Volunteer

Image of a volunteer in period costume at Wheatland.
Volunteers give guided tours of President James Buchanan’s Wheatland in period costume.

Volunteers help make history happen at LancasterHistory.org! More than 375 stalwart volunteers give tours; process archival materials; help patrons in the library; plan and execute events; research questions posed by the public; give presentations; oversee our investments; give tours at President James Buchanan’s Wheatland; and tend the Louise Arnold Tanger Arboretum.

LancasterHistory.org offers a variety of opportunities that provides meaningful experiences in a vibrant, professional setting. Opportunities are available in the spring, summer, and fall months in the following areas:

  • Library Services
  • Archival Services
  • Collections Management and Care
  • Historical Interpretation
  • Museum Education and Programming

Benefits of Being A Volunteer

As a volunteer, you will enjoy: a 20% discount on purchases made at The Museum Store; invitations to events and socials, including the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic held in August; and free General Admission to LancasterHistory.org (including Living Histories; excluding Yuletide at Wheatland). For young volunteers, your time will be a valuable supplement to your resume or a worthwhile opportunity to fulfill community-service requirements.

Current Opportunities Available

Visitor Services

Hospitality Greeter: Greet and welcome visitors to LancasterHistory.org, and provide information about the building amenities and the programs and activities available on-site. A staff member will work with you at the Reception Desk in Ware Commons. Training provided. Must be 12+ years of age. Volunteer shifts are available Monday - Saturday from 10am - 1pm AND/OR 1-3pm.

Museum Store Associate: Conduct retails sales, greet and welcome all customers, provide gift wrapping (if applicable), provide personalized salesmanship for all customers, label merchandise using pricing/inventory system, maintain clean work space and stocked shelves, and assist with inventory activities (if applicable). Training provided. Previous retail and point-of-sale system experience preferred. Proficient with computers. Must be 16+ years of age. Volunteer shifts are as coordinated with Patrick Clarke.

President James Buchanan's Wheatland

History Tour Guide: Conduct guided tours of Wheatland for visitors of all ages. Volunteers may also be asked to participate in Living History programs when they are presented during the main tour season. Training provided. Must possess good verbal and communication skills; ability to be on ones feet for an hour and to climb stairs. Must be 17+ years of age. Volunteer shifts are available Monday - Saturday from 10am to 1pm AND/OR 1pm to 3pm.

Youth Group Museum Educator: Provide special tours of Wheatland for elementary, middle, and high school, college, and home schooled students. Training provided. Must possess good verbal and communication skills; ability to be on ones feet for an hour and climb stairs. Must be 18+ years of age. Volunteer schedule is as coordinated with Stephanie Townrow.

Curatorial

Quilt Turning Assistant: Assist curator in showing quilts during White Glove Tours. Training provided. Must possess strong communication skills and ability to work with staff and patrons. Preference given to applicants who are actively seeking a career in museums, history, or the decorative arts. For more information on volunteer schedule, please contact Wendell Zercher.

Archival Services

Archives Volunteer: Assist in the preservation of historic documents and make documents accessible to researchers both local and global. Process each collection and write one blog entry for each project completed. Training provided. Must possess strong research, writing, organizational, computer, and communication skills. Must be able to work independently, as well as with staff or patrons. Applicants must be able to use a step-ladder and move boxes weighing 40 lbs. Preference given to applicants seeking a career or schooling in archival management or a closely related field. Schedule for opportunity: weekday shifts, Tuesday - Friday between 10am and 4pm.

Archives Aide: Responsible for retrieving items from the archives when requested by a patron in the Research Library. Training provided. May also assist with data entry, transcription, or cataloging historic documents. Must possess strong research, writing, organizational, computer, and communication skills. Must be able to work independently, as well as with staff or patrons. Applicants must be able to use a step-ladder and move boxes weighing 40 lbs. Preference given to applicants seeking a career or schooling in archival management or a closely related field. Must be 18+ years of age. Schedule for opportunity: mid-day shifts from Wednesday to Friday.

Administrative Assistant: Assist with correspondence, filing, creation and maintenance of a variety of documents, and a database project. Must possess strong organizational, computer, and oral and written communication skills. Attention to detail and problem-solving skills. Ability to work independently, as well as with staff and other volunteers. Must have previous experience as an administrative assistant or secretary. Proficient in Microsoft Office and databases. Schedule for opportunity: Weekday shifts; Tuesday - Friday, between 10am and 4pm.

*The list above is continually updated as opportunities are opened and/or filled.

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