Looking for some Volunteers

The Oregon Electric Railway Museum has volunteer opening positions for Operators (Motorman), Conductors, Docents, Ticket Agents, Track and overhead crew, Equipment Maintenance and Restoration. Below are the activities and responsibilities for these positions. If you are interested, please contact the OERHS Secretary, Mark Kavanagh at mark@oerhs.org

Motorman/Operator

Have you ever wanted to operate an old Streetcar, here is your chance. As a motorman you are responsible for the safe and in control operation of our streetcars in accordance with the published operating plan for our museum. We will train you in the safe operation of the car. You must be greater then 18 years old and have the mental and physical abilities to carry our the responsibilities of the job for revenue operation. Often times roles of the operator is swapped with the role of the conductor

Conductor

Do you like interacting with people, as well as having a concern for safety, this is the position for you. Your responsibilities include ensuring everyone on board has paid their fare and for their safety. You answer passenger questions, and give signals to the operator to stop and start the car. You must know all the operating practices of the museum as well as the car itself. We will train you in all in aspects of this position. You must be greater then 18 years old and have the mental and physical abilities to carry our the responsibilities of the job for revenue operation. Often times roles of the conductor is swapped with the role of the operator. On slow days you may also act as a docent and ticket agent (along with the operator)

Docents

Do you like history and telling stories to people. Well this maybe the position of interest to you. On busy operating day we have dedicated docents in the carbarn giving tours of our international and historic trolley collection. Each car has its own story, and as a collection it tells the history of city development and what was consider old, is now new again.  We will give you tool to successfully give these tours and stories to our visitors.

 

Ticket Agents

On busy operating days we have dedicated ticket agents inside our station selling tickets and gift shop items. You will interact with out visitors providing information and encouraging trolley rides and membership. You will also remain in close contact to the trolley crew keeping tabs on their location and giving them the clear on busy days.

 

Track and Overhead Crew

Track and overhead maintenance is crucial for a smooth and safe operation of our streetcars. It involved some heavy lifting as well as knowledge of safety working on a working railroad and electrical safety with the 600VDC overhead. We will train you on all the safety requirements as well as the actual work involved.

 

Equipment maintenance and restoration

Keeping the operating cars in shape for safe and smooth operation is a must. Restoring the rest of our cars to operation or cosmetic display is also crucial to fulfill our museum's mission. Do you like working with your hands? How about electrical, woodworking, sheet metal and/or general mechanic work? You may be interesting in working on our old streetcars.

 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call us at the number below or email Mark at mark@oerhs.org

 

Trolley Museum/Antique Powerland Phone # (503) 393-2424

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