Volunteer Opportunities

The Illinois State Museum is successful because of our great volunteers.  Each Illinois State Museum location has different opportunities and process for application. To see listings and application procedure for a specific location, please click the appropriate link on this page.      

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Volunteers make the work and programs at the Illinois State Museum possible.

Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum Facilitators
We are recruiting volunteers for the Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum, an exciting place where children ages 3-10 can learn -- through play -- about art, people, and nature. Friendly, energetic volunteers are needed to greet and interact with families and groups and keep the exhibit neat. Volunteers must be adults or teens 16 and up and able to work 2 shifts a month. Training is provided. Interested? Apply today! For more information contact Elizabeth Bazan at volunteer@illinoisstatemuseum.org or 217-558-6696.

Spring School Group Greeters
Spring is often a busy time at the Museum with increased visits from school groups. Friendly, outgoing volunteers are needed to help greet and direct classes on their visit. Greeters welcome classes as they arrive at the Museum, help establish guidelines, direct the groups within the Museum, and assist in answering questions. If you enjoy public speaking and working with children, this is the volunteer position for you. Volunteers must be adults and able to work for 3 hours per shift. Training will be provided in late February and early March.  For more information contact Elizabeth Bazan at volunteer@illinoisstatemuseum.org or 217-558-6696.

Summer Camp Volunteers
Energetic volunteers are needed to help with activities at the Illinois State Museum’s summer camp programs. Volunteers will assist staff with art, science, crafts, and games for children ages 4-14. Volunteers should enjoy working with children and be able to help for full (8:00 am-4:00 pm) or half days (8:00 am-Noon, Noon-4 pm) for at least one week of camp during the summer. Dates are June 10-14, June 20-21, June 24-28 (mornings only), and July 8-12. Volunteers should adults or teens at least 14 years old (16 to help with the June 20-21 camp). Training provided. For more information contact Elizabeth Bazan at volunteer@illinoisstatemuseum.org or 217-558-6696.

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