Dress up in period costumes, give tours on local history, delve into our archival collections, or learn how to geo-rectify maps from the 19th century!
Whether you're a student, historian, archivist, or just a local with a passion for history we have volunteer positions to fit every schedule and interest!
We offer both VIRTUAL and IN-PERSON volunteer opportunities.
Details on each position can be found below.
DOCENTS - EXHIBIT HALL
We are always looking for volunteer docents to greet the public and share knowledge with visitors in the Exhibit Hall. No previous experience or familiarity with local history necessary.
The opportunity is flexible; docents can specialize in one topic or a particular exhibit, give weekly tours, or volunteer only during the semester or summer if they live elsewhere for part of the year. Volunteer shifts can range from 2-10 hours per week, and are organized in coordination with docents availability and personal needs.
Contact email@example.com with interest or questions.
Serving as a docent is eligible for community service/service-learning hours, Federal Work-Study employment, and college internship credits. We have had docents ages 15 to 70+, with all levels of education and sorts of interests. No prior experience in museums or history is needed! We offer ongoing, optional trainings on topics and skills of interest to docents.
**Please use the application link below also for the Assistant to The History Center internship position.**
VOLUNTEER WITH HistoryForge
INTERNSHIPS/STUDENT WORKER PROJECTS
**SUMMER POSITIONS ARE FULL - Applications for fall positions will open in August**
All our volunteer opportunities can qualify as internship and/or course credits. Contact the staff member in charge of the volunteer program you're interested in to communicate about expectations and course requirements. If you're interested in volunteering in an area not listed here, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org to share some of your interests and we can work with you to develop a project tailored to your skills and interests. There is no age or prior experience requirement for internships with The History Center in Tompkins County.
The following campuses and community organizations may have funding opportunities available to compensate internships and/or research projects. We encourage student workers to pursue alternate funding sources to support their projects and time with The History Center.
We also qualify for Federal Work Study placements for Cornell University and the Ithaca College (Off-Campus Community Work program).
TRANSCRIBE ORAL HISTORIES
Do you love to listen to stories? Help us transcribe our recorded Oral Histories of Tompkins County interviews to add to our archival audio collections.
We are currently unable to train new volunteers on how to do oral history transcriptions, and can only accept volunteers for this project with previous audio transcription experience. Volunteers can work remotely for transcription work. This opportunity can also become an internship or independent project. Learn more about our Oral History collections here.If you are interested in working with our Oral History collections, please contact email@example.com.
SCHOOL MARMS & MASTERS - EIGHT SQUARE SCHOOLHOUSE
Take some local history, a landmark building, a flair for the dramatic and a roomful of kids. Mix well and you will have an unforgettable trip to the past. The History Center is looking for teachers at our 1827 Eight Square Schoolhouse on Hanshaw Road in Dryden. In the spring and fall, area fourth grade and home school children spend a day immersed in rural one-room school education of over a century ago via our Living History program.
If you are interested in becoming part of our unique teaching team, please contact (607) 273-8284 or firstname.lastname@example.org.