Get involved at Gilbert House Children’s Museum!

Whether you love digging into gooey Oobleck, building fantastic forts, mending well-loved costumes, or spending time in the garden, volunteering is a great way to get involved at Gilbert House Children’s Museum, and to support our mission of inspiring children to learn through creative play.

Volunteer positions at Gilbert House Children’s Museum offer valuable hands-on experience through assisting in workshops and camps, facilitating weekly activities, and maintaining the facility and grounds.

Benefits of Volunteering at Gilbert House Children’s Museum include:

  • An opportunity to gain new skills.
  • Meaningful involvement in the Salem community.
  • Museum membership with 10% discount in the Gift Shop after volunteering 100 hours within a 12-month period.

Become a volunteer today!

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

Click here to download the Adult Volunteer Application.

Currently Recruiting:

Below is a list of current volunteer opportunities; if you have a special skill or interest not listed, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator to discuss special ways you can get involved.

DIY Club is a special program at Gilbert House Children’s Museum that occurs twice monthly, on Saturdays. DIY Club is dedicated to empowering children to create, learn and discover through do-it-yourself projects. This is a direct service position that requires a 30 hour (3-month) commitment.
Love science and kids? Discovery Saturday is a direct service, one hour/week volunteer position during which volunteers facilitate a science-based family learning activity (and end up learning a lot themselves)!
Encourage families to interact with exhibits in new and creative ways, getting the most out of their visit to Gilbert House Children’s Museum! This volunteer is an expert on how to have fun and create learning opportunities at the museum, and is not afraid to jump in and play right along with visitors. This is a direct service position that requires a 30 hour (3-month) commitment.
Camp Assistants are individuals (ages 14+) who are passionate about children, education and fun, and would like experience in a classroom and camp setting. Camp Assistants volunteer 20 hours/week for 1 to 7 weeks. This position is active July-August, but volunteers are accepted on a rolling basis.
Camp Counselors are individuals (ages 16+) who already have some experience in a classroom or camp setting, and work alongside Camp Educators to provide a safe, fun and dynamic camp experience for campers. Camp counselors volunteer 35 hours/week for 1 to 7 weeks. This position is active July-August, but volunteers are accepted on a rolling basis.
A great behind-the-scenes way to make a difference, this volunteer helps keep Gilbert House Children’s Museum in working order by assisting the Facilities staff in daily maintenance, landscaping, exhibit repairs, and special projects.
The Visitor Services Volunteer (VSV) works closely with Visitor Services staff to accommodate field trips, birthday parties and special events during our busiest seasons of the year: spring and summer. The VSV may also assist with the daily sanitation of exhibit props and toys. This position is partial direct service, and requires a 3 hours/week minimum.

Court Appointed Community Service (CACS)

Gilbert House Children’s Museum is committed to supporting youth who have committed minor legal offenses. Applicants must be between the ages of 14 and 18 and pass an initial screening process. 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

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