Volunteering at York County Heritage Trust
Can you imagine turning on an 1800's grist mill to the ooohs and ahhhs of a fourth grade class? Would you like to prepare and bake food in a colonial era detached kitchen? Does being surrounded by objects from the last three centuries and cataloging the details of those objects sound appealing to you? Would assisting patrons with genealogy research and sorting through pictures, documents, and newspapers from the past be your idea of fun? You can do this and more by volunteering with York County Heritage Trust.
Volunteers are central to York County Heritage Trust's mission. They serve as interpreters and stewards of our collections, archives, historic sites, and exhibits. Whether providing front-line visitor services or completing behind-the-scenes projects, our volunteers are vital in enhancing our visitors' experience.
The Trust's volunteer corps consists of students, stay-at-home parents, retirees, and other individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Individuals will be provided with on-the-job training in their chosen department, and we welcome those with an interest in working with different departments. Besides learning new skills, meeting new people, and preserving York County history, volunteers also receive free admission to all our museums, a 20% discount for all of the Trust museum shops, and invitations to special volunteer events.
From visitor services to docent tours, the York County Heritage Trust relies on volunteers to successfully run the Trust's diverse programs.
The following volunteer opportunities are available at the York County Heritage Trust:
The Development Office is seeking individuals interested in volunteering during the daytime hours to assist with a variety of administrative tasks, including stuffing envelopes, assembling information packets, copying, and assisting with special event preparations. We particularly need assistance entering data into our computer system. All training provided!
Volunteers who like hands-on projects will enjoy working behind the scenes as curatorial volunteers. Individuals have the opportunity to assist with the care and handling of artifacts in the Trust's collection as well as upcoming exhibits. Please contact the Curatorial Department
for more information.
The Education Department has a wide array of volunteer opportunities. Volunteers might conduct interpretive tours, facilitate programs for youth and adults, perform living history demonstrations, assist visitors, create interactive exhibits, research, and much more! Tours are held for all five of the Trust's sites, as well as the York murals, with the greatest current needs being at the Colonial Complex and the Agricultural and Industrial Museum. Volunteers are matched to sites and duties according to interest, background, and availability. Please contact the Education Department
for more information.
Volunteer library aids assist patrons by retrieving and refiling materials, making photocopies and answering questions. Volunteers also help with research, data entry, filing, cataloging, digitizing collections, as well as many other tasks. Please contact Amanda Eveler
, Assistant Director of the Library & Archives, about current volunteer opportunities.
Fill out our online volunteer application.
Also find out about our Internship Program.