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Be Part of History in your Community!

Do you have an open mind and enjoy engaging with people who share a common passion for history, lifelong learning, and community engagement? Join our Volunteer & Museum Guides Program! Volunteers & Museum Guides work in support of and alongside our staff fulfilling the Museum's mission to provide powerful personal encounters with history.

Our volunteers are:

  • Guides on the Living History exhibits
  • Caretakers of historic gardens and landscapes
  • Greeters, golf cart drivers, and ushers at the Plimoth Cinema
  • Makers & innovators in the Marine Shop and at the Plimoth Grist Mill
  • Special programs and event support
  • Behind-the-scenes alongside our curators and historians

...And so much more! You don't need to be a formally trained historian to get involved at Plimoth Patuxet. All Volunteers & Museum Guides should be curious, enthusiastic, and eager to learn new things. The volunteer schedule is flexible and includes seasonal and weekend shifts.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are no volunteer opportunities available at this time. Opportunities for next season will be posted in January 2024.

Important Dates to Remember in 2024

  • 2024 Museum Guides Application Deadline: February 1
  • 2024 Museum Guides (Docent) Training: February 26 - March 8
  • Spring Volunteer Application Deadline: March 8
  • Returning Volunteers Shifts Starting: March 30
  • Spring New Volunteer Orientation: April 2
  • Fall Volunteer Application Deadline (Shifts Starting September 11): August 23
  • Fall New Volunteer Orientation: September 9


Please email with any questions. Volunteer opportunities are available based on departments' needs, and therefore not every opportunity may be available at all times. Each opportunity is different and may require its own unique blend of skills and experience.

Already a Volunteer?

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