History Colorado Center Volunteer Opportunities

Located in Denver, volunteers at the History Colorado Center perform administrative projects, assist our collections staff, facilitate education programs and tours, assist with visitor information services, and more!

Colorado Stories Facilitator Volunteer - Apply now!

Desired Schedule:

One 3-hour shift per week is highly desirable. Minimum of 6 hours per month. Shifts will be available from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Shifts will also be available on school holidays and breaks.

Job Description:

The Colorado Stories Facilitator works within our Colorado Stories exhibit as part of the education department, and facilitates any one of several different activities within the exhibit that are designed to offer a hands on experience and further the learning and enjoyment of our visitors of all ages, but primarily with family audiences. Volunteers will be stationed in exhibit gallery, facilitating touch-cart or prescribed family programs.

Training on customer service, exhibit content, program facilitation, general museum education, and intergenerational learning theory will be provided.

Design Guild Volunteer - Apply now!

Desired Schedule:

1 day/week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Fridays)

Job Description:

Help the Collections staff with crocheting, knitting, quilting, etc. during creative sessions where you can look at historic artifacts, figure out patterns, and make things! Part of this process might involve taking the newly created pattern and following it to see if the product matches the collection piece.

Guest Service Concierge - Apply now!

Desired Schedule:

Volunteer Guest Services Concierges will staff the front desk of the History Colorado Center daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Job Description:

Be one of the first faces to welcome guests to the History Colorado Center! The Volunteer Concierge is responsible for the daily activities of the concierge desk. The activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Answer the main phone line for the History Colorado Center and respond to questions or transfer calls to appropriate staff members.
  • Check out an iPad each shift from the Membership Coordinator to assist with answering questions, looking up information, etc.
  • Greet, direct, and check-in business visitors.
  • Serve as the will-call desk for pre-purchased tickets.
  • Manage the wheelchair check-out.
  • Respond to guest inquiries and answer questions about the History Colorado Center,  State Historical Fund, and Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation.
  • Provide information about the Rendezvous Cafe, the History Colorado Center gift shop, membership and program information, questions about exhibits and other History Colorado Center related topics.
  • Provide guests with information about parking, cab services, RTD, cultural attractions, and things to do while in Denver.
  • Administer and collect guest comment cards.
  • Maintain display materials.
  • Other duties as appropriate that deal with providing customer service to guests.

Desired Skills:

Strong customer service skills are required.  The ideal candidate will have a vast knowledge of the History Colorado Center as well as other Denver cultural attractions.  The volunteer concierge must have the time to research and stay up-to-date on Denver events, and attend all trainings.  The volunteer concierge must be able to sit for 4 hours at a desk and walk business guests to the security area to check-in as needed.  Must be able to answer the phone line and look up information on the iPad or in the provided concierge manual.

Living West Facilitator - Apply now!

Desired schedule:

Three 3-hour shifts per month is highly desirable. Minimum of 6 hours per month.  Shifts will be available from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Shifts will also be available on school holidays and breaks.

Job description:

Living West facilitators will work with visitors within the Living West exhibit, including multi-generational audiences visiting informally. Volunteers will facilitate a touch cart featuring 3 different programs that touch on main exhibits themes.  Programs are designed to be adaptable to audience, and volunteers will have the flexibility to choose their desired program from the cart. Living West facilitators will also monitor supplies and interactives within the exhibit to ensure that everything is running as intended. Training on customer service, exhibit content, and program facilitation will be provided.

Desired skills:

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Positive attitude
  • Problem solving
  • Flexible
  • Lively
  • Must enjoy working with children and intergenerational groups
  • Team player
  • Desire to help people experience and have fun with history and to see themselves in the story
  • Willing to learn

Make and Take Crafts Facilitator - Apply now!

Help make history fun and engaging for families. We are looking for volunteers to staff our hands-on crafts.  Volunteers will be responsible for learning the daily craft and associated content and teaching that content and craft to family visitors.  The craft room volunteers will work with staff facilitators.

Desired Schedule:

2 shifts per month. Shifts will be available from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Shifts will also be available on school holidays and breaks.

