Volunteer Opportunities

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Check out our Riverfront Museum volunteer opportunities below! If you believe your personality and skills will benefit the visitor experience of the Museum please fill out the Volunteer Application and submit it to the Volunteer Coordinator via mail (222 SW Washington Street, Peoria, IL 61602) or email. Thank you!

Volunteer Opportunities

Saturday, June 24 - Special Event - Robo Rumble
Experience the exciting world of robotics as teams compete for the top ranking in this family-friendly annual event. These robots are ready for battle, are you ready to cheer them on? Free and open to the public.
Volunteers are needed to assist the robotics groups with set-up, greet guests, and distribute information. The event will take place in the main lobby, but volunteers may be asked to roam the museum, as needed to assist visitors with locating the specific robotics groups, the ticket desk, etc. Specific assignments will be provided upon arrival. Volunteers will be needed for: full day: 10:30-5:30 or half day: 01:30-2:00 or 2:00-5:30. 

Tuesday, July 4th – Special Event – Backyard Barbecue
July 4th Backyard Barbecue
Mark your calendar to volunteer for the Backyard Barbecue on July 4th! Volunteer are needed from 4:30 -10 pm. Volunteers will get to enjoy food, fun, and fireworks while assisting the museum with its 3rd annual July 4th event. More details to come soon. 

Museum Store 

Museum Store Volunteers provide many essential services to Museum visitors and patrons. Store volunteers work side-by-side with staff to help create an excellent customer experience by greeting and assisting guests who visit the Museum Store. Volunteers learn to work with the computerized cash register as well as help maintain a neat and tidy appearance in the Museum Store. You must be 18 years of age to serve as a Museum Store Volunteer. Please contact Rachael McArdle for more information.

Summer Camp 

Volunteer shift: 8:45 am-3:15 pm, full day; 8:45 am-11:30 am, half day
Come see all of the amazing things you can find buried underground! This week we’ll explore everything from plants and insects, to rocks and minerals, to ancient civilizations and creatures. Campers will become entomologists, geologists, archaeologists, and even paleontologists as they learn about bugs near and far, dinosaurs big and small, out-of-this-world rocks, and so much more. After a week with us, you’ll never look at a pile of dirt the same way again!

June 12-16 | Master Builders' Camp | STUDENT VOLUNTEERS - SUMMER CAMP
Volunteer shift: 8:45 am-3:15 pm, full day; 8:45 am-11:30 am, half day
Architecture, mathematics, and design – encourage your child to explore all of these and much more in our LEGO® & K’NEX® Camp! Each day will bring about new challenges: from designing skyscrapers, boats, and bridges, to creating a stop-motion animation movie. All campers will get to build with LEGO®s and K’NEX® (half-day campers only will work with LEGOS® & Kids K'NEX®). This week includes an additional $20 fee to cover five take-home K’NEX creations that each camper will construct.

June 19-23 | Mad Scientists' Camp | STUDENT VOLUNTEERS - SUMMER CAMP
Volunteer shift: 8:45 am-3:15 pm, full day; 8:45 am-11:30 am, half day
Grab your lab-coat and safety glasses and come down to the Riverfront Museum for a week of gooey, bubbly, messy fun! At our Mad Scientists’ Camp, students will be introduced to several fascinating areas of STEM study, like chemistry, biology, and engineering. Campers will also get to spend plenty of time exploring our summer exhibit, Playing with Light. Get ready for a week of exciting experiments, interesting investigations, and lots of super sleuthing to discover the hard-facts about the everyday science that powers our world!

June 26-30 | Artists in Training | STUDENT VOLUNTEERS - SUMMER CAMP
Volunteer shift: 8:45 am-3:15 pm, full day; 8:45 am-11:30 am, half day
Calling All Artists! If you love painting, crafting, sculpting, drawing, and creating, this week is just for you! Several local artists and teachers will encourage young artists to embrace their known talents and explore new skills, materials, and techniques while learning about some of the greatest artists ever known! No previous artistic experience is needed, but a fun-loving spirit is a must. Grab your paint brush and pencil and prepare to explore art as you never have before!

July 10-14 | World Travelers' Camp | STUDENT VOLUNTEERS - SUMMER CAMP
Volunteer shift: 8:45 am-3:15 pm, full day; 8:45 am-11:30 am, half day
Grab your passport and get ready to be whisked away on a whirl-wind adventure around the world! In this unique week, campers will learn about the customs, art, architecture, animals, and music of faraway lands. Let us inspire your explorer to expand his or her horizons and cultivate a respect for the talents, achievements, and challenges of others with unique hands-on experiences they can’t get anywhere else!

July 17-21 | At a Summer Camp Far, Far Away | STUDENT VOLUNTEERS - SUMMER CAMP
Volunteer shift: 8:45 am-3:15 pm, full day; 8:45 am-11:30 am, half day
Join us for an exciting week of science fiction and science fact as we explore everything that deep space has to offer! Campers will explore how their favorite sci-fi and fantasy worlds have used the hidden secrets of the universe to create new realities, all while investigating how real scientists have been hard at work trying to uncover those secrets. Whether you prefer Star Wars or star gazing, you’re sure to love this camp!

July 24-28 | Engineering Camp | STUDENT VOLUNTEERS - SUMMER CAMP
Volunteer shift: 8:45 am-3:15 pm, full day; 8:45 am-11:30 am, half day
Only open to campers entering 2nd-6th grades
Gears and motors and robots, oh my! This week will explore science and engineering using a variety of approaches. Campers will use a variety of tools and technology including Ozobots, K’NEX engineering sets, and video game builders to investigate challenges, design and build motorized cars, and even dabble in simple robotics and computer programming. Previous building experience is not necessary, but is definitely encouraged!

July 31-August 4 | Best of Summer Camp | STUDENT VOLUNTEERS - SUMMER CAMP
Volunteer shift: 8:45a-3:15p, full day; 8:45a-11:30a, half day
Say goodbye to summer by celebrating everything you love about camp at the Riverfront Museum! Each day will feature a new and exciting theme that represents the best this summer had to offer – dinosaurs, video games, slimy science, amazing art and more. Whether you want your camper to relive their favorite moments, experience the best of a week they missed, or just get a taste of what our camp program is all about, you won’t want to miss a moment of this fun-filled week!


If you are interested in any of the above mentioned volunteer opportunities, please fill out our standard volunteer application and contact our Volunteer Coordinator. If you're specifically interested in volunteering for Summer Camp at the Riverfront Museum, please fill out our separate summer camp volunteer application and contact our Volunteer Coordinator. Please write the volunteer opportunity in which you are interested in the subject line of your email. Thank you!