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.

We invite you to attend a Volunteer Information Session on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 from 9:30am to 11:00am in the Patuxet Room of the Visitor Center. Please RSVP to Lisa Maciejowski at 508-746-1622, Ext: 8225 or email volunteers@plimoth.org

 

Our Volunteer Application and Volunteer Job Descriptions are below. Email your Volunteer Application to volunteers@plimoth.org   We look forward to meeting you soon!

guest Services: BUS LOT VOLUNTEER

Plimoth Plantation is a world renowned living history museum experience that attracts over 250,000 people per year from all over the World. Our priorities are the safety and comfort of all who visit us. The Bus Lot Volunteer directs busses and vans arriving in the Plimoth Plantation Bus Lot to an assigned parking spot in a well-organized and safe manner. The Bus Lot Volunteer is the first person our guests will meet upon their arrival. Please have strong, friendly, communication skills, and the ability to interact with visitors. The volunteer will maintain a safe, welcoming, and friendly environment for tour bus drivers and their passengers arriving at the Plimoth Plantation Bus Lot. The Bus Lot Volunteer will work in conjunction with the Guest Experience Escort as well as Guest Services and the Orientation Theater Volunteer to assure a safe transition of the group to the Visitor Center, so the ability to work with a team is necessary. Parking Lot volunteers are always outdoors. Bring plenty of water or other fluids to stay hydrated, sunscreen and a hat for protection from the sun as well as rain gear for inclement weather. You will be taught all necessary responsibilities to succeed in the position.

Due to the nature of the position, the Bus Lot Volunteer is asked to do the following:

  • Wear the safety vest provided for you.
  • Wear comfortable shoes; you will likely be standing on asphalt for a long period of time.
  • If you cannot stand for your entire shift, we will provide a chair.

Skills/training/experience required:

  • Calm, friendly, welcoming demeanor
  •  Comfortable with and willing to perform job function during inclement weather
  • Willing to work with a team
  • Ability to work while standing for up to 4 hours.
  • You may need to perform other duties upon request (namely filling in additional occasional shift). 

Guest Services: ORIENTATION THEATER VOLUNTEER

 Plimoth Plantation is a world renowned living history museum experience that attracts over 250,000 people per year from all over the World. Our priorities are the safety and comfort of all who visit us. The Orientation Theater Volunteer is essential to help get groups of students and tourists into and out of the Orientation Slideshow on a daily basis. By working closely with Guest Services, the Bus Lot Volunteer, and the Guest Services Experience Escort, the Orientation Theater Volunteer helps get groups into and out of the Orientation Slideshow in a calm, quick and orderly manner. They determine when the theater is open and available for the groups to view the slideshow, as well as start and stop the show, if necessary. You will be taught all necessary responsibilities to succeed in the position.

Due to the nature of the position, the Orientation Theater Volunteer is asked to do the following:

  • Have a basic knowledge of how to run the Orientation Slideshow.
  • Have the ability to work with and coordinate with fellow staff members to help the groups get through the Visitor Center in an orderly fashion.
  • Have the ability to answer questions, not just about the slideshow but also about the museum in general.
  • Have the ability to speak to the groups, if required, about the slideshow they will be seeing as well as how to proceed once the slideshow is over. Some groups may want you to give them a small introduction before the slideshow starts.

Skills/training/experience required:

  • Calm, friendly, welcoming demeanor
  • Comfortable with and willing to perform job function during inclement weather
  • Willing to work with a team
  • Ability to work while standing for up to 4 hours.
  • Wear comfortable shoes as you will be standing for a while. If you cannot stand for your entire shift, you may use a chair.
  • You may need to perform other duties upon request (namely filling in additional occasional shift). 

