If you are interested in volunteering at the State History Museum, the Museum Store, State Capital Museum or the Research Center, please contact Susan Hesselgrave, Volunteer Coordinator, at or 253-798-5874.

Available Positions and Shifts

History Museum: 

  • Information Specialists give our visitors a brief orientation and answer questions to ensure our guests have a rich and rewarding experience at the museum. Training and mentoring provided.
  • Available shifts: AM (9:45 – 1:15) and PM (1:00 – 5:00) shifts open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and PM shift on Friday. 

Research Center: Check back for new opportunities.

Special Events: Dates and times vary from event to event.

Internships: Shifts vary based on the supervisor and project.

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 one four-hour shift per week
  • Completion of six continuing education credits per year
  • Advance notification when unable to fulfill a scheduled shift
  • A willingness to reciprocate with fellow volunteers to cover shifts
  • That all policies are followed and procedures 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, answers questions, helps with other logistics as necessary, and assists with the orientation. This position is available Wednesday through Friday 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, polishing, and filing.

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. If interested, inquire about an internship.

To Apply

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

Click here for the Volunteer Application