Volunteer Program

Volunteer opportunities

Docents and tour guides.  We have a continuous need for reliable volunteers to work with visitors in "front-of-house" positions.  Our docents greet visitors, answer questions, help in the gift shop, and may give tours to groups of all ages.  Typically, volunteer docents commit to regular shifts over a medium- to long-term period.  Once trained, volunteer tour guides may be able to choose tour times and create a flexible schedule.

Education and outreach programming.  Volunteers help staff events such as Piano Sundays, Creepy Campus Crawl, Family Weekend, and outreach events.  These may be continuing or one-time commitments.

Short-term projects.  We sometimes need volunteers for short-term work such as hanging posters in local businesses or preparing materials in advance for education programs.  

Other opportunities.  If you want to volunteer but none of these sound right for you, or if you have professional skills you think would be useful to the museums, get in touch--we'll try to find an opportunity that matches your interests.

Application process

We ask volunteers to fill out a standard application form.  Our volunteer positions typically also require a criminal background check.


  • Free parking in the IMU parking ramp while you're volunteering
  • As you build up hours, qualify for our volunteer thank-you prizes
  • UI service programs
  • High school service program qualifications
    • Day of Service
    • Silver Cord 

Interested?  Contact us at old-capitol-museum@uiowa.edu to find out more or to sign up!