Volunteers Needed

Join the Crew: Volunteer Opportunities Available with the National Museum of the Great Lakes

As the flowers bloom and the temperatures rise, the National Museum of the Great Lakes is calling on the Toledo community and beyond to be part of their crew. With spring in the air, it’s the perfect time to explore volunteer opportunities at the museum, where every role is an adventure in itself. Whether you’re a history aficionado, a special events enthusiast, or passionate about unique team-building activities, the museum offers a wide array of options to get involved.

Rebecca Gray, the museum’s Data and System Analyst and Volunteer Coordinator, emphasizes that there’s a place for everyone. “No matter how much time you can dedicate, whether it’s once a month or several times a week, or if you’re looking to involve your company in the community, we have the perfect role for you,” said Gray. 

The goal is clear: to bridge the community with the fascinating history of the Great Lakes, ensuring that each volunteer finds both purpose and joy in their contributions.

The museum is currently seeking volunteers across various capacities:

  • Educational Guides: Become a docent for our galleries and museum ships, sharing the rich tales of the Great Lakes with visitors.
  • Administrative Support: Assist behind the scenes with essential tasks that keep the museum running smoothly.
  • Event and Landscaping Support: Lend a hand in creating beautiful spaces and memorable experiences for our guests.
  • Research and Writing: Contribute to the discovery and sharing of knowledge through research projects and publications.
  • Corporate and Group Volunteering: Host unique team building events while giving back to the community.

“Our volunteers are the heartbeat of our organization, whether they’re helping with administrative tasks, guiding visitors, or supporting our special events,” added Gray.

For those interested in stepping aboard, the museum hosts its monthly Volunteers 1st Days, an open house for prospective volunteers, on the first day of every month from 12 to 4 pm. This is a great opportunity to learn more about how you can contribute, meet the team, and find the right volunteer role for you.

To stay updated on the latest volunteer opportunities, training sessions, and special events, sign up for the Crew Connection newsletter. This is your gateway to all things volunteering at the museum.

Ready to embark on this volunteering voyage? For a full list of open positions, how to subscribe to the Crew Connection newsletter, and to access the volunteer application, please visit nmgl.org/volunteer. Your adventure with the National Museum of the Great Lakes awaits!