Connecting the environment of the ancient past with the natural and cultural history of yesterday and today.



Job Descriptions for Volunteers

at the Falls of the Ohio State Park


Office work is valuable at the Falls of the Ohio

Administrative Assistant


Supervisor: Project Manager (Interpreter, Manager, Volunteer Coordinator, Foundation)


Training: Task specific. May include mailings, phone calls, filing, etc.


Qualifications: Able to follow instructions, good communication skills, able to work independently.


Objective: Help to complete assigned project needed by park or foundation staff within a state deadline.


Responsibilities may include all or part of the following tasks:


  1. Show up on time.
  2. Work agreed upon hours.
  3. Be flexible within the scope of the project (it may morph into other duties).

Volunteer photographs objects in collections room.

Collections Curator


Supervisor: Interpretive Naturalist in charge of collections or Property Manager


Training: Detailed orientation to the collections storage will be provided, including the proper techniques to handle specimens. Specific training may be required for numbering, measuring, data entry, photography and conservation. Safety and security guidelines are provided.


Qualifications: Interest in history or science. Ability to use a computer and learn the database program. Ability to learn and use conservation techniques for cleaning artifacts when necessary. Ability to write or adhere small numbers on specimens.


Objective: Curator works with the Interpretive Center historical artifacts and natural history specimens in the collections storage areas or in the supervisor’s work area when doing data entry.


Responsibilities may include the following tasks:


  1. Catalog artifacts and specimens as outlined in training.
  2. Learn and practice with the information and methods provided during training.
  3. Follow safety and security guidelines outlined in training.
  4. Work in a professional manner and treat all items as if they are irreplaceable.
  5. To avoid potential conflict of interest, before you begin please report interests in collecting if they overlap with the objects in collections.
  6. Must be able to work independently, but should bring technical problems to the attention of the supervisor when they arise.
  7. May require bending, lifting, stretching, carrying, using a step ladder, precision manipulation, cutting foam or paper, cleaning specimens, working with adhesives, etc.

 Volunteer weeds on one of the gardens in the parking lot.

Gardener / Grounds


Supervisor: Interpretive Naturalist, Laborer or Property Manager


Training: Will be done by appropriate staff and will be specific to your assigned work area.


Qualifications: Enjoys being outdoors and getting hands dirty. Ability to distinguish plants in the garden from weeds is required. Must be able to work independently and come in on a regular basis. You must be able to haul garden hoses.


Objective: Maintain adopted garden area on a regular basis.


Responsibilities may include the following tasks:


  1. Garden area will be assigned by Interpretive Naturalist or Property Manager.
  2. Become familiar with the plants and weeds in your garden.
  3. Be able to respond to questions about the gardens to all park visitors.
  4. Pick up trash in the gardens.
  5. Follow safety guidelines when using all tools.
  6. Notify interpretive naturalists or property manager if someone (or weather) has caused damage to the gardens.
  7. May be involved with weeding, planting, deadheading, watering, seed collection, etc.

Marketing is essential for a good event turnout

Marketing Coordinator


Supervisor: Interpretive Manager / Property Manager


Training: Procedures, capabilities and limitations within DNR policy. Follow our marketing plan.


Qualifications: Previous experience in marketing (professional or volunteer); ability to follow directions; excellent communication skills; able to use Microsoft Office suite.


Objective: Get information about State Park programs to target audiences in a timely manner.


Responsibilities may include all or part of the following tasks:


  1. Research and create lists of organizations relevant to State Park programs
  2. Update existing list of media contacts and their deadlines
  3. Work with program partners / coordinators to insure accurate information / schedules are disseminated
  4. Follow marketing plan / guideline established by supervisor
  5. Cultivate partnerships with visitors bureaus, civic groups and appropriate area cultural attractions
  6. Determine other major event schedules that might compete with our programs
  7. Create a list of local events and contacts where the State Park can participate (KDF, libraries, etc.) to maximize our exposure in the community.

A program for elementary school students

Outreach Presenter


Supervisor: Interpretive Naturalist or Interpretive Manager


Training: Level 2 certification, assisted with programs for at least one year or two+ years at another educational institution.


Qualifications: Excellent communication skills, able to work independently, pleasant speaking voice, knowledgeable on subject to be presented to be able to answer questions.


Objective: Represent the State Park in the community through professional style program providing accurate information from a good knowledge base.


Responsibilities may include all or part of the following tasks:


  1. Thorough understanding of the subject to be presented.
  2. Familiar with presentation tools (AV, etc.)
  3. Dress professionally/appropriately with Naturalist at Heart name tag
  4. Arrive early, know where you are going in advance.
  5. While park staff may arrange day, time & topic, you must communicate with organization contact. This includes finalizing details (AV needs, audience intended, primary and secondary contact person / phone numbers).
  6. Have contact information on hand in case of emergency before presentation.
  7. Introduce yourself and the State Park following our interpretive training style.
  8. Promote the State Park and the Naturalist at Heart program.
  9. Take park rack cards to hand out.

Working on library records and research is helpful

Park Resources / Informatics Coordinator


Supervisor: Interpretive Naturalist


Training: Familiar with library contents and systems to organize information


Qualifications: Willing to become familiar with library database; ability to share information and direct people to appropriate resources; comfortable climbing step ladder to reach top shelves; can carry books.


Objective: Keep State Park library organized and database updated; coordinate “open library” times; tie our resources to events and programs.


