As The Osceola County Historical Society grows, so does our need for volunteers. Whether you can give one hour or 30 hours a month, any service is appreciated. Volunteering is a rewarding experience and helps promote many causes in the community to make it a better place. With the expansion of our new Pioneer Village, our need for new volunteers is greater now than ever before and we’ve got a list a mile long of ways you can help.
You can become a…
- Greeter. With this position you will welcome and receive visitors to the Welcome Center and History Museum (or eventually the new Pioneer Village). You may be asked to handle small amounts of cash and perform credit card transactions and additional duties may include light office work from time to time. A strong interest in history and the ability to speak well in public are a must. Being self-motivated in learning and expanding your historical knowledge as well as the knowledge of local attractions in order to share it with others is necessary, too.
- Docent. First off, let’s explain the definition of a docent. It is a person who is a knowledgeable guide, especially one who conducts visitors through a museum and delivers a commentary on the exhibitions. In this position you will welcome and receive visitors to the various historical buildings, including school and group tours as well as daily visiting guests. Docents must be familiar with using proper museum etiquette and practice explaining the exhibits through proper interpretive techniques. A strong interest in history and the ability to speak well in public are a must. Volunteers should also be self-motivated in learning and expanding your historical knowledge and sharing this knowledge with others. The position also requires working outdoors and in buildings without air-conditioning or heat throughout the seasons.
- Special Events and Outreach Program Volunteer. Special events are a great way for people to volunteer on a less regular basis. Our special events occur roughly once a month and may require a full day’s service on site. Volunteers may be asked to help with set up, tear down, acting, general event planning and other various tasks to help run a successful event. Similar to special events, the outreach program occurs roughly once a month but is off-site. Outreach goes to various events throughout the county to set up and manage a booth where you will hand out brochures and help educate the community of our rich history and all The Osceola County Historical Society has to offer.
- Office/Clerical Assistants. Duties entail providing assistance in various areas of administrative operations, including data entry, filing, copying/faxing, bulk mailings (addressing, labeling, inserting, sorting) and answering phones. This position requires basic computer skills and knowledge of word processing software. Previous office experience is a plus, so let us know!
- Collections Assistant. A collections assistant could be photographing and/or cataloging the museum accessions (getting up close and personal with our artifacts!), doing data entry, researching assignments, and/or completing other general clerical duties. This position requires experience working with computer programs such as word and excel and experience working with Pastperfect software is a plus but not required.
- Gardener. Duties include maintaining the various produce and decorative gardens of OCHS’ Pioneer Village. You will provide general maintenance to most other greenery on the grounds so having an interest in gardening and a working knowledge of horticulture is necessary and being knowledgeable of Florida’s native plants is key.
- Facility and Grounds Maintenance. Duties entail keeping the grounds free of debris, pruning and trimming of small trees and plants as needed, maintaining proper control of pests, insects and mounds, and performing handyman-type repairs to the village’s various structures, including small paint jobs and carpentry work when needed. You must be properly skilled in the use of tools and safety procedures, as well.
The Osceola County Historical Society has always had a deep tradition of volunteer’s giving their time to help make our organization a reality. If it was not for the early volunteers and those who have kept it going throughout the years, our organization would not be where it is today. And we most defiantly could not continue to prosper without our dedicated volunteers. As a volunteer with The Osceola County Historical Society we hope that you are able to gain as equally, if not more, than you are giving to us.