Desired Skills:

Experience in an educational setting, good customer service skills, ability to interact professionally with members of the public, and a passion for history.

Museum Host Volunteer - Apply now!

Desired Schedule (minimum hour/week, day, hours, etc):
Minimum 6 hours per month. Shifts will be available from 11:00am-2:00pm on weekends and daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day and school holidays.

Job Description:
The Guest Services Department is seeking volunteers to enhance the visitor experience. The host will greet and direct museum visitors and guests and help guests orient themselves to the building. This position roams throughout all museum galleries with the intent and purpose of interacting with all museum guests during their visit. For example, the Museum Host may spend time in the Anschutz Hamilton Hall, greeting visitors and helping them use the time machines or navigate to the exhibit galleries. Then they may walk through the first and second floor galleries, checking on visitors and answering questions that may come up. They may also check in and interact with volunteer and staff facilitators, resetters, performers, and so on.

The host will help serve the mission of History Colorado by encouraging visitors to find wonder and meaning in our past during their visit and ensure that all visitors feel welcome, safe, and smart while they are at the museum.

Duties Include:

  • Be knowledgeable about all museum activities such as programs, events, classes, and museum theater performances.
  • Answer questions and provide assistance to museum visitors, making suggestions about exhibits and helping facilitate the visitor experience.

     

    Desired Skills:

    • Excellent customer service skills.
    • Passion for history and for the mission of History Colorado.
    • Project a friendly and helpful presence.
    • Self-motivated and able to work with little supervision.

School Programs Volunteer - Apply now!

Desired Schedule:

One 4-hour shift per week is highly desirable. Minimum 16 hours per month.  Shifts will be 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., and will be available Monday - Friday from late August through early June.

Job description:

School Programs volunteers assist school groups through their entire visit to the History Colorado Center.  Volunteers escort classes into the building and break them into smaller groups.  Volunteers will lead small groups through gallery-based programming which involves facilitating a high quality learning experience at each History Station.  Duties also include setting up for and cleaning up after school programs.

Training on exhibit content, program facilitation, general museum education, basic Colorado history, and child development theory will be provided.

Desired skills:

  • Must enjoy working with children
  • Lively and enthusiastic
  • Flexibility
  • Creative problem solving
  • Ability to work with a team
  • Desire to help children experience and have fun with history
  • Experience working with elementary-aged children (6-12 year olds)

Special Event Volunteer - Apply now!

Desired Schedule (minimum hour/week, day, hours, etc): Hours vary based on the event; must commit to a minimum of 2 events per year. Includes evening and weekend shifts.

Job Description:
Do you enjoy working as a team, interacting with the public, and being an ambassador of fun? Special Event Volunteers offer a customer service experience at our membership, community, and fundraising events that visitors will never forget. Our annual events, such as Colorado Day (August 1), Night at the Museum (first Saturday of November), Día del Niño (last Sunday of April), and more require volunteer assistance. This is the perfect opportunity for anyone interested in bringing history to life for our visitors.

The host will help serve the mission of History Colorado by encouraging visitors to find wonder and meaning in our past during their visit and ensure that all visitors feel welcome, safe, and smart while they are at the museum.

Volunteer responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Event Set-up & Breakdown
  • Welcome visitors
  • Help visitors with questions or directions
  • Other duties as appropriate that deal with providing customer service to guests of the History Colorado Center.

Desired Skills:

  • Ability to stand or sit for long periods of time
  • Friendly and warm personality
  • Ability to follow directions and be adaptable with last minute changes if they occur
  • Ambassadors for History Colorado
  • Comfortable in high energy environments

Youth Volunteer - Apply now!

Youth volunteer applicant must be between the ages of 12 - 15 years old.

Desired Schedule:

Minimum of two 3 hour shifts per month.  Shifts will be available from 10 am to 1 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Shifts will also be available during school breaks and holidays.

Job Description:

The Youth Volunteer works within our Colorado Stories exhibit as part of the education department, and facilitates the Silverton mining touch cart activities within the exhibit that are designed to offer a hands-on experience and further the learning and enjoyment of our visitors of all ages.

Training on customer service, exhibit content, program facilitation, general museum education, and intergenerational learning theory will be provided.