Atlanta History Center has many areas available for volunteers to work with the public or behind-the-scenes, from special events to maintaining beautiful gardens to helping lead tours through our historic houses and exhibitions.
We offer volunteer orientations in the following frequency:
- Every First Friday 12–1pm (Virtual)
- Every Second Tuesday 12–1pm (In-Person)
- Every Third Saturday 1pm–3pm (In-Person Orientation & Tour)
The Youth Ambassador Program is a unique “education through service” program designed to attract a dynamic service-oriented group of young people who have an interest in helping Atlanta History Center and engaging their community. Youth Ambassadors will gain experience in administration, guest services, curation, public history programs, and much more. The program is open to 9–12th grade students (ages 15–19).
Applications are now live and the deadline is April 15, 2024 at 11:59pm EST.
Junior Interpreters assist with the implementation of living history interpretation and related activities during daily operations and programs at the historic houses. Junior Interpreters should be comfortable with public speaking, interacting with the public, be outgoing, flexible, and eager to learn. During May through September, the Junior Interpreters spend two days a month at the historic houses and present informative content to varied audiences using interpretive techniques that they will be trained. During the months of October through March, Junior Interpreters spend one day a month at the historic houses and also commit time to a research project on a historical topic of their choice. Throughout this time Junior Interpreters are taught best research practices and presentation methods. There is a final presentation date at the end of March for Junior Interpreters to share their research with staff, friends, and family.
As a Summer Camp Ambassador, you will have the chance to develop skills like leadership, communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and more. The program is open to rising 11th and 12th grade students (age 15–18). AHC offers week-long summer camps in June. Students must commit to two (2) camps totaling 50 volunteer hours. Your involvement may include providing support for our Education Facilitators/ Camp counselors and interns, creating a fun yet educational environment for campers, and promoting an enthusiastic and positive attitude.
The historic houses at the Atlanta History Center present a unique opportunity for volunteers to help with educating guests and share their love of local history.
The Smith Farm and Wood Cabin offer guests the chance to see what life was like for those in the past. Volunteers interested in facilitating these experiences can become Historic House Volunteers. As part of this opportunity volunteers will lead guests through activity-based demonstrations at the historic houses. These are all based on historical practices from the period of the historic houses. The position description and requirements for volunteering at the historic houses are below. New volunteers can complete a new volunteer application, existing volunteers can email volunteer services to schedule an interview for this role.
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Our Volunteer Appreciation Holiday Party takes place annually during the holiday season as a catered dinner that is intended to recognize volunteers’ dedication to the AHC experience. This event recognizes hours served and identifies volunteers with certificates of appreciation and gifts.
Volunteer Appreciation Week is a nationally recognized week in April for organizations and nonprofits alike to express appreciation for their volunteers. In order to recognize our volunteers, we will coordinate efforts throughout the week to celebrate, including a catered event, a token of appreciation, and highlights of particular volunteers through outreach activities.
- After the first 25 hours of volunteering, volunteer will receive 2 free guest passes
- After the first 25 hours, volunteer receives 2 free guest passes every 50 hour mark (ex. 75, 125, 175) up to 200 hours.
- After 100 hours, volunteer receives a gift card to Souper Jenny or BRASH Coffee
- After 200 hours, volunteer receives 2 tickets to History After Hours
We accept volunteer applications throughout the year and onboard new volunteers on an as-needed basis; please check back for more information.
Time commitment is determined by your direct supervisor and the department for which you volunteer. To be considered “active” you will need to have volunteered within the past 6 months. If you have not volunteered and have not contacted volunteer services within this time frame, you will be transitioned to “inactive” status. Inactive means that you will be taken off the email listserv, and will not be able to sign up for opportunities. To be re-activated, you must contact volunteer services directly.
Volunteers adhere to a business casual dress code unless otherwise stated. Volunteer badges must be worn at all times during your scheduled shift.
By all means! The group leader will need to fill out the online application form, and include details regarding the group’s volunteering goals and availability in the notes section. We can offer a tailored information session and training to fit your needs.
We typically reserve shadowing experiences for interns or those planning to apply for an internship, and then it is subject to staff availability. We can typically allow for 2-4 hours for a shadowing experience.
Applications are stored for 1 month after they are submitted, unless you have responded to our email detailing upcoming information sessions or have extenuating circumstances (i.e. you will be moving to Atlanta in 3 months).
Because most of our opportunities require training and a background knowledge of our organization, acceptance for court ordered applicants is rare and will be determined on a case by case basis. We are happy to recommend other volunteer sites that might be a better fit.
Yes, by all means! We will work with you to explore opportunities in other departments.
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