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Volunteer Opportunities

With a Museum, Library, Archives, extensive Collections and Five Historic House Museums, we use volunteers in a great variety of roles and recruit new volunteers on a continuous basis. There are many volunteer opportunities available to suit both your interests and your skill level.

Here is a sampling:

Open-hearth cooking program Guide at the Covenhoven House for school groups and organizations: Guides present the history of the home and compare a modern kitchen to the 1753 kitchen. Guides can learn how to cook using the open-hearth, or can assist while others do the cooking. Programs are held year-around, generally on weekday mornings or afternoons. 

Museum Docent: Docents staff our reception desk to greet visitors and offer guided tours of the galleries. Volunteers work in 3-hour shifts: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm or 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Tuesday-Saturday. This position includes handling admissions and giving guided tours of the galleries. 

Library/Archives Volunteer: Volunteers in the Library and Archives choose from a variety of projects. These range from  simple duties such as preservation photocopying and filing, to more in-depth projects such as manuscript processing. Retired librarians, certified genealogists, and M.L.I.S. students are encouraged to apply.

Educator: Volunteers present educational "trunk programs" at schools and community organizations and present educational programs at the Museum and Historic House Museums. Extensive training is provided. Those with strong knowledge of New jersey History and classroom experience are encouraged to apply.

Historic House Museum Docent: Docents staff Historic House Museums, greet visitors and provide guided tours while dressed in period clothing. Extensive training and support are provided. The House Museums are open seasonally May - September. Friday, Saturday and Sunday 1pm to 4pm.

Special Event Volunteers: Designed for the volunteer who just likes to come out once or twice a year, these positions include help with events such as Wool Days, Weekend in Old Monmouth, King George's Birthday, Open Hearth-Open House, and Lantern Tours. Training is provided as well as period clothing.

Bilingual Volunteers: We serve a diverse popluation and have a special need for volunteers who can deliver programs for visitors who do not speak English. At this time, we are looking for volunteers who can comfortably speak Spanish.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How much time do I have to commit to the organization?

That all depends upon the opportunity you select. For example, if you train as an open-hearth cook you may volunteer five or six times per year and most of it in the spring when school tours are at their busiest. If you volunteer to meet and greet guests at the Museum you may come as often as once per week for three hours per day or as little as twice per month. If you decide you only want to participate in special programming you might only volunteer twice a year. We know you have your own life to manage so we ask that you commit at least once per month. We are very flexible and are always willing to work with your schedule.

What if I don’t know anything about history? Can I still volunteer?

Yes! We are always looking for individuals with a variety of skills. A friendly warm personality is just as important as anything else. Training is provided for all programs, exhibits and positions before and during your volunteer time with us. We will also work with you to match your skills with our open positions.

What’s in it for me?

By volunteering you are giving a gift of your time, your effort and your commitment to Monmouth County Historical Association. As part of MCHA's volunteer staff you will have the opportunity to present and educate visitors to the history of our area. With ongoing training and support you will learn about a diverse number of subjects. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to meet interesting people from all parts of the nation and other like-minded individuals. Volunteers are honored each year with a luncheon and a trip to an historical site. Volunteer hours also look very impressive on a resume for students and allow you to gain valuable experience.

Why do you need my help?

We operate with a very small staff and a tight budget. Without our volunteers much of what we do would be impossible to achieve. Your gift of time to us allows the organization to grow and expand our mission into the community that would not be possible without our volunteers. 

How can I apply?

Please fill out our volunteer application here and mail it to pgithens@monmouthhistory.org 

How can I get more information?

Call us at 732-462-1466 and ask to talk with us about volunteer opportunities.


Updated 25 November 2015

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This website was funded by the Marion Huber Trust

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Monmouth County Historical Association received a general operating grant from the the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.
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