Volunteer Opportunities

Do you love working with people?  Are you outgoing? Have an interest in history and culture? Be a part of the fun at the Museum! Learn more about volunteering. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator Joyce Makinen at 616.929.1753 or jmakinen@grmuseum.org. 


Discovery Cart Volunteer – demonstrates a variety of museum artifacts, encouraging customers to investigate.  Artifact kits include hats, musical instruments, shipwrecks

  • Programs are given throughout the museum
  • Ability to learn details of the artifacts
  • Ability to move demonstration cart throughout the museum
  • Speaking & presentation skills
  • Training & evaluation required
  • Commit to one three hour shift per week
  • Monday through Friday 9:30AM to 12:30PM
  • 12 or older


Docent Volunteer – offer school group programming designed to meet education guidelines and emphasis museum exhibits

  • Programs are given in museum exhibits
  • Ability to learn program scripts
  • Need speaking & presentation skills
  • Ability to climb stairs
  • Training & evaluation required
  • Available weekdays during school hours, must be available fall and spring especially November & May
  • Commit to fifty hours per year
  • 18 or older 


Exhibit Interpreter Volunteer – enhance customer experience by providing insight about an exhibit, make the museum come alive

  • Stationed in museum’s permanent exhibits
  • Ability to learn details of the exhibit
  • Need speaking & presentation skills
  • Training & evaluation required
  • Commit to one three hour shift per week
  • 18 or older
  • Monday 9:30AM to 12:30PM & 12:30PM to 3:30PM
  • Tuesday 12:30PM to 3:30PM
  • Wednesday 9:30AM to 12:30PM
  • Thursday 12:30PM to 3:30PM


Event Specialist Volunteer – provide customer service for a variety of events & programs, including assisting, directing, offering fun activities for customers

  • Stationed throughout the museum
  • Ability to learn a variety of duties including greeting, directing, assisting with crafts, participating in temporary exhibits
  • Need speaking and presentation skills
  • Training required
  • Available weekdays, weekends and evenings
  • Commit to 30 hours minimum per year
  • 12 or older


The GRPM provides the following benefits to volunteers:

Training & continuing education

Free Parking

Free Museum & Planetarium admission

Discount in gift shop & cafe

Invitations to recognition events

Pleasant, safe, friendly environment 

Dress code – clean, neat, casual or required costume

Complimentary membership after volunteering fifty hours


Learn more about these opportunities by completing this form or calling 616.456.3977.

Join the crew and become part of a very important team.