• 12 people are interested

Museum Front Desk Volunteer

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ORGANIZATION: Historical Society of Western Virginia

  • 12 people are interested

Looking to get out of the house? Wanting to help a worth while organization? Volunteering in the museum gift shop is a perfect and easy opportunity to do both.

This volunteer opportunity is straight-forward and fairly easy, but it makes a world of difference for the small museum staff. We are looking for a few long-term volunteers to help at the front desk for the Roanoke History/O. Winston Link Museums.

We have visitors not just from across the country, but across the world so volunteers get to hear about visitors' interesting connections to the Roanoke area and to Link. Volunteers also get to watch the trains along the tracks outside the museum. Some days there are only a few visitors so volunteers are welcome to bring a book with them for while it is slow. When we do have visitors and shoppers, hearing stories from the guests and many times answering their questions with recommendations about things to do or places to eat in the area make the volunteer's shift go by so fast.

The primary tasks of volunteers would be to interact with visitors through the sale of admissions and gift shop merchandise and assist museum staff with some museum operations. Only minimal training is need and will be provided. The gift shop volunteers are a vital part of the organization and make it possible for the very small staff to be able to focus on the operation of the museum and the conservation of Roanoke's heritage.

4 Shifts

  • 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM
    Thursday morning shift
  • 01:00 PM to 04:30 PM
    Thursday Afternoon Shift
  • afternoon / 01:00 PM to 04:30 PM
    Wednesday Afternoon
  • 01:00 PM to 04:30 PM
    Tuesday afternoon shift
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About Historical Society of Western Virginia


101 Shenandoah Ave. NE, ROANOKE, VA 24011, US

Mission Statement

The Historical Society of Western Virginia exists to promote an interest in the broad spectrum of history with emphasis on that of southwestern Virginia; to collect, preserve, interpret, and make available materials relating to that history; to sponsor research and publication in the field of regional history; and to provide educational services to people and institutions throughout southwestern Virginia.


As a fledgling institution, the Historical Society of Western Virginia first opened in two steel file cabinets and lobby space in the Roanoke Main Library in 1957 and created the History Museum shortly after. Over the years we went on to occupy various commercial storefronts in downtown Roanoke.

When Roanoke's Center in the Square opened in 1983 in the renovated 1914 McGuire warehouse in the city market square, the Historical Society and History Museum became one of five nonprofit anchor tenants of this revitalization project. Garnering international and national awards, Center in the Square fulfilled the city's dream to revive a decaying downtown and boost a flagging cultural community.

Most recently, the History Museum has combined with it's sister museum, the O. Winston Link Museum, housed in the former N&W Passenger Station on Shenandoah Ave.

The History Museum's collection comprises the largest repository of material devoted to tracing the human history of Western Virginia, a story that harkens back to our roots as a commonwealth and a nation.


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We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 4 shifts


101 Shenandoah Ave. NERoanoke, VA 24016



  • Administrative Support
  • Customer Service
  • Retail / Sales
  • Basic Computer Skills


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training

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