Volunteer Opportunities at the National Museum of Transportation
Throughout its existence, the National Museum of Transportation has depended on dedicated volunteers to enable it to host, inform, and entertain the tens of thousands of visitors who pass through its gates every year. Read below for opportunities available.
CONDUCTORS, ENGINEERS & DRIVERS – maintaining and operating the miniature train, fire truck, and other vehicles in the Museum’s ride program.
D.R.I.V.E. – Developing a Robust Interest in the Volunteer Experience – We’re looking for members of that “future generation’ to D.R.I.V.E. us forward. This program is for those civic-minded individuals between the ages of 16-24 looking for volunteer opportunities in restoration, renovation, landscaping, guests services, and education and technology.
TOUR GUIDES & DOCENTS – presenting tours to groups and individuals, sharing the fascinating history of the artifacts in the Museum’s collection.
PRESERVATION & RESTORATION – Many skills are needed to preserve and restore NMOT artifacts – carpenters, painters, roofers, electricians, sheet metal workers, welders, crane and other equipment operators, mechanical workers… ideal if you enjoy working with your hands in meeting the challenges of artifacts often many decades old.
LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS – working in the Museum’s library: cataloging, inventorying, preservation, and data entry.
GROUNDS MAINTENANCE – operating mowers and weed-eaters, removing trash, brick and asphalt work, and maintaining flower beds, shrubs, and trees.
GROUPS PROJECTS – Teams of volunteers perform track work, library cataloging, weeding, paint preparation and application, automobile washing and waxing, railcar cleaning… a great way to have fun and contribute to the world-class NMOT collection.
SPECIAL EVENTS – You can provide important assistance at the Museum’s various special events throughout the year.
TROLLEY OPERATORS – The National Museum of Transportation Trolley Volunteers will train you as an operator or conductor on streetcars operated on the Museum’s line.
VEHICLE DRIVERS – Bus, truck, and equipment drivers with Commercial Driver’s License and passenger endorsement are needed for our shuttle bus operation at special events.
INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING? – Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, we will require you to complete a consent form acknowledging the Museum’s Alcohol and Substance Abuse Policy regarding drugs and alcohol. Furthermore, upon acceptance as a volunteer, you must undergo drug and alcohol testing and a criminal background check (social security number is required). Once vetted through this process, you will join other volunteers who maintain the historical legacy that is the foundation of the National Museum of Transportation.