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Volunteer with HistoriCorps

Historic preservation is for everyone! HistoriCorps provides volunteer opportunities preserving historic structures on public lands across America.

Join us for an adventure in the great outdoors. Help us hammer, reroof, chisel, repair, replace, paint, and sand historic buildings back to life. No previous construction experience is required - just a positive attitude and strong work ethic.

Volunteers work with HistoriCorps field staff to learn preservation skills and put those skills to work saving historic places that have fallen into disrepair. Read our FAQs below for more information.

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What to Expect

During a HistoriCorps project you can expect to make new friends, learn new skills, create life-long memories and have FUN!

Before a HistoriCorps project begins, HistoriCorps will:

  • Email volunteers a pre-arrival packet containing directions, camping information, project details, logistics, etc.
  • Reconfirm volunteer attendance, medical information, dietary restrictions, and emergency contact information through a phone call or email

During a typical HistoriCorps project, HistoriCorps provides volunteers with the following amenities at NO charge:

  • A campsite (some projects are RV-accessible for those willing to dry-camp)
  • Delicious meals (3 meals a day plus snacks and water)
  • Tools
  • Safety equipment
  • Building materials
  • Guidance from trained HistoriCorps Field Staff

Volunteers ARE responsible for providing their own:

  • Camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, pillow)
  • Proper work gear, personal attire and toiletries
  • Transportation to and from the project

A Sample Session for a Project

A typical HistoriCorps project session runs for about one week. Each project is different and varies due to location, weather, and project needs, but generally follows the sample agenda below:

Day 1: Staging  
5:00 - 7:00pm Volunteers arrive at the campsite to meet HistoriCorps field staff and set up camp. Safety plans are discussed.
Days 2-5: Project Work  
Meet for a safety circle, during which volunteers stretch and prepare for the day
HistoriCorps field staff review the project, explain the project tasks for the week and teach historic preservation skills
12:00pm Break for lunch
12:30pm Volunteers break off into groups to conduct different tasks to preserve the historic structure
3:00pm Break for water and snacks, and chat with a historian or forest ranger about the history of the structure
3:15pm Volunteers continue to conduct different tasks to preserve the historic structure
6:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Free time for excursions or smores around the fire with field staff and volunteers
Day 6: Departure  
Meet for your final safety circle
8:30am Volunteers break off into groups to conduct different tasks to preserve the historic structure
11:30am Clean-up
12:30pm Lunch and project wrap-up
1:00pm End of project

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? We have answers! If you do not see the answer to your question below, contact HistoriCorps for more information.

Started in 2009, HistoriCorps is 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to save and sustain historic places for public benefit through partnerships that foster public involvement, engage volunteers and provide training and education. We are modeled after community service programs such as the Civilian Conservation Corps, Peace Corps, and AmeriCorps.
You! We encourage the involvement of volunteers, veterans, youth and students in HistoriCorps projects. No previous construction or historic preservation experience is required, however, it is welcome. As with all of our projects, participants should be healthy, active and enthusiastic. All volunteers must be physically fit and willing to work in variable weather and altitudes.

Many of our volunteer opportunities include tasks appropriate for children ages 14 and above. However, please consult the project description to confirm the project is appropriate for youth involvement. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or be part of an organized group.

You can register for HistoriCorps projects online on our “Volunteer” page. Read over our project descriptions, choose a project, and register. Volunteers are accepted on a first come first serve basis.
No. HistoriCorps does NOT charge a fee for projects. Volunteers are provided with a campsite, delicious meals, tools, safety equipment, materials and HistoriCorps staff leaders on every project. Volunteers are only responsible for their camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, pillow), personal attire and transportation to and from the project.
HistoriCorps provides volunteers with a FREE CAMPSITE for projects. However, volunteers are responsible for providing their own camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, pillow). Volunteers that are not interested in camping are responsible for providing their own accommodations. Projects in more remote locations may not have hotels or cabins available as lodging options.
Transportation to and from the project is the responsibility of the volunteer. Very remote projects may not be accessible by passenger vehicle and require a short hike. Individual project pages include information regarding the location and access of each project site.
Visit HistoriCorps’“Submit a Project” page to learn about the criteria we use to select a project and to submit your project.
Yes! On a typical HistoriCorps project session (Sunday-Friday), volunteers can expect to receive 35 community service hours. If you need to have your hours verified, please bring you paperwork to the project.

Additional information about HistoriCorps restrictions: Volunteers are required to follow all federal, state and local laws while on a project. As with any job site, safety is important. Volunteers cannot be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while on the job site. In order to provide a safe job site free from potential distractions or conflicts, pets are not allowed on the job site. If you are planning to camp near the site, pets must be confined within your campsite during working hours.

Historicorps recognizes that injuries are a possibility when working on projects of this nature. We appreciate the time volunteers contribute to us and provide Blanket Accident coverage to volunteers as part of our insurance program. This product is designed to provide a limited ($25,000) benefit for medical expenses, accidental death or dismemberment. The product is not designed to replace traditional insurance, so it is advisable that HistoriCorps volunteers carry their own medical coverage.

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