Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Virginia Museum of Transportation, handling tasks in all areas of the Museum’s daily operations. Below is just a sample of various jobs our volunteers do. If you are interested in volunteering or interning, or if you have a special skill or interest, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator by email.
The Virginia Museum of Transportation is looking for an intern who is interested in learning the many aspects of museum work. At a small museum, staff and volunteers wear many hats, and we are looking for someone who would be interested in helping with cataloging, research, grant writing, and label copy writing, just to name a few possible duties. There is the possibility of other cross training in the rest of the museum’s operations, so you will get a well-rounded museum experience. Knowledge of PastPerfect software is ideal, but not required. Course study in public history, museum work, historic preservation, or similar preferred. Graduate students preferred but not required. Basic understanding of appropriate handling and care of historic resources require. The ability to work independently is a must. This is an UNPAID internship, and spaces are limited.
Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
- Cataloging historic resources: photographing, data entry, numbering
- Writing and/or editing label copy for artifacts on display
- Organizing collections rooms
- Occasional special event staffing
Special Events Volunteer: Helps with all aspects of special events from planning and publicity to event day logistics management. May overlap with similar duties to Facilities Assistant.
Docent/Tour Guide Volunteer: Study and retain a thorough knowledge of the Museum’s collection highlighting historical relevance and significance to Virginia’s transportation heritage. Lead guided tours of the museum grounds, OR Work exclusively in one or more of the Museum’s galleries to answer questions and provide supplemental information to Museum exhibits and artifacts.
Admissions Assistant Volunteer: Sell admission tickets and/or memberships to patrons, providing them with maps to the Museum and recording visitor origin. Answer any questions patrons may have about Museum services, exhibitions, or other programs. Provide physical assistance to patrons requesting it. Must be able to use a computer.
Museum Store Volunteer: Actively sell merchandise and answer any questions customers may have about merchandise, or pricing. Assist in stocking shelves, cleaning, and setting up new displays. Must be able to use a computer.
Facilities Volunteer: Tasks vary with assignments, but can include dusting exhibits, replacing light bulbs, cleaning floors and windows, and other general maintenance tasks. Moving various exhibits items including automobiles and other large scale pieces as needed. Helps with special events. Must be physically agile and able to lift 50 pounds. Individuals with mechanical experience are a plus.
Share your interest in transportation with museum visitors! The Virginia Museum of Transportation (VMT) is seeking citizen volunteers specifically interested in education. Education volunteers will work with the VMT Education Department staff to deliver tailored inquiry-based, hands-on educational programming to visiting groups after going through training.
These groups include:
- Pre-K to12th grade students
Individuals who have previous managerial or teaching experience are preferred. Applicants can expect a 4-15 hour time commitment weekly, during peak visit times. The ideal education volunteer would possess the following qualities:
- Skills in speaking with groups of children and adults
- Interest in working with a variety of ages and grade levels
- Physical ability to stand and walk for 3-4 hours at a time
- Ability to lead hands-on educational activities for individuals
- An energetic, passionate and outgoing personality
- Willingness to learn and share transportation topics from history to science with a varied audience