A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village volunteers include senior citizens, retired professionals, service organizations, business partnerships, and youth community service organizations through the schools. Volunteer opportunities can include clerical work, gardening, assisting in classes or workshops, daily museum maintenance, and preparing outreach class supplies.

As a Volunteer

  • You are the most important person to our visitors.
  • You share your knowledge about the museum and the exhibits.
  • You help keep the museum inviting and tidy.
  • You make the classes and activities fun and exciting.

While you’re here — you’re representing us. We want to do all we can to ensure that you are a happy and successful volunteer. So ask questions, make suggestions, and above all — have fun!

Download Volunteer Applications at the links below:

Youth Volunteer Application
Adult Volunteer Application
CACS Volunteer Application

Volunteer Positions:

On-call Volunteer

Will volunteer on an as needed basis including but not limited to A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village Special Events, Family Programs, Community Outreach Events, facilities maintenance. Responsibilities for on-call volunteers include but are not limited to: attending on-site or off-site event, materials preparation, facilitation of activities, set-up/take-down of activity space or booth, painting, cleaning, or cob-web removal.

Education Programs Volunteer

Assist Village Educators with the facilitation of small activities and events held at the museum. A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village Family Programs occur 2-3 times a month year-round. They include but are not limited to Preschool First Thursday, Schools out Science Is In, Fall/Winter/Spring Break Classes, Scout Badge Days, Homeschool Hangout and other classes and workshops developed quarterly.

Community Outreach Volunteer

Community Outreach Volunteers are volunteers who represent A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village in the community at fairs, community events and festivals. They are experts on the history and current offerings at A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village. Assist with the planning and facilitation of community outreach booths for A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: coordinating with the volunteer coordinator to become informed on event dates, location of event, event contact, booth location on site, volunteer schedule, event schedule, gathering supplies needed for booth success, identify or develop appropriate activity for visitor engagement, facilitate programs and activities during event, booth set-up/take-down on site, pick up and return of all materials to A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village.

Visitor Experience Volunteer

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, assisting in museum rentals such as birthday parties.

Family Learning Facilitator

Family Learning Facilitators are volunteers who enrich the experience of families and children within the museum and exhibits.

Special Events Volunteer

Responsibilities for large events include but are not limited to: attending planning meetings, contacting potential community partners, planning activities, materials preparation, facilitation of activities, set-up/take-down of activity space, assistance with guiding and mentoring assigned volunteers.

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.

Capacity: Staff will recruit an initial group consisting of 4-5 Explainers. An additional 4-5 students will be recruited annually, with an anticipated maximum capacity of 20 Explainers.

Collections Volunteer

Will catalogue, tag, store all collections related to A.C. Gilbert’s legacy as well as primary resources used for educational purposes.

 

Photograph, describe and catalog primary resources including cultural artifacts, natural history materials, ethnographic materials, historical artifacts. Enter data into a digital collections management system. Use appropriate object handling practices when working with collections.

Facilities: Thursday Opening Assistant

Will assist both the Facilities Director and the Facilities Assistant with routine maintenance on all museum exhibits, grounds and facilities.

 

The Facilities Thursday Opening Assistant will assist in preparation for the museum’s daily operation. Necessary tasks include but are not limited to: exhibit preparation and maintenance, outdoor yard work, cobweb removal, vacuum, clean restrooms, rake, dust, mop, wash windows, other general cleaning tasks as assigned.

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, general     cleaning.

Summer Day Camp Counselor Internship

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: supervising campers during before/after care hours (8:00-9:00AM/4:00-5:00PM), breaks and lunches (12:00-1:00PM), assist the teacher with set-up/take-down of classroom or activities, connect with or assist campers during activities and free times, oversee Summer Day Camp Assistant volunteers.

Time Required:    Monday – Friday 8:00-5:00

Summer Day Camp Assistant

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: assisting both Summer Camp Counselor Interns and Village Teachers with supervising campers, activity facilitation and set-up/take-down of classroom or activities, connect with or assist campers during activities and free times.

Time Required: Monday – Friday 8:00-1:00, 12:00-5:00 OR 8:00-5:00


Please remember that volunteer placement is a selective process and not all applicants may be accepted into the program. The Museum reserves the right to place volunteers in the area staff feels is best suited to the applicant’s skills and the needs of the Museum.

For more information, please contact:
Jessi Stevens, Volunteer and Family Programs Coordinator
A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village
116 Marion St. NE
Salem, Oregon 97301-3437

Phone: 503-371-3631
Email: volunteers@acgilbert.org