Volunteer Opportunities

Our next Volunteer Recruitment and Orientation is Wednesday, January 16, 2019 (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.). Staff will share insight to the Museum, review various volunteer roles, answer questions and meet one-on-one with you.

  • Welcome Host training is Tuesday, January 29 and Wednesday, January 30 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
  • Docent training is every Tuesday and Thursday in August (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.). If you want join our program sooner rather than later, then come to the Recruitment and Orientation above. Depending on your interests, we may be able to place you in another volunteer role until docent training begins.

The Museum accepts volunteer applications on an ongoing basis for annual and seasonal service opportunities.

Annual Volunteers

  • Serve in roles that are consistently available throughout the year and can be regularly scheduled.
  • Require 1- year commitment with 2 shifts per month (when applicable).
  • Include the following roles:


Docent  Museum Docents are both teachers and learners. Docents create the social and educative environment in which Museum teaching and learning take place. Docents work in the galleries and classrooms conducting museum-based lessons and integrating tour themes with exhibition content, and some choose to work with all ages, while others prefer working with just adults or with students.
Education Assistant – Education Assistants help with programming for students, children, and families, in the Museum galleries, classroom, or meeting spaces to enhance the quality of the visitor experience and help learners connect with collections and exhibitions. Activities may range from gathering teaching materials, demonstrating crafts, or leading parts of a museum-based lesson plan.
Event Assistant – Event Assistants are volunteers for either the Development Department (Special Events) or the Finance Department (Facility Rentals and Meetings) at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum work closely with and support the staff in the duties of preparing for group registration, implementation, and event follow-up.
Program Assistant – Program Assistants conduct public programs in the galleries, classroom, or meeting spaces to enhance the quality of the visitor experience and help visitors interpret collections and exhibitions. Activities may range from introducing speakers to leading book club discussions, with a general focus on adult learners. This is a good opportunity if you enjoy working with people, are friendly, enjoy meeting new people, and being an ambassador for arts and culture, the Museum, and the community.
  Welcome Host – Welcome Hosts greet visitors, distribute general information, orient and educate visitors about Museum exhibitions, galleries, and programs, answers general questions about the area. As public relations ambassadors for the Museum, they are among the first, front-line team members visitors encounter and they help set a positive tone for visitors’ experiences.

Seasonal Volunteers:

  • Serve in roles that vary month to month and are not regularly scheduled.
  • Require only 1 shift per year in the assigned role(s).
  • Include the following roles:
Mail Assistant These positions support the Museum by performing the clerical task of stuffing envelopes for invitations, fund-raising letters or other mass-mailing correspondence. Mailing Assistants support the Mailroom directly by providing a sufficient number of volunteers to finish the job in a few hours, so the Mailroom can focus upon labeling and bundling the envelopes for delivery to the US postal system.
Art Seller – Art sellers participate in the Prix de West, Cowboy Crossings, and Small Works, Great Wonders. includes answering questions about specific artists and their works, the process for purchasing individual pieces by drop-bid, drawing names of potential buyers, and verifying and posting buyers names. A benefit of this role it that art sellers have the opportunity to network with renowned Western artists and other art enthusiasts from across the country.

For specific questions, please contact Todd Bridgewater, Manager of Volunteer Engagement at tbridgewater@nationalcowboymuseum.org


We look forward to meeting you!

-Todd Bridgewater, Manager of Volunteer Engagement

(405) 478-2250 ext. 279 or tbridgewater@nationalcowboymuseum.org