Available Volunteer/Internship Positions

These positions and their descriptions may be changed or altered at any time at the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ discretion. These positions are also open to internships.

Administrative & Data Entry Assistant

Purpose: Provides administrative support for the HCA staff.


Qualifications: Interested individuals should be reliable and punctual, have good communication and interpersonal skills, take directions well, complete projects with accuracy, flexible in job assignments, and willing to learn. Knowledge of computer software such as Microsoft Word, Access, and Excel is helpful!

Sites: Various sites throughout the state of Delaware, including our Division's Administrative Office and our museum sites.

Timeframe: We will work as best as we can to accommodate the volunteer's schedule; however our schedule is limited to the time in which sites and facilities are operating. Please check with the Volunteer Services Coordinator for specific hours of operation.

Activities and Responsibilities:

  • Aid the on-site staff.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding information.
  • May require use of a computer, telephone system, scanner, fax, and/or shredder.
  • Perform duties and report procedures in a timely manner, sometimes by set deadlines.
  • General data entry duties, depending on skills of volunteer.
  • Maintain variety of files and their updates in an organized manner.
  • Help coordinate Special Events at museum sites.
  • Other opportunities which have been discussed, assigned, and agreed upon between the volunteer and the site supervisor.

Other Requirements: Any volunteer sixteen (16) years of age or under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for the duration of the volunteer project. All potential volunteers are required to complete a volunteer application.

Supervision:Volunteers will report to the on-site supervisor and to the Volunteer Services Coordinator.

Benefits:

Working Conditions: The majority of this work is indoors, and may require work on a computer for long periods of time. All administrative facilities are temperature controlled.

Archaeological Lab/Field Assistant

Purpose: Assists with the processing of archaeological collections and participate in field assignments (e.g. excavations, analysis, mapping, photography, recordation, research, etc.).


Qualifications: We are looking for a self-motivated, outgoing volunteer who works well within a team and is able to complete assigned tasks in a timely and efficient manner. Knowledge and passion for history is a plus! Must be reliable, flexible, willing to learn, and attentive to detail. Ability to use a computer, learn proper techniques when handling artifacts, and write or adhere small numbers on artifacts may be necessary. Knowledge of computer software such as MicroSoft Word, Access, and Excel is helpful! Experience, education, and/or an interest in archaeology can be helpful, although not required.

Sites: Archaelogical facilities in Dover, DE and/or Archeological Laboratory in Lewes, DE; archaeological field locations as assigned

Timeframe: We will work as best as we can to accommodate the volunteer's schedule, however our schedule is limited to the time in which projects need to be completed, and our operating hours, as well as weather dependant..

Activities and Responsibilities:

  • Aid the on-site staff.
  • Ability to follow protocol, and learn appropriate field/laboratory methods.
  • Stay informed about services, schedule, and activities.
  • Assist with special projects and or events.
  • Other opportunities which have been discussed, assigned, and agreed upon between the volunteer and the site supervisor.

Other Requirements: Any volunteer sixteen (16) years of age or under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for the duration of the volunteer project. All potential volunteers are required to complete a volunteer application.

Supervision: Volunteers will report to the on site supervisor and to the Volunteer Services Coordinator.

Benefits: The opportunity to experience hands-on archeological work!

Working Conditions: This volunteer opportunity may require periods of time standing, outdoor hands-on experience, and/or the use of a computer system. Some field work may require the use of a variety of tools, however training on proper handling techniques will be provided.

Collections Management Assistant

Purpose: Provides collections processing support to the Curator of Collections Management.


Qualifications: We are looking for a self-motivated, outgoing volunteer who works well within a team and is able to complete assigned tasks in a timely and efficient manner. Knowledge and passion for history is a plus! Must be reliable, flexible, willing to learn, and attentive to detail. Ability to use a computer, learn proper techniques when handling collection items, and write or adhere small numbers on collection pieces may be necessary.

Sites: C.A.R.E. Facilities located in Dover, DE.

Timeframe: We will work as best as we can to accommodate the volunteer's schedule, however our schedule is limited to the time in which our facilities are opened, staffed, and operating. Please check with the Volunteer Services Coordinator for specific hours of operation.

Activities and Responsibilities:

  • Assist staff with processing, cataloging, and researching collections.
  • Handle collections with care according to Historical and Cultural Affairs'standards.
  • Ability to follow protocol.
  • Stay informed about services, schedule, and activities.
  • Assist with special projects and or events.
  • General cleaning and housekeeping.
  • Other opportunities which have been discussed, assigned, and agreed upon between the volunteer and the site supervisor.

Other Requirements: Must be at least 17 years of age. All potential volunteers are required to complete a volunteer application.

Supervision: Volunteers will report to the on site supervisor and to the Volunteer Services Coordinator.

