Volunteer Program Information

Roanoke Island Festival Park is seeking motivated and energetic volunteers to be costumed interpreters, greeters at special programs, Museum Store associates, and members of the Elizabeth II Volunteer Crew.

Interested volunteers should fill out an application and return it to Roanoke Island Festival Park by fax (252.475.1507), mail (One Festival Park, Manteo, NC 27954), or by dropping it off at the Roanoke Island Festival Park Visitor Center or Administrative Office to be distributed to the correct department.

(252) 475-1500 or email: festivalparkinformation@ncdcr.gov for further details.

Volunteer Opportunities

Education Department

Volunteers in the Education Department will learn how to blend history with fun to help daily visitors and school groups explore Roanoke Island Festival Park.

Education Department volunteers must be able to stand for prolonged periods of time, be able to work outside and commit to volunteering at least six hours per month, working at least two hours per scheduled day between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to help with lunch relief.

  • Costumed Interpreter
    Interpret the English voyages to Roanoke Island as a still-living member of the 1585 expedition. Volunteers will be trained by Department staff, given a character profile and period garb to make history come alive for visitors aboard the Elizabeth II, in the Settlement Site, and on the Front Porch.
  • Non-Costumed Interpreter
    Interpret American Indian life and the history of Roanoke Island as a non-costumed interpreter dressed in khaki pants or shorts and a blue Roanoke Island Festival Park polo shirt. Volunteers will be trained by Department staff to encourage visitors to explore hands-on activities scattered throughout the Adventure Museum and the American Indian Town.
  • School Tour Guide
    Interact with students and teachers as a costumed or non-costumed interpreter in Roanoke Island Festival Park’s school tour programs. Volunteers will be trained to follow scripted material, which includes hands-on activities and follows the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, and to follow a school tour rotation schedule. Volunteer guides may either be a costumed interpreter aboard the Elizabeth II or in the Settlement Site or a non-costumed interpreter in the Adventure Museum or American Indian Town.
  • Special Programs Guide
    Assist staff members in providing special programs to both youth and adult visitors to Roanoke Island Festival Park. Special programs may include summer camps, overnight adventures, or special presentations scheduled in addition to the park’s daily offerings. Responsibilities may include setting up and cleaning up after a program, leading a hands-on activity, and providing temporary supervision of program participants.

Programs Department
The Programs Department at Roanoke Island Festival Park is responsible for organizing all performances and events. Volunteers in this Department will report to Mr. Fisher Essenfeld, Program Manager, and will be expected to arrive 30 minutes prior to scheduled performances to help pass out programs and greet guests.

Ticket Sales Department
Volunteers in the Ticket Sales Department will report to Gilda Ford, Ticket Sales Manager. Volunteers will be responsible for greeting visitors in the Ticket Sales Office, taking tickets to performances in the Film Theatre or Pavilion Lawn and answering the phones at the Reception Desk in the Administration Office.

Elizabeth II Volunteer Crew
The Volunteer Crew participates in a variety of activities during monthly crew weekends (held the second weekend of each month March through November) that includes ship maintenance, rigging, boat handling, and sail training under the direction of Captain Robbie Putnam.

Volunteers also have the opportunity to travel with the Elizabeth II to different ports and on training sails. In order to participate in an Elizabeth II sailing adventure, volunteers must earn at least 25 hours of training at crew weekends.

Museum Store
Volunteers at the The Museum Store will report to Mary Mason, Store Manager, and will participate in a variety of activities from greeting and assisting customers to preparing and tagging merchandise in the Store.

For more information, call (252) 475-1500 or email FestivalParkInformation@ncdcr.gov.

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