Explainers interact with visitors to enhance their experience at the Museum. Explainers greet groups, demonstrate exhibits, lead informal science activities, and more. Explaining is ideal for individuals who enjoy working with the public, appreciate children, and can work independently. Initial and ongoing training is provided by Museum educators. Time commitment: 3 hours/weekly.
Young Scientist Program volunteers work with a staff teacher to introduce science to young children through fun activities and experiments in the physical and natural sciences. This opportunity is ideal for enthusiastic adults who love to work with young children and have energy and stamina to support active learning experiences. Time commitment: 3 hours/week on Wednesday mornings and/or afternoons.
Magic Carpet volunteers organize the popular Magic Carpet Luncheons, which feature travelogues on different locales and regionally-inspired meals. Volunteers select speakers, research regional cuisine, prepare meals, set-up and serve at the Museum, and coordinate reservations. Time commitment: 6-10 hours/luncheon
Exhibits & Facilities Volunteers
Production and repairs volunteers help with building, painting, maintaining and fixing exhibits. Experience with carpentry, power tools, and machinery helpful. Time commitment: Flexible. Regular schedule preferred.
Trails and landscaping volunteers help with trail maintenance and special plantings. Volunteers with plant identification skills may assist with plant labeling. Time commitment: Varies
Museum Operations and Fundraising
Curriculum Librarian organizes the education department’s curriculum collection and is responsible for restocking kits that are loaned out to schools. Ideal for someone who is methodical, can work independently, and prefers to make their own schedule. Time commitment: 3 hours weekly on average, but may vary depending on needs.
Public relations volunteers work on a variety of projects as needed. Possibilities include photographing events and exhibits, updating database information, and archiving photos. Periodically, volunteers may help create interesting, accurate, and engaging content for Museum publications or the Montshire Minute radio spot. Time commitment: Varies
Auction volunteers provide leadership and creativity to make the Museum's principal fundraiser a success, year after year. Opportunities include procuring auction items and helping out on the night of the event. Time commitment: Varies. Primarily from January to May.
The Montshire welcomes small groups of volunteers organized by schools and other organizations. Individuals often work with our facilities staff on building, grounds, and exhibit upkeep, or they may help out in the office and gift shop.