Volunteer

 

Every year the 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. There are many different volunteer opportunities at the USAHEC. Some of them include:

LIBRARY

- Historical Research Volunteer: Assist the U.S. Army War College Library 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, and re-housing 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. Applicants must have strong communication skills, especially writing, and must show initiative.
**Requirements: Must have strong communication skills, especially writing, and must show initiative.
**Timeframe Available: Weekdays and Weekends

-Cataloging Volunteer: Assist the U.S. Army War College Library 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, and re-housing 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. Applicants must have strong communication skills, especially writing, and must show initiative.
**Requirements: Must have strong communication skills, especially writing, and must show initiative.
**Timeframe Available: Weekdays and Weekends

-Special Projects: There are several ongoing long and short term projects in the U.S. Army War College Library Division. This position would help with these on an as needed basis and is subject to change. Please inquire for more information.
**Requirements: Will vary
**Timeframe Available: Will vary

VISITOR AND EDUCATION SERVICES

-Docent (tour guide) Volunteers: 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

-Special Events Assistants: This position would help with educational programming on an as needed basis.
**Requirements: Will vary
**Timeframe Available: Will vary

ARMY HERITAGE MUSEUM

-Historical Research Volunteer: The Army Heritage Museum is constantly preparing new exhibits for both the indoor galleries and the venues on the Army Heritage Trail. There is a need to have historical research conducted 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.
**Requirements: Must have good research skills **Timeframe Available: Weekdays and Weekends. On weekends they would be working in the Research Room independently)

-Museum Assistant: This position would assist museum curators with inventories of artifacts and artwork, photographing artifacts and generally with the curation and care of the collection. This may include the "macro" artifacts located on the Army Heritage Trail as well as the original but non-historic materials displayed in the Trail exhibits.
**Requirements: None
**Timeframe Available: Weekdays Only

- Army Heritage Trail Exhibits Volunteer: 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.
**Requirements: Must be able to work outdoors for the space of an hour.
**Timeframe Available: Weekdays Only

-Special Projects: There are several ongoing long and short term projects in the Army Heritage Museum Division. This position would help with these on an as needed basis and is subject to change. Please inquire for more information.
**Requirements: 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 (Internships):

Through our academic internship program, the USAHEC offers students opportunities for college credit, as well as the chance to gain experience outside normal academic programs. Currently, the USAHEC's academic internship program is unpaid. Undergraduate and graduate student opportunities for credit or experience provide hands-on training in applied history as practiced in a working repository. Opportunities are based on the USAHEC's needs, staff availability, and student interest. At this time, internship opportunities are available in many different areas within the organization. These include working with Visitor and Education Services guiding tours, leading education programs and creating educational materials used later by visiting students. Other opportunities include collection processing (cataloging, boxing, using preservation techniques, inventorying), conservation work, processing photograph collections, and working with audio/visual materials. Academic backgrounds or experience in the fields of American, military, public, and applied history are helpful.

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