Volunteers are important to the success of the Ocean County Historical Society. Every volunteer can find a place here and learn about the many facets of the museum and research environment within the historic Elizabeth Sculthorp Force house and Research Center. Volunteers can participate in almost every area and positions require skills from entry level to more advanced research. Volunteer placement is based on interests, skills, and project needs. We believe that volunteers bring energy and life to the Society through the time and skills they donate. Volunteers bring energy and life to the Society through the time and skills they donate. Whatever you do, whatever your skills, whatever you enjoy, you can make a difference with the Society.
Sample volunteer roles include:
- Assist with visitors at museum events and public programs including the
development of “traveling exhibits”
- Lead guided tours of the Elizabeth Sculthorp Force House
- Assist with planning, researching, and labeling of exhibits
- Learn the proper care and storage of the museum’s large textile collection
- Install exhibits
- Conduct archival research
- Catalog records and documents
- Set up collections
- Office administration
- Program Events
Here are some examples of volunteer opportunities:
Education: Be a docent/tour guide by leading visitors, including school groups, around the museum and sharing both our permanent and temporary exhibits.
Research Center: Improve access to and preservation of historical documents; edit and update records in the digitized catalog; maintain and document collections of printed materials and photographs; create titles for manuscript collections; respond to research and genealogy inquiries.
Museum/Collections: Research objects in the Society’s museum collection; assist with exhibition research and mounting of exhibits; respond to inquiries about the collection; assist with cataloguing the inventory of artifacts.
Imaging: Assist with the cataloging of photographs and reproductions of collection materials.
Public Relations and Marketing: Assist with mailings to members and donors, assist with calendar updates to the media; assist with press releases for public relations related projects.
Gardens & Grounds: Assist in maintaining the Society’s Victorian gardens and grounds by planting, mulching, fertilizing, watering, weeding, and deadheading.
Administrative: Meeting and greeting visitors; answering the telephone; assisting with filing, organizing supplies, preparing mailings, taking photographs
Publications:Writing, editing, and publishing works relevant to the history of Ocean County.
Development: Assist with fundraising activities including grant writing.
Your experience should be as enjoyable for you as it is valuable to the Society. Become a volunteer at the Ocean County Historical Society. How? Request an application by calling: 732-341-1880 or emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also download a form directly from this web page and then submit the completed form online to the Society.
We welcome your interest and help.