Download: Volunteer Application
Become a Volunteer and Share the Adventure
Volunteer – we need you! A myriad of volunteer opportunities exist at the Museum and constantly evolve. Anyone with a passion for history, learning and sharing both makes a great candidate to volunteer. Individuals can earn museum benefits and Volunteer Awards too!
The Museum’s mission of collecting, preserving and educating the public about the rich history of Southwest Florida is a team effort. A variety of opportunities exists to volunteer and below, is list of Museum openings.
Museum Tour Docent
The Museum chronicles the history of Southwest Florida from prehistoric to present day through displays, exhibits, a bilingual audio tour and docent-lead tours. Currently, the Museums’ greatest need is for trained docents to lead tours through the Museum to share the history and wonderful collections presented at the Museum. Visiting groups range from school age children to active adults seeking to enhance their knowledge and understanding of Southwest Florida. Groups are broken into workable sizes for both docents and the group to have the best experience. Docent training, a comprehensive Museum tour outline, and prepare volunteers to guide groups through the museum.
Walking Tour Docents
For those docents wanting to expand outside the Museum, the Downtown Walking Tour is the perfect opportunity! The Museums’ popular Walking Tours of historic downtown are a leisurely, guided stroll of about 1 ½ hours with a structured tour of the historic buildings and people behind them. A wonderful outline with building photos and history provide direction as you lead a small group of visitors eager to learn more about our newly restored, fascinating city.
Additionally, the Museums’ Archival Research Center serves as a resource to the community by appointment housing photos, ephemera and books. Digging into this exciting collection to learn more about the past and help others do so, is part of the fun of volunteering with the Archives Research Center.
Special Event Assistant
As part of the Museum’s mission to provide quality programming, an annual fundraiser and ongoing efforts such as quarterly Author’s Evenings are offered. These events also provide volunteer opportunities to help coordinate and facilitate the evening activities.
Each year the Museum proudly hosts an annual traveling exhibit from January through April. This exhibit highlights a different aspect or event of history and assistance is needed in a variety of areas from planning, execution and installation to marketing this blockbuster exhibit.
Internships are available for high school and college level students seeking to gain valuable overall experience. These internships can be tailors to meet the requirements and interests of the participants within the Museum structure and needs. Examples include marketing, public relations, education, administration, Operations and research.
The Museum provides Volunteer training, a manual, ongoing guidance and awards levels for our valued volunteers who help make these programs possible.
To get started, please download an application at: or call 239-321-7423. Once the application is received, you will receive a letter with information on the next steps to get started!
We have a place for you!