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DuPage County Historical Museum is always looking for volunteers. Below is a listing of the current opportunities. Please complete the online Volunteer Application.

If you are interested in volunteer opportunities at the Wheaton Park District, please visit www.wheatonparkdistrict.com.


Current Positions Available
Reception Desk Volunteer
Digital Collections Volunteer: Artifacts and Archive
Collections Volunteer, Exhibits
Research Volunteer
Education Volunteer
Museum Docent


Position Title: Reception Desk Volunteer
Reception desk volunteers greet visitors at the reception desk on the Museum's main floor during the Museum's open hours on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Additional volunteers may be needed during special events, exhibit openings and programs. The reception desk volunteer greets visitors, offers an orientation to familiarize them with the building, provides a layout of exhibits, and answers general questions.

Requirements: Reception desk volunteers must be outgoing, people-oriented individuals. Knowledge or interest in learning about local history, current Museum exhibits and accurate history of the Museum is essential. Some knowledge of DuPage County history is helpful and appropriate related history readings will be required.

Time Commitment: 9 hours per month, Saturdays and Sundays/Evening Events


Position Title: Digital Collections Volunteer, Artifacts and Archive
Digital Collections Volunteers help to complete object records in the collection software. Volunteers will work to locate the object's paper accession file, curatorial file and card catalog entry.

Requirements: Digital Collections Volunteers must be thorough, detail-oriented individuals. For some areas, specific object knowledge is desired. Volunteers will receive training on the Museum's procedures, collection policy and general artifact handling guidelines. Past Museum experience is desired but not necessary for all aspects of the position. Some knowledge of DuPage County history is helpful.

Time Commitment: 9 hours per month/Sunday-Saturday



Position Title: Collections Volunteer, Exhibits
Collections Volunteer, Exhibits help to identify artifacts for upcoming exhibits, complete historical research on these artifacts and prepare them for display or return to collection storage.

Requirements: Volunteers must be thorough, detail-oriented individuals. Previous museum experience is desired. Volunteers do receive training on the Museum's procedures and on general artifact handling. Some knowledge of DuPage County history is helpful and appropriate related history readings will be required.

Time Commitment: 9 hours per month/Sunday-Saturday

 

Position Title: Research Volunteer
Research volunteers assist the staff with questions and inquiries regarding genealogy, DuPage County history, land use, photographs, maps and much more.

Requirements: Volunteers must have exceptional customer service skills. Experience with research and archives are desired.

Time Commitment: 9 hours per month/Sunday-Saturday


Position Title: Education Volunteer
Education Volunteers work with the Museum Educator in the presentation of participatory programs. This includes a wide range of ages, abilities and interests. Programs range from school and scout groups, birthday parties, tours, lectures and family programs. Volunteers will greet visiting groups; demonstrate the program activities, work with individual participants and other tasks. In addition, the volunteers answer general questions about the Museum and provide supervision. Must be flexible and able to easily adapt to different assignments and circumstances.

Requirements: Educational Volunteers must be out-going; people oriented, and interact well with children of all ages. Volunteers are expected to be able to vary presentation style to suit both adults and children. Previous educational experience would be useful. Some knowledge of DuPage County history is helpful and appropriate related history readings will be required.

Time Commitment: 9 hours per month/Sunday-Saturday/Evening Events


Position Title: Museum Docent
The docents are responsible for leading groups on guided tours. These tours will include the history of the building, architecture, permanent exhibits, as well as changing exhibits. Tours will last approximately 60 minutes (45 minute tour with time for questions) and docents will be responsible for follow up questions and needs of the group.

Requirements: Although docents will go through extensive training, previous knowledge of DuPage County history will be helpful. Docents must be comfortable speaking in front of large groups. Docents must be able to adjust tours to the needs of the different groups (i.e. school children versus a group of seniors). Occasionally, tours will be altered to visitors requests, and docents must be able to adapt (i.e. church groups may be particularly interested in the history of religious life throughout the County). Advanced notice of these situations will be given so that docents can adequately prepare.

Time Commitment: 6 hours per month (Based on scheduled tours.) Sunday-Saturday/Evening Events






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