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Volunteering at the Museum of Idaho

Volunteering at the Museum of Idaho

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Museum of Idaho. There are so many ways to volunteer at the Museum of Idaho. We have a vibrant community of volunteers who work to help the museum in a variety of ways from engaging with exhibits and guests as docents and gallery attendants to helping with archival and artifact collection care.  If you want to be a part of our museum community, we have a place for you!
For more information, please contact Susan Van Orden at (208) 522-1400 ext. 3009. To apply to become a volunteer, please fill out the online application and return it to the Museum of Idaho. Applications are also available at the Museum of Idaho.

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Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Gallery Attendant: Gallery Attendants are volunteers who help visitors to engage with certain aspects of the exhibit and guide them through the exhibit space. These volunteers are assigned an area of the museum to watch for safety of visitors and museum property and they serve as an arm of our exhibits department.
  • Docent: Docents are volunteers who interact with visitors using hands-on, interactive materials. These volunteers have stations or carts that facilitate this interaction. These volunteers serve as an arm of our education department. Additional training sessions are required in order to understand each exhibit and trained on interactive materials.
  • Safety and Security: The Museum of Idaho Safety and Security volunteers travels throughout the museum to secure the building and must be able to walk stairs during their shift. Security volunteers care for the safety of both our artifacts and our visitors.
  • Tour Guide Docent: Tour Guide Docents lead scheduled tours for groups of visitors and may also serve as docents on a regular basis. Additional tour training is required in addition to fulfilling all docent training requirements.
  • Store Volunteer: Not only do store volunteers assist with ticket and store sales, they also act as the face of the museum when our guests arrive. Store Volunteers must have the basic understanding of the museum and its exhibits. Cashiers are able to stand for long periods of time and have strong communication skills. They answer the main phone and help out with occasional odd jobs in museum store.
  • Education: An Education volunteer helps develop programs for ages 2 and up, provides support during children’s programs, staffs the Children’s Discovery Room, writes curriculum and prepares materials for school groups, and staffs the office while museum Education staff is away performing programs.
  • Curatorial: You will be caring for and preserving the past. Curatorial volunteers will work with the curator to identify and catalog objects in our archives or museum collections and work to update our inventory database. You must be prepared to attend handling workshops to learn proper care and handling of the artifacts and specimens within the museum as well as how to inventory museum collections and archives.
  • Distribution: You will deliver rack cards and posters to schools and businesses through out the region using personal vehicles (reimbursement for gas provided). You will need to track and return a report of deliverables, have the ability to build a relationship with the public and have a positive attitude while promoting the current exhibit and making connections for future considerations.
  • Community Involvement: Community Involvement volunteers need a positive attitude, willingness to interact with the public and an ability to build public relations while promoting the museum and its programs at events. Event staffing will include assisting with the setup, take down and management of events (example of public events include Barnes and Noble book fairs, etc.).
  • Exhibition: Exhibition volunteers will help with the loading in and out of an exhibit. Knowledge of basic construction tools is required. Must be able to lift heavy objects and be on your feet all day.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Completion of an application
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Time commitment of 3-4 hrs a week, or a schedule as arranged with department supervisor
  • Completion of an interview
  • Agreement to pass a background check (No prior felony convictions)
  • Attend training sessions prior to each new exhibit opening and as required for desired position
  • Attend a customer service session prior to each exhibit


  • Free admission to the Museum of Idaho’s exhibits
  • Extra admission tickets can be earned for family and friends
  • 10% off all merchandise in the museum store
  • An invite to our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Party
  • Letters of recommendation upon request
  • New circle of friends in a vibrant volunteer community
  • Educational opportunities
  • Volunteer internship opportunities