How to Volunteer

How to Volunteer

HistoriCorps Volunteers: Saving Places Since 2009

Everyone can be a HistoriCorps Volunteer! We team up crews of volunteers from all walks of life with our expert field staff to learn preservation skills and put those skills to work saving historic places that have fallen into disrepair.

Join us for an adventure in the great outdoors this season! 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.

What to Expect

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

  • HistoriCorps provides all meals, tools, training, personal safety equipment, and materials.
  • We help you prepare for your preservation project through providing a “pre-arrival packet” via email. The packet contains a lot of information like: logistics, safety precautions, a suggested packing list, benefits for volunteers, and more.
  • We are always ready to answer your questions. Expect us to be in touch a few times before your project begins to confirm attendance, offer advice, and share updates.

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
Safety Circle (trust us, this will be valuable and fun)
Begin preservation work
12:00pm Break for lunch
12:30pm Continue preservation work
3:00pm Break for snacks and a presentation about the significance of the historic building/structure
3:15pm Continue preservation work and wrap up for the day
6:00pm Dinner and free time for stories around the fire or local excursions
Day 6: Departure
Final, and possibly most fun, safety circle
8:30am Continue preservation work
11:30am Clean-up
12:30pm Lunch and project wrap-up
1:00pm Departure

Soderberg Ranch, CO 2019

Learn and improve your skills with both power and traditional tools on HistoriCorps preservation projects

Guide to Project Description Icons

Icon Meaning
Tent camping only Tent camping is available. Almost all HistoriCorps projects encourage tent camping. On some projects, tent camping is the only option available. Check the project description to make sure.
Site is RV/trailer accessible Campsite is trailer/RV accessible. HistoriCorps does not provide hookups, so volunteers should be prepared to dry camp.
Indoor lodging provided  Indoor lodging provided. Expect generally primitive accommodations. Volunteers will likely need to bring their own sleeping bag and pillow. Shared shower and restroom facilities are generally provided.
Campervans can access this site. HistoriCorps does not provide hookups, so volunteers should be prepared to dry camp.
4WD required Campsite is only accessible by a 4WD / High Clearance vehicle. If you want to attend a project your vehicle isn’t equipped for, ask HistoriCorps how you can get a ride with us or another volunteer, and leave your car in a safe spot.
 showers available  Showers are available onsite or quite close by.
Hike in Required Volunteers will be required to hike into the project site while carrying their own gear. As you can imagine, this icon is used almost exclusively on our wilderness projects. Not recommended for first-time backpackers.

Rating the Relative Difficulty of Project Work

The colored dials below indicate the relative difficulty of a project’s scope of work. Most projects will fall somewhere in the middle of the range of difficulty dial. These dials only indicate the nature of the scope of work and do not necessarily rate the project site.

Green dials indicate the easiest projects with tasks that almost any person would be able to undertake. These projects will generally not involve working on roofs, at heights, or on foundations underneath buildings.

Yellow dials will make up the bulk of HistoriCorps projects and are considered to be at of intermediate difficulty. The scope of work on these projects will involve some more challenging tasks like working on a ladder, moving heavy materials, and some roof and foundation work. If you are up for anything, these projects are for you.

The orange dial indicates our more difficult projects. The bulk of work on these projects will primarily be of a difficult or physically demanding nature, like roofing; carrying heavy logs; or working with primarily hand tools. If you’re up for anything and enjoy a challenge, these projects are for you.

The red dial indicates our most difficult projects. These projects may require a refundable deposit to register for them. These projects take place in remote areas that are difficult to access, require a significant increase of logistical planning and expenditure on HistoriCorps’ part, and require volunteers to be physically ready for difficult work in a difficult environment. Volunteers will be expected to carry their own gear for hours while hiking into the work and campsite; be prepared for inclement weather with minimal shelter; and work longer days than usual on rustic structures without access to power tools and modern technology. Sound fun? We thought so.