Get involved at the Gilbert House!

Gilbert House Children’s Museum offers many unique volunteer opportunities. Our volunteer program is designed for individuals interested in taking on a leadership role at the Museum. All volunteer positions offer hands-on opportunities to individuals interested in directly affecting the experiences of children and families who visit the Museum.

Gilbert House volunteers are a diverse group of individuals from the Salem area who support our mission to “inspire children to learn and grow through play”. Volunteers gain valuable experience by leading demonstrations and activities, supervising campers during our camp season and helping to maintain the facility and grounds. Our volunteer program provides many rewards such as first-time work experience, the opportunity to gain job skills and opportunities to make a meaningful contribution to our community.


Become a volunteer today!

Click here to download the Youth Volunteer Application and Youth Permission Form.

Click here to download the Adult Volunteer Application.

Submit the form at the bottom of this page to request more information.

Who is a Museum Volunteer?

  • An individual who is interested in developing their leadership skills and enjoys working with and around children as they learn and grow through play.
  • Willing to develop and enhance their knowledge of the exhibits and educational offerings of Gilbert House Children’s Museum and how they apply to learning.
  • Interested in learning and sharing how things work via experiments, demonstrations and other unique learning experiences.
  • Embraces and celebrates diversity and encourages others to learn and discover more about the world around them.
  • Enthusiastic about developing their own professional and academic skills.
  • Is at least 14 years old.


Currently Recruiting:

Village Explainer

Explainers are youth typically ages 15 to 20 who present information, activities, and learning opportunities in museum settings. A mainstay in science centers and museums for well over two decades, Explainers work directly with audiences, engaging the public through inquiry-based exploration activities. They add a new dimension of social interactivity to exhibit spaces while gaining knowledge, skills and confidence that enhance their prospects for continued academic and workforce success.

Village Explainers are responsible for facilitating activities at the museum on Saturdays during Discovery Saturdays from 1:00-2:00.


Become a resident volunteer at the Museum!


Education Programs Volunteer

Assist Village Educators with the facilitation of small activities and events held at the museum. Gilbert House Children’s Museum Family Programs occur 2-3 times a month year-round. They include but are not limited to Fall/Winter/Spring Break Classes, Scout Badge Days, Homeschool Hangout and other classes and workshops developed quarterly.


Visitor Experience Volunteer

Visitor Experience Volunteers assist the Visitor Experience Associate with daily responsibilities at the Museum. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: greeting and interacting with museum visitors, monitoring exhibits, cleaning and re-setting exhibits, preparing materials for enhanced exhibit use and assisting in museum rentals such as birthday parties.


Family Learning Facilitator

Family Learning Facilitators are experts on all exhibits at the Museum. They can identify learning outcomes of exhibits and facilitate activities to enrich the visitors experience within the exhibit. Volunteers are given the opportunity to learn and develop curriculum for activities facilitated within exhibits.


Facilities Maintenance Assistant

Will assist both the Facilities Director and the Facilities Assistant with routine maintenance on all museum exhibits, grounds and facilities. The Facilities Maintenance Assistant will assist in tasks for the museum’s daily operation. Necessary tasks include but are not limited to: exhibit preparation and maintenance, outdoor yard work, cobweb removal and general cleaning.


Court Appointed Community Service (CACS)

Gilbert House Children’s Museum is committed to support youth who have committed minor legal offenses. Applicants must be under the age of 18 and pass an initial screening process. Volunteers will be given a schedule that meets the needs of the museum and its staff. The Court Appointed Community Service volunteer program allows all new applicants to complete one (1) term of community service at Gilbert House Children’s Museum. Volunteers who have already completed one term of service at the Museum are not eligible to complete another term of Court Appointed Community Service.

Click here to download the application for Community Service: CACS Application

Volunteer Information Request

Use this form to submit your interest in volunteering to our Volunteer Coordinator.

For more information, please contact:
Megan McClure, Volunteer Coordinator
Gilbert House Children’s Museum
116 Marion St. NE
Salem, Oregon 97301-3437

Phone: 503-371-3631