Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Volunteer Opportunities by Age

12-17 Years Old

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


18 and Older

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 museums special events that can include, but are not limited to; scout programs, overnights, evening events and more. The roles will vary based on the event, and in the end though will create the ultimate experience to our guests. 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.


VOLUNTEER BENEFITS

  • Training & continuing education
  • Free Parking
  • Discount in gift shop & cafe
  • Invitations to recognition events
  • Pleasant, safe, friendly environment
  • Complimentary membership after volunteering 12 shifts

 

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

Volunteers 18 and older require a background check.