• Volunteer

    Help us bring the city of Tacoma's birthplace to life.

    Volunteers of all ages, interests and skill levels are welcome.

    Training and reference materials provided. We'll give you the tools to succeed!


    Send in your volunteer application form today or contact us for more information.

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteers are critical to our mission. Learn more about how you can make a difference.

    Museum Greeters

    Welcome museum visitors and share your enthusiasm for local history

    Our docents are friendly ambassadors who greet museum guests and engage them in learning about the life in the 1800s. The museum is open Wed-Sat afternoons and is the visitor center for Old Town, Tacoma.

    Field Trip Assistants

    Assist with fun, hands-on activities for elementary school students

    The museum welcomes school visits on weekday mornings. Our field trip assistants engage small groups of elementary students in easy-to-learn arts, crafts and games.

    Special Events Assistants

    Help us build a stronger Tacoma community

    Special event assists welcome guests and assist with creative arts and crafts activities during our annual Pioneer Days Festival and Santa Visits Old Town. Volunteers also help to set-up and clean-up for single-day events at the museum and in the community.

    Tour Guides

    Showcase Old Town's historic buildings and landmarks

    Tour guides lead walking tours of historic Old Town Tacoma for elementary school students, senior groups and the community. Exploring the neighborhood and seeing historical places makes a lasting impression for our visitors.


    Share your love for folk arts and traditional crafts

    Demonstrate your skills in weaving, spinning, quilting, woodworking or other folk crafts with children and the community. Skilled craftspeople help the Museum to bring the past to life for visitors of all ages.

  • Skills-Based Volunteers

    Use your professional expertise to give back to the Tacoma community.

    Professional stipends may be available.

    Send in your volunteer application form today or contact us for more information.

    Living History Performers

    Interpret life on the Oregon Trail and in Puget Sound during the mid-1800s using historic artifacts to help our guests step back in time. Performers also can portray various people and professions from the history of Old Town Tacoma.

    Folk Musicians

    Entertain children and families with old-time songs and folk music during field trips and community events. Performances can range from 15-60 minutes.


    Use storytelling to captivate museum visitors of all ages during community events, school field trips and our summer storytime series.

    Photographers and Videographers

    Showcase museum events with your photography and/or videography skills. Photos and video help to convey the mission, history, and programs of the museum.

    Skills-Based Volunteers

    Working professionals and retirees help the Museum to build and sustain capacity with fundraising, grant writing, marketing, exhibit design, and other areas of expertise. If you have something to contribute, let us know.

  • Internships

    Develop your educational knowledge and professional skills

    Send in your volunteer application form today or contact us for more information.

    Project-Based Internships

    Build your professional resume

    Internship projects are available in several subject areas - museum studies, history, education, performing arts, marketing, social media and technology.


    Examples of past internship projects include:

    * Research local history topics for publication

    * Conduct oral histories

    * Design museum exhibits

    * Create an online historical walking tour

    * Develop new interactive programming for elementary school students

    * Nonprofit management and board governance

    University or College Credit Available

    Educational credit may be available for students.

    Project-based internships are generally 5-15 hours per week. Days and hours are flexible. Internship dates are flexible, depending on your class schedule and availability.

  • Apply today!

    Volunteer with the Cabin

    We’d love to meet with you to talk more about how your skills, interests and availability might match with our volunteer opportunities. Seeing the Museum in-person will help you get a better understanding of what we do. You can stop by anytime during the Museum’s open hours to speak with our team.

    Please bring a completed volunteer application form with you.


    We welcome volunteers of all ages, interests and skill levels.

    * Teens (15-17) may volunteer with permission from a parent/guardian.

    * Adolescents (10-14) may volunteer if a parent/guardian remains on-site at the Museum to supervise them directly.

    Volunteer Listings

    We also post new and ongoing volunteer opportunities on VolunteerMatch and United Way of Pierce County.

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