Volunteering at the GRPM

Volunteering at the GRPM brings the opportunity to connect with the community, learn more about the Museum’s worldwide collections and interact with other like-minded people. The GRPM volunteer program is filled with enthusiastic individuals who enjoy working with children and visitors of all ages.

We are looking for volunteers of all ages to join our team! Review the information below on volunteer opportunities and let us know what interests you. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Discovery Cart Volunteers

Volunteers will have the opportunity to engage with our visitors through exhibit interpretation, hands on activities through the use of the discovery carts and assisting visitors as they experience exhibitions. Scheduling based on your availability.

Discovery Guides

Volunteers will have the opportunity to engage with our visitors through exhibit interpretation, hands on activities through the use of the discovery carts and assisting visitors as they experience exhibitions.

Educators

Volunteers will have the opportunity to engage with school groups that can range from 20 to 30 students. Volunteers will help shape the minds of the students, as you engage them in one of our many different programs. Volunteers will be able to choose which program they would like to train on and teach. No prior subject knowledge is required. Training provided. Daytime shifts available Monday – Friday.

Some of the classes offered are:

  • Grand Rapids Then and Now
  • River of Time
  • Fur Trader

Event Specialist

Volunteers have the opportunity to assist in the Museum’s special events that can include, but are not limited to; scout programs, overnights, evening events and more. Roles vary based on individual events. Scheduling is based on your availability.

Exhibit Interpreter

Volunteers will have the opportunity to engage with school groups and our guests through enlightening them on their shop. Volunteers will be able to choose which shop they would like to train on and work. Scheduling is based on your availability.

Greeter

Volunteer greeters will assist creating great customer experience by helping large groups and schools find out where they are suppose to go when they arrive. These shifts will vary based on the groups for the day, so volunteers will have the option to be discovery guides so they can help our other guest after the groups have entered. Scheduling is based on your availability.

Saturday Curiosity Labs

Assist a Museum education team member in teaching about the watershed, through helping visitors with hands-on science and other activities that will change week to week. Curiosity Labs are most Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Great opportunity for teens!

Volunteer Benefits

  • Free Parking
  • Complimentary membership after volunteering 12 shifts
  • Discount in Curiosity Shop & Cafe
  • Training & continuing education
  • Invitations to recognition events

If you have questions, please email Mo Fleming at mfleming@grpm.org or call 616.929.1753.

Volunteers 18 and older require a background check.