Volunteer Opertunities

Smithsonian Institute Volunteer Programs

Volunteers have provided a primary means of support for the Smithsonian Institution since its establishment in 1846. Strong volunteer partnerships are essential for the Institution to successfully carry out its work. This section provides a general overview of Smithsonian volunteer programs and the opportunities for participation.

Volunteers are needed for all areas of the Museum’s work . Visitor Services recruits volunteers to work directly with visitors at the museum on the National Mall and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. If you would …

Library of Congress Docent Volunteer Program

This volunteer opportunity offers the individual a 4 month behind-the-scenes training designed to familiarize the volunteer with the breadth and depth of the world’s largest library. This training is offered twice weekly each Fall (Tuesdays and Thursdays) from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Following the classroom presentations, each docent-in-training is expected to take the class on a 45 minute tour of the Great Hall and Main Reading Room in the Thomas Jefferson Building. Graduation ceremonies are held in December, after which the …

Library Of Congress Researcher and Guidance Volunteers

As the title suggests, this volunteer assists the researcher in mapping out a logical strategy for using the Library’s vast resources. The Researcher Guidance Volunteer (RGV) seeks to organize the new researcher’s initial forays throughout the Library’s sprawling campus. The RGV counsels the novice researcher on a convenient route to the appropriate reading rooms in a timely fashion. The RGV is not trained to focus on research projects but rather to assist the reader with directions, to answer questions of …

Field School for Cultural Documentation

Every year, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress sponsors at least one intensive, introductory field school on cultural documentation in partnership with an educational institution. Held in various parts of the United States, the field school provides hands-on training in ethnographic documentary techniques needed for effective fieldwork concerning folklore and related fields. The field school is typically three weeks in duration, is held over the summer months, and covers a variety of topics that provide participants with …

Northeast Fisheries Science Center – Volunteer Opertunity

The Northeast Fisheries Science Center has conducted resource cruises out of Woods Hole, Massachusetts, since 1885. Standard bottom trawl surveys were initiated in the fall of 1963, and since 1968 have been completed each spring and fall. Cruises to monitor shellfish resources are conducted primarily for sea scallops and surf clams. Cruises designed to complete other more specific research objectives are also conducted. Examples of special cruises include, examination of cod and haddock spawning activity, examination of the impact of …

Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer Opportunity

Who Can Volunteer for the Medical Reserve Corps?
Practicing, retired, or otherwise employed medical professionals, such as doctors, nurses, emergency medical technicians, pharmacists, nurses’ assistants, and others.
Public health professionals.
Community members without medical training can assist with administrative and other essential support functions.
United States citizenship is not required to be part of the MRC. Non-citizen, legal U.S. residents also are welcome to volunteer and contribute their time, knowledge, and skills to protecting and improving their communities.
What do MRC Volunteers do?
The responsibilities of …

Fire Corps – Volunteer Opportunity

Fire Corps is a partnership between the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Volunteer & Combination Officers Section (VCOS), and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC). The program’s ultimate goal is to support and supplement resource-constrained fire and emergency service departments at all levels, volunteer, combination, and career. This is accomplished through the use of citizen volunteers involved in non-emergency roles. The program educates departments on how to implement or expand Fire Corps programs.

Fire Corps Programs are locations throughout the US …

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Volunteer Opportunities

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Volunteer Clearinghouse is a nationwide, toll free hotline number for individuals who are interested in volunteering their time with the Corps. By calling the hotline a potential volunteer can express interest in any Corps project nationwide. The Clearinghouse in turn, gives the individual a point of contact for the area they have requested, as well as written information about volunteer opportunities there.

Callers should be ready to provide information about their interests, talents, and the …

The American Folklife Center – Volunteer Opportunity

The American Folklife Center has available at all times of the year a limited number of volunteer internships through which individuals may work with the collections in the Archive of Folk Culture. Although these internships carry no stipend, many persons have found them useful in planning a career, or in obtaining the experience necessary to enter an academic, or other, profession. Interns who are students have often arranged with their institutions to obtain academic credit.
Interested applicants should have:

An ability to …