Adult Volunteer Opportunities (18+)

The following may or may not have current openings. We encourage you to apply and express your interest so that we can match you now for current openings or later when opportunities become open. 

Please visit out Volunteer Page to sign up, for frequently asked questions, or to get in touch with us.

Questions? Contact Angela Williamson at (302) 658-2400, ext. 257, or awilliamson@hagley.org.

Adult Volunteer Opportunities (18+)

Database Entry Assistant

Description: Enter Volunteer Office, Marketing Department, and Education Department information into a spreadsheet so that it is searchable and retrievable.

Qualifications: Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, creating formulas and graphs, attention to detail and ability to work with minimal supervision.

Requirements: Flexible schedule, scheduled on an as-needed basis

Mailing Projects Assistant

Description: Help with labeling and preparing various mailings.

Qualifications: Ability to put labels/stamps on envelopes and keep things in order.

Requirements: Time commitment scheduled on an as-needed basis.

Store Inventory Assistant

Description: Organize (with directions from store staff) merchandise, count and list it on work sheet.

Qualifications: Attention to detail, and ability to lift twenty pounds.

Requirements: Time commitment of approximately three or more hours per day in the beginning of January.

Volunteer Office Assistant

Description: Assist in compiling data in Excel, create graphs, and updating volunteer website.

Qualifications: Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word, able to proofread, and possesses creative writing skills.

Requirements: Flexible scheduling during staff working hours of 8:40 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Audiovisual Collections Preservation and Location Management Assistant

Description: The Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department at Hagley Museum and Library is seeking volunteers to assist with preservation activities of archival collections which consists of testing the acidity of current housing materials, re-foldering and re-boxing collections as necessary, and maintaining the intellectual descriptive and identifying information with the new housing. Additional projects include composing and maintaining shelf-lists and assisting with the management of collection locations. Other projects will vary based on skill-level.
 
Qualifications: This project requires knowledge of handling archival materials and a basic understanding of archival principles.
 
Requirements: Preference will be given to current students and graduates of a program focused in archival studies and those with hands-on experience with archival preservation and collection management. Flexible schedule between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Volunteer Audiovisual Collections Video Cassette Tape Processor

Description: The Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department at Hagley Museum and Library is seeking a volunteer to work with item-level videotapes to identify titles that are unique to Hagley using Worldcat, and for unique titles create archival finding aids using existing information from MARC records.
 
Qualifications: This project requires knowledge of archival practices, a general familiarity with Worldcat, and excellent computer skills.
 
Requirements: Preference will be given to current students and graduates of a program focused in archival studies and those with hands-on experience with archival description and arrangement. Flexible schedule between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Easy Does It! Exhibit Greeter

Description: Welcome visitors into the family-friendly interactive exhibit and encourage them to explore different stations to learn about engineering, physics, science, and work in fun, practical ways. Help visitors experience simple machines we take for granted every day. Training provided.

Qualifications: Must enjoy interacting with the public, enjoy talking and listening to others, be polite and be confident in speaking to people.

Requirements: Time commitment of 3 ½ hours per month on weekends or holidays, 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Database Entry Assistant

Description: Enter information into a spreadsheet so that it is searchable and retrievable.

Qualifications: Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, creating formulas and graphs, attention to detail and ability to work with minimal supervision.

Requirements: Scheduled as needed.

Model and Gadget Maker

Description: Make models and hands-on exhibit gadgets as needed.

Qualifications: Able to work independently with guidance from staff, mechanically adept, and able to take concepts and turn them into professional-level products to use with the public.

Requirements: Flexible time commitment.

Program Assistant

Description: Assist the Education Department in developing, prototyping, and testing activities and programs for guests.

Qualifications: Must enjoy interacting with the public, teaching, crafting, and artistic work.

Requirements: Flexible time commitment

Greeter/Direction Giver

Description: Help visitors around the museum. The volunteer will greet visitors, answer questions, give directions and generally help visitors enjoy their experience at Hagley.

Qualifications: Must enjoy interacting with people.

Requirements: Scheduled as needed.

Handwork Group Member

Description: This group makes items to sell at the October Craft Fair. The proceeds are given back to Hagley for School Scholarships, which enable underprivileged students to experience Hagley's exceptional school programming. The group uses donated materials to create the items for sale.

Qualifications: An interest in artistic work or crafting.

Requirements: Flexible scheduling, with a time commitment a few hours per month.

