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Our Volunteer Program

The Volunteer Program at the Jefferson County Historical Society is a vital part of our Museum operations. If you are interested in volunteering, please call 315-782-3491 or visit the Museum during normal hours. Thank you!

Standing Volunteer Opportunities

Desk Reception - Volunteers in this position answer telephones, greet museum visitors, make museum store sales, and answer patron questions.

Museum Docent - On call. Volunteers in this position guide school and group tours through the museum and answer patron questions.

House and Grounds Assistant - Volunteers assist the caretaker both indoors and out. Some typical tasks include gardening, mowing, winter shoveling, trimming hedges, painting, or general cleaning. Other more artistic tasks may be available. for advanced volunteers. /p>

Research Assistant - Volunteers in this position help research historical materials for the development of programs or exhibits.

Collections Assistant - Volunteers in this position assist the Collections Manager in accessioning, inventorying, documenting, curating, conserving and maintaining the permanent and educational collections at the museum. Volunteers may also assist in the development and construction of museum displays.

Standing Committees

There are also regular volunteer opportunities available through service on the following standing committees. To volunteer for any of these committees, please contact the Museum Director at (315) 782-3491 or email director"at"jeffersoncountyhistory.org

Finance and Development - is charged with recommending ways and means to the Society Board for underwriting its operations and future development; and for providing internal audit control over the Treasurer. This committee plans, organizes and executes fundraising events, plans funding campaign drives, conducts internal audits, and assists the director in compiling the annual operating budget. This committee also assists the director in annual and long-range development planning.

Program Committee - is charged with recommending policy to the Board for museum programming. The committee also assists the staff in planning, coordinating, and executing educational and public outreach programs.

Collections and Museum Committee - is charged with recommending policy for the care of collections and exhibits.  This committee assists the staff in planning, researching, and constructing exhibits, and with the conservation of collections.

Buildings and Grounds Committee - is charged with recommending policy to the Board concerning the maintenance and use of Society properties. This committee also assists the staff with maintenance chores (mowing, cleaning, trimming), seasonal clean-up, gardening, and light repairs.

Publications Committee - is charged with recommending policy to the Board for advancing our mission through publications. This committee produces the semi-annual Bulletin and recommends manuscripts to the Board for publication.

Membership Committee - is charged with recommending membership categories and policy to the Board. They assist the staff in the recruitment, retention and maintenance of membership.