Responsibilities may include all or part of the following tasks:


  1. Periodically review bookshelves for misplaced books and magazines
  2.  File incoming periodicals
  3. Review holdings and suggest those that no longer meet our mission for removal. Look for organizations that would benefit from these resources.
  4. Coordinate necessary book sales
  5. Coordinate featured books and periodicals in the Interpretive Center to promote programs and learning – including Wifi-based web resources (i.e. website)
  6. Offer children’s reading programs here or in partnership with local libraries
  7. Work with naturalists to develop long-term plans for library space
  8. Assist visiting researchers and students to find resources they need in our library

 Volunteer shows a visitor how to clean fossils on the fossil beds.

Roving Naturalist


Supervisor: Interpretive Naturalist


Training: Observe the various naturalist staff members for several sessions while they lead hikes. Rove when you are comfortable with the required duties. Pair up with another volunteer.


Qualifications: Ability to be polite to all; neat appearance; pleasant speaking voice; ability to walk for extended periods of time over irregular terrain. Must be able to work independently.


Objective: Provide interpretive services for visitors on the fossil beds, the woodland trail or at the cabin.


Responsibilities may include the following tasks:


  1. Familiarize yourself with the surroundings – including identification of common fossils, flora and fauna as well as history of structures visible from the deck or cabin.
  2. Learn and practice with the information and methods provided during training.
  3. Be helpful and informative to all park visitors.
  4. Observe visitors to deter illegal removal of rocks, fossils or plants from the park. Politely remind visitors that such removal is illegal and signs are posted at all access points to the fossil beds.
  5. Follow the safety and security guidelines outlined in training.
  6. Notify interpretive naturalists or property manager if someone causing damage to the park ignores your warning. (Notify park staff if you are not comfortable asking visitors to stop collecting, vandalizing, etc.)
  7. Greet visitors and encourage them to return with family and friends when they depart.

 Volunteer assists young students with an activity.

School Group Assistant


Supervisor: Interpretive Naturalist


Training: Observe groups for several sessions. Job-shadow a naturalist or experienced volunteer until you are comfortable with the required duties.


Qualifications: Ability to be polite to all; comfortable in crowded and noisy situations, neat appearance; pleasant speaking voice; ability to stand or walk for extended periods of time.


Objective: Work with one class from arrival to departure. You will meet with the interpretive naturalists before the group arrives to get assigned to a specific class (typically “A,” “B,” or “C”) and get instructions as to the type of program, whether the group has pencils and activity sheets, and any special needs.


Responsibilities may include all or part of the following tasks:


  1. Greet your assigned class at the bus or in lobby.
  2. Introduce yourself to the teacher, chaperons and students.
  3. Guide the class to their assigned starting point (which may be the lobby, exhibit gallery, movie, kids corner, deck or library).
  4. Make sure that class has the grade-appropriate activity sheet
  5. Distribute the magazine “clip boards.”
  6. Distribute and collect pencils as needed.
  7. Get group into the movie on time; bring them out afterwards and guide to their assigned area.
  8. Work with students who are struggling to answer questions. Show them the exhibit where their answer can be found.
  9. Work with the teacher and chaperons to keep the class together and their voices low (especially in the lobby)
  10. Help insure that a chaperon is with a group of no more than 5 students in gift shop.
  11. Make sure that the students do not pile up in the hall way or in the lobby while waiting to get into the gift shop.
  12. Insure that if your group needs to gather together, it is done in the river or bird observation room and not in the lobby.
  13. Assist lab instructor – indoors or outdoors – with class.
  14. Guide class out the rear door when they are ready to depart for picnic or school. Keep them out of the lobby unless they are picking up their lunches that may be stored there.
  15. Help class recycle aluminum cans and plastic bottles, and see that other trash is properly disposed of if the group picnics here.
  16. Bid group “fair well” when they depart and encourage them to comeback with family and friends.

Coordinating volunteer duties at a special event

Special Events Assistant Coordinator


Supervisor: Interpretive Manager


Training: Familiarity with special events


Qualifications: Leadership skills, able to work independent but within a framework established by State Park, worked at least two special events at the State Park in varying capacities.


Objective: In partnership with a State Park staffer, you will be responsible for one event from beginning to end, including evaluation / wrap-up meeting(s).


Responsibilities may include all or part of the following tasks:


  1. Coordinate with outside partners (individuals / organizations)
  2. Establish volunteer needs with Volunteer Coordinator / Recruit volunteers to assist in event planning
  3. Development of activities (new or using those from previous years)
  4. Setting the event hours / schedule.
  5. Coordinate logistics – tents, tables, chairs, electrical, security, etc.
  6. Develop and initiate marketing plan for event
  7. Media release development and flyers for bulletin boards
  8. Scheduling pre- and post-event meetings
  9. Recruit vendors, exhibitors and presenters as necessary
  10. Help draft an event summary with four weeks after event


Activity Specialist - Offers a one of variety of activities for visitors in the Interpretive Center, on the deck, or picnic area during busy times or at special events. Activities may involve crafts, demonstrations, show and tell, etc. Includes the collecting piles.

Birding Specialist - Sets up spotting scope on the deck, river observation room or at the GRC home site to show birds on the river or in the woods.

Educator / Naturalist - Leads outdoor and indoor group programs about geology, archaeology, or George Rogers Clark history at the cabin.

Historical Interpreter - Provides information to visitors about the life and times of George Rogers Clark and the McGee's. Costume optional. Seasonal position - when cabin is open.

Special Projects - Historical or scientific research in matters related to the park or a physical project that benefits everyone.

Trail Scout - Coordinates trail clean ups, reports hazards, etc.

Created August 9, 2010, Updated January 13, 2015