MANTEO — A volunteer orientation will be held on Wednesday, April 3, in the Indoor Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park from 10 a.m. to noon. The orientation will provide information to potential volunteers regarding volunteer opportunities for the 2013 season. A brief guided tour of the Park will be included of the various venues. Volunteer opportunities include costumed interpreters, greeters at special programs, Museum Store associates, Elizabeth II volunteer crew members, distribution and more.
Roanoke Island Festival Park Executive Director Kim Sawyer says, “Volunteer’s are crucial to the Park. Last year volunteers gave 4600 hours to the Park. We look forward to showcasing the Park to potential volunteers.”
Volunteer opportunities in the Education Department include: costumed interpreters – interpreting the English voyages as a 16th century character in period garb aboard the Elizabeth II, in the Settlement Site, and on the porch (acting as a park greeter) ; museum docent – interpreting in the American Indian Town and Roanoke Adventure Museum (blue shirt and khakis); school tour guide – assisting in the execution of school tours as a costumed interpreter or museum docent during the heavy spring and fall school tour season.
Volunteer aboard the Elizabeth II and participate as a member of the volunteer crew and learn how to sail a square rigger from tying knots to setting sail. Crew members can participate in monthly crew weekends and earn enough hours to participate in a training sail.
Museum store volunteers will assist staff members in serving customers at the Museum Store.
Volunteers in the Program Department will be responsible for greeting guests at performances and handing out programs.
Volunteer crew members Rich Boston and John Vang agreed that if you would like to step back in time and are interested in experiencing how a sailor worked and sailed a tiny wooden ship that would sail the ocean blue, then joining the crew of the Elizabeth II could be for you!