Manuscripts and Archives Volunteer

Description: Sort and arrange volumes and files in alphabetical and numerical order; place materials in archival file folders and boxes, and transcribe file information. Create finding aids using Archivists’ Toolkit. This project requires an eye for detail and patience.

Qualifications: Detail-oriented and patient. Good computer skills.

Requirements: Flexible scheduling.

Manuscript Oversize Paper Inventory Volunteer

Description: Inventory collections, track information, put information into Microsoft Word, and work with the manuscript staff in completing this project.

Qualifications: Knowledge of Word, attention to detail, organizational skills.

Requirements: Flexible schedule during staff working hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Manuscripts Clerical Assistant

Description: Inventory and record information from the boxes of papers of P.S. du Pont to make the collection more accessible to researchers.

Qualifications: Detail-oriented, organizational skills, and the ability to work in the stacks, climbing ladders and moving boxes.

Requirements: Flexible schedule during staff working hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

Marketing and Public Relations Assistant

Description: Enter event listings into online calendar, e-mail event listings to marketing contact list, search the Internet for mentions of Hagley and enter information into database.

Qualifications: Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, and Access, and attention to detail.

Requirements: Flexible schedule, time commitment of four hours a day, one to two days a week.

Mechanical Volunteer

Description: Under staff direction, work with, fix and use machines, parts, and pieces of machinery.

Qualifications: Working knowledge of machines and mechanical operations.

Requirements: Flexible schedule.

Membership Volunteer

Description: Assist staff members at special events by promoting and selling memberships and also assist with contacting inactive members.

Qualifications: Friendly, outgoing, sensitive, and comfortable talking on the phone. Confidentiality, patience, and good listening skills are a must.

Requirements: Flexible schedule. Can work from home or at Hagley office.

On-site Brochure Distributor

Description: Refill brochure racks and update posters at various sites throughout the property (Visitor Center, Gift Shop, Millwright Shop, Belin House Organic Cafe, Bus Shelter on lower property, and Bus Waiting Room on upper property). Ensure all information is current and the displays are full, clean, and presentable to guests.

Qualifications: No special qualifications. Take the bus or walk between locations.

Requirements: Time commitment of two hours every two weeks.

Historical Researcher

Description: Use the archives, library, and other historical sources to research 1800s food, daily living activities, education, and other topics.

Qualifications: Enjoyment of learning and research.

Requirements: Time commitment is flexible.

Collections Inventory Volunteer

Description: Assist with a comprehensive inventory of all objects in the Hagley Museum collection. Volunteers will locate objects, computerize records, and record with digital photography, help to move and lift objects up to fifty pounds according to museum standards, and record information, including condition reports.

Qualifications: Ability to lift and move up to fifty pounds and to read very small print. Comfortable on ladders. Familiar with museum computer programs and databases, Vernon CMS, Microsoft Office Suite, and digital photography. Knowledge of museum nomenclature as it pertains to description and condition of objects, history, and material culture. Museum experience preferred. Must be able to pass a routine criminal background check.

Requirements: Time commitment of a regular schedule of five hours a day between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays.

Registrar Volunteer

Description: Help maintain current and correct filings on all objects in the Museum collection.

Qualifications: Attention to detail, ability to follow directions, computer skills. Ability to stand for extended periods of time, crouch, and lift up to twenty pounds.

Requirements: Schedule of one day a week, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

Artifact Collections and Preservation Volunteer

Description: Catalogue, write descriptions, research, photocopy objects in the museum collection, enter data, file information and sew, using both machine and hand stitching. Put up and take down Christmas decorations.

Qualifications: Interest and desire to be around a wide variety of objects in the museum collection.

Requirements: Flexible schedule during staff working hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Cutting Garden Volunteer

Description: Assist staff in planting and maintaining the flowers to be cut and used in flower arrangements in the house: include pulling weeds, planting perennials, planting annuals, deadheading flowers, digging holes, laying down mulch, and any other needed gardening activity.

Qualifications: Desire and ability to work outdoors in a garden. Don't mind getting dirty. Able to lift and bend.

Requirements: Flexible schedule within staff working hours of 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

Workers’ Garden Volunteer

Description: Plant, maintain, water, weed, mulch, and tend to the plants in the Workers’ Garden as an interpretive example of what workers at the DuPont gunpowder mills may have included in their gardens to supplement their food supply. The garden is in a public area, so there will be some contact with museum visitors.

