Volunteer

If you enjoy our special events, want to make new friends, be involved in the local community, appreciate working with your hands or whatever your interests are, we can find a spot for you to make a difference. We are always seeking enthusiastic volunteers!

What our Volunteers Say About Volunteering Here:
 “Each event gives me more wonderful memories: The 3 generations,  from ages 2 to 92 posing for a photo for us; The family having their picnic lunch overlooking the pond; Watching those toddlers grow as they return year after year to experience our history; A bride being delivered to her wedding on the front lawn via a Stanley, and the entire wedding party riding the train; The camaraderie among the volunteers. Then there is the photo I got of 4 generations of MY family (2 months to 89 years) riding the train. These are just some of the many examples of why it is a true joy to be a volunteer at Auburn Heights. I could go on!” – Jeff Morrison


Volunteer Roles

The first step is to fill out our Volunteer Application. A staff member will then be in contact with you to set up a brief interview and chat about volunteer opportunities that fit best for you and our site. You can also give us a call at (302) 239-2385 or email education@auburnheights.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Event Volunteer: Steamin’ Days occur the first Sunday of every month from June to November (plus a few holidays and special events throughout the year). All tasks require a fair amount of standing (on hard surfaces), with most “shifts” lasting 2 or 3 hours.
  • Tour Guide: Share the history of the museum and/or mansion with visitors who book private tours. No prior experience is needed, just a love of history. Tour bookings are generally during the workday, with occasional weekend reservations.
  • Steam Team:
    • A.V.R.R. (Auburn Valley Railroad) Train Crew: Because the A.V.R.R. team works directly with our historic collections, Friends of Auburn Heights membership is required for this role. Work can be strenuous (but rewarding), and training will be provided. Most track work and trainings take place on select weekday and weekend mornings, with some routine maintenance occurring at the Tuesday evening work session, 7-9 pm).
    • Mechanical Volunteer (Historic Automobiles): Because mechanical volunteers work directly with our prized collections (the cars), Friends of Auburn Heights membership is required for this volunteer role. Work can be strenuous (but rewarding), and training will be provided. Most work sessions take place during the week on Tuesdays (7 – 9 pm) and Wednesdays (1 – 4 pm).
  • Children’s Program Assistant: Groups of children visit the Marshall Steam Museum for field trips spring through late fall, with the heaviest visitation during the summer months. Children’s activities are offered at Steamin’ Days and other special events.  Children’s Program Assistants help with crafts and other activities to engage our youngest visitors.
  • Electric Trains Operators: The vintage Lionel trains in the museum are carefully maintained and operated by our dedicated team, who are happy for additional help. Maintenance takes place during the Tuesday night work sessions, 7-9 pm), with train operation on our public event dates. Because this role also involves direct contact with our historic collections, membership in the Friends of Auburn Heights is required.

Can’t see yourself in these roles? Don’t worry! We’re happy to consider other ways we can work together. Email us to start a conversation.


 

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