Volunteer at Plimoth Plantation

volunteer at Plimoth Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us! With opportunities ranging from one-time projects or events to several shifts per week on the living history sites, there is truly something for everyone who wants to contribute time and talents to the Museum.  Whether putting in many hours of training to become a Museum Guide, weeding gardens, directing guests in the Visitor Center, helping with marine maintenance or stuffing envelopes for a mailing, volunteers are vitally important to operating our world-class institution.

There are two volunteer enrollment periods annually in late March and late September/early October.

After attending an information session to learn about the available opportunities, you will be invited to complete an online application and attend volunteer orientation and training sessions.

The Fall 2016 Volunteer Information Sessions will be held on Wednesday, September 21 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM and Saturday, October 1 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM.

For  more information or to sign up, please call or email Georgia Cosgrove: (508) 746-1622 x8222, gcosgrove@plimoth.org.

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Volunteer of the Year

Donna Nelson, Volunteer of the yearWe conclude each year with a special holiday party in honor of our wonderful volunteers.  At the event we recognize one volunteer for their exemplary service and dedication to Plimoth Plantation.  Congratulations to the 2015 Volunteer of the Year, Donna Nelson!

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At the annual staff and volunteer holiday party in December, Donna Nelson was named Volunteer of the Year for 2015.

Donna has volunteered at Plimoth Plantation for nearly 10 years now in a wide variety of roles. She has been a Museum Guide, worked in the collections, frequently served as a Museum Guide on the Wampanoag Homesite, regularly attends Spring Clean Up Days, and also lends a hand at many special events. Most recently Donna and her daughter Shannon and husband Patrick—who along with their son Nathan, have followed Donna all the way from Shrewsbury to  volunteer here as well—helped out at registration for the gala in Boston, welcoming guests as they came to experience Plimoth Plantation in Boston for the first time.

Donna’s friends from the Wampanoag Homesite have said that she “can do everything!” And this is certainly clear to anyone who talks to Donna. She is always willing to lend a hand even on the busiest days in any kind of weather. From greeting guests with a welcoming smile to helping direct people to their next destination, from picking up a rake on Spring Clean Up Day, to spending even more of her own time learning as much as she can about Wampanoag people and their culture, Donna has donated her time, talent and energy to this museum on countless occasions. She gives up the chance to have Thanksgiving dinner with her family so she can be here sharing the day with thousands of guests.

On top of all of her contributions, Donna continues to volunteer despite living over an hour away. The staff on the Homesite said “she is simply amazing.” I couldn’t agree more. Her dedication to this museum is an inspiration to all of us--staff and volunteers alike.

Congratulations and heartfelt thanks, Donna!