Volunteer Opportunities

Help serve as a gateway for community engagement, education, and inspiration by preserving and sharing Central Florida’s continually unfolding story.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering. We would love to have you join us in our mission “to serve as the gateway for community engagement, education, and inspiration by preserving and sharing Central Florida’s continually unfolding story.”

The Orange County Regional History Center offers engaging volunteer opportunities as a museum ambassador, including school-tour guide (docent), events volunteer, or assistant for the exhibits or collections staffs. In addition, high school students may earn community-service hours by assisting our education programs. Internships are available for undergraduate and graduate students.

To join our volunteer team, please complete the application in the link below. You are encouraged to select all volunteer positions in which you may be interested.

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For more information, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Diane Masciale, at 407-836-8523 or Diane.Masciale@ocfl.net.

We are recruiting volunteers!

Fall 2022: Volunteer Information Open House

You are invited to meet with our volunteer coordinator to discuss current volunteer opportunities.

We offer engaging volunteer opportunities as a museum ambassador, including school-tour guide, events volunteer, or assistant for the exhibits or collections staffs. In addition, high school students may earn community-service hours by assisting our education programs. Internships are available for undergraduate and graduate students.

Attendees to the Volunteer Open House receive free admission to the museum and parking validation.

Please email Diane Masciale at Diane.Masciale@ocfl.net for further information and to RSVP.

School-Tour Guides at the History Center

Help us make history come alive!

School-tour guides are essential in helping the History Center realize its mission and engaging young learners with important lessons about the past. Guides engage students of all ages to share important lessons from our past to make a difference in our community!

Fall 2022 School-Tour Training Sessions

School-tour guides must complete all four training session and must commit to participating in two tours per month (weekly participation preferred).

  • Wednesday, September 14, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 21, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 28, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 5, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

For more information and to register, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Diane Masciale, at 407-836-8523 or e-mail her at Diane.Masciale@ocfl.net.

Benefits for active volunteers include:

  • An engaging, rewarding experience
  • Curator-led tours of exhibitions
  • Free parking validation during scheduled volunteer shifts
  • Complimentary virtual access to monthly Lunch & Learn programs
  • Monthly volunteer e-newsletter
  • After 50 hours of volunteer service: Complimentary individual volunteer membership
  • After 100 hours of volunteer service: Complimentary individual enhanced volunteer membership and eligibility for President’s Volunteer Service Award
  • Volunteer outings
  • Recognition during National Volunteer Appreciation Week each April
  • Annual Volunteer Appreciation event

*Final candidates must pass a background check and must live and be able to work in the United States.

School-Tour Guides

These volunteers lead groups of children and adults on a fun exploration through the museum’s galleries. History Center tours explore Florida’s natural environment, indigenous peoples, pioneers, the cattle and citrus industries, transportation, tourism, and African American history. Volunteers also facilitate mock courtroom trials, STEM challenges, and classroom workshops. Volunteer shifts for tour guides take place on Mondays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers commit to an average of one day per week for tours, preferably for a minimum of nine months.

Events

Event volunteers assist with youth and family programs, adult programs, and outreach events. Duties include setting up and breaking down equipment, managing supplies, providing instructions, and facilitating activities. Duties may also include serving as a lobby host during events to assist guests with directions and distribute literature or programs. Volunteers commit to one to two events per season.

No internship vacancies at this time.

Exhibitions

Exhibitions assistance may include creating and installing panels, scanning and enhancing images, research, writing, light construction and fabrication, digital programming, graphic design, and assisting the exhibitions team with overall project support. Volunteers commit to three to four shifts per month, for a period of nine months or until project is completed.

Collections

Under the guidance of the History Center’s collections manager, volunteer assistants help care for the Historical Society of Central Florida’s collections, handling all materials according to standard museum practices. Volunteers assist with processing materials, creating collection inventories, digitizing historical documents and photographs, and assisting with research requests. Volunteers commit to three to four shifts per month, for a period of nine months or until the project is completed.

High School Volunteers

Highschool volunteer positions are full for the summer. Please check back next year.