Four people work together to pull rope on deck of Mayflower


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.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

  • As part of the Guest Services Team, Guest Services Volunteers & Golf Cart Drivers are responsible for greeting guests, answering questions to help guests orient themselves, and increasing accessibility throughout the Museum's campus. Schedule is flexible. Weekdays and weekends, as well as indoor and outdoor, shifts are available.

    Guest Services Volunteers & Golf Cart Drivers May:

    • Greet guests as they arrive;
    • Ensure the orientation theaters are clean and operable: lighting, climate control, etc.;
    • Coordinate with the front end staff and volunteers on seating availability and timing of shows;
    • Coordinate with Golf Cart Drivers to assist guests with limited access;
    • Operate golf carts (only volunteers over age 19) to help guests circulate around the campus;
    • Instruct chaperones and group leaders on guidelines and expectations for visiting the Museum
    • Direct the flow of guests through the Visitor Center;
    • Report and deliver lost and found items to staff; and
    • Help guests with directions and inquiries in Plymouth or beyond.
  • Horticulture Volunteers combine their love of nature with service as they help care for the Museum’s 120+ acre campus, which includes 17th- and 20th-century historical, border, and perennial gardens. Horticulture volunteers support the annual Plant Sale in late May. This position can also include off-season work in the greenhouses. Horticulture Volunteers are:

    • Comfortable with a basic understanding of plant care and maintenance including planting, weeding, watering, and pruning;

    • Able to working in a variety of standing, crouching, or seated postures outdoors or in a greenhouse;

    • Willing to work with a team;

    • Self-motivated.

  • Museum Guides are passionate about history and delight in sharing their knowledge with thousands of guests each year! Museum Guides work in the living history exhibits (including the 17th-Century English Village, Historic Patuxet Homesite, Mayflower II and Plimoth Grist Mill) answering guests' questions about the Indigenous and English colonial communities who lived along these shores of change in the 1600s from a modern, 21st-century perspective.

    Please Note: Museum Guides attend additional training sessions and participate in monthly meetings which may include additional reading and continuing education opportunities. The next Museum Guides cohort will begin training in September 2024.

  • The Historical Clothing and Textile Department makes and maintains all of the 17th-century reproduction clothing worn by our Public History Performers, and all of the textiles used in the homes in the 17th-Century English Village. We are supported by 4 primary groups of volunteers.

    • Plimoth Sewists: These volunteers assist with daily tasks in our Costume Shop, such as mending clothing and textiles, hand sewing accessories, and laundry and ironing. Intermediate skills in either hand or machine sewing are required, but we'll provide instruction on period sewing techniques.
    • Plimoth Knitters: This group mends all of the knit goods used by our public history performers, and makes new knit items when the need arises. These garments include stockings, garters, mittens, various styles of hats, waistcoats, and more. Volunteers can either pick up and drop off projects or spend time knitting in the Costume Shop. Yarn and patterns are provided, but you must have your own needles. In addition to the Plimoth Knitters, the Museum also partners with a separate group, the Greater Boston Knitters Guild, for public knitting demonstrations and new pattern development as well as regular knitting.
    • Weavers (in association with the Weavers Guild of Boston): The weavers demonstrate in front of the public in the Craft Center, both weaving a communal project on our LeClerc Nilus loom and teaching guests how to use inkle looms.

Apply to be a Volunteer!

Submit your application using this form

To be considered for the fall 2024 volunteer cohort, applications should be submitted by August 1. We will be in touch in mid-August. After a brief interview, all volunteers joining us will need to attend an orientation session at Plimoth Patuxet Museums on Tuesday, September 10. Thank you for your interest in joining our team!


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.

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