Volunteer

We couldn't do it without our volunteers!

The Genesee Country Village & Museum involves many volunteers in dynamic and engaging opportunities and relies on volunteers to successfully assist in running many of our programs and events.

To apply, email a completed application to our Volunteer Services Office at volunteers@gcv.org or call us at (585) 294-8260 and let us know you would like an application mailed to you!

Volunteer opportunities are highlighted below

Gallery Docent

Gallery Docent

The John L. Wehle Gallery is seeking docents to greet visitors, provide engaging interpretation of the history and significance of the art & artifacts in the gallery collection, and offer tours.  Interested individuals must have excellent communication skills, feel at ease giving presentations and working in front of a wide variety of individuals and groups, and be able to stand for periods of time. (By definition, a "docent" is a museum volunteer who provides guided tours.)

The Gallery Curator will be conducting a training program for interested volunteers with topics addressing the various collections within the gallery. This training will be a combination of lecture, discussion, research and reading. At the completion of the training, you will be assessed as to your working knowledge of various objects and works of art in the collection and your interaction ability with guests. 

Upon successful completion of the training program, you will be asked to schedule yourself on a regular basis as Gallery Docent.

Library Volunteers

Library Volunteers

We are making strides to have the Stuart Bolger Research Library more accessible to the public. With key volunteers identified, we are recruiting a team of interested and skilled volunteers who will work with our curatorial staff to continue the work that has been started in categorizing, sorting, preserving and overseeing our collection of books and research materials. 

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

Special Events Assistant – Year-round opportunities; lend a helping hand with event registration, greeting guests, providing crowd control, ticket sales, logistical support, or program delivery. 

Special Events Food Servers – Servers needed in food tents during special event programs, scooping ice cream and working on a buffet line – under the direction and supervision of Food Service Staff. Training provided. 

Museum Store Assistant – Assist customers with their purchases, maintain a neat and orderly museum store, and help with pricing and inventory of merchandise.

Research Team – Work with museum staff to investigate possibilities for new or enhanced programs and events; assist in historical research on topics related to village structures, 19th-century culture or life in the Genesee Country.  Research at home, online, or within the community.

Sewing Guild – Assist in the construction through hand sewing (and in some cases machine sewing) of reproduction clothing, accessories and household textiles of the 19th-century to be worn by museum’s interpretive staff, used in living history programs or for the furnishing of historic buildings.  Some work may be done at home. 

Village Relief – Provide relief when Historic Village Interpreters are on break or at lunch.  Relief volunteers generally wear street clothes and are on hand to share limited information on the building. Mentoring and building information provided. 

Curatorial Assistant – Under the supervision of museum curators, assist in cataloging, cleaning, researching, displaying and caring for museum textiles, art, carriages, antiquities, and buildings.

Gardens and Grounds – Work under the instruction and supervision of museum Master Gardeners. Common garden skills required for general landscape maintenance and grass cutting; planting and weeding of historic gardens and pruning of our orchards. Ability to work in various weather conditions is a must.

Nature Center – Provide community education, help with trail maintenance, be a Nest Box Monitor, or serve as a visiting expert for Summer Sampler or Earth Camp. Provide Special Event program support.

Maintenance Assistant – Scraping and painting fences, benches, tables, buildings, and sundry items. Skilled craftsmen, lawn mowing and trimming, and general property maintenance. Must be able to tolerate outdoor weather conditions.

Promotion/Membership – Assist in promoting the museum and special events by placing brochure and hanging posters in public places or assist at the membership booth during events to welcome new members to the museum.

Behind the Scenes – Assist in day to day office support - answering phones on weekends, filing, shredding, printing, preparing mailings, data entry, as well as researching for new programs and educational materials.

Youth Program – Youth are welcome as volunteers in many areas of the museum. Provide support with Historic Village interpretation, 19th-century games, admissions greeters, with our “Try Your Hand” program, as Summer Sampler and Earth Camp class assistants, and more!

Volunteer to be part of the nation's most comprehensive 19th-century base ball program

Most weekends in season, you can see, hear, touch and taste the base ball (1800s spelling) experience as it existed in the 19th century. Period costumes, rules and etiquette are meticulously adhered to by our four local teams and visiting opponents. The hawkers ply vintage snacks. Boys man the scoreboard. And unattended ladies are asked to sit in the appropriate section to avoid scandal.

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