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Every year the United States Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) accomplishes its mission with the aid of its talented volunteers. Volunteers perform duties in the archives and museum, support our patron service activities, and help with events. Volunteers are expected to follow the same COVID mitigation efforts expected of the staff.

There are many different volunteer opportunities at the USAHEC, please read below for further descriptions.

Historical Research Volunteer(two options):

- Assist the USAHEC with a wide variety of research, processing, archival, and general tasks. Tasks include supporting research assistance, processing collections, translating book and pamphlet titles, producing bibliographies, creating archival metadata, and rehousing fragile books and pamphlets. Duties will be wide ranging, but volunteers are normally expected to specialize in at least one long-term project at a time.

  • Prerequisites: Must have strong communication skills, especially in writing, and must show initiative. Familiarity with metadata schema is highly desirable.
  • Timeframe Available: Weekdays (on-site and virtual), and Weekends (virtual only)

- Conduct historical research for the Army Heritage Museum as it prepares new exhibits for both the indoor galleries and the venues on the Army Heritage Trail. Tasks include using the USAHEC resources to locate Soldier stories that include a good service history, photo(s) of the Soldier/Unit and any archival material such as letters, diaries or other primary sources that detail the Soldiers service and experiences. In some instances, the volunteer may be asked to prepare a rough draft of the Soldier story.

  • Prerequisites: Must have good research skills
  • Timeframe Available: Weekdays and Weekends (virtual only)

Archival Volunteer:

Assist the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center with a wide variety of research, processing, archival, and general tasks. Tasks include supporting research assistance, processing and inventorying archival collections, producing finding aids, and creating archival metadata. Duties will be wide-ranging, but volunteers are normally expected to specialize in at least one long-term project at a time.

  • Prerequisites: Must have strong communication skills, especially writing, and must show initiative. Familiarity with metadata schema is highly desirable.
  • Timeframe Available: Weekdays (on site and virtual) and Weekends (virtual only)

Cataloging Volunteer:

Assist the USAHEC with a wide variety of research, processing, archival, and general tasks. Tasks include supporting research assistance, processing periodical and newspaper collections, reviewing microfilm periodicals, translating book and pamphlet titles, and creating content descriptions according to a translation worksheet. Duties will be wide-ranging, but volunteers are normally expected to specialize in at least one long-term project at a time.

  • Prerequisites: Must have strong communication skills, especially writing, and must show initiative. Familiarity with metadata schema is highly desirable.
  • Timeframe Available: Weekdays (onsite only)

Collections Assistant:

This position assists USAHEC staff with conducting inventories and taking photographs of artifacts/artwork, and the general curation and care of the collection. This may include the "macro" artifacts located on the Army Heritage Trail (AHT) as well as the original but non-historic materials displayed in AHT exhibits.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Timeframe Available: Weekdays Only

Docent (tour guide):

Docent volunteers are one of the USAHEC's most important public-facing aspects. Our docents act as tour guides in the Visitor and Education Center and outside on the -Army Heritage Trail, and help visitors find their way around the USAHEC campus.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Timeframe Available: Weekdays and Weekends (scheduled ahead of time)

Army Heritage Trail Exhibits Maintenance:

This is routine work involving cleaning Plexiglas, sweeping the floors of outdoor exhibits, making beds in the WWII section of the Army Heritage Trail, painting, weeding and all-around care of the exhibits on the Army Heritage Trail.

  • Prerequisites: Must be able to work outdoors for the space of an hour.
  • Timeframe Available: Weekdays Only

Special Event Assistants:

This position would help with educational programming on an as needed basis.

  • Prerequisites: Will vary
  • Timeframe Available: Will vary

Special Projects:

There are several ongoing long and short term projects at the USAHEC. This position would help with these on an as needed basis and is subject to change. Please inquire for more information.

  • Prerequisites: Will vary
  • Timeframe Available: Will vary

NO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE OR TRAINING IS REQUIRED to volunteer at the USAHEC. Training is provided to volunteers as needed, and of course, we encourage those with specialized experience to donate their time and effort to the USAHEC mission! The USAHEC appreciates the valuable service our volunteers perform. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the volunteer coordinator via email or phone: (717)245-3089.

Student Volunteers (Internship Program): Through our Internship Program, the USAHEC offers students opportunities for college credit, as well as the chance to gain real-world experience outside normal academic programs. Undergraduate and graduate student opportunities for credit or experience provide hands-on training in a variety of professional fields as practiced in a working repository. Opportunities are based on the USAHEC's needs, staff availability, and student interest. Internship opportunities may be available in many different areas within the organization, including patron engagement and education (assisting with programs, creating educational materials, outreach, and exhibit development), collections processing (cataloging, boxing, using preservation techniques, inventorying, archival processing), conservation work, and library practice. Academic backgrounds or experience in the fields of history, museum studies, and/or library studies are helpful. Please note that the USAHEC's Internship Program is unpaid.

Please click here for more information and to see a list of available internship positions at the USAHEC.