Volunteer Service Areas
The Oklahoma History Center provides a wide range of opportunities for the community that contributes to the growth and education of Oklahoma. One of these opportunities is the Volunteer Services Program. The VSP offers a variety of positions and responsibilities for people who want to contribute their spare time to educate the public and share the pride and history of Oklahoma.
Our service areas include:
- Visitor Services and Admissions
- Gallery Hosts
- Living History Docents
- OHC Museum Store Support
- Special Events Hosts
The Visitor Service and Admissions volunteer is often the first contact for visitors. Visitor Services volunteers should be able to talk with a variety of patrons, have a general knowledge of the OKC metro area, be patient and courteous under all types of circumstances, be able to answer endless questions, maintain a warm, helpful and friendly attitude.
The Gallery Host position helps visitors understand topics covered in the various galleries. Gallery Hosts should be able to physically navigate through the museum, talk with a variety of patrons, be patient and courteous, be able to answer endless questions, and maintain a warm and friendly attitude, while treating museum visitors as though they were guests in your home.
Docents provide in-depth programs or tours to scheduled visitors on a pre-selected topic. Programs and tours are provided for all ages. Docents may train for certain age groups and topic areas. Additional hours of training and preparation are required to achieve Docent designation. In addition, a proficiency test within the chosen subject area will be required. A sample tour must be given to staff for evaluation.
Living History Docents provide accurate historical information to visitors and scheduled groups through first and/or third person interpretation. Additional hours of training and preparation are required to achieve Docent designation. A proficiency test in the chosen subject area will be required. Those with a love of history and experience with public performance are encouraged to apply. Scheduling for this position is an on-call, as needed basis.
Volunteers in this area will assist the museum store staff with a variety of daily tasks that may include inventory, stocking merchandise, establishing displays, providing customer service, assisting customers, etc. Attention to detail and accuracy are important. Customer service skills or retail experience are a plus. On-the-job training will be provided. Volunteers are scheduled through the Museum Store Manager and the Volunteer Coordinator.
Special Event Hosts assist with a variety of duties for special events held at the museum including private parties, special openings, etc. On-the-job training will be provided. Some pre-event orientation or training may be required. Scheduling on an as needed basis.
Responsibilities vary with each event and could include coat check, gallery host, help set-up or teardown an event, act as security, etc.
Behind-the-Scenes Volunteers provide a variety of support services to the other areas of the museum; curatorial, research, etc. These volunteers are under the supervision of the department for which they are assigned. Their hours are clocked the same as general volunteers and they are subject to the same guidelines. On-the-job training will be provided. BTS Volunteers will arrange their work schedule through the Volunteer Coordinator and the department to which they are assigned.