Benefits: Knowledge and hands-on experience with collection items.

Working Conditions: This volunteer opportunity may require periods of time standing. Some work may require the use of a computer system. The majority of this work is indoors, and all curatorial facilities are environmentally controlled.

Special Events Assistant

Purpose: Provides event support to HCA staff.


Qualifications: Interested individuals should be reliable and punctual, have good communication and interpersonal skills, take directions well, complete projects with accuracy, flexible in job assignments, and willing to learn.

Sites: Select museum and facility sites throughout the state of Delaware as well as the Woodburn Mansion in Dover and the Buena Vista State Conference Center in New Castle.

Timeframe: We will work as best as we can to accommodate the volunteer's schedule, however our schedule is limited to the time in which sites and facilities are operating, and on the Division's schedule of Special Events. Volunteers will be scheduled on an "as needed" basis.

Activities and Responsibilities:

  • Aide the onsite staff.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding guest information.
  • May require use of a computer, telephone system, scanner, fax, and/or shredder.
  • Perform duties and report procedures in a timely manner.
  • Help with set up, break down, and clean up of Special Events.
  • Greet and welcome guests; provide guest assistance.
  • Other opportunities which have been discussed, assigned, and agreed upon between the volunteer and the site supervisor.

Other Requirements:All potential volunteers are required to complete a volunteer application.

Supervision:Volunteers will report to the on site supervisor and to the Volunteer Services Coordinator.

Benefits:Opportunity to develop customer service skills!

Working Conditions: The majority of this work is indoors, however outdoor help may be needed. Assistance for Special Events may include moderate lifting and carrying, and use of household appliances/equipment.

Gardening/Landscaping Assistant

Purpose: Provides grounds care support for our horticulture team.


Qualifications: We are looking for volunteers who work well within a team and have an interest and/or knowledge or skills in basic gardening, ornamental horticulture, or general plant-related topics. Experience or education in horticulture is a plus! This opportunity may also suitable for groups!

Sites: Various sites throughout the state of Delaware, including our museum sites, the Woodburn Mansion in Dover, and the Buena Vista Conference Center in New Castle.

Timeframe: We will work as best as we can to accommodate the volunteer's schedule, however our schedule is limited to the time in which horticulture assignments need to be completed, our sites' operating hours, and may be dependant on the weather conditions.

Activities and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with grounds care, including pruning, planting, mulching, and overall plant maintenance.
  • Water and weed landscaped areas.
  • Prune small trees and shrubs to maintain size.
  • Provide support in our greenhouse.
  • Assist in landscape construction and development.
  • Identification and removal of invasive species.
  • Other opportunities which have been discussed, assigned, and agreed upon between the volunteer and the site supervisor.

Other Requirements: Any volunteer sixteen (16) years of age or under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for the duration of the volunteer project. All potential volunteers are required to complete a volunteer application.

Supervision: Volunteers will report to the on site supervisor and to the Volunteer Services Coordinator.

Benefits: Develop horticulture skills while gaining hands-on experience!

Working Conditions: This volunteer opportunity may require kneeling, lifting materials, and working outdoors during all weather conditions. Volunteers will be provided with supplies and equipment necessary to complete the project assigned. Projects may require the use of gardening tools, and if so, volunteers will be trained on any equipment which may be unfamiliar.

Historic Site Interpreter

Purpose: Provides support for the staff interpreters.


Skills and Areas of Interest: Knowledge and passion for Delaware history. Ability to communicate well and speak in front of an audience is a plus! Docents must be enthusiastic, reliable, and willing to learn. They should have an interest in working with people, especially students of all ages and individuals of diverse backgrounds. Experience in education, teaching, and/or prior work as a Docent/Interpreter can be helpful, although not required.

Sites: All museum sites throughout the state of Delaware.

Timeframe: We will try our best to accommodate the volunteer's schedule, however our schedule is limited to the time in which our museums are open for tours. Operating hours vary depending on the museum and can be found on Our Museums Page.

Activities and Responsibilities:

  • Aid the on-site staff.
  • Familiarize public and offer general information about the museum.
  • Stay informed about museum services, schedules, and activities.
  • Assist with special projects and/or events.
  • Attend docent trainings and workshops.
  • Ensure displays and artifacts are not vandalized or stolen.
  • General cleaning and housekeeping.
  • General administrative tasks such as answering telephone calls.
  • Other opportunities which have been discussed, assigned, and agreed upon between the volunteer and the site supervisor.

Other Requirements: All potential volunteers are required to complete a volunteer application.

Supervision: Volunteers will report to the on-site supervisor and to the Volunteer Services Coordinator.

Benefits: Opportunity to help Save Delaware History!

Working Conditions: This volunteer opportunity may require long periods of time standing or on your feet. The majority of this work is indoors, in our museums. All museums are temperature controlled.

