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Guest Services Front Desk

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ORGANIZATION: Mead Cultural Education Center


The Mead Cultural Education Center is looking for individuals out-going and passionate about history! We are seeking volunteers who would like to work at the guest services front desk of the museum.

There are several shift options available. From June-August, the museum is open 10 am - 4 pm Monday-Friday. September-May the museum is on winter hours 12 pm - 4 pm Monday-Friday. Various shifts and flexible hours are available! We also need "subs" someone who would prefer not to have a set-shift and instead be called if there is an opening and they have availability. We work around your schedule!

Position Responsibilities:

  • Welcome visitors on arrival to the museum and orient them to the facility, provide map materials and overview of the permanent and temporary exhibitions.
  • Process admission and gift shop sales using an iPad (Square point of sale system) for cash and credit card transactions. Responsible for daily cash handling procedures and accountability of all transactions, ensuring integrity in cash handling.
  • Monitor gallery areas and check in with visitors during their tour, address visitor questions and concerns with empathy and insight.

Organization & Position Overview:

The Mead Cultural Education Center is home to the Yankton County Historical Society, Dakota Territorial Museum, and the future home of the Yankton College Alumni Education Center. The Mead Building was constructed in 1909. It was originally part of the women’s ward for the Yankton State Hospital. Since 2008 the Yankton County Historical Society has been rehabilitating the building and its restoration continues every day. The Mead Cultural Education Center is seeking outgoing and friendly individuals who have a passion for history to greet and welcome visitors upon their arrival to the museum. As the Visitor Services Museum Guide, you ensure the highest quality front-line experience for all museum visitors while modeling exemplary customer service.

3 Shifts

  • morning / 10:00 AM to 11:45 AM
    10 am - 12 pm (noon)
  • 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
  • afternoon / 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM
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About Mead Cultural Education Center


82 Mickelson Dr., Yankton, SD 57078, US

Mission Statement

The Yankton County Historical Society, through the Mead Cultural Education Center, provides an authentic historical experience of the Yankton area from pre-Dakota Territory to modern day.


In June 1936, Yankton’s first museum opened under the direction of the Daniel Newcomb Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1961, the Yankton County Historical Society (YCHS) was officially formed and took over care of the museum and collections. A new building was erected next to the old one in 1971 located in Riverside Park. That building served for thirty years. In 2012, the YCHS Board of Directors accepted the task of saving a building located on the north edge of Yankton that was part of the former Dakota Hospital for the Insane campus. The Board began the multi-million dollar venture of saving and rehabilitating the building for use as a museum and education center.

The Mead Building was constructed in 1909 under the direction of Dr. Leonard C. Mead. It was originally part of the women’s ward of the State Hospital. It was a grand facility utilized until the 1980’s, and re- opened to the public in December of 2018 as The Mead Cultural Education Center (MCEC). The MCEC is home to the Yankton County Historical Society, Dakota Territorial Museum Collection, and the Joseph and Sarah Wood Ward Alumni & Educational Center of Yankton College and Alumni offices (located on the 3rd floor of the Mead Building). The first two floors have completed exhibits and traveling exhibits space. The basement and east wing are still in the construction phase. We are also fundraising for Heritage Park and planning to move all our historic buildings in 2022.


Arts & Culture
Arts & Culture, Community


We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 3 shifts


82 Mickelson DriveYankton, SD 57078



  • General Education
  • Office Reception
  • Customer Service
  • Transactions
  • Retail / Sales
  • People Skills


  • People 55+


  • 2 hour shift, 4 hour shift, or 6 hour shift.
  • Willing to learn about the museum exhibits and general history of Yankton.

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