Volunteer Opportunities

The Illinois State Museum is successful because of our great volunteers.  Each Illinois State Museum location has different opportunities and process for application. To see listings and application procedure for a specific location, please click the appropriate link on this page.      

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Volunteers make the work and programs at the Illinois State Museum possible.

Summer Film Fest Volunteer
The Illinois State Museum is looking for friendly volunteers to assist with its popular Summer Film Fest program. The Summer Film Fest provides a 30-minute, engaging, educational film each Tuesday in June and July at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed to open the Museum’s auditorium, run the lights and audio-visual equipment (including a DVD/VHS player and sound system), greet visitors, and make announcements before the films. Summer Film Fest shifts are available on Tuesdays in June and July from 9:15-10:45 a.m. and 1:15-2:45 p.m.

Training on equipment and working with the public will be provided. Summer Film Fest volunteers must be adults or teens age 16 or older. Volunteers new to the Museum must complete an application process and background check. For more information on this and other volunteer opportunities at the Illinois State Museum, please contact volunteer@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-0061.

Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum Facilitators
We are recruiting new volunteers for the Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum, an exciting place where children ages 3-10 can learn -- through play -- about art, people, and nature. Friendly, energetic volunteers are needed to greet and interact with families and groups and keep the exhibit neat. Volunteers must be adults or teens 16 and up and able to work 2 shifts a month. Training is provided. Interested? Apply today! For more information contact Elizabeth Bazan at volunteer@illinoisstatemuseum.org or 217-782-0061.

Museum Greeter
The Illinois State Museum is looking for friendly, out-going individuals to welcome visitors to the Museum. Greeters work at the Museum's information desk to answer questions and offer orientation to visitors. Greeters may also help with small administrative tasks as needed. A knowledge of the Springfield area, including local restaurants and attractions is helpful, but not required. Training is provided. Greeters should be adults ages 18 and up and are asked to commit to two, 3-hour shifts per month. Formore information contact Elizabeth Bazan at volunteer@illinoisstatemuseum.org or 217-782-0061.

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