Maintenance/Building Trades Assistant

Purpose: Provides support for the HCA Maintenance staff.


Qualifications: We are looking volunteers who work well within a team and are able to assist staff with general maintenance and up-keep of facilities. Willingness to work outdoors in all weather conditions and ability to perform active work, which may include lifting and use of equipment and tools is necessary. An interest and/or background in maintenance trades is a plus!

Sites: All sites throughout the state of Delaware.

Timeframe: We will work as best as we can to accommodate the volunteer's schedule, however our schedule is limited to the time in which projects need to be completed, and our operating hours, as well as weather dependant..

Activities and Responsibilities:

  • Aid the on-site staff.
  • Support maintenance staff with various routine day-to-day and one-time projects, which may include painting, repairs, and construction.
  • Other opportunities which have been discussed, assigned, and agreed upon between the volunteer and the site supervisor.

Other Requirements: Any volunteer sixteen (16) years of age or under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for the duration of the volunteer project. All potential volunteers are required to complete a volunteer application.

Supervision: Volunteers will report to the on site supervisor and to the Volunteer Services Coordinator.

Benefits: Active volunteers are invited to attend an annual recognition event in which individuals will be recognized for the valuable work and contribution. Recognition items and certificated will be awarded based on hours contributed throughout the year.

Working Conditions: This volunteer opportunity may require long periods of time standing or on your feet, heavy lifting, use of equipment and/or tools, and outdoor work. Projects that require outdoor work may be weather contingent. Volunteers will be provided with supplies and equipment necessary to complete the project assigned. Volunteers will be briefed on any equipment and/or tools that are unfamiliar. Volunteers are not expected to operate equipment if uncomfortable or unsure about proper handling. Volunteer's safety is our first priority.

Photographer - Events/Sites

Purpose: Maintains up-to-date photographs of our sites and aide staff in taking photographic documentation of division events. Photographs taken may be used on our website and in other electronic and print communications, such as brochures, web media, newsletters, etc.

Qualifications: We are looking for creative, self-motivated volunteers who can work independently and complete assigned tasks in a timely and efficient manner. Knowledge and passion for history is a plus! Must be reliable and flexible, and experience and/or education in photography preferred.

Sites: All sites throughout the state of Delaware.

Timeframe: Photography assignments are on an as-needed basis. We will work as best as we can to accommodate the volunteer's schedule, however assignments may be weather contingent and will also depend on the site's schedules, including the dates and times of special events.

Activities and Responsibilities:

  • Capture the spirit of events and historic sites through various photographic techniques.
  • Able to take artistic direction.
  • Able to work with little direction.
  • Produce quality photographs within a timely manner.
  • Other opportunities which have been discussed, assigned, and agreed upon between the volunteer and the site supervisor.

Other Requirements: Must be at least 17 years of age, able to provide own transportation, ability to take quality photography for publications, and volunteers will need to provide their own camera. All potential volunteers are required to complete a volunteer application.

Supervision:Volunteers will report to the Volunteer Services Coordinator.

Benefits:Opportunity to build your photography portfolio! Photography credit will be given when used. Active volunteers are invited to attend an annual recognition event in which individuals will be recognized for the valuable work and contribution. Recognition items and certificated will be awarded based on hours contributed throughout the year.

Working Conditions: This volunteer opportunity may require travel at the volunteer's expense as well as outdoor conditions.

Research Assistant

Purpose: Helps staff in further research of Delaware History!


Qualifications: Knowledge and passion for Delaware History is a plus! Experience or education in historical research, can be helpful, although not required.

Sites: Select museum and facility sites throughout the state of Delaware.

Timeframe: We will work as best as we can to accommodate the volunteer's schedule, however our schedule is limited to the time in which our facilities are opened, staffed, and operating. Please check with the Volunteer Services Coordinator for specific hours of operation.

Activities and Responsibilities:

  • Aide the onsite staff with research, sometimes requiring the use of a computer system.
  • Follow procedures and protocol.
  • Ability to meet and follow deadlines.
  • Stay informed about services, schedule, and activities.
  • Assist with special projects and or events.
  • Other opportunities which have been discussed, assigned, and agreed upon between the volunteer and the site supervisor.

Other Requirements: Any volunteer sixteen (16) years of age or under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for the duration of the volunteer project. All potential volunteers are required to complete a volunteer application.

Supervision:Volunteers will report to the on site supervisor and to the Volunteer Services Coordinator.

Benefits:Active volunteers are invited to attend an annual recognition event in which individuals will be recognized for the valuable work and contribution. Recognition items and certificated will be awarded based on hours contributed throughout the year.

Working Conditions: The majority of this work is indoors, and may require work on a computer for long periods of time. All administrative facilities are temperature controlled.