THE DOAK HOUSE MUSEUM

Volunteer Opportunities for Students

DOCENT

Tasks Include leading tours of the Doak House Museum on Saturdays May – August. Must learn tour script, be able to walk or stand for extended periods, learn cash register and credit card machine in gift shop, and take responsibility for opening and closing the museum. Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. one or more Saturdays per month May through August. Must be mature, responsible, reliable, trustworthy, pleasant, and willing to speak to groups of people. Attendance at volunteer training session required

EDUCATOR

Tasks include teaching short historical lessons to school-age children in small groups, leading groups in craft activities, storytelling, and leading children in 19th century games. Must be willing to work with children from ages 5 to 18. Prior experience teaching in a school or other setting desirable, but not required. Must be comfortable speaking  in front of groups, able to walk or stand for extended periods. Schedule varies but general availability mornings M-F, August to May is required. Attendance at volunteer training session required. Must be willing to submit to a background check and supply references.

SUMMER CAMP HELPER

Tasks include assisting teaching short historical lessons to school-age children in small groups, leading groups in craft activities, storytelling, leading children in 19th century games, preparing snacks, supervising children at lunch and before and after camp. Must be willing to work with children from ages 6 to 18. Prior experience teaching in a school or other setting desirable, but not required. Must be comfortable speaking in front of groups, able to walk or stand for extended periods. 2011 Camp dates are May 23-27, June 13-17 and June 27-July 1. Attendance at volunteer training session required. Must be at least 16 years old, willing to submit to a background check and supply references.

GENERAL MAINTEANCE & GROUNDSKEEPING

Tasks include caring for 5 acre site with historic structure, reproduction buildings, and diverse plant life (no mowing responsibility). Desirable skills; handyman ability, plant care, woodworking, painting, familiarity with hand tools, power tools, and yard machines. Extremely flexible schedule. Must be able to walk, stand, bend and lift up to 50 lbs.

GARDENER

Tasks include caring for medium-sized garden patch and herb beds through planting, weeding, pest control, harvesting, and maintaining attractive appearance. Desirable skills; experience farming, gardening, and caring for diverse plant life. Must have ability to work with hand and power tools, be able to walk, bend, kneel, stand, and lift up to 50 lbs. Must be able to tend to garden once per week May-September. Attendance at volunteer training session required.

GENERAL CLERICAL/OFFICE

Tasks include filing, copying, cataloging, faxing, word processing, answering phones, scheduling, light housekeeping, and program preparation. Must be proficient with multi-line phones, Microsoft office, able to learn office machines such as copier/fax, and possess good communication skills. Flexible weekday schedule. Must be able to walk up stairs and lift up to 20 lbs. Attendance at volunteer training session required.