WANTED: Gold Bug Park Volunteers – Big Rewards Promised!

by admin / Jan 25, 2016 / 0 comments
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Gold Bug Mine Kid

2016-01-25, 15:08:28 PLACERVILLE CA

   A “wanted” poster is tacked to the door at Placerville’s Gold Bug Park & Mine.  It’s not bank robbers or horse thieves city officials are looking for.  They’re hoping to capture a few new volunteers for the upcoming school tour and summer tourist season at their historic park. 

“We had a tremendous visitor season last year,” said Frank Jacobi, the Gold Bug Park manager, “and 2016 already promises to be even better. To help keep the park experience fun and educational we would like to bring on board a few new volunteers.” He said there are a wide variety of volunteer duties ranging from working in the gift shop to tour guides and museum docents.  

Jacobi said the increase in visitors is partly due to the docents and tour guides who engage with the public. “Our volunteer staff have created several fun and historic characters and they’ve crafted interesting stories that capture the spirit of the Gold Rush and the early days of Old Hangtown.” Jacobi added that several volunteers have worked at the mine for more than a decade and that one guide recently began his 17th year.  “Our volunteers find their work tremendously rewarding.”   

The park begins its school tour season in late February. These tours annually deliver thousands of 4th graders to the park’s mines, museum, panning troughs, stamp mill and blacksmith shop for a day of history education. When the school season ends the summer tourist season begins with visitors coming to the park from all over the world.  “Last season we had people come from every state and from more than 25 different countries,” Jacobi said. “For the second year in a row we’ve been honored by our local residents with the Mt. Democrat’s 2015 Readers’ Choice Award for “Best Local Attraction.”

Gold Bug Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated a Point of Historic Interest by the State of California.   

Prospective volunteers can pick up an application form by visiting the park at 2635 Gold Bug Lane or going to the City of Placerville’s Recreation and Parks Department in Town Hall at 549 Main Street.   Jacobi said a wide variety of volunteer positions are available. For additional information contact Jacobi at 530-642-5238.