Volunteer Opportunities

“Everybody can be great because anybody can serve.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lend your time and talents to help preserve, exhibit, and teach Iowa’s African American heritage.

As a volunteer, you’re an integral part of our team. We’ll help you find an opportunity that fits your availability, talents and interests. Review current opportunities and apply to become a volunteer.

Ongoing Opportunities

Front Desk Attendant

Welcome patrons to the museum, take admission, and answer visitor questions. Training is provided by museum staff. Flexible schedule. Available hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Qualifications:
Friendly demeanor
Interested in Iowa’s black history
Familiar with the AAMI’s exhibits and events

Docent

Assist with leading groups through the Endless Possibilities exhibit and presenting workshops and presentations for school groups. Tours are scheduled through the education department at least seven days in advance and last for 45 minutes to an hour. Tour scripts and training are provided by the education staff. Volunteers must have an energetic, engaging personality and be comfortable speaking to audiences of all ages. Available hours are between 9 a.m. to 4p.m., Monday through Saturday, with preference being from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Specialist Volunteer

Individuals skilled in areas such as human resources, information technology, marketing, strategic planning, accounting, and carpentry assist museum staff by providing expertise in needed areas. Scheduling is flexible and some work may be done off-site with approval.

Learning Safari Volunteer

Assist the education staff with monthly preschool programs at the Marion and Hiawatha libraries, as well as with Learning Safaris at other times and locations. Volunteer are responsible for writing supplies lists, prepping materials, and providing hands-on assistance the during the program. Anticipated time: 3 to 5 hours a week

Oral History Transcriptionist

The AAMI’s collection contains dozens of oral histories that preserve first-hand accounts of African American life in Iowa. Help document this history by creating written transcriptions of these interviews. Training is provided by curatorial staff. Flexible schedule. Available hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Qualifications:
Attention to detail
Proficiency with Microsoft Word and typing

Administrative Volunteer

Assist museum staff with data entry, inventory, mailings, and general office tasks. Training are provided by museum staff. Flexible schedule. Available hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Qualifications:
Attention to detail
Proficiency with Microsoft Word and typing

One-Time Opportunities

Gala Volunteer

Serve on a planning committee, sell raffle tickets, register guests, or choose another opportunity. This event is held annually in September. Volunteers who serve on planning committees meet in the preceding months. Day-of volunteers (registration, raffle tickets, etc.) may be requested to attend a training session before the event. Learn more about the History Makers Gala.

Journey to Freedom Volunteer

Help at our annual Journey to Freedom event at Wikiup Hill Outdoor Learning Area! Volunteers are needed on September 22, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers will be interact with participants as an Iowan from the 1850s. There are approximately five “main-speaking” roles available for people who might enjoy theater, educating, and public speaking. There are also interpreter roles available for those interested but feel less comfortable in a lead speaking role. Historical costumes, scripts and a free lunch will be provided for the event. Learn more about Journey to Freedom.