Qualifications: Desire and ability to work outdoors in a garden. Able to bend, lift and drag water hose, and handle other garden tasks.

Requirements: Flexible schedule dawn to dusk.

Flower Arranger

Description: Create floral arrangements for the E.I. residence and carry the arrangements to different locations in the residence. Work with floral arranger staff in creating arrangements.

Qualifications: Must have some experience working with flowers and arrangements. Training will be provided. Able to stand and use stairs.

Requirements: Time commitment of one day per week, for 2 ½ hours each day.

E.I. DuPont Garden Assistant

Description: Maintain all trees, shrubs, perennials annuals, bulbs, and vegetables in the restored garden at the du Pont family residence under the direct supervision of the horticultural specialists. Volunteer will maintain all areas of the garden and its surroundings. The garden is in a public area, so there will be some contact with museum visitors.

Qualifications: Desire and ability to work outdoors in a garden.

Requirements: Flexible schedule within staff working hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

Photography/Videography Volunteer

Description: Take photos and/or videos of other Hagley volunteers .

Qualifications: Experience in digital photography, Photoshop, digital photo manipulation, videography, video editing experience (hobby or professional). Application process includes photo samples.

Requirements: Availability during scheduled events.

Catalog Filing Quality Control Assistant

Description: Checking that catalogs and pamphlets in the collection are filed in the proper order. Find any missing materials due to filing errors.

Qualifications: Ability to move small boxes of materials onto a library cart, attention to detail, ability to examine complex filing for correctness.

Requirements: Flexible scheduling.

Library Cataloging Assistant

Description: Assist librarians with original cataloging. This is a great volunteer opportunity for experience on a résumé.

Qualifications: Some library skills or prior library experience and knowledge of the basics of original cataloging on the computer (for example, AACR2, MARC records).

Requirements: Flexible scheduling during staff working hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Survey Volunteers

Description: Greet visitors and ask them politely if they would be willing to give feedback on their experience at Hagley for that specific event. The questions are short and typically involve filling in a quick check box, but can include one or two questions that require you to write in their answers. This will help Hagley understand our visitors, evaluate events, and improve programs and exhibits.

Qualifications: Friendly, outgoing person who enjoys interacting with visitors.

Requirements: Time commitment flexible based on the event.

Translator Volunteer

Description: Translate printed materials into other languages.

Qualifications: Must be fluent in both English and another language or languages.

Requirements: Flexible schedule.

Adult Volunteer Opportunities (18+)

Database Entry Assistant

Description: Enter Volunteer Office, Marketing Department, and Education Department information into a spreadsheet so that it is searchable and retrievable.

Qualifications: Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, creating formulas and graphs, attention to detail and ability to work with minimal supervision.

Requirements: Flexible schedule, scheduled on an as-needed basis

Mailing Projects Assistant

Description: Help with labeling and preparing various mailings.

Qualifications: Ability to put labels/stamps on envelopes and keep things in order.

Requirements: Time commitment scheduled on an as-needed basis.

Store Inventory Assistant

Description: Organize (with directions from store staff) merchandise, count and list it on work sheet.

Qualifications: Attention to detail, and ability to lift twenty pounds.

Requirements: Time commitment of approximately three or more hours per day in the beginning of January.

Volunteer Office Assistant

Description: Assist in compiling data in Excel, create graphs, and updating volunteer website.

Qualifications: Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word, able to proofread, and possesses creative writing skills.

Requirements: Flexible scheduling during staff working hours of 8:40 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Audiovisual Collections Preservation and Location Management Assistant

Description: The Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department at Hagley Museum and Library is seeking volunteers to assist with preservation activities of archival collections which consists of testing the acidity of current housing materials, re-foldering and re-boxing collections as necessary, and maintaining the intellectual descriptive and identifying information with the new housing. Additional projects include composing and maintaining shelf-lists and assisting with the management of collection locations. Other projects will vary based on skill-level.
 
Qualifications: This project requires knowledge of handling archival materials and a basic understanding of archival principles.
 
Requirements: Preference will be given to current students and graduates of a program focused in archival studies and those with hands-on experience with archival preservation and collection management. Flexible schedule between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Volunteer Audiovisual Collections Video Cassette Tape Processor

Description: The Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department at Hagley Museum and Library is seeking a volunteer to work with item-level videotapes to identify titles that are unique to Hagley using Worldcat, and for unique titles create archival finding aids using existing information from MARC records.
 
