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.

Roving Interpreters

Roving Interpreters assist park rangers by walking the towpath and trails, preferably in pairs. Roving Interpreters conduct interpretive programs by arrangement with the interpretive staff and set up the Roving Visitor Center along the towpath and trails. 

The responsibilities include greeting and welcoming visitors, and providing them with information on the park’s history, resources, regulations and safety in the park. Rovers also alert staff to potential problems and safety hazards on the towpath and trails, relay visitor comments and concerns to park staff, and provide basic first aid to visitors when needed, if trained to do so.

Rovers will be provided basic supplies, i.e., identifying uniform items, a park radio, first aid kit, park literature, which are to be carried while on duty and are available for check out at the Visitor Center.  Rovers are required to check in via radio or cell phone with the park communications center at the start and end of shift.

Must be 18 or older, have the ability to hike outdoors for a suggested tour of one to four hours at a time, commit to volunteering at least 40 hours per year, attend interpretive trainings, and take basic first aid training to help with minor injuries.