volunteers assist with a variety of tasks including:
• Cleaning Museum exhibits and Public Spaces
• Basic maintenance (tasks can include spot cleaning carpets, painting walls, washing windows, or changing light bulbs)
• Cataloging the Museum’s Artifact Collection
• Helping Archive the Museum’s Various Collections (volunteers must be willing to learn appropriate artifact handling and maintenance in order to assist with archival projects).
• Assisting the Museum’s staff with cleaning and maintaining the Collections Area
All volunteers, age 14 and older, are invited to help on the Volunteer Work Days. The Volunteer Work Days are a great way to start your volunteering experience with the Museum.
Guest Services Volunteers
Volunteers are an integral part of each visitor’s Museum experience. During Public Tour hours volunteers staff the Museum Gift Shop, Lobby Reception Area, and provide docent lead tours of the HPMIA site.
Greeters – During Public hours Greeters welcome Museum visitors and provide them with a basic introduction to the Museum and its exhibits. They assist with Museum Gift Shop sales and assist docents with documenting the number of visitors who have taken either a docent lead or self-guided tour and in gathering visitor feedback. Greeters are asked to make a minimum one-year volunteer commitment. Each greeter is also asked to volunteer a minimum of 8 hours each month, during peak season.
Docents – During Public hours Docents conduct tours of the HPMIA site and introduce visitors to the Museum Center’s exhibits. Docents may also be called upon to assist the Museum in staffing Special Events that include tours of the Museum’s site. Docents are asked to make a minimum one-year volunteer commitment. Each docent is also asked to volunteer a minimum of 8 hours each month, during peak season.
Special Events Volunteers
A couple of Special Events occur at the HPMIA during peak season. These events are Homesteader Days (2nd weekend in July) and the Threshing Bee (3rd weekend in August). Volunteers are a key part of the success of these events. During these events, Volunteers may be recruited to assist with the following tasks:
• Guest Registration
• Monitoring Reception Access
• Membership Sales • Still Photography
• Museum Store Sales
• Site tours
Artifact Cataloging – On the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, of each month during the off-season, volunteers assist the Museum’s staff with documenting the Museum’s collections. Volunteers can sign-up for afternoon shifts that are 2 hours in length. Volunteers must be willing to take the Museum’s Artifact Handling Training. Volunteers are also asked to make a six-month volunteer commitment.
Artifact Photo Editing – Volunteers assisting with the Artifact Photo Editing Project assist the Museum’s staff in preparing artifact photographs for inclusion in the artifact database and for posting on the Museum’s website. Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop is helpful but not necessary. Artifact Photo Editing Work Parties occur each 1st and 4th Monday afternoon from 1pm to 3pm, during the off-season. No previous training required.
Archival Volunteers – Each Friday morning from 10 to 12 pm volunteers who have completed the Archival Training assist the Museum’s staff in documenting and preserving the Museum’s Collections. Archival volunteers must be detail-oriented. Library, museum, or historical research experience is helpful. Volunteers interested in becoming an archival volunteer are asked to make a
minimum six-month commitment.
Other Collections Volunteer Opportunities – Volunteer opportunities associated with the Museum’s Image Archive, Software Collection, and Restoration Projects occur on an as-needed basis.
Administrative/Professional Volunteer Opportunities
On an on-going basis, volunteer opportunities within the Museum’s Development, Marketing and Communications, Information Technology, Facilities, and Administrative functions become available.
How to Become a Volunteer
To become a Huntley Project Museum of Irrigated Agriculture Volunteer, please call 406.348.2533 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org . Our mailing address is: P.O. Box 353, Huntley, MT 59037 and express your interest in volunteering with the Museum.