Volunteer Opportunities

“Everybody can be great because anybody can serve.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lend your time and talents to help preserve, exhibit, and teach Iowa’s African American heritage.

As a volunteer, you’re an integral part of our team. We’ll help you find an opportunity that fits your availability, talents and interests. Review current opportunities and apply to become a volunteer.

Ongoing Opportunities

Front Desk Attendant

Welcome patrons to the museum, take admission, and answer visitor questions. Training is provided by museum staff. Flexible schedule. Available hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Qualifications:
Friendly demeanor
Interested in Iowa’s black history
Familiar with the AAMI’s exhibits and events

Learning Safari Volunteer

Assist the education staff with monthly preschool programs at the Marion and Hiawatha libraries, as well as with Learning Safaris at other times and locations. Volunteer are responsible for writing supplies lists, prepping materials, and providing hands-on assistance the during the program. Anticipated time: 3 to 5 hours a week

Oral History Transcriptions

The AAMI’s collection contains dozens of oral histories that preserve first-hand accounts of African American life in Iowa. Help document this history by creating written transcriptions of these interviews. Training is provided by curatorial staff. Flexible schedule. Available hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Qualifications:
Attention to detail
Proficiency with Microsoft Word and typing

Administrative

Assist museum staff with data entry, inventory, mailings, and general office tasks. Training are provided by museum staff. Flexible schedule. Available hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Qualifications:
Attention to detail
Proficiency with Microsoft Word and typing

Docent

Assist with leading groups through the Endless Possibilities exhibit and presenting workshops and presentations for school groups. Tours are scheduled through the education department at least seven days in advance and last for 45 minutes to an hour. Tour scripts and training are provided by the education staff. Volunteers must have an energetic, engaging personality and be comfortable speaking to audiences of all ages. Anticipated time: variable

One-Time Opportunities

Gala Volunteer

Serving on a planning committee during, sell raffle tickets, register guests, or choose another opportunity. Learn more about the History Makers Gala.

Journey to Freedom Volunteer

Assist with planning and supplies, leading groups, taking pictures, and collecting evaluations. Preparation and program will take place both indoors and outside. Anticipated time: 5 to 10 hours a week for 4 to 8 weeks in August and September; 20 hours the week and weekend of the event in September. Learn more about Journey to Freedom.