Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteering at the MNCH

Inspire. Connect. Volunteer.

The next volunteer recruitment period will take place in March 2015. Stay tuned for details as the spring approaches.

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, Valerie Kendall, at (541) 346-1717.

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