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Volunteer Opportunities

Our dedicated volunteers make our mission possible and allow current and future generations of visitors to be inspired by our collection and our collective past.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

VOLUNTEER DOCENTS

(Applications will be reviewed during June and July for August training)

The MCHC’s docents deliver interactive group tours and programs for students and adults. We are seeking candidates who have an interest in history, enjoy working with students and the public, and feel comfortable speaking to groups. We provide training on MCHC collections, exhibitions, tour methodology and themes, and museum policies. Volunteers are scheduled as needed upon mutual agreement with MCHC staff for the following:

School Tours

  • Offered on Wednesdays and Fridays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. from September through June.
  • Two-hour museum tours that emphasize hands-on activities rather than lecturing.
  • Primarily for elementary and middle school students with occasional high school groups.

Adult Tours

  • Offered occasionally, Wednesday to Saturday, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., year-round. (Group tours are currently being offered to groups of 10 people or less, due to COVID-19)
  • One-hour museum tours that combine docent-led discussions with lecture.
  • Primarily for senior groups.

We prefer candidates willing to deliver both school and adult tours.

Qualifications

  • 18 years or older
  • Enthusiastic and friendly personality
  • Interest in and some knowledge of American history and culture
  • Physical ability to lead indoor walking tours (including stairs) of up to two hours

Museum Store Volunteer

Volunteers in the museum store provide friendly customer service to visitors on a daily basis during museum hours Wednesday to Saturday, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., year-round. Various shifts are available.

Responsibilities

  • Interact with customers and assist with daily sales transactions
  • Stock the shelves and clean the store as needed
  • Unpacking and tagging merchandise
  • Process transactions and handle money
  • Help fulfill online orders
  • Develop product knowledge, knowledge of inventory and back stock, and help manage the sales floor
  • Assist store manager with projects as needed, i.e. photographing products

Qualifications

  • 18 years or older
  • Enthusiastic and friendly personality
  • Physical ability to clean shelves, doors, merchandise and silver; restock floor merchandise and supplies; restock storage shelves

Volunteer Benefits

  • Complimentary MCHC membership, including free library and museum admission
  • Complimentary admission to MCHC lectures and programs
  • Professional orientation and ongoing monthly training
  • Annual enrichment field trip
  • Ability to see the behind-the-scenes at MCHC
  • An opportunity to make new friends with similar interests

Apply

Please complete the Volunteer Application , or mail your materials to:

Danie Herbst, Education Programs and Docent Coordinator
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Questions? Contact Danie Herbst at dherbst@mdhistory.org.