We have several volunteering opportunities in the following areas:
Volunteers are essential to keeping the gardens and grounds in good condition for visitors to enjoy. Volunteers are also needed for the restoration of the historic hillside gardens.
These gardens are planted and maintained under the direction of the Olmsted County Master Gardeners as an important addition to our education department.
This department is responsible for the repair and maintenance of our entire property and buildings. A volunteer can receive hands-on experience in several vocational areas such as electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, carpentry, masonry and gardening.
HCOC offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for students who want to earn Student Service Learning hours in a unique environment. Students may do historical research, meet the public, work with history professionals, give tours, and more.
The History Center’s sites house substantial numbers of artifacts, documents, photographs, films and negatives. Every effort is made to document and protect these unique collections using the best in collection care standards. The History Center seeks interns to assist with digitization projects, collection processing projects, exhibit development, program development, and museum administration.
Students studying history, museum or archives management, material culture, historic preservation, education or related fields, will find the experience of interning with the History Center beneficial. Internship relationships prove to be beneficial for both the students and the History Center. Interns have the opportunity to complete significant projects, and receive valuable professional experience working with the History Center staff and volunteers.
At this time, The History Center of Olmsted County does not offer paid internships. Work schedules are generally flexible to accommodate students’ needs.