If you are interested in volunteering with the Washington State Historical Society, please complete a Volunteer Application (see below) and return it to Susan Hesselgrave, Volunteer Coordinator, at

Summer Marketing and Communications Internship Opportunity

Available to currently enrolled college students. Download details here.

Summer Youth Docent Program

Available to students entering grades 8 - 11 in fall 2017. Have a blast in the past this summer! Get an insiders view into museum operaitons; learn from museum professionals, interact with visitors, and more. Get all the details here.


Benefits of Volunteering

  • Free admission to the Washington State History Museum
  • Complimentary parking while volunteering
  • Meet visitors from around the world
  • Work with others who share your interest in Washington State History
  • Notification of new exhibits and public programs
  • Continuing education opportunities
  • Visits to other museums and historical sites
  • Opportunity to help at WSHS special events and celebrations
  • Annual Volunteer Appreciation Potluck
  • National Volunteer Appreciation Week with reciprocal free admission to other Puget Sound area museums

In Return, We Ask...

  • For a minimum volunteer commitment of one year with a minimum of 100 hours of service annually
  • Completion of required training
  • That all WSHS policies and procedures are observed

What Can WSHS Volunteers Do?

Gallery Interpreter (GI): Assists visitors in the galleries on the third and fifth floors. This requires additional training with each new exhibit. This position is available during normal public hours. Works closely with Information Specialists and frequently shares responsibilities.

History Lab Assistant (HLA): Assists with the facilitation of History Lab during school programs and general public hours.

Information Specialist (IS): Provides visitors with information at the third floor information desk as they enter the Great Hall, and on the fifth floor as they enter the galleries for temporary exhibits, the Model Railroad, and History Lab. This position is available during normal public hours. Works closely with Gallery Interpreters and frequently shares responsibilities.

On-Call Volunteers: Assists at WSHM events such as the In the Spirit Festival and a variety of family programs. This position is available during normal public hours and for extended hours for special events.

School Programs Assistant (SPA): Works with school groups when they come to WSHM for field trips. Greets the students upon arrival, collects lunches and coats, and helps with other logistics as necessary. This position is available select weekday mornings during the school year.

Research Center Volunteer: Helps at the Research Center, which houses the Historical Society's collections. This can include cataloguing, photography, sewing, scanning, and filing. Special skills required. Openings are limited.

Department Intern: Works within a specific department relevant to educational background and job skills to assist in a variety of projects. For example, a marketing & communications intern would develop social media strategies, design promotional pieces and participate in other marketing tasks. Openings are limited.  Internship opportunities are posted here when available.

To Apply

Complete the Volunteer Application and email it to Susan Hesselgrave at or fax it to her attention at 253-272-9518.

Download and print the Volunteer Application here.