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Jobs and volunteering

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Job Vacancies

Docent and Volunteer Program

VHS volunteers have the opportunity to gain exposure in the workings of a museum and contribute valuable visitor services to our guests.

Qualified volunteers should possess a flexible attitude for dealing effectively with the public, proficiency with computers, and an understanding that reliability is critical.

Volunteer positions are open to all individuals who meet the qualifications outlined below, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or disability. The Virginia Historical Society does not accept court-mandated volunteers.

Volunteer Positions Available

Information/Ticket Desk

Volunteers greet and welcome visitors, sell special exhibition tickets, answer questions, and direct visitors to galleries and exhibits. Volunteers should be knowledgeable about current and upcoming exhibitions, programs, and events in the building.

Shifts are available daily from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The ideal candidates will be able to commit to a monthly schedule of at least 1 shift per week.

Museum Store

Volunteers provide friendly customer service and assist in daily sales transactions. Volunteers help with unpacking and tagging merchandise, and operate the point of sale system and telephone. Retail volunteers will gain knowledge of inventory and back stock, and help manage the sales floor at the museum store.

Shifts are available daily from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The ideal candidates will be able to commit to a monthly schedule of at least 1 shift per week.

Are you interested in volunteering at the Virginia Historical Society?

Internship Program

Are you looking for an internship position? Whether you are interested in museum collections, public relations, or education, the Virginia Historical Society is a great place to learn about the different skills necessary to work in a museum. All interns must be at least eighteen years old.  Intenship applications require a cover letter and resume. In order to qualify for a PAID internship you must be enrolled in undergraduate or graduate school.

Internships

Guest Engagement Division

Please fill out the internship application form and submit any additional paperwork required by the job posting.

Bobby Chandler Internship

The Bobby Chandler Internship program is generously supported by the Kip Kephart Foundation. Bobby Chandler Interns are responsible for leading tours of the VHS long-term exhibition, The Story of Virginia, conducting hands-on workshops for students in the Bluford Classroom and assisting the Educational Services staff with programs for audiences of all ages.

The internship spans two semesters: the fall semester of the internship is unpaid but carries academic credit; during the spring semester a $1,000 stipend is paid out on an hourly basis. Participants must commit to both semesters to be considered for the internship, and they must be available during weekday mornings in the spring. Applicants must be over eighteen, actively enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college or university, and have access to reliable transportation to the VHS. Applicants with knowledge in liberal arts and education are strongly encouraged to apply. The applicant will be required to undergo a background check.

John T. Wilkes Internship

The purpose of the John T. Wilkes internship is to give a student of history a meaningful work experience in a museum setting. The internship will expose the student to various aspects of historical research and interpretation and allow him or her to interact with the society’s varied constituencies. The opportunity brings with it an introduction to best practices in the field of public history and museum education. The application deadline for this internship has passed.

Dana Fariss

Dana Fariss, Manager of Volunteer Support

Are you interested in learning about internship or volunteer opportunities at the VHS? Please contact me at 804.342.9643 or at dana@vahistorical.org and I will help you find a position that matches your interests.

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