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.

Apply Today!

Applications for new volunteers will be accepted through September 2, 2022. Browse the opportunities below and apply today!

Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Special Events Volunteers

Special Events Volunteers support the Public Programs staff by preparing for and facilitating special events such as Heirloom Seeds Weekend, Free Fun Friday, Plimoth in December and many more. Every event and program holds unique opportunities for Volunteers. The flexible schedule is ideal for volunteers who want to be involved in person or remotely or who cannot commit to a regular weekday or daytime shift.

Horticulture Volunteers

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 as well as off-season work in the greenhouses.

Museum Guides

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, and Plimoth Grist Mill) answering guests' questions about the Indigenous and Colonial communities who lived along these shores of change in the 1600s from a modern, 21st-century perspective. New Museum Guides are required to attend a multi-week training program throughout the spring and monthly meetings which may include additional reading and continuing education opportunities.

Applications are now open for the 2023 Museum Guide cohort. A multi-week training starting in February 2023 is required for all new Museum Guides. For more information about the Museum Guide training program, email

Golf Cart Drivers

Golf Cart Drivers meet and greet visitors in a friendly manner while ensuring safe and comfortable seating. A clean driving record is necessary. Drivers must be over the age of nineteen (19).

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