Dear Potential Volunteers:
Thank you for considering volunteering with the Denver Firefighters Museum! We believe that volunteers are a very special and valuable resource. We also recognize that without volunteers we could not offer the quality and variety of programming that we do. Therefore, we greatly appreciate the time and commitment that volunteers give. It is our sincere hope that you will have a meaningful experience here that connects you to your community.
If you are interested in any of the opportunities below, please contact us at email@example.com
We Need Your Help With:
Visitor Services are concerned with the interpretation of the Museum, its programming, and of course, the visitors themselves. Volunteer tasks are geared toward explaining the Museum and what is available to the visitor. Tasks may include:
- Group tour orientations
- Leading seniors on guided tours
- Leading special programs on exhibits, collections, etc…
- Providing information to the visitor
Visitor Service volunteers meet when needed for scheduled group tours or presentations, pre-scheduled hours to assist in the gift shop during busy periods, or for special exhibit openings.
Volunteers interested in educational services work with the Museum’s mission to develop curriculum and special programming that focuses on fire safety. Programs address Colorado Department of Education standards by using sections on history, writing, and fire prevention. Educational service goals change yearly as projects are developed and completed. Current projects include:
- Two traveling trunk programs for elementary students
- Developing a teacher in-service day/open house
- Developing programming and materials for middle and high school-aged students
- Developing free day programming
- Education services volunteers meet when needed for planning and development of programs. Additional time may be needed to assist with in-service days/open houses or evaluation of new programming.
Exhibits and Collections
At the Denver Firefighters Museum, the Exhibits and Collection volunteers work together on projects because the two are so intimately tied together. Exhibits are made up of the collections, after all. Tasks that “Behind the Scenes” volunteers do include:
- Cataloging Artifacts
- Conservation of Artifacts
- Condition Reports of Artifacts
- Developing and Researching Exhibits
- Installing Exhibits
- Developing Exhibit Guides
Because of the nature of the work, volunteers desiring this position are required to learn basic concepts of collections care from a volunteer training manual and pass an oral exam before being accepted in this position.
Fundraising and Special Events
Fund raising and special event volunteers help to plan and support events that focus on raising money and/or awareness of the Museum and its mission. Volunteers assist in brain storming sessions to develop new ideas, planning events through a team approach that combines topics of public interest with the Museum’s mission and staffing the events. Tasks may include:
- Attending planning meetings
- Researching topics
- Developing activities
- Soliciting donations
- Volunteer coordination
- Space planning and layouts
- Writing letters
- Creating press releases and flyer designs
- Fund raising and special event volunteers meet when needed for planned scheduled events listed in the Calendar of Events.
Maintenance and Production
Maintenance and production volunteers assist with the assessment of the historic structure’s condition and actively work on correcting the preservation issues and day-to-day maintenance associated with running a museum. These volunteers also help in the designing and build out of exhibits, educational structures and artifact storage. Tasks may include:
- Designing simple structures such as book stands, stairs, shelving, etc.
- Wood working
- Plumbing repair
- Electrical repair (with qualified volunteers)
Maintenance and production volunteers meet on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. until approximately 2 or 3 p.m. There are informal training programs given as needed and additional meeting times may be required to discuss design strategies.