Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteering at the MNCH

Learn. Inspire. Connect.

Volunteer applications will be accepted from March 2 through 27, 2015.       

Prospective volunteers are invited to attend our New Volunteer Open House on Wednesday, March 4, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. 

Bilingual volunteers are encouraged to apply; fluency in English is required. We recommend that volunteer applicants be at least seventeen years old.

Volunteer trainings are offered twice a year, in the spring and the fall, and are required for museum volunteers. Trainings consist of eight sessions that meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The next training will take place in April 2015.

If your volunteer application is accepted, you'll be invited to register for a training. The entire training series costs $30 and includes a one-year membership to the museum ($40 value) plus materials and supplies. All sessions are held at the museum.

Volunteer Positions

  • Exhibit Hall Interpreters provide the personalized experiences and perspectives that make museum trips memorable and meaningful for our visitors.
  • Educational Program Instructor inspire curiosity and critical thinking about Oregon's past and present and lead hands-on activities for K-12 classes and community members.
  • Visitor Services Volunteers provide the customer service in the museum store, staff special events, share information about membership, and greet visitors.

Aside from making a difference in our community and making new friends, volunteering at the MNCH comes with a variety of great rewards, including

  • A certificate in museum interpretation
  • Trainings that further your education
  • Free one-year membership to the MNCH, with upgrade options
  • Parking permit for use in our first-come, first-served parking lot
  • Invitations to special museum events
  • Job references  
  • 10% off museum store purchases
  • Invitation to our annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
  • Quarterly Volunteer Meet-ups
  • Subscription to Volunteer View, our quarterly volunteer newsletter

For more information, contact the museum's Volunteer Coordinator, Ruth Hyde, at mnchvolunteers@uoregon.edu or (541) 346-1717.

Interested in volunteering with the Collections or Research Divisions?  Contact these divisions directly: