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

Visitor Services Volunteer

Visitor Services Volunteers create a welcoming, professional environment, helping ensure all Museum visitors have a positive experience. Welcome patrons to the museum, take admission, sell items from the museum store, and answer visitor questions. Training is provided by museum staff. Flexible schedule. Available hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Preference is for volunteers willing to commit to a 3.25 hour shift (9:45am-1pm or 1pm-4:15pm) one day per week, for a minimum of six months.

Friendly, professional demeanor
Interested in Iowa’s black history
Familiar with the AAMI’s exhibits and events
Customer service and/or cash register experience is a plus


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.

Collections Database Volunteer

A Collections Volunteer is a special breed of tenacious information seeker, lover of detail, and organizational wizard. As a volunteer you will assist the Curator in managing the museum’s collection database through projects like entering inventory information and editing catalog records. Available hours are Monday to Friday, 9:45am to 4:15pm. Preference is for volunteers willing to make a 5-10 hour weekly commitment.

Attention to detail and organized
Understanding of computer basics (all work uses a computer, collections database program, and scanner)

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.

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.

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.