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!

Event Specific - Volunteer Opportunities 

Ongoing Volunteer Training

Volunteer Training
Stream Table Presenter Training – Saturdays - Email to Schedule
Possible Training Days: Nov 4, 11, 18 | Dec 2, 9, 16, 30

By appointment at 11 am or 3 pm
IL River Science Lab
Lead staff member: Dave G.
Stool available if needed
The stream table shows, in miniature, how streams flow through a watershed and how they behave when the water level changes. 
This training will focus on using the stream table and how to demonstrate various activities on the stream table to the public.

November

Special Event
Yule Like Peoria - Friday, November 24

Volunteer Shift: 6-9 pm (in shifts of 1, 2, or all 3 hours)
Event: 6-9 pm
Volunteers Needed: 8
Volunteers will act as Greeters at the Doors from the Garage (seated), the Lobby Entrance (seated or standing), and the Plaza Entrance (seated or standing), and a Planetarium Greeter (seated or standing).

Museum Store Volunteer
Holiday Greeters - Museum Store

Saturday, November 25, December 2, 9 & Starting December 15-December 24
Volunteer Shift: varies/flexible during open hours 10-5 & Noon-5 on Sundays
Lead Staff Member – Rachael; Luis
Seated or standing position
Volunteers will greet visitors to the Museum Store and assist them to finding merchandise/appropriate gifts.

December

Special Event
First Friday at the Museum - Friday, December 1

Event: 5-9 pm
Volunteer Shift: 5-9 pm
Volunteers Needed: 2-3
Lead Staff Member – Heather
Walking/Standing/Seated
Volunteers will act as gallery hosts in the exhibit or sit at the desk and greet public to keep track of patrons entering.

Special Event
Holiday Luncheon - Monday, December 4

Volunteer shift: varies
Event: 11:00-1:00
Lead Staff Member: Erica Wright
Holiday Luncheon is an annual fundraiser and silent auction.
Volunteers are needed during various shifts to assist with registration, bartending, silent auction, etc. This is a formal event and volunteers will be expected to wear business casual. Please RSVP to help with this special event by Monday, November 23. The event runs 11:00-1:00.
• Bartender (10am-11:45am)
• Host the Giving Tree (10am-11:45am)
• Assist with silent auction (10am-1pm)
• Assist with registration (10am-11:30am)
• Check Out (12:30pm-1:30pm)
• Programs (10am-11:30)
• Coat Check (10am-11:30am/12:45pm-1:30pm)

Educational Programming
Super Saturday: Snow Science! - Saturday, December 16

Volunteer Shift: 1:15-2:45 pm
Event: 1:30-2:30 pm
Volunteers Needed: 1-2
Super Saturday is a general science, family-friendly program. The topic for Super Saturday is Snow Science. It is free with general admission and last from 1:30-2:30 pm. The volunteer is responsible for arriving 15 minutes early to set up, run the program, and 15 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.

Special Event
The Last Jedi Premiere - Thursday, December 14

Event: 7-9:30 pm
Volunteer Shift: 6-10 pm
Location: Giant Screen Theater
Lead staff: David S.
2 volunteers per shift to take tickets. Each volunteer will receive two free movie passes for The Last Jedi 2D in the Giant Screen Theater. Costumes are encouraged!

Special Event
Star Wars Day - Saturday, December 16

Event: 12-4 pm
Volunteer Shift: 12-4 pm
Volunteers Needed: 4
Location: Giant Screen Theater
Lead staff: David S.
Volunteers will be needed to run Star Wars themed activities in the Lobby: Build your own light saber activity | 1-2 volunteers, Star Wars Christmas ornaments | 1 volunteer, Star Wars snowflakes | 1 volunteer. Volunteers will receive 2 tickets to The Last Jedi. Costumes are encouraged for all events!

Educational Programming
Holiday Boredom Busters - December 26-30

Volunteer shift: 1:00-3:00
Event: 1:30-2:30
Location: Main Lobby
Lead staff: Taylor S.
Tuesday-Saturday - Stop by the Riverfront Museum to see how you can add a little extra science and a lot more fun to your winter break! We'll be demonstrating awesome sensory chemistry 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! Volunteers will be responsible for demonstrating the boredom buster activity to visitors. The volunteer shift is from 1:00-3:00 with the program running from 1:30-2:30.

