The C&O Canal Trust is the official non-profit partner of the C&O Canal National Historical Park and works in partnership with the National Park Service to protect, restore, and promote the canal. The Trust seeks to ensure the Park’s  natural, historical, and recreational potential is fully realized.

Canal Trust Volunteer Positions

C&O Canal Quarters

The C&O Canal Trust is seeking skilled, motivated volunteers for an exciting new program!

Canal Quarters is a new, exciting and unique program through The C&O Canal Trust, in partnership with the National Park Service in the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Canal Quarters will provide visitors to the park with an educational and interpretive experience unlike anything available elsewhere in our national park system.

Visitors to the C&O Canal will be able to learn and experience first-hand what it was like to be a locktender on the 18S-mile long canal and stay overnight in a historic lockhouse.

Lockhouses 6 (Brookmont), 22 (Pennyfield), 28 (Point of Rocks), and 49 (Four Locks) are the first scheduled to open. These original structures, dating from the 1830s and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, served as homes for the locktenders, the men who opened and closed the lock gates for the mule-pulled canal boats, and their families.

Canal Quarters will require active and regular involvement by volunteer organizations and individuals to oversee and maintain the structures used by the public. The C&O Canal Trust is responsible for the recruitment, oversight, and recognition of the volunteer corps-known as Quartermasters-with the close involvement and oversight of the National Park Service.

Quartermasters will be responsible for the canal quarters assigned to them. They will be responsible for the general housekeeping of structures, including the interior, exterior, and surrounding grounds. They should follow the park’s routine maintenance plan to ensure the property is properly maintained. They should perform all work concerning routine maintenance and report problems to C&O Canal Trust. They should be able to oversee groups of volunteers also assigned to assist in the routine maintenance of these structures. They should keep a log book of these activities and also keep record of visitor use.

Routine maintenance duties:
Cleaning of interior, painting, inspecting structure, as well as typical skills of any homeowner

Skills/ Training required:
Any specialized training will be provided

Canal Quarters - Quarters Crews

Assist quartermasters with maintenance and housekeeping efforts. They may be organized by quartermaster directly or from other organizations. They should report to Quartermaster for assignments and report subsequent activity.