The Trust for the National Mall in Washington DC and the National Park Service (NPS) report that they are seeking applicants for the Volunteers-in-Parks (VIP) program, which enlists volunteers to assist and educate visitors on the National Mall. The National Mall has 25 million annual visitors.
The program is part of the Trust and NPS’s mission to connect visitors to the National Mall's rich history and develop engaging programs and events that will educate and inspire current and future generations, NPS says.
“The National Mall is home to the history, heroes and hope of America,” said Caroline Cunningham, president of the Trust for the National Mall. “VIPs bring American history to life and play a crucial role in creating a more engaging and educational visitor experience.”
VIPs are stationed throughout the National Mall giving interactive educational tours, engaging visitors, and assisting the public with general inquiries, information and directions. They have the opportunity to work directly with NPS personnel and receive training on National Mall history, the Trust for the National Mall, tour management, National Mall attractions and the local flora and fauna.
“Our VIPs truly are ‘Very Important People,’” said Jenn Kaye, acting volunteer program manager, National Mall and Memorial Parks. “They provide the Park Service with much-needed support and their enthusiasm and dedication helps make the National Mall a better place for its 25 million annual visitors.”
The Trust and NPS are looking for volunteers who are at least 21 years of age, available for a minimum of two days per month in whole or half-day increments, and interested in a long-term commitment. Applicants should have teaching, docent, or public speaking experience and an interest in or knowledge of American history and Washington, DC.