Railtown 1897 State Historic Park


Home to the Historic Jamestown Shops and Roundhouse

volunteer conductor on train with passengers

 

 

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:

 
Car Hosts 

Assist in safe operation and loading of cars, interpret history and operations to visitors.


Tour Guides 

Conduct hour-long tours of the Roundhouse and grounds.


Public Greeters
 

Greet visitors at park entrance, direct visitors to activities of the day, and answer questions.

Shop Maintenance

Help maintain and restore our collection of vintage locomotives.


Roundhouse Hosts

Interpret history and operations of our historic Roundhouse to visitors.

 

Volunteer Training - Summer Session Schedule:

June 13th 9:00am-3:00pm - New Volunteer Orientation

June 20th 9:00am-3:00pm - Training Session

June 27th 9:00am-3:00pm - Training Session

July 11th 9:00am-3:00pm - Final Training Session & New Volunteer Party

 

railtown volunteers



If you are interested in applying for any of these positions, please either attend our open house, or complete and return the volunteer application.

 

Volunteer Application


For other ways to get involved, email park staff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 209-984-4408.