours per month. Volunteers are asked to provide and wear a uniform, specific to the position being filled. More information will be available at your intake meeting.
We are currently seeking volunteers for the following positions:
Assist in safe operation and loading of cars, interpret history and operations to visitors.
Conduct hour-long tours of the Roundhouse and grounds.
Greet visitors at park entrance, direct visitors to activities of the day, and answer questions.
Help maintain and restore our collection of vintage locomotives.
Interpret history and operations of our historic Roundhouse to visitors.