Volunteer Opportunities


There are many different areas where an individual can volunteer at the museum. Skill levels needed vary; some are minimal, and others are more in-depth. 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 museum tours for visiting schools and adult groups. Docents will also assist with many 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 may assist with special events periodically throughout the year. Duties may include assisting with creative activities, conducting surveys, and acting as food/beverage host/hostess. In addition, volunteers are also needed to assist in preparing for special events before an actual program. These duties may include cutting paper and fabric.
  • Staff Assistants: Staff assistants work with the museum personnel in various jobs, including in the library, collections, administration, and education offices.


  • Volunteers will assist the Public Information Assistant greet groups and visitors at the museum's reception desk.


  • Research: Volunteers in research will assist the Curator in various 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 various endeavors related to the maintenance of collections.


Becoming a volunteer is simple. Just click on and fill out the form according to your interest and mail or email it to us. Use the Junior docent application if you're a teenager interested in working as a docent. If you have questions or need help, contact Lori Meads, the museum's Education Curator, at lori.meads@dncr.nc.gov or (252) 331-4054.


Volunteer Application                               Junior Docent Application