PLIMOTH CINEMA VOLUNTEER

Plimoth Plantation is a world renowned living history museum experience that attracts over 250,000 people per year from all over the World. Our priorities are the safety and comfort of all who visit us. The Plimoth Cinema Volunteer helps the Plimoth Cinema staff member in the afternoons and evenings with the operation of the movies. The Plimoth Cinema Volunteer helps Cinema staff with the preparation of concessions, such as making and getting guests popcorn and getting guests candy and drinks while the Cinema staff is selling guests tickets. You will be taught all necessary responsibilities to succeed in the position.

Due to the nature of the position, the Plimoth Cinema Volunteer is asked to do the following:

  • Help Plimoth Cinema Staff prepare and give concessions to the guests.
  • Answer basic questions about the theaters, movies, as well as questions about the museum in general.
  • Help guests to their seats, if necessary.

Skills/training/experience required:

  • Calm, friendly, welcoming demeanor
  • Provide a warm and welcoming greeting to our many regular guests
  • Willing to work as a team with our Cinema Staff person.
  • An interest in films is a plus
  • Wear comfortable shoes as you will be standing for a while. If you cannot stand for your entire shift, you may use a chair.
  • You may need to perform other duties upon request (namely filling in additional occasional shift). 

Guest Services: GOLF CART DRIVER

Plimoth Plantation is a world renowned living history museum experience that attracts over 250,000 people per year from all over the United States and the World. Our priorities are the safety and comfort of all who visit us. The Golf Cart Driver will meet and greet visitors in friendly manner while ensuring safe and comfortable seating. A clean driving record is necessary. You must be over the age of 19 per our insurance carrier. You may obtain a copy of your driving record from your insurance agent prior to joining us. The Golf Cart Driver will pick up and drop off passengers all over the Plimoth Plantation property, depending on where the guests ask you to take them. Please have friendly communication skills and the ability to interact with visitors. Special attention will be paid to the cleanliness and appearance of the golf cart especially during inclement weather. You will be taught all necessary responsibilities to succeed in the position. Most guests who use the golf cart are doing so due to mobility issues, so there is an almost certain chance that you will encounter a situation where a guest has a wheelchair or a walker. Sometimes, another member of the party might be able to help you with these items. The Golf Cart Driver must have the ability to lift such items or help lift such items and fit them safely onto the cart for transportation. You must also have the ability to unload such items or help unload such items.

Due to the nature of the position, the Golf Cart Driver is asked to do the following:

  • Drive guests carefully and safely to the location of their choosing.
  • Help lift and secure wheelchairs and walkers to the golf cart for transportation.
  •  Have the ability to answer questions about the museum.

Skills/training/experience required:

  • Calm, friendly, welcoming demeanor
  • Comfortable with and willing to perform job function during inclement weather
  • Willing to work with a team Golf Cart Drivers work outdoors. Bring plenty of water or other fluids to stay hydrated, sunscreen and a hat for protection from the sun as well as rain gear for inclement weather.
  • You may be asked to perform other duties upon request (namely filling in additional occasional shift). 

GUEST Services: guest EXPERIENCE VOLUNTEER

Plimoth Plantation is a world renowned living history museum experience that attracts over 250,000 people per year from all over the World. Our priorities are the safety and comfort of all who visit us. The Guest Experience Escort greets guests at the Plimoth Plantation parking lot and sidewalk as they arrive. You will escort them to the Visitor Center and congenially ask the group to remain outside until their Group Leader has checked in at the main desk. You must have the ability to answer questions guests may have while they are waiting. Please have friendly, communication skills, and the ability to interact with visitors. Guest Experience Escorts work primarily outdoors. Bring plenty of water or other fluids to stay hydrated, sunscreen and a hat for protection from the sun as well as rain gear for inclement weather. You will be taught all necessary responsibilities to succeed in the position.

Skills/training/experience required:

  • Calm, friendly, welcoming demeanor
  • Comfortable with and willing to perform job function during inclement weather
  • Willing to work with a team
  • Ability to work while standing for up to 4 hours.
  • Wear comfortable shoes; you will likely be standing on asphalt for a period of time.
  • If you cannot stand for your entire shift, we will provide a chair.
  • You may have to perform other duties upon request (namely filling in additional occasional shift).