Qualifications: This project requires knowledge of archival practices, a general familiarity with Worldcat, and excellent computer skills.
 
Requirements: Preference will be given to current students and graduates of a program focused in archival studies and those with hands-on experience with archival description and arrangement. Flexible schedule between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Easy Does It! Exhibit Greeter

Description: Welcome visitors into the family-friendly interactive exhibit and encourage them to explore different stations to learn about engineering, physics, science, and work in fun, practical ways. Help visitors experience simple machines we take for granted every day. Training provided.

Qualifications: Must enjoy interacting with the public, enjoy talking and listening to others, be polite and be confident in speaking to people.

Requirements: Time commitment of 3 ½ hours per month on weekends or holidays, 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Database Entry Assistant

Description: Enter information into a spreadsheet so that it is searchable and retrievable.

Qualifications: Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, creating formulas and graphs, attention to detail and ability to work with minimal supervision.

Requirements: Scheduled as needed.

Model and Gadget Maker

Description: Make models and hands-on exhibit gadgets as needed.

Qualifications: Able to work independently with guidance from staff, mechanically adept, and able to take concepts and turn them into professional-level products to use with the public.

Requirements: Flexible time commitment.

Program Assistant

Description: Assist the Education Department in developing, prototyping, and testing activities and programs for guests.

Qualifications: Must enjoy interacting with the public, teaching, crafting, and artistic work.

Requirements: Flexible time commitment

Greeter/Direction Giver

Description: Help visitors around the museum. The volunteer will greet visitors, answer questions, give directions and generally help visitors enjoy their experience at Hagley.

Qualifications: Must enjoy interacting with people.

Requirements: Scheduled as needed.

Handwork Group Member

Description: This group makes items to sell at the October Craft Fair. The proceeds are given back to Hagley for School Scholarships, which enable underprivileged students to experience Hagley's exceptional school programming. The group uses donated materials to create the items for sale.

Qualifications: An interest in artistic work or crafting.

Requirements: Flexible scheduling, with a time commitment a few hours per month.

Manuscripts and Archives Volunteer

Description: Sort and arrange volumes and files in alphabetical and numerical order; place materials in archival file folders and boxes, and transcribe file information. Create finding aids using Archivists’ Toolkit. This project requires an eye for detail and patience.

Qualifications: Detail-oriented and patient. Good computer skills.

Requirements: Flexible scheduling.

Manuscript Oversize Paper Inventory Volunteer

Description: Inventory collections, track information, put information into Microsoft Word, and work with the manuscript staff in completing this project.

Qualifications: Knowledge of Word, attention to detail, organizational skills.

Requirements: Flexible schedule during staff working hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Manuscripts Clerical Assistant

Description: Inventory and record information from the boxes of papers of P.S. du Pont to make the collection more accessible to researchers.

Qualifications: Detail-oriented, organizational skills, and the ability to work in the stacks, climbing ladders and moving boxes.

Requirements: Flexible schedule during staff working hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

Marketing and Public Relations Assistant

Description: Enter event listings into online calendar, e-mail event listings to marketing contact list, search the Internet for mentions of Hagley and enter information into database.

Qualifications: Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, and Access, and attention to detail.

Requirements: Flexible schedule, time commitment of four hours a day, one to two days a week.

Mechanical Volunteer

Description: Under staff direction, work with, fix and use machines, parts, and pieces of machinery.

Qualifications: Working knowledge of machines and mechanical operations.

Requirements: Flexible schedule.

Membership Volunteer

Description: Assist staff members at special events by promoting and selling memberships and also assist with contacting inactive members.

Qualifications: Friendly, outgoing, sensitive, and comfortable talking on the phone. Confidentiality, patience, and good listening skills are a must.

Requirements: Flexible schedule. Can work from home or at Hagley office.

On-site Brochure Distributor

Description: Refill brochure racks and update posters at various sites throughout the property (Visitor Center, Gift Shop, Millwright Shop, Belin House Organic Cafe, Bus Shelter on lower property, and Bus Waiting Room on upper property). Ensure all information is current and the displays are full, clean, and presentable to guests.

Qualifications: No special qualifications. Take the bus or walk between locations.

Requirements: Time commitment of two hours every two weeks.

Historical Researcher

Description: Use the archives, library, and other historical sources to research 1800s food, daily living activities, education, and other topics.

Qualifications: Enjoyment of learning and research.

Requirements: Time commitment is flexible.

