Volunteers have been an integral part of Living History Farms since the beginning. Not only do the special talents and commitment of our volunteers contribute to our success, but we also strive to give our volunteers a rewarding and exciting experience.
One-time volunteers help out at special events such as Easter and Family Halloween, or assist in periodic groundskeeping or maintenance projects.
Potential volunteers for ongoing positions are interviewed so that a careful placement can be made, and benefits include season admission passes, opportunities to socialize with volunteers and staff, and an annual volunteer recognition event. We’re often asked, “Do you need to have a history degree to volunteer?” or “Do I have to come from a farm background?” No, you don’t. What you do need is a willingness to learn and have fun. The majority of volunteer positions with Living History Farms are available from May 1 through mid October, but other “behind-the-scenes” positions are available all year long. We offer a wide variety of experiences and time commitments, and welcome the involvement of families and groups of people who want to have a fun time together.
Ongoing volunteers assist the museum throughout the season in areas such as:
Demonstrate the daily activities of four time periods in Iowa’s history, explaining the methods and techniques to museum visitors. Period clothing and training are provided. We currently have openings at the 1700 Ioway Farm, 1850 Farm, 1900 Farm, Doctor’s Office, Flynn Mansion, Law Office, Implement Dealership, Drug Store, Blacksmith Shop, General Store, Broom Shop, Print Shop, Bank, Millinery Shop, Newspaper Office, and Church.
Assist in a wide variety of activities such as gardening and grounds keeping, transporting visitors in tractor carts, hosting an exhibit or hands-on activity area, and assist with fundraising efforts.
Help with many outdoor activities such as games, contests, concession tasks, and greeting our visitors for fun events such as our Family Easter Party, and Family Halloween.
Teen volunteers, that are at least 14 years old by the week(s) in which they want to volunteer, assist the daily activities of our popular summer Day Camps, in conjunction with college interns and staff. Volunteering for Day Camp involves a minimum participation of 1-2 weeks during the summer.
“I have wanted to volunteer at Living History Farms for a long time. When I finally checked it out, it was beyond my expectations.”
“Living History Farms has historical accuracy, appealing activities, a dedicated staff, and a variety of opportunities for volunteers, and for me, the irresistible chance to visit the past.”