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!

Summer Camp 2018 - High School & College Student Volunteer Opportunities!

The Peoria Riverfront Museum is now accepting applications for student volunteers for our 2018 Summer Camp! This is a great opportunity for students to learn leadership skills and gain valuable volunteer hours while working in an energetic and engaging environment at the Museum. Students will assist summer camp teachers, lead groups of students from class to class, and help Museum staff with other duties as assigned. This summer there are 8 weeks of summer camp for them to choose from and half day to full day volunteering opportunities every week! Volunteer applications are due by May 25, 2018 and a mandatory orientation will be held on June 1.

For more info or questions, contact Heather by phone at 309.863.3046 or by email at hplacko@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org.

To download the application - click here.

Event Specific - Volunteer Opportunities 

Ongoing Volunteer Training

Volunteer Training
Stream Table Presenter Training – Saturdays - Email to Schedule

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.


Ongoing Opportunity
Celebrate Illinois Family Interactive Section Volunteer | Friday-Sunday, February 3-June 3

Event: Every Weekend during run of the exhibition
Volunteer shift: 3-5 pm Fridays | 11 am-1 pm, 1-3 pm, 3-5 pm Saturdays | Noon-2:30 pm, 2:30-5 pm Sundays & upon request
Volunteers Needed: 10
Lead staff: Heather
Seated/Standing Volunteering Position
There will be an interactive family section at the end of "Celebrate Illinois: 200 Years in the Land of Lincoln" exhibition.
Volunteers will monitor/help in the interactive family area at the end of the bicentennial exhibition. You'll encourage people to take photos, do the activities, and answer questions.

Special Event
Top Hats & Bonnets: A Truly Historic Tea Party - Sunday, February 25
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!

Special Event
Interplanetary 5K Packet Stuffing - Thursday, March 22

Volunteer shift: (2 volunteers) 1-3 pm
Event: 1-3 pm
Location: Boardroom
Lead staff: Renae Kerrigan
Help stuff materials in the packets for the Interplanetary 5K race.

Special Event
Interplanetary 5K Packet Pickup - Friday, March 23

Volunteer shift: (1 volunteer each shift) Noon-2:30 pm & 2:30-5 pm
Event: Noon-5 pm
Location: Auditorium
Lead staff: Renae Kerrigan
Help give people their packets for the race, make sure they have the correct bag, bib and chip, and assist as needed for other race day prep.

Special Event
Interplanetary 5K Race - Saturday, March 24

Volunteer shift: 7:30-10 am
7:30 am – 10:00 am (probably 5 volunteers for food prep, race day registration and packet pickup, putting water on the course)
8:15-10:00 am (about 5 more volunteers to be course monitors and help at the finish line)
Event: 8:15-10 am
Location: Auditorium/Outside
Lead staff: Renae Kerrigan
Help give people their packets for the race, make sure they have the correct bag, bib and chip, and assist as needed for other race day prep.

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.

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. 


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!