Collections Inventory Volunteer

Description: Assist with a comprehensive inventory of all objects in the Hagley Museum collection. Volunteers will locate objects, computerize records, and record with digital photography, help to move and lift objects up to fifty pounds according to museum standards, and record information, including condition reports.

Qualifications: Ability to lift and move up to fifty pounds and to read very small print. Comfortable on ladders. Familiar with museum computer programs and databases, Vernon CMS, Microsoft Office Suite, and digital photography. Knowledge of museum nomenclature as it pertains to description and condition of objects, history, and material culture. Museum experience preferred. Must be able to pass a routine criminal background check.

Requirements: Time commitment of a regular schedule of five hours a day between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays.

Registrar Volunteer

Description: Help maintain current and correct filings on all objects in the Museum collection.

Qualifications: Attention to detail, ability to follow directions, computer skills. Ability to stand for extended periods of time, crouch, and lift up to twenty pounds.

Requirements: Schedule of one day a week, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

Artifact Collections and Preservation Volunteer

Description: Catalogue, write descriptions, research, photocopy objects in the museum collection, enter data, file information and sew, using both machine and hand stitching. Put up and take down Christmas decorations.

Qualifications: Interest and desire to be around a wide variety of objects in the museum collection.

Requirements: Flexible schedule during staff working hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Cutting Garden Volunteer

Description: Assist staff in planting and maintaining the flowers to be cut and used in flower arrangements in the house: include pulling weeds, planting perennials, planting annuals, deadheading flowers, digging holes, laying down mulch, and any other needed gardening activity.

Qualifications: Desire and ability to work outdoors in a garden. Don't mind getting dirty. Able to lift and bend.

Requirements: Flexible schedule within staff working hours of 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

Workers’ Garden Volunteer

Description: Plant, maintain, water, weed, mulch, and tend to the plants in the Workers’ Garden as an interpretive example of what workers at the DuPont gunpowder mills may have included in their gardens to supplement their food supply. The garden is in a public area, so there will be some contact with museum visitors.

Qualifications: Desire and ability to work outdoors in a garden. Able to bend, lift and drag water hose, and handle other garden tasks.

Requirements: Flexible schedule dawn to dusk.

Flower Arranger

Description: Create floral arrangements for the E.I. residence and carry the arrangements to different locations in the residence. Work with floral arranger staff in creating arrangements.

Qualifications: Must have some experience working with flowers and arrangements. Training will be provided. Able to stand and use stairs.

Requirements: Time commitment of one day per week, for 2 ½ hours each day.

E.I. DuPont Garden Assistant

Description: Maintain all trees, shrubs, perennials annuals, bulbs, and vegetables in the restored garden at the du Pont family residence under the direct supervision of the horticultural specialists. Volunteer will maintain all areas of the garden and its surroundings. The garden is in a public area, so there will be some contact with museum visitors.

Qualifications: Desire and ability to work outdoors in a garden.

Requirements: Flexible schedule within staff working hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

Photography/Videography Volunteer

Description: Take photos and/or videos of other Hagley volunteers .

Qualifications: Experience in digital photography, Photoshop, digital photo manipulation, videography, video editing experience (hobby or professional). Application process includes photo samples.

Requirements: Availability during scheduled events.

Catalog Filing Quality Control Assistant

Description: Checking that catalogs and pamphlets in the collection are filed in the proper order. Find any missing materials due to filing errors.

Qualifications: Ability to move small boxes of materials onto a library cart, attention to detail, ability to examine complex filing for correctness.

Requirements: Flexible scheduling.

Library Cataloging Assistant

Description: Assist librarians with original cataloging. This is a great volunteer opportunity for experience on a résumé.

Qualifications: Some library skills or prior library experience and knowledge of the basics of original cataloging on the computer (for example, AACR2, MARC records).

Requirements: Flexible scheduling during staff working hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Survey Volunteers

Description: Greet visitors and ask them politely if they would be willing to give feedback on their experience at Hagley for that specific event. The questions are short and typically involve filling in a quick check box, but can include one or two questions that require you to write in their answers. This will help Hagley understand our visitors, evaluate events, and improve programs and exhibits.

Qualifications: Friendly, outgoing person who enjoys interacting with visitors.

Requirements: Time commitment flexible based on the event.

Translator Volunteer

Description: Translate printed materials into other languages.

Qualifications: Must be fluent in both English and another language or languages.

Requirements: Flexible schedule.