There are many different areas in which an individual can volunteer at the museum. Skill levels needed vary, some minimal, others more in depth. Standard among these are strong communication skills, public speaking, an interest in history and enthusiasm for history. Knowledge of North Carolina and United States history is helpful but not necessary. Opportunities are available during the week and also on weekends.
- Docents: Docents may lead general and specialized tours of the museum for visiting school and adult groups. Docents will also assist with a multitude of educational programs inside and outside of the museum. Hands-on presentations, small group programs and other types of programming occur year round at schools, churches, civic groups, etc. Becoming a docent requires a specialized training course.
- Special Events: Volunteers are needed to assist with special events periodically throughout the year. Duties may include assisting with creative activities, conducting surveys, acting as food/beverage host/hostess. In addition, volunteers are also needed to assist in preparing for special events prior to an actual program. These duties may include cutting paper and fabric.
- Staff Assistants: Staff assistants work with the museum personnel in a variety of jobs including in the library, collections, administration, and education offices.
- Volunteers will assist the Public Information Assistant in greeting groups and visitors at the reception desk of the museum.
- Research: Volunteers in research will assist the Curator in a wide array of activities. Opportunities will include research on specific artifacts or general research about historical trends or events.
- Collections Care: Volunteers in Collections Care will assist the Curator in a variety of endeavors related to the maintenance of collections.
How to Become a Volunteer
Becoming a volunteer is simple. Just click on and fill out the form according to what you are interested in and mail or email it into us. If you're a teenager and interested in working as a docent, use the Junior docent application. If you have questions or need help, contact Charlotte Patterson, the museum's Education Curator, by email or at (252) 331-4032.