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Volunteer Needs

Volunteer a few hours of your time at any or all of these special events and programs. Ask your friends and volunteer as a group. These events and programs are a great opportunity for earning volunteer service hours for your school or workplace.
Many of these needs can be adapted to unpaid internships to earn independent study credit.
If you are interested in any of these activities, please contact:

State Historical Museum of Iowa
(515) 281-6860

Special Opportunities

Museum Ambassadors: Greet & assist visitors during weekends, special events & in busy times in the exhibits. They aren’t tour guides but a resource to provide excellent customer service in a museum setting. We are looking for enthusiastic responsible people who are willing to learn about exhibits  & museum. They must be comfortable with public speaking, enjoy interacting with the public & be 16 or older. High School students need a letter of recommendation from a teacher. Special training is provided. 

For a Marketing/Business/Event Planning/Education Major:  Help is needed to recruit volunteers for programs and activities for a variety of audiences. Plan connections to schools, businesses and
service groups. Assist with training and recruitment fairs.

Tour Docents are needed to give guided educational and interactive tours of the exhibits for educational programs. Special training provided in subject matter and tour formats.  Training arranged to fit your schedule. Tours are usually given during the week during museum theatre programs.

The Museum Theater program needs volunteers who can help 4 - 40 hours a week with office work, phone calls, grant writing, marketing, planning, computer work, sending out information and invoices to schools, taking orders, and finding volunteers for theater programs and special events. Good writers and organizers are needed.

Museum Education needs help with data entry, scheduling groups and planning programs and activities for all ages of students. Creating lesson plans connected to the new Iowa Core Curriculum is important. Need help with developing power points and displays for events and classes.

The State Historical Library needs volunteers who enjoy quiet, focused work and assisting patrons. Thursday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Help is especially needed on Saturdays.


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