Volunteer at SCMS

  • There are a variety of ways to help your local museum, such as donations and purchases, but perhaps the most important contribution you can make is your time. Volunteering your valuable time toward the museum is an impactful community service. Frankly, without volunteers, the museum cannot function. We need people like you to help us support our community. If you think you may be interested in giving us your time, please fill out the form below. Submitting this form is not a commitment of your time, but rather an expression of interest which may help us find your niche.
  • Training is given to all volunteers in their agreed-upon position, and scheduled according to need and availability. You may volunteer for as little as four hours a month, or take on a regular weekly schedule. While we can work with our volunteers to make their schedules match ours, it may not always be possible to guarantee certain shifts. A volunteer shift typically lasts between three and four hours, and it is expected that each volunteer complete their assigned-and-agreed-upon shift.
    Front Desk Greeter – As the first person our patrons see, your primary duty will be to welcome visitors and inform them of what the museum can offer. You will also distribute literature concerning the museum itself and the Ailman House specifically. While we don’t expect you to memorize everything about the museum and the house, it’s a plus to familiarize yourself with the context of the building. A front desk greeter must be outgoing and social; it is imperative that our visitors receive a good first impression of the museum.
    Museum Store Clerk – Your responsibilities while volunteering in the store will include running a register, making accurate change, and providing general customer service. A staff member will always be on hand to settle disputes or help you if you have any questions, and you do not need to have commerce experience in order to volunteer in the store. Store clerks must be social and should make an effort to familiarize themselves with our inventory.
  • The most important role of the museum is community service; the Silver City Museum strives to create learning opportunities for residents and visitors. If you would like to help others explore the rich and diverse cultural heritage of southwestern New Mexico, please consider volunteering.

    As we take stock of the museum’s needs after the opening of our newest exhibit, some positions are not currently available. If your interests lie outside the currently posted positions, email volunteercoordinator@silvercitymuseum.org, or come in to see us and inquire further.