Volunteer Descriptions

Thank you for your interest in the Chadds Ford Historical Society's volunteering program. We are grateful to have a core of dedicated volunteers who make a difference in the lives of people in the Chadds Ford community. Volunteering with us will provide you an opportunity to share your knowledge, learn new skills and enjoy fun and rewarding experiences. We hope you like spending time with us and enjoy the camaraderie of friends and neighbors you will find here. Your involvement directly supports the Society's mission of  educating the public and preserving and protecting our historic heritage. Please check out the application and printer friendly list at the bottom of this page.

 

The following are examples of the roles that some of our volunteers perform

Costumed Interpreter and Guide: School and youth groups

 

Description: Some guides conduct tours of our 18th century homes while wearing reproduction 18th century clothing. Others instruct and supervise youth concerning quill pen writing, games, weaving, cooking or other traditional skills or tasks.

Qualifications: Ability to communicate with school-aged children, enthusiasm, friendliness, and willingness to learn about the houses and colonial crafts.

Training: 4 hours of one-on-one or small group training and guidebook

Commitment: 6 tours a year

When needed: By agreement, (often in November, April, May and June, or for summer camp)

 

Costumed Interpreter and Guide: adult tours and summer weekends

 

Description: Conduct tours of our 18th century homes while wearing reproduction 18th century clothing.

Qualifications: Ability to communicate comfortably with all ages, willingness to learn about our homes and colonial Chadds Ford

Training: 2 hours of one-on-one or small group training and study guidebook

Commitment: 6 tours in the year

When needed: By agreement (often 1-5 on Saturday and Sunday June through September)

Special Event Assistant

 

Description: Assist with major fundraisers from August through the first weekend in December.  These include Chadds Ford Days (early in September), Pumpkin Carve (late October) and Candlelight Christmas house tours (first Saturday in December).  Volunteers are needed to run committees and to work during the events. Committees include: raffle, parking, admissions, ticket sales, setting up grounds, event cleanup, sales, information booth, children’s activities and coordinating crafters/artists/carvers/etc.

Qualifications: Enthusiasm, friendliness, willingness to promote the organization

Training: On-the-job training with a volunteer

Commitment: 12 hours a year

When needed: By agreement, depending on the event, usually between August and mid-December

Administrative and Clerical Support

 

Description: Assist in the preparation of mailings by stamping, stuffing and sorting envelopes; filing, etc.

Qualifications: Enthusiasm, friendliness, willingness to promote the organization

Training: on-the-job training with a volunteer

Commitment: 4 hours a month for 1 year

When needed: By agreement, when office is open

Collection and Exhibit Design

 

Description: Receive newly donated items and process them, including description and paperwork; OR research, design, and install temporary exhibits. Exhibits can be small displays in a case or the annual, large one in the gallery which opens in May

Qualifications: Focus on details as well as overall project, enthusiasm and dedication; familiarity with antiques or exhibit design helpful

Training: On-the-job training with staff or volunteer

Commitment: 4 hours a month for 1 year

When needed: By agreement; annual exhibit design concentrated January to May

Communication

 

Description: Assist with event publication preparation including rack cards, posters, newsletter and public relations (write press releases and advertisements)

Qualifications: Enthusiasm, willingness to do some research and willing to promote the organization; basic computer literacy a plus.

Training: On-the-job training with a volunteer

Commitment: 4 hours a month for 1 year

When needed: By agreement, when the office is open

Data Entry: Membership and Collections, utilizing GiftWorks and Past Perfect softwares

 

Description: Enter and update information and print letters as needed

Qualifications: Familiarity with Windows, Microsoft Word and Excel or databases is helpful

Training: 2 hours of one-on-one training with staff member and software manuals

Commitment: 8 hours a month for 1 year

When needed: By agreement, when the office is open

Gardening

 

Description: Care for garden plants at Visitors Center and John Chads House by planting, watering, weeding, and mulching

Qualifications: Enjoying outdoor work, ablity to work on hands and knees with little problem standing up; some experience preferred

Training: On the-job-training with a volunteer

Commitment: 2 hours every other week

When needed: Spring through fall

Historic Housekeeping

 

Description: Clean, and wax, architectural features and historic collection items in keeping with museum guidelines

Qualifications: Detail oriented, comfort with handling antiques; an interest in historic items

Training: One-on-one training concerning object handling and collections care, including hands-on training; cleaning supplies provided

Commitment: 4 hours a month for 1 year

When needed: By agreement, when the office is open

Host/ Hostess

 

Description: Welcome and greet visitors; answer the telephone; take messages; promote and process museum shop sales; turn on video; promote the organization

Qualifications: Comfort working with public; enthusiasm and friendliness

Training: On-the-job training with a volunteer

Commitment: 4 hours a month for 1 year

When needed: Fridays: March to December 10-2 pm and weekends: May to August 1-5 pm

Librarian (PastPerfect software)

 

Description: Entering and updating information and printing labels and catalog cards as needed

Qualifications: Able to shelf books in alpha-numeric order, familiarity with Windows, Microsoft Word and Excel or databases is helpful

Training: 2 hours of one-on-one training with staff member and software manuals

Commitment: 8 hours a month for 1 year

When needed: by agreement, when the office is open

Museum Shop Cashier

 

Description: Handle museum shop sales

Qualifications: Friendliness, comfort working with people, money and a credit card machine, willingness to promote the organization

Training: 1 hour training with knowledgeable volunteer

Commitment: 1-4 hours at a time, 6 times a year

When needed: Special events and scheduled tour groups (lectures, Presidents’ Day Open House, school tours, etc.)

Oral History Interviewer

 

Description: Set up appointments with people who have lived locally and who volunteer to speak, and draw them out to talk about their lives

Qualifications: Friendliness, comfort working with people, a good speaking voice; ability to keep in confidence things mentioned but not part of the interview; access to transportation to reach the interview locations

Training: One hour training with knowledgeable volunteer or staff person

Commitment: 1-4 hours at a time, 6 times a year

When needed: At mutually agreeable time between interviewer, interviewee, and technician

Oral History Technician

 

Description: Attend oral history interviews and turn the equipment on and off

Qualifications: Ability to read signage on audio recorder, to attach microphone by screwing it in, and to push buttons to turn the system on, off, and to pause it; access to transportation to reach the interview locations; ability to keep in confidence things mentioned but not part of the interview

Training, Commitment, when needed: See Oral History Interviewer

Oral History Transcriptionist

Description: Listen to oral history interviews and type up an accurate record of what was said

Qualifications: ability to type and good hearing; transcription software and access to laptop is provided

Training: one hour training with knowledgeable volunteer or staff person

Commitment: 4 hours a month for a year

When needed: by agreement, when the office is open

Research Assistant

Description: Work with education, exhibits, and newsletter staff to provide needed facts

Qualifications: a love of history and a desire to inform others; ability to read English; ability to type up notes or legible handwriting

Training: one hour introduction to the office by knowledgeable volunteer or staff person, ongoing direction as needed

Commitment: 4 hours a month for a year

When needed: by agreement, often when the office is open, but can be at other locations

Volunteer application 2015
Please fill out and return this form so we can best match you to a volunteer job that suits your skills and interests.
volunteer application_2015.pdf
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Volunteer brochure
Download this printer friendly list of volunteer opportunities at the Chadds Ford Historical Society.
Volunteer Brochure_2014.pdf
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