Volunteers are a vital part of our institution

Without this special group of dedicated people, Cincinnati Museum Center would not be able to fulfill its mission to “inspire people of all ages to learn more about our world through science, regional history, and educational, engaging and meaningful experiences.”

Join us to find out about our current volunteer opportunities and how you can become part of our team! No prior volunteer experience is necessary—just enthusiasm and an avid interest in the activities and programs we offer. For more information, email volunteer@cincymuseum.org or call (513) 287-7025.

Benefits

Benefits include:

  • Being a part of a FANTASTIC Cincinnati Museum Center team.
  • Becoming involved in an environment of life-long learning.
  • Free admission to all permanent CMC exhibits and access to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
  • Free parking
  • Discounts at food locations
  • Invitations to select exhibit previews, special events and lectures
  • Professional development, training opportunities and work experience

* Please note: for all positions, volunteers must attend a general orientation and participate in additional departmental training. Volunteers are provided with the necessary tools and resources to be a successful part of the Cincinnati Museum Center Volunteer Team.

Thank you for your interest in helping Cincinnati Museum Center provide quality services, programs and education for the community!

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Current volunteer opportunities

Museum Ambassador Program (MAP):

All museum gallery volunteers begin here!

We need welcoming, informed, guest-oriented and engaging Museum Ambassadors to make a difference in our visitors’ experience.

Every volunteer begins by learning about our Quality Standards, welcoming everyone we interact with and maintaining a safe and clean environment for our guests. Spend time across all our museums, from our late-Jurassic Galeamopus to our historical Public Landing or help our smallest guests in Little Sprouts Farm. Looking to dive a little deeper, to work along our educational team in learning and interpretation? After you complete the Museum Ambassador training, you may choose to continue growing your volunteer experience by selecting one of three museum tracks.

Gallery Activities Track

Love sharing your knowledge of science, art and Cincinnati history to guests of all ages? Gallery track volunteers work alongside staff to deliver quality programs to families, adults and children of all ages. After completing MAP, you will be introduced to simple, easily-presented concepts for guests. You’ll then continue working with our team to deliver more-complex, object-based and hands-on learning experiences for our guests. With advance training, you may even have the opportunity to handle our live animals!

Shows and Interpretation Track

Do you love to dress in period costumes? Are science stage-shows your jam? Does the thought of being on a stage float your boat? Volunteers in this track work closely with our staff to deliver quality exhibit interpretations by giving context and a personal touch to the information presented. With additional training, volunteers may dress out in period clothing, recite short scripts or plays, deliver engaging storytelling or assist with our spectacular science stage shows. Behind-the-scenes help is welcome for those with costume repair and script-writing experience.

Labs and Makerspaces Track

Are you overflowing with creative ideas? Do you love bringing looks of awe and wonder to guests’ faces through hands-on activities? Curiosity and the inclination for experimentation are traits that artists and scientists share. Volunteers in this track facilitate open-ended, process-based experiences in our creative play lab KidSPACE, conduct experiments in our STEM lab and dive deep into historical Cincinnati makers in our History in the Making Classroom. You will work alongside our staff to take your talents in science, art and making to the next level with our guests.

School and Teacher Partnerships

Do you love engaging groups of school aged children in science, art, culture and history? Are you an amazing group greeter and wayfinder? Work alongside our School and Teacher Partnerships team to deliver content that connects to our galleries, exhibits and school curriculum. Volunteers must be MAP trained.

Volunteer Holiday Greeter

We expect the grand reopening and holiday season to be one of the busiest we have ever had at Cincinnati Museum Center. This position helps welcome guests, answer questions and provide directions so our guests can dive right into the epic experience that awaits.

Volunteer Holiday Ticket Taker

We expect the grand reopening and holiday season to be one of the busiest we have ever had at Cincinnati Museum Center. This position welcomes guests into our featured exhibits, takes their tickets and provides directions so our guests can dive right into the epic experience that awaits.

Volunteer Trainmaster

Share your love of trains with visitors of all ages! Join us as a volunteer trainmaster during the exhibition of Holiday Junction Featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains.

We are looking for individuals who:

  • Have a working knowledge of all scales of model trains
  • Are familiar with how to repair model trains
  • Have a flexible schedule
  • Are engaging and friendly
Guest and 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, providing directional information, assisting with table accommodations during lunch time, scanning tickets, checking Member Passes and distributing promotional materials.

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Apply today

Click here to apply today. For more information, contact the Volunteer Services Office at (513) 287-7025 or volunteer@cincymuseum.org.

Internship information

Read more about current and upcoming internship opportunities.

The Team

We'd like to recognize our current volunteers, listed below and sorted by years of service to CMC.

35 Years

Al Adamson
Betty Adamson

25 Years

Wayne Gover
Mary Hinton
Kay Huber
Gene Kritsky
Jo Ann Rice
Chuck Whiting
Roger Zimmerer

20 Years

Bill Frank
Bev Hater
Don Lichtenberger
Lynn Peterson
Jerry Warner

15 Years

Carlton Brett
Guy Cameron
Tony Perzigian
Sarah Strassell
Robert Stuebing
Serena Tsuang

10 Years

Loree Celebrezze
Carol Christopherson
Jim Churchill
Susan Crossland
Germaine Hale
Debra Hausrath
Barbara Jennings
Mike Lawrence
Janet Lockwood
Sue Lohbeck
Carol Morgenthal
Jim Pesta
Alan Schwemlein
Bonnie Strassell
Phyllis Uffman
Mark Warner
Karen Ziegler

5 Years

Judy Biedenharn
Kay Bornemann
Dick Cline
Aaliyah Culberson
Jim Demetrion
Chuck Grosser
Diana Hengehold
Michelle Jones
Dennis Meyer
Paul Moss
Elizabeth O’Brien
Tom Pancero
Pat Parrott
Laura Proops
Mary Ann Robbe
Nicole Sanders
Vicki Shepherd
Ross Wharfield
Jack Williams