  • Tuesday, December 26 | Lemon Volcano!
  • Wednesday, December 27 | Plastic Milk!
  • Thursday, December 28 | Thermochromic Slime!
  • Friday, December 29 | Fizzing Snow!
  • Saturday, December 30 | Crystal Geodes!

January 

Special Event
First Friday at the Museum!

Friday, December 1
Event: 5-9 pm
Volunteer Shift: 5-9 pm
Volunteers Needed: 2-3
Lead Staff Member – Heather
Walking/Standing/Seated
Volunteers will act as gallery hosts in the exhibit or sit at the desk and greet public to keep track of patrons entering.

February

Special Event
Celebrate Illinois Family Day! Saturday, February 3

Event: 11 am-2 pm
Volunteer shift: 10:30 am-2:30 pm
Volunteers Needed: 4-7 per shift
Lead staff: Shelby
Seated Volunteering Position
Join the Riverfront Museum for Celebrate Illinois Family Day! Visitors will explore the history of our great state with treats, trivia games, crafts, a unique selfie station, and more!
Volunteers will assist with games and crafts and help run the selfie station!

Special Event
Engineering Day - Sunday, February 18

Event: Noon-5 pm
Volunteer shift: 11:30 am-2:30 pm
Volunteer shift: 2-5 pm
Volunteers Needed: 4-7 per shift
Lead staff: Nick Rae
Seated Volunteering Position
Free day at the museum centered around a bridge building competition with engineering groups providing activities and demos throughout the building throughout the day; volunteers are needed to greet museum visitors at all entrances and provide them with information, and greet and direct engineering groups up to an hour before the event; usually the busiest day of the year.
Washington St entrance (2 per shift), Sun Plaza entrance (2 per shift), parking garage entrance (3 per shift)

Special Event
Top Hats & Bonnets: A Truly Historic Tea Party

Event: 11 am-2 pm
Volunteer shift: 10:30 am-2:30 pm
Volunteers Needed: 4-7 per shift
Lead staff: Taylor
Seated Volunteering Position
Join the Riverfront Museum for Celebrate Illinois Family Day! Visitors will explore the history of our great state with treats, trivia games, crafts, a unique selfie station, and more!
Volunteers will assist with games and crafts and help run the selfie station!

Ongoing - Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Gallery Host 

Museum Gallery Host Volunteers provide many essential services to Museum visitors and patrons. Gallery Host volunteers help create an excellent customer experience by being cheerful and attentive to our guests; doing your best to answer questions while upholding the museum’s expectations for visitor behavior in the galleries and special exhibitions. Please contact Heather Placko, Volunteer Coordinator for more information.

Museum Greeter

The Museum Greeter serves as an ambassador of the museum by properly greeting, providing general information about the museum, and providing directions to museum visitors. Please contact Heather Placko, Volunteer Coordinator for more information.

Docent Guide

Museum Docent Volunteers are responsible for presenting additional exhibit information to visitors of varying ages and interest levels of the Museum. Docents are important aspects of our exhibitions because often time visitors seek more information than what can be provided within the labels of the exhibition. Please contact Heather Placko, Volunteer Coordinator for more information.

Education Garden  

Education Garden Volunteers will assist the program department staff with the maintenance and upkeep of the garden. Education Garden volunteers will work independently in the garden with guidelines for what is needed seasonally. Volunteers will assist with the planting of native species for educational classes, weeding, winterizing, and other tasks as assigned. Must have gardening experience and be able to bend down and kneel. Must be 18 years of age to serve as an Education Garden Volunteer. Please contact Heather Placko, Volunteer Coordinator for more information.

School Group Greeter

Throughout the year, the Museum hosts many school aged children on various field trips. As a school group greeter volunteer you would help welcome, lead, and monitor the school group throughout their visit to the Museum from start to finish, taking them from activity to activity. Must be comfortable walking, talking in front of groups, and being flexible with shifting schedules. Please contact Heather Placko, Volunteer Coordinator for more information. 

VOLUNTEER CONTACT INFO:

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