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 Volunteer Coordinator Kate Schureman via mail (222 SW Washington Street, Peoria, IL 61602) or email at kschureman@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org Contact Kate (309-863-3002) with any questions!  Thank you!  

To sign up for an event or check on a signup, please click on the name of the event below, or contact Kate at 309-863-3002 or Ruth at 309-863-3005.

Volunteer Opportunities


Every Student Initiative, School Group Host

The Every Student Initiative is a program that brings all students from District 150 and East Peoria schools to the museum for an educational trip that coordinates with what they are learning in the classroom. We need volunteers (two per day) weekdays from 9:15 - 12:00 to help lead students through the exhibits and assist museum staff with activities. This is a wonderful way to help not only the museum, but also the children of Central Illinois. Training is provided, and you decide your schedule and how often you'd like to help out. No long term commitment is required.

Welcome Center

Become a part of our welcome center team! We need friendly faces to greet guests as they arrive at the museum! Shifts are usually on weekends and days we have special events at the museum. 

Roving Docents

Share your enthusiasm for the Riverfront Museum with visitors to the galleries! Learn about our exhibits and sign up for shifts as a roving docent on Saturdays or Sundays, some other days per schedule. If you'd like to do a day or time not listed on the schedule, please click to contact Ruth or call (309) 863-3005. (Note: This signup is for the "gallery attendant" kind of docent; if you prefer to lead tours, please see the next opportunity, Docent-led tours.)

Docent-led tours

Come in for training in our current feature exhibit, and then sign up to lead tours of the gallery for Museum visitors. Saturdays and Sundays 12:00-2:00 and 2:00-4:00 pm.

Stream Table

Help visitors learn how streams form and behave, by leading demonstrations of our stream table in the River Science Lab. Saturdays 11:00-1:00; other times available by arrangement.

Peoria Holocaust Memorial Docent

Lead group tours of the Peoria Holocaust Memorial, located on the Museum grounds. Most tours are for middle school field trip classes. Docents must first complete training through the Jewish Federation of Peoria.


All activities cancelled or postponed due to temporary shelter-at-home closure. Sorry!


All activities cancelled or postponed due to temporary shelter-at-home closure. Sorry!


Please stay tuned for scheduling updates for June activities.

Pub Night Under the Stars

Help staff serve food and beverages for this popular program in the Dome Planetarium, June 27, 6:00-9:00 pm.


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 the Store Manager for more information.

Office Assistant

Help office staff with tasks such as folding brochures, stuffing envelopes for mailing, filing, and other duties as assigned. Please contact Kate (309-863-3002) or Ruth (309-863-3005) for more information.


If you are interested in any of the above mentioned volunteer opportunities, please fill out our standard volunteer application and contact our Volunteer Coordinator. Thank you!