Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities

The American Civil War Museum welcomes those interested in volunteering. Volunteers provide much needed assistance and skill in any number of areas around the Museum, including living history and development. Volunteers may be anyone interested in museum studies, historical research, education, history, or visitor services. Even if you don't see something immediately on our list of volunteer positions, please feel free to fill out and send in a volunteer application, noting any special interests or talents. We will keep your application on file for a year and notify you if any positions become available. Presently, the American Civil War Museum in Richmond has a critical need for volunteers in the following areas:

  • Museum Store
  • White House Tour Guide
  • Living History Interpreters
  • Front Desk Representative

The Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Free Parking .
  • A 10% discount on all purchases in the Museum store
  • Free admission to all of our locations
  • Free admission to special Museum events

Email Jeniffer Maloney with any questions or comments or call: (804) 649-1861 ext. 132. You can also fill out an online application.

Please review the listing below to determine the areas that are interesting to you. You may choose to volunteer in more than one area.

Greeter
This person welcomes the visitors to the Museum and helps to orient them to the facility—locating restrooms, gift shop, education center, outdoor activities, etc.—and answers visitor’s questions about restaurants, lodging, shopping and other local attractions.

Administration
This person assists with copying, filing, compiling time sheets, packing lists, visitor requests, brochure distribution, group confirmations, etc.

Cashier
This individual will sell admission tickets and complete gift shop sales, in addition to answering visitor’s questions about restaurants, lodging, shopping and other local attractions.

Retail
This person will help opening up boxes of inventory received, checking the packing slip with the contents and the original order. Putting on price stickers and placing inventory into the shop storage area is also a responsibility along with moving that inventory from storage onto the gift shop shelves. The ability to lift boxes is needed.

Grounds
There is always a need for someone to police the outside area, including the parking lot, to keep it looking neat and clean. Volunteers can also help plant and maintain trees, shrubs and flowers on the grounds.

Special Events
Volunteers to help set up and take down tables and chairs, take out trash, etc. before, during and after special events would be welcome. The multi-purpose room will be available for use by service clubs and associations such as the Woman’s Club, Lions Club, Retired Teacher’s Association, etc. for meetings or receptions. The facilities of the Museum are also available for rental for reunions, parties and other special gatherings after the regular Museum hours. Outreach activities also include staffing information tables at shows and festivals offsite.

Living History
Costumed interpreters are needed to enhance a visitor’s experience by explaining the life of the soldier, civilian, slave and free black.  

Education
The primary mission of the Museum is to educate both students and adults. Formal programs will be presented and offer 3 tiers of volunteer involvement.

  1. Monitor- This person will follow the group and leader through the gallery and other portions of the program to help maintain order, keep the group together and assist with any emergencies.
  2. Gallery Tour- This person will guide the group through the gallery, stopping at the appropriate sections to elaborate on the exhibits. This allows for the students to focus on the SOL requirements or the adult group’s area of interest.
  3. Program- This person will be able to present at least one of the three programs offered to school groups (Homefront, Medical practices and African American experience). This involves reading background material and learning the talking points of a script.

Contact Audrey Almond to volunteer in Appomattox or call 434-352-5791 x 205 for more information.

You can also fill out an online application.

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