Volunteer Opportunities

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, April 8 – Special Event – Museum After Dark: Gin-etics
Event runs: 7-9 pm
Volunteer shift: 6-9:30 pm
Location: Main lobby
Lead staff member: David Steif
Looking for a unique way to spend an evening? Come explore genetics with us in a special after hours walk-through of our new exhibition "GENOME: Unlocking Life's Code's"! Enjoy a planetarium show, and awesome science activities! Light snacks and a cash bar will be available in the lobby.

April 10-15 & 17 – Educational Programming – Spring Into Science!
Volunteer shift: 1:00-3:00
Event: 1:30-2:30
Location: Main Lobby
Lead staff: Taylor S.
April 10-15 & April 17, 1:30-2:30 pm
Stop by the Riverfront Museum to see how you can add a little extra science and a lot more fun to your spring break! We’ll be demonstrating awesome science activities and experiments in the lobby that are perfect for the whole family. Best of all, we’ll give you an instruction sheet so you can recreate the fun at home!
Families Welcome
Volunteers will be responsible for demonstrating the science activity to visitors. The volunteer shift is from 1:00-3:00 with the program running from 1:30-2:30.

Schedule:
Apr 10 | Finding Finger Prints
Apr 11 | Quick & Easy Crystal Gardens
Apr 13 | Plastic Milk
Apr 14 | Homemade Hot Ice
Apr 17 | Finding Finger Prints

April 22 – Educational Programming – Artspiration (Mendel's Monsters!)
Volunteer shift: 1:00-3:00
Event: 1:30-2:30
Location: Main Lobby
Lead staff: Taylor S.
This one hour (1:30-2:30pm) educational art-based program is free with general admission. Visitors are invited to participate with activity in the main lobby of the museum.
The volunteer is responsible for arriving 30 minutes early to set up, run the program, and 30 minutes after the program to clean up. A museum staff member will provide the volunteer with the information and materials for the activity.

April 25 – Educational Programming – DNA Family Day
Volunteer shift: 3-6:30 pm
Event: 3:30-6
Location: Main Lobby
Lead staff: Ann
Come celebrate National DNA Day at the Riverfront Museum with science activities in the Museum Lobby! Families are welcome.

Saturday, May 13 – Educational Programming – Super Saturday: Insects
Event runs: 1:30-2:30
Volunteer shift: 1:00-3:00
Location: Main lobby
Lead staff member: Taylor Stef
Super Saturday is a general science, family-friendly program. The topic for Super Saturday is Minerals. It is free with general admission and last from 1:30-2:30pm. The volunteer is responsible for arriving 30 minutes early to set up, run the program, and 30 minutes after the program to clean up. The program takes place in the Main Lobby of the museum. A museum staff member will provide the volunteer with the information and materials for the activity prior to the event.

May 27 – Educational Programming – Artspiration (Spring Mosaics!)
Volunteer shift: 1:00-3:00
Event: 1:30-2:30
Location: Main Lobby
Lead staff: Taylor S.
This one hour (1:30-2:30pm) educational art-based program is free with general admission. Visitors are invited to participate with activity in the main lobby of the museum.
The volunteer is responsible for arriving 30 minutes early to set up, run the program, and 30 minutes after the program to clean up. A museum staff member will provide the volunteer with the information and materials for the activity.

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. Please RSVP to help with this event by Friday, June 3.

Saturday, June 30 – Special Event – Asteroid Day
Event Runs: 1:15-4 pm
Volunteer shift: 1-2:30 pm
Location: Main Lobby
Lead Staff Member: Renae Kerrigan
Asteroid Day is on June 30, we'll have a special Uniview show at 3:30 all about astriods and the meteorite cart will be out in the lobby from 1:15 to 2:15!Special Planetarium Show Description:
Uniview: Asteroids!
There are millions of asteroids in our Solar System. Asteroid impacts have dramatically shaped our planet in the past, and could do so again at any moment. Fly through the asteroid belt with us in this live and interactive show. 30 min.
And here is information about Asteroid Day:
https://asteroidday.org/
Volunteers are needed to set up, run, and clean up the meteorite cart in the lobby.

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.

VOLUNTEER CONTACT INFO:

If you are interested in any of the above mentioned volunteer opportunities, please fill out our 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!