 CLICK HERE FOR OUR VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM

Museum Guide Program 

Are you interested in exploring new ideas and stories from the past and sharing them with others? 

Do you enjoy meeting people from around the world?

Are you friendly and outgoing? 

Join Plimoth Plantation’s Museum Guide Program!

Museum Guides volunteer across the Museum’s Living History Exhibits offering a modern, welcoming “entry point” into the story of Plymouth Colony and the Wampanoag people. The Museum Guide program is composed of volunteers from the community with a variety of backgrounds and experience. All of our guests have unique reasons for visiting Plimoth Plantation, and each person begins their visit from a different intellectual, emotional and social place. The Museum Guide Program strives to meet all our guests where they are and to engage them in dynamic conversations and engaging experiences that meet their needs for entertainment, education and inspiration. For more information about the Museum Guides Program, please contact Hilary Goodnow at hgoodnow@plimoth.org or (508) 746-1622 x8287.

Are there any prerequisites for being a Museum Guide? Museum Guides should be interested in expanding their knowledge of Plimoth Plantation (the museum), early American history, modern Plymouth, and/or the history of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag people. A successful Museum Guide candidate will be comfortable in a rapidly changing museum environment, and be able to demonstrate adaptability, flexibility, positivity and most importantly – professionalism and kindness to all guests and staff. 

"Fall into History:" New Museum Guide Training coming Fall 2018! To sign up for Museum Guides other exciting volunteer opportunities, please follow the link below to submit your application. We hope you`ll also attend our Volunteer Information Session on September 4th. Stay tuned to our website and social media platforms for more information.  

 

2018 Museum Guide Application

 

Already a Volunteer?

Submit your hours here!

 

Volunteer of the Year

On December 6, 2017, Executive Director Ellie Donovan presented the Volunteer of the Year Award to Carolyn Crowell at Plimoth Plantation’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Party. Fellow volunteer Charlotte Russell and Historical Clothing and Textiles Manager Kayla Grossman also paid tribute to Carolyn and her 40 years of service at Plimoth Plantation. Their remarks are adapted below. 

About Carolyn

Carolyn Crowell’s involvement with Plimoth Plantation stretches back more than 40 years. Although she has officially “retired,” her impact on the Museum continues to this day. For four decades, she contributed her skills as a generous teacher, intuitive farmer and stalwart New Englander to Plimoth Plantation.

Born on her family’s farm in Sandwich, Massachusetts on Cape Cod, Carolyn woke early and worked hard, raising chickens and pigs, weeding gardens and developing a true appreciation for the land and its deep history.

Carolyn left Sandwich to pursue a teaching career, developing a true expertise in developing curricula to foster greater creativity in outdoor education. In fact, several years ago, Carolyn received a 50 year award from the Appalachian Mountain Club for her work establishing the Club’s education department.

When Carolyn moved back to the family farm in 1977, she joined the staff of Plimoth Plantation during an exciting time of change, as the Museum began to pioneer the use of role playing to represent the lives of Plymouth Colony residents. She was the first to portray Elizabeth Warren, and she put her agricultural background to use knitting, natural dying, raising animals and working in the fields and gardens of the 17-Century English Village.

In 1988, she began volunteering in the Historical Clothing and Textiles Department. Every Tuesday, without fail, Carolyn could be found sitting with department staff and volunteers discussing everything from world events and family passages to straight pins and wool. She became known by her colleagues as the “master of patching.” Although it may sound insignificant, patching is essential for our colonial clothing program. It not only prolongs the life of a garment, it also adds to the historical accuracy on our living history sites.

In her remarks at the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, fellow volunteer Charlotte Russell said, “Carolyn, Tuesdays will never be the same. I will miss you.” We all feel the same. Thank you, Carolyn, for devoting so much of your time, your energy and your innumerable talents to Plimoth Plantation for more than forty years.