Volunteer

If you enjoy learning new skills, making memories and new friends and want to get involved in the local community, we can find a spot for you to make a difference. We are always seeking enthusiastic volunteers!

What One Volunteer Says About Volunteering Here:
 “Each event gives me more wonderful memories: The 3 generations,  from ages 2 to 92 posing for a photo for us; a family enjoying a picnic lunch overlooking the pond; watching toddlers grow as they return year after year to experience our history; a wedding party riding the train; the camaraderie among the volunteers. … These are just some of the many examples of why it is a true joy to be a volunteer at Auburn Heights!” – Jeff Morrison


Volunteer Roles

The first step is to fill out our Volunteer Application. A staff member will then be in contact with you to set up a brief interview and chat about volunteer opportunities that fit best for you and our site. You can also give us a call at (302) 239-2385 or email education@auburnheights.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Event Volunteer: Steamin’ Days occur the first Sunday of every month from June to November (plus a few holidays and special events throughout the year). All tasks require a fair amount of standing (on hard surfaces), with most “shifts” lasting 2 or 3 hours.
  • Tour Guide: Share the history of the museum and/or mansion with visitors who book private tours. No prior experience is needed, just a love of history. Tour bookings are generally during the workday, with occasional weekend reservations.
  • Steam Team:
    • AVRR (Auburn Valley Railroad) Train Crew: Because the AVRR team works directly with our historic collections, Friends of Auburn Heights membership is required for this role. Work can be strenuous (but rewarding), and training will be provided. Most track work and trainings take place on select weekday and weekend mornings).
    • Mechanical Volunteer (Historic Automobiles): Because mechanical volunteers work directly with our prized collections (the cars), Friends of Auburn Heights membership is required for this volunteer role. Work can be strenuous (but rewarding), and training will be provided. Most work sessions take place during the week on Wednesdays (1 – 4 pm).
  • Children’s Program Assistant: Groups of children typically visit the Marshall Steam Museum for field trips spring through late fall, with the heaviest visitation during the summer months. Children’s activities are offered at Steamin’ Days and other special events.  Children’s Program Assistants help with crafts and other activities to engage our youngest visitors.
  • Electric Trains Operators: The vintage Lionel trains in the museum are carefully maintained and operated by our dedicated team, who are happy for additional help. Train operation occurs on our public event dates. Because this role also involves direct contact with our historic collections, membership in the Friends of Auburn Heights is required.

Can’t see yourself in these roles? Don’t worry! We’re happy to consider other ways we can work together. Email us to start a conversation.


 

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