As our organization grows so does our need for volunteers, no matter if you can give 1 hour or 30 hours a month, any service is appreciated. Volunteering is a rewarding experience and can helps promote many causes in the community to make it a better place. With the expansion of our new Pioneer Village, our need for new volunteers is greater now than ever.
Join us on the 1st Tuesday and 1st Friday of every month for our volunteer orientation. Meet current volunteers and learn about all of our volunteer opportunities. Orientation will be held at the Welcome Center and History Museum (4155 W. Vine Street, Kissimmee, FL 34741) at 9AM. To register please contact Scott B. Dickie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome and receive visitors. May be asked to handle small amounts of cash and perform credit card transactions. Additional duties may include light office duties from time to time. Position can often have lulls between activities and be sedentary. A strong interest in history and the ability to speak well in public are a must. Volunteer should be self-motivated in learning and expanding of historical knowledge as well as local attractions and sharing it with others. Training is provided.
Welcome and receive visitors to the various historical buildings, including school and group tours as well as daily visiting guests. Docents must be familiar with using proper museum etiquette and practice explaining the exhibits through proper interpretive techniques. A strong interest in history and the ability to speak well in public are a must. Volunteer should be self-motivated in learning and expanding of historical knowledge, and sharing their knowledge with others. Position requires working out-of-doors and in buildings without air-conditioning or heat throughout the seasons. Additional duties may include light office duties from time to time. Training is provided.
Special Events and Outreach Program
Special events are a great way for people to volunteer on a less regular basis. Our special events occur roughly once a month and may require a full day’s service on site. Volunteers may be asked to help with set up, tear down, acting, general event planning, and other various tasks to help run a successful event.
Similar to special events, the outreach program occurs roughly once a month but is off-site. Outreach goes to various events throughout the county and is set up as a booth to hand out brochures and help educate the community of our rich history.
Duties entail providing assistance in various areas of administrative operations, including data entry, filing, copying/faxing, bulk mailings (addressing, labeling, inserting, sorting), and answering phones. This position requires basic computer skills and knowledge of word processing software. Previous office experience is a plus.
A collections assistant could be photographing and/or cataloging the museum accessions (artifacts); data entry, research assignments, and/or some general clerical duties. Requires experience working with computer programs such as word and excel. Experience working with Pastperfect software is a plus but not required.
Duties include maintaining the various produce and decorative gardens of OCHS’ Pioneer Village. Provide general maintenance to most other greenery on the grounds. Having an interest in gardening and a working knowledge of horticulture is necessary; being knowledgeable of Florida’s native plants.
Facility and Grounds Maintenance
Duties entail keeping the grounds free of debris, pruning and trimming of small trees and plants as needed, and maintaining proper control of pests, insects and mounds; perform handyman-type repairs to the village’s various structures, including small paint jobs and carpentry work when needed. Must be properly skilled in the use of tools and safety procedures, training will be provided.
The Historical Society has always had a deep tradition of volunteer’s giving their time to help make our organization a reality. If it was not for the early volunteers and those who have kept it going throughout the years, our organization would not be where it is today and most defiantly cannot continue to prosper without our dedicated volunteers. As a volunteer with us we hope that you are able to gain as equally, if not more, than you are giving to us.