Volunteer Opportunities

There are lots of ways to get involved at the museum!

If you like working with people, have an interest in science or history, and have energy and time to invest, museum volunteering might be for you.

Prospective volunteers are invited to learn more at our next Volunteer Open House - Thursday, September 18, 2014, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Our next volunteer recruitment will take place September 1 - September 30. Applications will be available on our website throughout the recruitment period.

Training:
Volunteer training sessions are offered twice a year, in the spring and the fall. If your volunteer application is accepted, you'll be invited to register for our Volunteer Training. The training costs $30 and includes a one-year membership to the museum ($40 value) plus training material. 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.

Benefits:
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 or to register, 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: