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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

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Desired Schedule:

Minimum 6 hours per month.  Shifts will be available from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on weekends and daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day and school holidays.

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

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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.

Engagement Guide

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Job Description:

Engagement Guides will lead scheduled adult tours of the exhibits through the group sales program. This facilitated experience will help audiences engage with our core exhibits more thoroughly than if they explored on their own, including behind-the-scenes information not mentioned in our labels. Experiences will be tailored to specific audiences and Engagement Guides will need to adapt based on the audience and their needs. Tours are scheduled as needed based on request from groups or evening events through rentals.

Training will be provided to include engaging visitors through an inquiry-based method that allows visitors to evaluate and experience the content of the exhibitions and partake in the learning process. Additional training on customer service, exhibit content, general Colorado history, experience facilitation, inquiry, and basic museum education will be provided.

Guest Service Concierge

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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

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Desired schedule:

Minimum 6 hours per month.  Shifts will be available from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on weekends and daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day and school holidays.

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

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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:

Minimum 6 hours per month.  Shifts will be available from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on weekends and daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day and school holidays.

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

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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.
Play Ball! Gallery Host Volunteer

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Desired Schedule (minimum hour/week, day, hours, etc):
Shifts will be available from 11:00am-2:00pm daily from April – November 2018

Job Description:
The Guest Services Department is seeking baseball enthusiasts to enhance the visitor experience in our newest exhibit Play Ball! A Celebration of America's Game. Do you love baseball and want to share your knowledge of the game with others? The host will greet museum visitors, help guests orient themselves to the exhibit, and maintain and re-set any interactive components in the exhibition. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to lead quick 15-20 minute tours throughout their shift to any visitor interested in a more in depth interpretation of the exhibit.

Opening with the 2018 baseball season, Play Ball! showcases the Marshall Fogel Collection, one of the greatest sets of baseball artifacts ever assembled outside the Hall of Fame. This celebration of our national pastime is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate baseball’s storied history in a way you’ve never seen it before.

Duties Include:

  • Answer questions and provide assistance to museum visitors
  • Lead quick tours through exhibit
  • Assist guests through exhibit interactive such as a photo wall
  • Maintain cleanliness and organization of exhibit interactives
  • Helping facilitate the visitor experience

Desired Skills:

  • Knowledgeable about baseball (training will be provided)
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Passion for baseball history
  • Project a friendly and helpful presence
  • Self-motivated and able to work with little supervision

Training:
*Must be able to attend training on either of these dates:

  • Sunday, April 8th from 10 - 11:30 AM
  • Thursday, April 12th from 3 - 4:30 PM
School Programs Volunteer

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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

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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
SOMOS Colorado Volunteers

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Are you passionate about empowering members of local communities to see themselves as creators/makers of history?  Do you care deeply about your own community’s story and how it is being told? Do you want to ensure that community stories are being told in a way that is authentic? And, would you like to be part of process of community engagement that uplifts, encourages and esteems community identity, worth and agency?

History Colorado is seeking volunteers to engage in a large scale community outreach initiative entitled “We Are Colorado” Somos Colorado --aimed to reach Coloradan diverse communities. The initiative will begin within the Hispano/Latino community conducting outreach to Hispano-Coloradans and aiming to engage in one oral history project alongside a Hispanic community located in one Denver neighborhood.

Somos volunteers will work directly with the Director of Community Outreach and alongside History Colorado staff and community advisory boards to both strengthen History Colorado’s welcome to Latino audiences while also connecting outside the museum with programming and events aimed to meet communities where they are.

Somos volunteers work to establish a presence within community through outreach events, media efforts and establishing community partnerships. Somos volunteers will be trained in oral history methodology that engages community with intentional memory work and collecting efforts. Somos volunteers may also act as information conduits providing key feedback to programming and exhibits’ staff regarding inclusivity work at the museum. Finally, Somos volunteers may aid in facilitating object/artifact donation process to HC.

What is involved? Somos volunteers will:

  • Be a presence on behalf of HC in Hispanic/Latino communities that have been underrepresented and with whom HC is seeking to establish stronger relationships.
  • Work to incorporate Latino audiences’ voices, interpretation and contributions into museum exhibits and programming.
  • Be committed to serving as a liaison between the museum and the Hispanic community, work to seek new partnerships within community and help maintain those relationships through strong communication between staff, volunteers and community members.
  • Be available for volunteer training, oral history training and a commitment to volunteer for at least 6 months. Volunteer position may include evening and weekends.
  • Be available to pick up outreach materials, be trained in specific outreach tasks such as collection or photography and be willing to send in outreach materials when finished.
  • Provide updates for staff, volunteers and community members.
  • Give media updates regarding outreach initiatives.
  • Connect with curators when donation within community arises.

The benefits of being a Somos volunteer include:

  • Dynamic opportunity to be on the ground and connected to history as it happens; Fantastic gratification in bringing invisible stories to light.
  • Training in community outreach and oral history work.
  • Announcement of your role in HC volunteer newsletter, blog and highlights of efforts in enews and other media efforts.
  • Opportunity to provide feedback for HC staff regarding programming and exhibits at HC
  • Support from HC staff.
  • Opportunity to establish deep community connections and see a program through from inception to evaluation.
  • Sharing information with other Somos volunteers and HC staff.
  • Free admission to History Colorado museums.

Commitment Expected

6 months’ time commitment with  varying levels of commitment. Summer months may entail tabling outreach events 1-2x’s per month for 4 hours at a time. Feedback for exhibits may include a monthly meeting at HCC.  Intentional community oral history project work will mean more intense community engagement during the Fall and Winter months and possibly up to 6 hours weekly.

Training

Volunteer will receive a general training from Volunteer Management regarding HCC and the general functions of volunteering at HCC. Additional training from supervisor will be pertinent to outreach and community oral history work.

Age Requirement: Over 18

Dress Code: Business Casual

Development opportunities include staff training, access to programming and community museums, reduced parking fees.

Direct supervisor is Director for Community Outreach.

Youth Advisory Council

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The History Colorado Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a group of teens from across the state whose goal is to increase youth involvement in History Colorado and its community museums by planning special events and creating opportunities for young history enthusiasts.

What is the age range for YAC?
The age range is 13-19.

How long will each member serve on the council?
Members will serve a term of one year.

When will YAC meet during the year?
Meetings will be held from September through April.

Where are meetings going to be held?
All meetings will be held virtually, although members from the same area can meet at their community museums to plan events and work on YAC projects together.

How many times a month will YAC meet?
YAC will meet once a month, with exceptions if the members are planning an event.

Do I have to volunteer at the museum to be a part of the YAC?
No, you do not have to be a volunteer at the History Colorado Center or any History Colorado community museum to join the YAC. The Youth Advisory Council is considered to be a volunteer position itself, and thus does not require any prior involvement in the History Colorado museums. However, we do expect all accepted members to volunteer at a certain number of community events at their museum(s).

The application period for the Summer Teen Volunteer Program for 2018 has now closed!

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Looking for something fun to do this summer? Sign up to volunteer for History Colorado’s Summer Teen Volunteer Program! Volunteers will provide customer service to visitors in our temporary exhibit LEGOrado. Assist visitors as they explore a giant LEGO® re-creation of Colorado history. The pro builders from the Colorado and Wyoming LEGO Users Group have created a sprawling concoction of Colorado scenes—both factful and fanciful. They’ve left room for visitors to build too (and that’s where you come in!).

Duties:

  • Assist visitors in building and deconstructing LEGO® creations
  • Interact with visitors of all age and provide excellent customer service
  • Organize and maintain the interactive components in the exhibit
  • Assist with our photo wall station

Summer Teen Volunteer Requirements:

  • Must be 14-18 years of age
  • Must be comfortable interacting with people of various ages and backgrounds.
  • Available to commit to 1 shift/week from May 25 – September 3, 2018 (shifts are available daily from 11 AM – 2 PM)**
  • Able to attend the mandatory orientation/training:
    • Friday, May 25th from 4 – 5 PM, or
    • Friday, June 1st from 2 – 3 PM

**We understand volunteers may have vacation plans – we can be flexible to meet your vacation needs.