Volunteer Opportunities

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The Renton History Museum relies on volunteers to fulfill its mission to preserve, document, interpret, and educate the general public about the history of the greater Renton area.

The museum welcomes volunteers who want to contribute skills and talents by leading tours, greeting Saturday visitors, or helping with special projects.

The volunteer brochure contains more information. Interested parties can submit a completed volunteer application to the public engagement coordinator.

Docents

Docents provide tours to the public, school groups, and other organizations that schedule visits to the museum. Tours are scheduled upon request and will usually take place during regular museum hours.

Image of a docent presenting to children and their families

Docents must be enthusiastic public speakers with a working knowledge of all museum exhibits. Docents can work with visitors of all ages, so an ability to customize material to different age groups is required.

 

Docents are expected to commit to at least a year of service. Because tours are only given on request, this position does not have a regular schedule. Extra training hours beyond the position orientation are required for Docents to master the subject matter of the museum’s exhibits. 

 

Greeters

Greeters serve as front desk ambassadors for the museum on Saturdays. Greeters work in pairs in three-hour shifts from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 to 4 p.m. Greeters open the museum, welcome visitors, collect admissions, sell gift shop items, provide information, and close the museum.

2 Greeters and 2 visitors in the Museum lobbyGreeters must have excellent people skills and be able to conduct financial transactions accurately. Greeters are expected to volunteer at least once a month and to commit to at least six months of service.

The museum currently needs greeters as the museum is open every Saturday. This is a great position for someone looking for a regular commitment or needing to fulfill community service hours in a set amount of time.

 

Oral History Team

Image of Oral History team getting trained by power point presentationOral history volunteers work independently outside the museum building to interview influential Renton citizens and collect their stories for the museum’s archive.

Museum staff select candidates to be interviewed and pass along contact information and basic biographical info to the oral history team. Volunteers develop appropriate questions, arrange and conduct interviews with the candidates at a time and place that works best for both parties.

 

RenTeens

Residents between the ages of 13 and 18, are invited to make the Renton History Museum a place to hang out as member of RenTeens.

An interest in history is not required; but applicants must be creative and have a desire to be heard in the community.

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