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Volunteer at the Old Idaho Penitentiary

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ORGANIZATION: Idaho State Historical Society

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Positions available: Tour Guide/Exhibit Host/Site Host/Site Patrol/Rose Garden Volunteers/Event Volunteers

All volunteers receive orientation and training in their assigned task(s) when they begin work. All volunteers are asked to represent the Idaho State Historical Society and its standards for excellent customer service.

Time Commitment: Volunteer shifts will be 2.5 hours Monday-Sunday during operating hours. A weekly calendar is available to sign up for shifts. Special event and Rose Garden volunteer shifts will depend on the event, responsibilities, and/or weather.


* Basic knowledge of Old Idaho Penitentiary exhibits (training provided when you begin work)

* Pleasant demeanor

* Strong customer service skills

* Patience

* Problem-solving ability

* Dependability

* Interest in sharing history with the public

* Ability to walk, stand for short periods of time, and climb a few stairs

* Indoor and outdoor work required

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About Idaho State Historical Society


2205 Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID 83712, US

Mission Statement

MISSION: Idaho State Historical Society preserves and promotes Idaho’s cultural heritage. VISION: Our vision is to inspire, enrich and engage all Idahoans by leading the state in preserving, sharing, and using history and cultural resources relevant to today to inform and influence the future. VALUES: Customer Service. Stewardship. Education. Professionalism


The Idaho State Historical Society is a trusted guide through the state’s history and how it has shaped every aspect of our lives - our land, our communities, our government and our people. Created in 1881 and established as a state agency in 1907, the Idaho State Historical Society (ISHS) is an extraordinary system of cultural and historic resources comprised of the Idaho State Museum, Idaho State Archives, Idaho State Historic Preservation Office, Old Idaho Penitentiary and Historic Sites Program.

ISHS preserves and provides access to irreplaceable state owned historic collections including 50,000 artifacts, 500,000 photos, 40,000 maps and architectural drawings, 60 historic buildings, and 20,000 archeological items.

ISHS benefits Idahoans though key programs including Capitol curation and exhibition; records management through the State Archives, operation of cultural facilities of the state including the Idaho State Museum and Old Idaho Penitentiary, and management of the programs under the National Historic Preservation Act, including the National Register of Historic Places Programs.

The Idaho State Historical Society serves over 110,000 people each year through educational programs, inspiring exhibitions, fun events, genealogy and family history, research use, and technical assistance. Annually, over 15,000 school- aged children benefit from ISHS programs and visits.


Arts & Culture
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Arts & Culture, Education & Literacy, Justice & Legal


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Old Idaho Penitentiary2445 Old Penitentiary RoadBoise, ID 83712



  • History




  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training

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