Railtown 1897 State Historic Park is looking for volunteers to help share the park’s railroad and movie history with visitors.

A Volunteer Open House will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 20 at Railtown.

Volunteer applications must be submitted by Jan. 31, and a volunteer training program will begin in early February. Community members are encouraged to join the program, which offers an opportunity to support a local state historic park while learning more about California’s history, meeting new people and developing friendships with those who share similar interests.

While no previous experience with trains or public service is required, recruitment is underway and interested volunteers able to speak multiple languages are highly encouraged to apply.

At the Open House, prospective volunteers will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with park staff and talk with current volunteers to learn about the various positions that are available. Informal tours of the operation will be conducted, and complimentary snacks will be served.

Benefits for volunteering at Railtown 1897 SHP include membership in the California State Railroad Museum Foundation, free admission to and train rides at Railtown and at the California State Railroad Museum, a variety of social activities, training opportunities and guest speakers, discounts at the Depot Store, and participation in an annual volunteer recognition dinner. Interested volunteers can download a volunteer application at www.railtown1897.org or call (209) 984-4408 for more information.