Adult Volunteer Opportunities
Thanks for your interest in volunteering at Cincinnati Museum Center. Click here to fill out our volunteer application form today!
For information about our youth volunteer program, click here.
Guest Services Specialist
Welcome visitors to Tower A, restored and maintained by the Cincinnati Railroad Club, where rail operations were controlled when Union Terminal was a train station. Interact with guests as they look out over the Freight Yard and are able to see trains coming and going through one of the busiest yards in the country. Share your enthusiasm for Cincinnati history with people of all ages! Note: This position requires the ability to climb two flights of stairs.
Available shift times:
Currently (during the holiday season, Nov. 7, 2014 through Jan. 4, 2015): 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
Throughout the year: Noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday
Guest & Member Services
Guest & Member Services Ambassador
Our Ambassadors embody the essence of superior customer service. From first impressions to farewells, this group of volunteers make a positive and lasting impression on our visitors. Individuals must be outgoing, friendly and possess the ability to communicate with groups of all sizes and abilities.
Duties include assisting with welcoming guests and school groups, answering questions and providing directional information, assisting with table accommodations during lunch time, scanning tickets, checking Member Passes and distributing promotional materials.
Shift times: Morning and afternoon shifts available, seven days a week during Museum hours
Holiday Gift Wrapping
Have some fun this season while providing gift wrapping services for purchases at the Museum Center retail shops! This is a wonderful opportunity for clubs, teams, social organizations, families and friends to work together to share the holiday spirit. The gift wrap station, located outside of the Store to Explore, will be open from Nov. 28 through Dec. 24. 2 – 4 volunteers needed per shift. Minimum age: 16 years old. Seated positon.
Monday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 6 p.m.
For more information or to register for shifts, click here.
Collector’s Gallery Shop and Mummies Exhibit Shop
Volunteer positions are currently available in the retail shops. You're invited to come join the fun! Responsibilities include:
- providing a warm welcome to visitors and assisting them with merchandise selection
- ringing sales transactions on the register
- restocking inventory in the shop
- light cleaning/dusting
All stores operate with computerized point of sale systems and use SIRIUSWARE software. Volunteers will be given orientation and provided with training on the register system. This role would be perfect for someone who is flexible, patient, pleasant, mature, and outgoing. Volunteers must be able to successfully interact with large groups of visitors and children.
Shift hours available:
Monday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday: 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 to 5:15 p.m.
Sunday: 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 2 to 6:15 p.m.
Museum of Natural History & Science
Volunteer Exhibit Interpreter
The main responsibility of a Museum of Natural History & Science (MNH&S) team member is to ensure that all visitors have an engaging, educational, hospitable and safe experience. Volunteers will obtain a general knowledge of, and interpret MNH&S exhibits and floor demonstrations, while rotating areas throughout the volunteer shift, including the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Discovery Lab by facilitating self-guided and hands on challenges.
An education background and/or work experience in science education, geology, environmental studies, biology, paleontology, math, physics, chemistry or equivalent is not required, but highly encouraged. We are looking for outgoing, friendly, energetic individuals with a positive attitude who are willing to abide by current and future organization processes and procedures. Candidates should have the desire and ability to work with the public, particularly school groups and families, in an informal educational environment.
Candidates should also have the desire and ability to teach, present, and facilitate learning in an informal educational environment. You will be working in a team-oriented setting and should have effective communication, listening, and organizational skills. Basic computer comprehension is also encouraged as some exhibits do entail either iPad or desktop computer systems.
Candidate should be able to stand or sit for at least one hour or more. Candidate should also be able to walk up and down two flights of stairs and navigate floors that are uneven and/or ramped. There are occasional instances of lifting programs supplies, office supplies, and exhibit items. Items may weigh 10 pounds or more.
Monday through Wednesday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Thursday and Friday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.
Next Training for Museum of Natural History & Science volunteers: February 2015
Cincinnati History Museum
Cincinnati History Museum is looking for qualified seamstresses to assist with the construction and repair of costume clothes and play clothing for children.
Special Programs & Exhibits
Love the holidays? Interacting with people of all ages in fun and interesting ways? Our Special Programs and Exhibits team is looking for volunteers who are flexible, engaging and energetic to lend a hand with a wide variety of holiday season programs.
Cincinnati in Motion Exhibit Specialist Volunteer
Responsibilities: See to the daily and long term operation, maintenance, and upkeep of Cincinnati In Motion, a scale model exhibit that represents 50 years of Cincinnati history. The exhibit includes working model trains, streetcars, and inclines. Tasks include model locomotive repair and cleaning, basic electrical work, track cleaning, and working with the visiting public.
Qualifications: Basic electrical skills, mechanical knowledge, hand-to-eye-dexterity, creative problem solving. Must be able to multi-task, and set priorities. Ability to interact with patrons and interpret the exhibit is necessary. Must have good interpersonal skills and be willing to work with a diverse group of people. Historical knowledge, especially of Cincinnati history, is a plus. Should be self-motivated and be able to work without close supervision and be very detailed oriented. Agility and balance are necessary to move through model itself.
Monday through Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Learning Labs are designed for pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students and give school groups the opportunity to investigate specific topics and take a closer look into subjects ranging from dinosaurs to simple machines, from archaeology to astronomy. Learning Labs create an immersive, highly interactive experience that allows every student to contribute, to be inspired and to learn.
Candidates should have a passion for lifelong learning and have the desire and ability to teach and facilitate learning in an informal educational environment. An education background and/or work experience is not necessary but encouraged. We are looking for volunteers who are self-motivated, flexible, patient, willing to learn and are customer service savvy. Volunteers must be outgoing, friendly and willing to work with fellow Learning Lab volunteers and staff.
Learning Labs are taught both in the museum’s exhibits and in the classrooms, so interested individuals must have a clear speaking voice and be able to interact with the public on the museum floor. Candidate should also be able to walk up and down several flights of stairs and navigate floors that are uneven and/or ramped while leading a group through the museum at a fairly quick pace. Physical requirements include the need to stand for long periods of time, move lightweight furniture and carry supply boxes up to 25 lbs. for short distances.
All resources including program supplies, write up for the program and background information will be provided.
Shift times: Volunteer shifts for Learning Labs vary since we are based off of reservations made by local schools. Volunteers are notified of programs at a minimum of two weeks out from the date of the program although monthly schedules are sent usually allowing for even earlier notice. In general, Learning Labs run Monday through Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Most Labs run one hour in length. Set up time before and clean up time afterwards varies based on the Learning Lab.