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Metropolitan Waterworks Museum

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The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum is looking for volunteers to assist with its educational programs. Whether you have decades of experience or you're a student just starting out, if you're interested in teaching then we're interested in you! No specific background in engineering or the water industry is required; we are primarily looking for volunteers with general experience instructing children.Our staff and volunteers will be excited to teach you about the history of Boston's water system, training you to lead activities for our museum's educational programs. A program may involve helping students tour the museum, test water quality, build water filters, interpret primary documents, use a yoke-and-bucket, and more.

For this opportunity, we're interested in anyone who:
1) is comfortable with public speaking and/or teaching
2) is willing to learn the material and lead groups of 25 or less students
3) is able to work with kids for 1.5-3 hours (depends on the specific program; includes breaks)

Our need is primarily for help on weekday mornings, particularly Wednesday-Friday. Volunteer opportunities will vary related to how often schools, camps, etc. are requesting educational programs. Once you are ready to perform the material, we add you to our growing roster and let you know when opportunities come up. Choose which ones you want based on your schedule.

Interested? Reach out to us at

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About Metropolitan Waterworks Museum


2450 Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, US

Mission Statement

The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum uses its architecturally magnificent building, mammoth steam pumping engines, and the adjacent historic Chestnut Hill Reservoir to interpret unique stories of one of the country’s earliest metropolitan water systems. Through educational programs and exhibits focused on engineering, architecture, urbanism, public health, and social history, the Museum connects these stories to current issues and future challenges.


The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum at 2450 Beacon Street in Boston, opposite the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, is a non-profit museum dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the historic waterworks and landmark buildings that supplied the City of Boston with public water.

The Museum presents unique stories of this early metropolitan water system through exhibitions and educational programs on engineering, architecture, social history, urbanism, and public health. The Waterworks sits on the site of the original Chestnut Hill Reservoir and pumping station in a Richardsonian Romanesque building dating to the late 1880’s. The Museum consists of the Great Engines Hall, housing three historic steam-powered pumping engines, and a two story glass-enclosed pavilion, featuring the Overlook Gallery. Education programs, guest lecture series, self-paced tours, and other special programs are part of the regular calendar of events. Private social or corporate events are also possible through special arrangement.

Directions and hours can be found at Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter @MetroWaterworks. Accessible by T on the Green Line "C" and "D" trains, and by Bus (#51 and #86). Limited parking available onsite. ADA accessible and stroller friendly.

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


2450 Beacon StreetChestnut Hill, MA 02467



  • General Education
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Public Speaking
  • Verbal / Written Communication


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1.5-3 hours per education program (length depends on the specific program). Education opportunities vary in frequency.

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