Volunteers support Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center in many ways throughout the year. Volunteers help to greet and orient museum visitors, interpret in the galleries and lead orientation tours, assist interpreters in the living history areas, help gift shop customers, provide support for special events, conduct visitor research, maintain and sail the Jamestown Settlement ships, accomplish curatorial and clerical projects, and work behind the scenes to support the museums in many other ways. Volunteer opportunities abound.
Museum Docents Needed
Volunteers are currently needed seven days a week for the following shifts - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. A variety of docent opportunities are available:
- Museum docents assist visitors as they tour the galleries, answer questions and engage visitors in interactive experiences using the museum gallery exhibits.
- Museum docents also may lead gallery tours or share exciting historical and museum information with visitors while manning an indoor hands-on learning station.
- Outdoor tour docents lead orientation tours of the outdoor living-history areas at Jamestown Settlement.
The Foundation offers a comprehensive staff training program that includes lectures, tours, demonstrations, and skills training that amply equip volunteer docents for any role they choose. In return for donating their time, the Foundation's core volunteers receive complimentary admission to Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center for themselves and their family; 20% discount at the Foundation's museum gift shops; 50% discount at the Jamestown Settlement Cafe, and other benefits. For information about the docent program or other volunteer opportunities, call (757) 253-4034.
If you are interested in volunteering with the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, please fill out and submit the application below.