Volunteer Opportunities

There are many opportunities for volunteers at the Museum in Lafayette. We are also building a volunteer corps for our Yamhill Valley Heritage Center in McMinnville! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please click here: Volunteer Application and mail the completed application to: Volunteer Coordinator, Yamhill County Historical Society, PO Box 484, Lafayette, OR 97127, or email it to volunteercoordinator@yamhillcountyhistory.org. If you have questions, please call 503.864.2308!

The following list provides a description of many of the areas available for volunteering:

  1. Administration: (data entry, correspondence, filing, etc.)  
  2. Artifacts Accessioning and Cataloging: (document, accession and catalog artifact donations. These duties require extraordinary attention to detail and the ability to see a full range of colors.
  3. Artifacts Preservation and Storage: (Must have a strong preservation ethic.)
  4. Docent: (Greet the public, protect the exhibits, and provide security in the Museum.)
  5. Education Programs: (Covered Wagon Program and curriculum development.)
  6. Events: (Some evening and weekend work, may involve lifting during set up and take down of chairs tables, etc. Duties can be performed in conjunction with serving as a Docent.)
  7. Exhibits: (Help research, design, and install exhibits and displays at both Museum sites.)
  8. Library / Archive / Research: (Assist patrons with research questions, filing and special research projects for exhibits work.
  9. Maintenance: (Keep the displays and exhibits in the Museum clean and in good repair, assist with after event clean up and other duties relating to the upkeep of the Museum.)
  10. Marketing: (Photography, brochure work, website development, writing articles for the Westside newsletter, promotional material for special events, and public speaking duties.)
  11. Membership Promotion: (Promote and encourage membership with YCHS.)
  12. Restoration: (Requires special technical knowledge to work on agriculture and other equipment belonging to the Society’s Permanent Collection. This program will commence upon completion of Phase I of the new Museum Complex, which will include a shop devoted to restoration and maintenance of agriculture and other Museum-related equipment.)
  13. Retail Sales: (Assist with sales in our future store, and sales of current Society publications.)
  14. Training: (Train others in areas that could benefit the Society and Museum. Please note your talent below and indicate your willingness to serve as a trainer! )

Additional opportunities:

Board of Directors: (The Society seeks to always have a pool of potential candidates from which to choose new directors. We will keep your contact information in a file for that purpose.)

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please click here: Volunteer Application. Mail the completed application to: Volunteer Coordinator, Yamhill County Historical Society, PO Box 484, Lafayette, OR 97127, or email it to volunteercoordinator@yamhillcountyhistory.org.

If you have questions, please call 503.864.2308!

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