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Hancock Visitor Services Volunteer

Join the Hancock Volunteer Staff and be the catalyst for great visitor experiences! Volunteers at the C&O Canal Hancock Visitor Center (aka Bowles House) welcome thousands of park visitors every year and provide invaluable information regarding the park’s historical, natural and recreational resources.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Maintain visitor center operations
  • Direct visitor center calls and providing information to the public
  • Operate the cash register and stock the small bookstore/sales area
  • Provide informal interpretation services including: roving the towpath, staffing the historic Bowles House Visitor Center
  • Assist with special events and programming

Skills/Training Recommended: Each volunteer will receive an orientation to the Hancock Visitor Center and visitor services. CPR Certification preferred but not required. Throughout the year park staff, provide opportunities for volunteer trainings, i.e. Bike Safety, Interpretation Training, etc. Please notify the park supervisor if you are interested in participating.

The Hancock Visitor Center is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday-Tuesday, Memorial Day weekend through October. Volunteer shifts are flexible to accommodate any schedule.  Shifts currently available include 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Volunteer shirts provided.

Hancock Address/Contact Information: The C&O Canal NHP Hancock Visitor Center is located in Hancock, Maryland. If you are interested in joining the Hancock Volunteer Staff, please contact Park Ranger Hollie Lynch at (301) 491-0149 or by email at